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Man-sentenced-in-NYC-fight

Man sentenced in NYC fight - A New York City jury convicted Bayna Lekheim El-Amin in a May 2015 attack on two gay men at Chelsea's Dallas BBQ. El-Amin was convicted on all but one assault count for bashing Ethan Adams and Jonathan Snipes with a wooden chair on May 15, 2015. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree attempted assault and two counts of ...


VIEWS-UMCs-inhospitality-toward-its-LGBTQs-

VIEWS UMC's inhospitality toward its LGBTQs - The United Methodist Church is in the need of prayer—and one that emphasizes full inclusion of all its parishioners. At the recent General Conference in Portland, the struggle to move the church's moral compass against its anti-LGBTQ policies was courageously demonstrated when more than 100 United Methodist Church ( UMC ) ministers and faith leaders came out to their churches—with ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It's demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I've been employed for a look I have. But there's a sexism that happens towards men. At some point during photo shoots when I'm asked to strip down, I felt that. If I ...


Presenting-Princess-Shaw-Out-of-Iraq-Those-People

Presenting Princess Shaw; Out of Iraq; Those People - Knight at the Movies - The Princess of YouTube There are Cinderella stories and then there's the saga of Princess Shaw—a Cinderella story that breaks the mold. If the tale of a 37-year-old bisexual Black woman toiling as a caregiver for the elderly in New Orleans ( and barely scraping by ) with dreams of musical stardom—and achieving those dreams—seems improbable ( and it is ...


Jane-Lynch-Bringing-her-song-and-dance-to-Chicago

Jane Lynch: Bringing her song-and-dance to Chicago - By Sarah Toce Impeccable performer Jane Lynch is bringing her shtick to Chicago Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr. The Windy City is one of the 14 U.S. city tour stops during her new summer cabaret show, See Jane Sing. Other cities on the stop include Seattle, Dallas and Nashville. The musical ...


MOVIES-Presenting-Samantha-Montgomery

MOVIES: Presenting Samantha Montgomery - Samantha Montgomery's ( aka Princess Shaw's ) rise from obscurity to YouTube sensation and budding musical star is tracked in Ido Haar's documentary film Presenting Princess Shaw ( in theaters Friday, June 10, and available VOD ). Thanks in no small part to Montgomery's effervescent, can-do personality and her extraordinary musical gifts, the film is sensationally entertaining. The documentary follows ...


BOOKS-Alida-Brill-talks-feminism-Friedan-

BOOKS Alida Brill talks feminism, Friedan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alida Brill is a published author, outspoken feminist and longtime advocate of gender equality. She has also served on the board of the Feminist Press of the City University of New York. As an early admirer and then a personal friend to Betty Friedan, the author of The Feminist Mystique, Brill has seen feminism go through multi-generational transformations. As a ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Atlas-Genius-Down-Under-act-releases-Molecules

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Atlas Genius: Down Under act releases 'Molecules' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian band Atlas Genius was originally formed by three brothers, with Keith Jeffrey on vocals, Steven Jeffery on bass and Michael Jeffrey on drums. They began as a garage band in their parent's house that was eventually built into a recording studio. Their debut single, "Trojans," made them a global sensation and led them to be signed by Warner Bros. ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - —"Sally," by Bibi Bourelly: This song is an undeniable hit, thanks to a '60s-style hook. Also, take a look at the video, which is populated by some very colorful characters. ( The video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1REwtjUc4mY. ) —Uptown Pho: With all the cool restaurants on Argyle Avenue in Chicago's Uptown, this Vietnamese restaurant ranks with the best of them. There ...


BOOK-REVIEW-All-the-Rage-A-Quest-by-Martin-Moran-2495-Beacon-Press-232-pages

BOOK REVIEW All the Rage: A Quest by Martin Moran $24.95; Beacon Press; 232 pages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You've never been so mad in your life. Boy, you were angry—ready to scream, spit nails and tear the world apart with bare hands. So mad you couldn't see straight, as they say, and you're still seething. As in the new book All the Rage: A Quest, by Martin Moran, would the trespass against you ever be forgivable? It was ...


National-roundup-Military-and-Pride-Month-Cyndi-Lauper-trans-survey

National roundup: Military and Pride Month, Cyndi Lauper, trans survey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Navy joins the nation in recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month during the month of June. "Diversity is a source of strength for the Navy, and is [a] key component to maintaining our highest state of readiness," said a Navy spokesperson. "Diversity encompasses more than race and gender—we seek to include diversity of thought, background, language, culture ...


Entertainment-news-The-Fosters-Amber-Heard-Beyonce-Sam-Champion

Entertainment news: 'The Fosters,' Amber Heard, Beyonce, Sam Champion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Freeform ( formerly ABC Family ) will premiere the fourth season of The Fosters on Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. CT, according to a press release. Picking up where the season-three cliffhanger left off, Callie admits her past relationship with Brandon to her moms. But before Stef and Lena can even process the information, the school goes into a ...


Hillary-Clintons-historic-night-shatters-barriers-

Hillary Clinton's historic night shatters barriers - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed Hillary Clinton's historic win, following news of her victory in the New Jersey primary and reports that she has secured enough delegates to become the first woman nominated for president by a major party. "Hillary Clinton made history tonight in more ways than one," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "As ...


Obama-statement-on-35th-anniversary-of-HIV-AIDS-in-America

Obama statement on 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America - From the White House - On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented cases of AIDS. The past 35 years tell a story that bends from uncertainty, fear, and loss toward resilience, innovation, and hope. We've learned that stigma and silence don't just fuel ignorance, they foster transmission and ...


Navy-Celebrates-2016-LGBT-Pride-Month-

Navy Celebrates 2016 LGBT Pride Month - By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs - WASHINGTON ( NNS ) — The Navy joins the nation in recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month during the month of June. Established by Presidential Proclamation in 2000, LGBT Pride Month is held annually and recognizes the importance of diversity within our society as well as the many achievements of LGBT individuals. This year's theme is celebration, and ...


Trans-United-Fund-releases-Sanders-answers-shares-Clintons-Op-Ed

Trans United Fund releases Sanders answers, shares Clinton's Op-Ed - From a press release - Washington, DC, JUNE 4, 2016….. Trans United Fund, the nation's first political advocacy group and PAC for trans people, engaged each presidential campaigns with a candidate questionnaire on issues critical to trans people's lives. The group released Senator Sanders' response to the TUF questionnaire on Saturday morning. Secretary Clinton's campaign released the following op-ed yesterday. The group has received no ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "She's a lucky girl 'cause there's a lot of good-looking guys. If I was gay, I'd be in paradise!"—Bachelorette contestant Daniel Maguire. On the season premiere, Daniel is the guy who was poking male contestants in the belly button, cruising the waiters, stripping down to his underwear to show off his body and then jumping drunkenly in the pool. Kinda ...


Report-looks-at-trans-community-and-the-law

Report looks at trans community and the law - A new report states that restroom-access measures that target transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely on their gender identity. "Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails Transgender People" analyzes how transgender and gender non-conforming people face high levels of discrimination in many areas of life putting them at risk for economic insecurity, the experience of ...


Longtime-AIDS-activist-focuses-on-criminal-justice-system

Longtime AIDS activist focuses on criminal-justice system - For Megan McLemore, a longtime activist and attorney with the New York-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ), the HIV epidemic in the United States is being fueled by the epidemic of mass incarceration. But McLemore, a senior researcher in HRW's Health and Human Rights division, has contended that the criminal justice system is largely absent from local and national ...


Chicagoan-among-pharmacists-groups-newest-officers

Chicagoan among pharmacists' group's newest officers - The American Pharmacists Association ( APhA ) announced the election of Nicki L. Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as 2017—2018 APhA president-elect. Hilliard will succeed Nancy A. Alvarez, of Lake Forest, California, to the office of APhA president on March 19, 2018, at the end of the 2018 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville. In ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Stones-Throw

BOOK REVIEW Stone's Throw - By David Deitcher. $28.99, Secretary Press; 158 pages As an art critic in the 1980s, David Deitcher had firsthand experiences with gay artists confronting the AIDS crisis and the general mortality of their peers and themselves. Stone's Throw grew out of a lecture about the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and eventually expanded into its current state. Now in lush ...


MOMBIAN-Making-museums-welcoming-to-all-families

MOMBIAN Making museums welcoming to all families - May is National Museum Month, and LGBTQ families have a growing source of support in museums—including ones aimed at children—that have been reaching out to welcome all kinds of families. Margaret Middleton—a Boston-based designer, speaker and consultant—has been a leader in helping to make this happen. Middleton, who has spoken at numerous museum conferences and been profiled on NPR, has ...


-Report-on-LGBTQ-singles-released

Report on LGBTQ singles released - Relationship company Match has debuted "LGBTQ in America," the largest nationally representative study of U.S. singles who identify as LGBTQ. Conducted by Research Now in association with evolutionary biologist and gender-studies professor Dr. Justin R. Garcia ( of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University ), the data reveals facets of the attitudes, behaviors and challenges of the LGBTQ single population. ...


Obama-issues-his-final-LGBT-Pride-Month-Presidential-Proclamation-

Obama issues his final LGBT Pride Month Presidential Proclamation - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Dandelion-Cloud

BOOK REVIEW The Dandelion Cloud - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Dale Boyer. $14.95; Dale Boyer Works; 218 pages This is Dale Boyer's first novel. He did not select an easy topic to cover for his first novel. While I had my own criticisms about the basic story arcs and language, overall, this is a good summer read. The Dandelion Cloud is set at the fictitious, small Illinois college ...


National-roundup-Trans-survey-Gates-ends-term-UNC-defies-HB2

National roundup: Trans survey, Gates ends term, UNC defies HB2 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trans United Fund ( TUF ) announced an update to its distribution of the first-ever trans-focused questionnaire to presidential candidates, a press release stated. TUF said that no Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign had followed through on that commitment, and the group called on ...


Entertainment-news-Project-Runway-Boy-George-Deborah-Cox-Transparent

Entertainment news: 'Project Runway,' Boy George, Deborah Cox, 'Transparent' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a big, multi-show deal between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the network has renewed the mothership series Project Runway for three more seasons ( seasons 16-18 ), and its spinoffs Project Runway All Stars for two ( six and seven ) and Project Runway: Junior for one ( three ...


International-Mr-Leather-2016-chosen

International Mr. Leather 2016 chosen - 38th annual contest brings thousands to Chicago - International Mr. Leather, Chicago's annual celebration of the leather lifestyle, culminated in the contest to choose the new titleholder, Sunday, May 29, at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When the dust settled, Mr. New Jersey Leather 2016 David "Tigger" Bailey was named the new International Mr. Leather, the 38th man to hold the title since the contest's inception in ...


Match-website-surveys-LGBTQ-singles

Match website surveys LGBTQ singles - From a press release - Match, the world's largest relationship company, today debuted LGBTQ in America, the largest nationally-representative study of American singles who identify as LGBTQ. Conducted by Research Now in association with evolutionary biologist and gender studies professor, Dr. Justin R. Garcia of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, the data reveals new social commentary into the evolving attitudes, behaviors and challenges of ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Take-Me-to-the-River-horror-hags-and-sequel-summer-

Knight at the Movies: 'Take Me to the River,' horror hags and sequel summer - Back to Nebraska The absolute last thing that Ryder ( Logan Miller ), a sullen teenager from California with a thatch of curly golden locks and a permanent pout, wants to do is go with his parents to a reunion in Nebraska. But if he has to go he'll be damned if he's going to apologize for being gay or ...


Summer-movie-preview-

Summer movie preview - A bounty of sequels, prequels, franchises, tent-poles, and still more sequels can only mean that the summer movie season is upon us. Although a few of the releases over the next three months have some queer content, the majority do not. I have been writing these roundups for more than a decade, always tagging them "The Summer LGBT Movie Preview," ...


SUMMER-MUSIC-Tegan-and-Sara-show-us-the-Love

SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm not opposed to anything. But if you're gonna pull your dick out, it'd better be from an Academy Award-winning movie."—Zac Efron lets us know what it would take to see him naked on film, which I'm guessing means he'll never appear naked on film—unless in some alternate universe, Neighbors 2 is considered an art film! I'd like to kick ...


Lawsuit-Filed-by-11-states-challenges-Obama-on-trans-guidance-

Lawsuit Filed by 11 states challenges Obama on trans guidance - From press releases - Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and other states and officials have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's recently released guidance to schools across the country clarifying that federal law already prohibits discrimination against students based on gender identity. Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, issued the following ...


Entertainment-news-Looking-movie-Maroon-5-Greys-Anatomy-Whoopi

Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


AUTOS-VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Nissan-Maxima-Platinum-A-four-door-sporty-car-

AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's hard to believe the Maxima nameplate has been with us so long- first appearing on a stretched six-cylinder version of the 810 way back in 1981. So far back, in fact, that the Maxima nameplate predates the Nissan one in the United States. ( Anyone remember "Datsun—We Are Driven?" ) Way back in the day it was a luxury ...


Auto-news-HB2-Danica-Patrick

Auto news: HB2, Danica Patrick - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Honda and HB2: Honda has just issued a third statement about North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT law HB2, Gaywheels.com noted. The statement makes it clearer than ever that Honda opposes HB2 and wants to see the law repealed. However, toward the end, Gaywheels says the automaker also justifies its continued investment in a state that so many other companies have rejected ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-My-child-just-came-out-to-me-Now-what

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL My child just came out to me. Now what? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My daughter recently came out as lesbian and, while I was shocked at first, I want to be there for her and be supportive. But to be honest, I don't know where to start, or what the best resources are for more information. There is so much online, and I'm not sure what to trust. What do you recommend? ...


National-roundup-La-Raza-move-Amtrak-ruling-Olson-authoring-brief

National roundup: La Raza move, Amtrak ruling, Olson authoring brief - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NCLR ( National Council of La Raza ) announced that it has moved its 2016 Northeast/Southeast Affiliate Leadership Convening scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this October to Miami, Florida, due to its opposition to North Carolina's controversial law HB2, according to a press release. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia said, in part, "HB2 is a solution ...


Trans-United-Fund-issues-questionnaires-to-prez-candidates-

Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


Report-Bathroom-bills-further-criminalize-trans-lives

Report: Bathroom bills further criminalize trans lives - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Bathroom laws targeting transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely based on their gender identity, according to a landmark report released today. The report offers a snapshot of how the U.S. criminal justice system fails transgender people, targeting them through police profiling and harassment and subjecting them to abuse and violence in prison and ...


ACLU-Chelsea-Manning-Prosecution-Was-Unconstitutional-

ACLU: Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional - From a press release - FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed yesterday with the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, along with Manning's ...


GOP-strips-US-defense-bill-of-LGBT-protections-

GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections - LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision. The provision, inserted by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell ( R-OK ), removes a rule—instigated by a 2014 executive action from President Obama—that prohibits discrimination against employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ...


23-civil-rights-groups-back-Title-IX-moves-trans-students-

23 civil-rights groups back Title IX moves trans students - From a press release - See details below on a letter sent from 23 civil-rights groups backing Title IX interpretations to cover transgender people. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch, On ...


Demi-Lovato-Wears-Support-For-Trans-Community-During-Billboard-Awards

Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


US-Senate-confirms-gay-man-Eric-Fanning-for-Secretary-of-Army

U.S. Senate confirms gay man, Eric Fanning, for Secretary of Army - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of an openly gay man to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army —the first openly gay person to serve as the head of any military branch. The confirmation of Eric Fanning, by voice vote, came very quickly Tuesday after U.S. Senator Pat Roberts ( R-Kansas ) lifted a hold he had ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You ain't nothing to me but a disappointment. And the day you die from AIDS, I'm gonna celebrate."—Lucious Lyon's response to his gay son on Empire. Excuse me—is it 1986? Why not have Alexis walk in wearing a hat with a veil and sunglasses? It would have fit in just as well—and been just as relevant. Is anyone in the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-W-Kamau-Bell-on-his-name-CNN-show-and-housing-benefit

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY: W. Kamau Bell on his name, CNN show and housing benefit - Comedian W. Kamau Bell is hitting it big on the new series United Shades of America, currently running on CNN. Before that many watched him on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been featured on many podcasts and publications over the years. Bell made his first comedy album, One Night Only, in 2007 and his follow-up, Full of ...


Supreme-Ct-refuses-to-rule-on-contraceptive-case

Supreme Ct. refuses to rule on contraceptive case - On May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided to send the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts. The ruling was based on the information that both sides submitted a week after oral arguments were heard. The justices said they were not submitting opinions on the merits ...


Entertainment-news-Mariah-Carey-Gus-Van-Sant-Azealia-Banks-Wilson-Cruz

Entertainment news: Mariah Carey, Gus Van Sant, Azealia Banks, Wilson Cruz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejic and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe ...


Court-Confirms-No-Cost-Contraceptive-without-Deciding-Religion-Questions-

Court Confirms No-Cost Contraceptive without Deciding Religion Questions - ( New York, May 16, 2016 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion sending Zubik v. Burwell, the second major challenge to the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit, back to the lower courts for further proceedings. The Court declined to resolve key legal questions. Lambda Legal had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Zubik and the six ...


Statement-by-Obama-on-the-Int-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia-

Statement by Obama on the Int. Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From the White House - On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has long been a ...


Trans-actress-Shakina-Nayfack-out-in-the-open

Trans actress Shakina Nayfack, out in the open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shakina Nayfack has starred in two autobiographical rock musicals, and played the role of the Statue of Liberty in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty. She is also the founding artistic director of Musical Theater Factory, and the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award. Nayfack will have a new addition to her long list of accomplishments this July, ...


TV-personality-New-York-gets-real-on-Family-Therapy-

TV personality 'New York' gets real on 'Family Therapy' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tiffany Pollard has become a staple in reality television. From a girl who was spotted on the street by a casting director in L.A., she has come a long way. Her big break began on VH1's Flavor of Love where she was given the nickname New York by rapper Flavor Flav then named herself "Head Bitch in Charge" ( HBIC ...


National-roundup-Trans-appointment-GLSEN-honors-Whole-Foods-hoax-

National roundup: Trans appointment, GLSEN honors, Whole Foods hoax - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The White House announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force's Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnership—becoming the first transgender woman to serve on this presidential body, according to a press release. In addition to working at the National LGBTQ Task Force, Satin has been heavily involved in the development of ...


Latest-RuPauls-Drag-Race-winner-crowned-

Latest 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - Out of 12 competitors in season eight of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race, it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Chicago's Kim Chi and Bob the Drag Queen. In the end, Bob the Drag Queen prevailed. "Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity," Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release, according to Entertainment Weekly. ...


Eric-Fanning-a-gay-man-confirmed-as-the-22nd-Secretary-of-the-US-Army

Eric Fanning, a gay man, confirmed as the 22nd Secretary of the U.S. Army - From press releases - Today the Senate confirmed Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning will be the first openly gay secretary of a military service. Fanning was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army by President Obama in September of last year and was later named Acting Secretary of the Army when Secretary McHugh retired, but stepped down while ...


Groups-laud-Education-Dept-ruling-on-trans-bathroom-access

Groups laud Education Dept. ruling on trans bathroom access - The National Center for Transgender Equality called it "one of the biggest victories of the transgender community ever," referring to the May 13 announcement by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice that discrimination against transgender students violates a federal law against sex discrimination. But last week saw two additional historic victories for transgender people, as well as one somewhat ...


Clinton-meets-with-HIV-AIDS-activists

Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on May 12, met with a coalition of 20 HIV/AIDS leaders and experts, according to a statement. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Among the policies that Clinton has outlined during her campaign are capping out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for people with HIV/AIDS; protecting those with HIV/AIDS from ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-W-Kamau-Bell-on-his-name-CNN-show-and-housing-benefit

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY W. Kamau Bell on his name, CNN show and housing benefit - Comedian W. Kamau Bell is hitting it big on the new series United Shades of America, currently running on CNN. Before that many watched him on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been featured on many podcasts and publications over the years. Bell made his first comedy album, One Night Only, in 2007 and his follow-up, Full of ...


Palm-Center-Questions-Pentagon-Claim-that-Transgender-Service-Complicated

Palm Center Questions Pentagon Claim that Transgender Service "Complicated" - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — As the Obama administration signals that defending transgender equality will be a major priority of its last year, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said this week that transgender military service "is complicated," and he has so far declined to end the Pentagon's discriminatory policy. His remarks come four months after the Pentagon missed its own ...


HHS-confirms-ban-on-healthcare-and-insurance-bias-against-LGBT-People-

HHS confirms ban on healthcare and insurance bias against LGBT People - From press releases - ( May 13, 2016, New York, NY ) — The United States Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) today finalized new rules confirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people are protected against health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in ...


Artemis-Singers-to-present-Voices-of-Joyful-Rebellion-Pride-Concert

Artemis Singers to present "Voices of Joyful Rebellion" Pride Concert - From a press release - Breaking the bounds of the status quo, Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will perform songs about rebellion June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." "Music that denounces racism, the objectification of women and religious fundamentalism will be featured," said Artemis Singers concert artistic director Tina Beacock. "Songs that decry war and senseless ...


Lori-Cannon-honored-by-Fifth-Third-Bank

Lori Cannon honored by Fifth Third Bank - Lori Cannon, founder of OPEN HAND/Chicago, was recently honored as a Community Leader by Fifth Third Bank at a breakfast program held at the Chicago Cultural Center. This is the sixth year Fifth Third Bank, the first financial institution in the U.S. to start its own charitable foundation, has honored community leaders for making a meaningful difference by helping give ...


White-House-Appoints-Forces-Barbara-Satin-to-Advisory-Council-on-Faith-based-Partnerships-

White House Appoints Force's Barbara Satin to Advisory Council on Faith-based Partnerships - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2016 — The White House today announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force's Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships. Satin is the first transgender woman to serve on this presidential body. "I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President's advisory ...


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Hillary Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - From a press release - Today, Hillary Clinton met with HIV and AIDS experts and advocates representing a diverse coalition of more than 70 leaders and organizations in the community. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, where they discussed Clinton's continued commitment to tackling the epidemic in the U.S. and globally, fighting discrimination against PLHIV and AIDS, and ...


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Obama's Education Dept. Affirms the Rights of Transgender Students - From press releases - The Obama administration has issued a directive directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Actually, the guidance for school districts goes beyond restrooms in public and federally funded schools, discussing privacy rights and equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as locker rooms. A joint letter from the education and justice departments is going ...


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Billy Masters - "My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised."—Jennifer Hudson talks about the snub for a Tony Award, but seems to be implying that she was cast in The Color Purple solely because her name recognition would get people to buy tickets. And that's a bad thing? During my years as an avid theatergoer, I've pored ...


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Web series features gay men of color in Chicago - by M Shelly Conner - Patrick Battle intends to place Chicago gay men of color at the forefront with REVERb, his Web series that follows three gay men of color as they navigate dating and life in the Second City. The series aims to highlight issues that disproportionately affect Black gay men, such as HIV and PREP treatment, sex-related issues and drug use as they ...


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MUSIC Cyndi Lauper: A new type of Dixie chick on fame, going country - It's not just about having fun anymore. For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her '80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score—Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs. The 62-year-old ...


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Entertainment headlines - 'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. The nominations were announced May 3. Shuffle Along received 10 nominations, while the musical She Loves Me followed with eight. In the Best Musical Category, Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, ...


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MOMBIAN Do we still need to study the worth of same-sex parents? - VIEWS - A new study on children with two moms is the first to use an apples-to-apples comparison and a nationally representative sample to conclude that same-sex parents are as good as different-sex ones. That's all well and good, but with national marriage equality and no more states banning same-sex couples from adopting, is this type of research still important? And is ...


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Massachusetts has no trans-accommodation bill, either - VIEWPOINT - Mississippi and North Carolina can now be added to the list of states codifying transgender discrimination. To date, only 17 states across the country have passed non-discrimination bills protecting transgender citizens in public spaces. Shockingly, Massachusetts isn't one of them. With Massachusetts lauded as one of the most pro-LGBTQ states in the country, my lawmakers have disappointed me with their ...


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Chicago-connected EXPOSURE in Concert in NYC - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring an exciting ensemble of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W 54th St., ...


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Asian parents show support for LGBT children in new PSAs - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY — The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) announces a groundbreaking family acceptance campaign designed to bridge the cultural divide that prevents Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander ( API ) children from coming out to their parents. See video links here: http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/api-parents-who-love-their-lgbt-kids-multilingual-psa-campaign/ . NQAPIA's new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign includes ...







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