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Hall-of-Fame-honors-21-LGBTQ-elected-and-appointed-leaders

  Hall of Fame honors 21 LGBTQ elected and appointed leaders

--From a press release

Washington, DC — On Sunday, May 2 during a virtual event, LGBTQ Victory Institute will launch its LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame to honor the LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials and candidates who made a lasting ...


 
Lightfoot-calls-resignation-rumors-homophobic-racist-and-misogynistic-

  Lightfoot calls resignation rumors 'homophobic, racist and misogynistic'

On April 18, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called rumors that she's resigning "homophobic, racist and misogynistic," The Chicago Tribune reported. Lightfoot tweeted, "1/ Good morning from my mansion in Sauganash. ...


 
NATIONAL-More-trans-deaths-bullied-teen-Manhunt-trans-writer-Biden

  NATIONAL More trans deaths, bullied teen, Manhunt, trans writer, Biden

A Black transgender woman in Missouri was shot to death—and investigators swiftly tracked down a suspect they believe shot her after meeting on an online dating website, LGBTQ Nation reported. Dominique Lucious was found dead April ...


 
WORLD-Peru-items-Kenya-UK-government-Poland-city

  WORLD Peru items, Kenya, UK government, Poland city

The first lesbian elected to Peru's Congress promised to put up a "strong battle" for LGBTQ+ rights in the South American nation as two social conservatives go head to head for a presidential run-off vote in ...


 
Simmons-moves-to-gather-data-on-how-COVID-19-has-harmed-LGBTQ-communities

  Simmons moves to gather data on how COVID-19 has harmed LGBTQ+ communities

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — To better determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed LGBTQIA+ communities in Illinois, State Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of an Illinois Senate committee Thursday that ...


 
International-Day-Against-Homophobia-Transphobia-and-Biphobia-theme-announced

  International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia theme announced

--From a collective press release

LGBTQI+ networks from around the world have announced the theme for this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: "Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!" We are inspired by this very ...


 
Groups-respond-to-death-of-queer-refugee-after-attack-on-Kenyan-camp-

  Groups respond to death of queer refugee after attack on Kenyan camp

LGBTQ+ people living in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya have had to deal with a series of homophobic attacks by other residents and locals—and, now, one individual has passed away after an arson-related attack in ...


 
Bennett-Noriega-named-to-Illinois-Commission-on-Discrimination-and-Hate-Crimes-

  Bennett, Noriega named to Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes

On April 13, Gov. JB Pritzker announced appointments in his administration—including noted LGBTQ Chicagoans Jim Bennett and Mona Noriega to the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Bennett currently serves ...


 
Illinois-first-state-to-extend-Medicaid-postpartum-benefits-to-12-months-

  Illinois first state to extend Medicaid postpartum benefits to 12 months

Gov. JB Pritzker announced that Illinois is the first state in the nation to extend full Medicaid benefits from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, following the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approval ...


 
LGBT-media-to-boycott-Georgia

  LGBT media to boycott Georgia

--From a press release

The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBT publications in the nation, passed a resolution banning meeting in the state of Georgia. The nation's largest LGBT media association today resolved to not ...


 
WORLD-Trans-women-arrested-death-threats-Russian-film-leader-apologizes

  WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes

Two transgender women facing charges of "attempted homosexuality" (as well as public indecency and not carrying identification) in a high-profile case in Cameroon will spend more than two months behind bars without a trial after a ...


 
NATIONAL-College-items-Easter-rally-mental-health-study-Chuck-Schumer

  NATIONAL College items, Easter rally, mental-health study, Chuck Schumer

The NCAA LGBTQ OneTeam—a group of NCAA-trained facilitators at colleges across the country—published an open letter condemning the actions taken by 28 states across the country to introduce, pass and ...


 
Mayor-Lightfoot-announces-Chicago-Blueprint-for-Fair-Housing

  Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago Blueprint for Fair Housing

--From a press release

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCES BLUEPRINT FOR FAIR HOUSING New Assessment Outlines Actions the City will take over the next five years to advance fair housing to reduce residential segregation CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced ...


 
Attorneys-general-challenge-Tennessee-abortion-law-

  Attorneys general challenge Tennessee abortion law

A group of 20 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in a case challenging a Tennessee law that requires women to have two in-person appointments at least 48 hours apart before having an abortion, The Hill ...


 
Kinzinger-calls-on-Gaetz-to-resign-

  Kinzinger calls on Gaetz to resign

In the midst of an investigation that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) had sex with a minor and violated sex-trafficking statutes, fellow Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) has called on him to step down, The Hill reported. ...


 
Russian-leader-Putin-officially-bans-same-sex-marriage-

  Russian leader Putin officially bans same-sex marriage

On April 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a series of constitutional amendments that, among other things, formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the country, The Washington Blade reported. ...


 
Ald-Pat-Dowell-announces-secretary-of-state-run-

  Ald. Pat Dowell announces secretary of state run

Pat Dowell, alderman and committeeman of Chicago's Third Ward, formally announced her candidacy for Illinois secretary of state, and has established a campaign website (www.IllinoisForDowell.com). The elections (primary and general) ...


 
Equality-Illinois-celebrates-Black-trans-womans-electoral-victory-in-Decatur-Illinois

  Equality Illinois celebrates Black trans woman's electoral victory in Decatur, Illinois

From a press release

A statement from Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans: "We are extremely proud of Alana ...


 
Mercury-Theater-to-reopen-new-artistic-director-named-

  Mercury Theater to reopen; new artistic director named

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., has announced its reopening—along with new leadership. New Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter returns to the theater where he collaborated on the hit productions of Little Shop of Horrors ...


 
Suburban-LGBTQ-candidates-mostly-prevail-in-April-6-elections-

  Suburban LGBTQ candidates mostly prevail in April 6 elections

Illinois LGBTQ candidates mostly prevailed in their respective suburban elections on April 6—with two victories marking rare wins by transgender candidates. ...


 
COVID-Chicago-to-follow-national-vaccine-eligibility-call-

  COVID Chicago to follow national vaccine-eligibility call

As Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago on April 6, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will meet President Joe Biden's call to open vaccine eligibility to all U.S. adults by April 19, The Chicago Tribune ...


 
Arkansas-legislature-overrides-governor-on-anti-trans-measure-

  Arkansas legislature overrides governor on anti-trans measure

On April 6, the Arkansas state legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on a bill that would ban gender-affirming treatments for transgender youths in the state, ABC News reported. The "Save Adolescents ...


 
WORLD-Uzbek-activist-hate-crimes-report-Ghana-arrests-Chely-Wright

  WORLD Uzbek activist, hate-crimes report, Ghana arrests, Chely Wright

Uzbek activist Miraziz Bazarov was hospitalized after he was attacked by unknown men hours after his public event was disrupted by dozens of aggressive men in Tashkent, RFERL.org reported. Physicians at the Tashkent Traumatology Hospital said ...


 
COVID-Lightfoot-wont-follow-Illinois-regarding-vaccine-eligibility-

  COVID Lightfoot won't follow Illinois regarding vaccine eligibility

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city won't open the vaccine to everyone 16 and older along with the rest of the state in two weeks because of a "quantum leap" in COVID cases, according to ...


 
April-2-is-National-Out-to-Win-Day-

  April 2 is National Out to Win Day

On April 2, LGBTQ Victory Institute will hold its third annual National Out to Win Day, which aims to inspire LGBTQ people to consider a run for office, a press release noted. LGBTQ people make up ...


 
President-Biden-recognizes-Transgender-Day-of-Visibility

  President Biden recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility

--From a Center on Halsted press release

In a proclamation recognizing March 31, 2021 as Transgender Day of Visibility, President Biden wrote, "Vice President Harris and I affirm that transgender Americans make our Nation more prosperous, vibrant, and strong. I urge my fellow ...


 
Cook-County-exceeds-10000-COVID-19-deaths-

  Cook County exceeds 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

--From a Cook County press release

The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the County's 10,000th death due to COVID-19 infection this morning, just over a year after the virus claimed its first victim here. "We mourn with the 10,000 families in our community ...


 
NATIONAL-Anti-trans-attacks-Native-HIV-AIDS-Awareness-Day-tower-Mary-Trump

  NATIONAL Anti-trans attacks, Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, tower, Mary Trump

Rayanna Pardo, a 26-year-old Latinx trans woman, was struck by a car and killed while fleeing from a small mob in Los Angeles on March 17, out.com reported. Security video showed Pardo being chased and assaulted ...


 
LGBTQ-legislator-faces-charges-over-Georgia-elections-law-

  LGBTQ legislator faces charges over Georgia elections law

Georgia state troopers arrested and forcibly removed state Rep. Park Cannon, an LGBTQ lawmaker, from the Gold Dome on March 25 as she interrupted Gov. Brian Kemp during the signing of a massive elections bill that ...


 
WORLD-Pride-in-London-racist-drag-shows-Korean-defector-Alan-Turing

  WORLD Pride in London, racist drag shows, Korean defector, Alan Turing

Pride in London announced that its five most senior members, including its co-chairs, will step down following damning accounts of racism and bullying, PinkNews reported. The non-profit has been deluged by demands for new leadership after ...


 
Congressional-Equality-Caucus-announces-leadership-of-Transgender-Equality-Task-Force

  Congressional Equality Caucus announces leadership of Transgender Equality Task Force

--From a press release

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is excited to announce the leadership of the Transgender Equality Task Force for the 117th Congress. The Task Force will work with the Caucus to amplify transgender issues ...


 
Victory-Institute-condemns-arrest-of-Rep-Park-Cannon-in-Georgia-State-Capitol

  Victory Institute condemns arrest of Rep. Park Cannon in Georgia State Capitol

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Institute — the only national organization dedicated to creating a pipeline of LGBTQ public leaders — condemned the arrest of out LGBTQ Georgia state Representative Park Cannon and called on ...


 
Rep-Mike-Quigley-114th-co-sponsor-of-Medicare-for-All-after-campaign-by-IL-5-residents-

  Rep. Mike Quigley 114th co-sponsor of Medicare for All after campaign by IL-5 residents

--From a press release

Chicago, Illinois: On March 8, 2021 a group of IL-5 residents launched a campaign called "Medicare4Mike" to call on Representative Mike Quigley to support Medicare for All. Residents gathered outside of Rep. Quigley's office every weekday ...


 
Senate-confirms-Levine-as-first-out-trans-federal-official-

  Senate confirms Levine as first out trans federal official

On March 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services—making her the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by that governmental ...


 
Dr-Rachel-L-Levine-confirmed-as-HHS-Assistant-Secretary-for-Health-Lambda-responds

  Dr. Rachel L. Levine confirmed as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Lambda responds

--From a Lambda Legal press release

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of Dr. Rachel L. Levine to lead the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, a critical ...


 
Illinoisans-among-latest-Victory-Fund-endorsed-candidates-

  Illinoisans among latest Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office—endorsed 23 LGBTQ candidates, including New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in his race for New ...


 
Treto-chosen-as-secretary-of-IDFPR-

  Treto chosen as secretary of IDFPR

Mario Treto Jr.—a member of the LGBTQ community who has been part of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's cabinet as director of the Illinois Division of Real Estate for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ...


 
Evanston-makes-history-by-paying-reparations-to-Black-families-

  Evanston makes history by paying reparations to Black families

On March 22, the Evanston City Council voted eight to one to adopt a resolution that will allow it to become the first city in the nation to implement a program to fund reparations for its Black residents, approving plans to ...


 
Victor-Reyes-may-become-New-Mexicos-first-out-LGBTQ-Congressmember-in-March-30-race-

  Victor Reyes may become New Mexico's first out LGBTQ Congressmember in March 30 race

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, called on Democratic Party of New Mexico officials to choose out LGBTQ candidate Victor Reyes to be ...


 
Freedom-Opportunity-for-All-Coalition-formed-to-support-Equality-Act

  Freedom & Opportunity for All Coalition formed to support Equality Act

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a new national campaign advocating for urgent passage of the Equality Act launched with support from hundreds of the nation's top leaders in civil rights, faith, education, health care, and advocacy. The ...


 
WORLD-Landmark-ruling-Montreals-Gay-Village-acid-attack-anti-LGBTQ-laws

  WORLD Landmark ruling, Montreal's Gay Village, acid attack, anti-LGBTQ laws

In a landmark ruling, a Japanese court ruled that the government's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, NPR noted. Article 24 of Japan's constitution defines marriage as based on the "mutual consent of both sexes," which ...


 
Chicago-alderman-proposes-zoning-amendment-banning-house-museums-raising-ire

  Chicago alderman proposes zoning amendment banning house museums, raising ire

--From a press release

CHICAGO, March 18, 2021 — Emmett Till's death became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement 66 years ago. Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, worked tirelessly to preserve her son's place in history. From the segregated ...


 
Arkansas-legislature-passes-most-extreme-deadly-anti-LGBTQ-healthcare-bill-in-US

  Arkansas legislature passes most extreme, deadly anti-LGBTQ healthcare bill in U.S.

--From a press release

Little Rock, AR—March 18, 2021—Today, the civil rights watchdog American Atheists denounced passage (32-1) by the Arkansas Senate of SB 289, the most extreme denial of healthcare bill in the country. The bill, having already passed ...


 
COVID-Pritzker-announces-vaccine-eligibility-for-those-16-will-start-April-12-

  COVID Pritzker announces vaccine eligibility for those 16+ will start April 12

On March 18, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 ...


 
US-Senate-committee-holds-Equality-Act-hearing-

  U.S. Senate committee holds Equality Act hearing

On March 17, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a historic hearing to consider the Equality Act, critical legislation to protect and strengthen the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people across the country. The measure—which has been ...


 
Equality-Act-would-provide-civil-rights-protections-to-millions-of-LGBT-people-

  Equality Act would provide civil rights protections to millions of LGBT people

--From a press release by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding the first-ever Senate hearing on the Equality Act, federal legislation that would expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in ...


 
Foxx-appoints-new-chief-diversity-officer-deputy-chief-of-staff-

  Foxx appoints new chief diversity officer, deputy chief of staff

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced two key leadership roles within her office: Ted Berger, as deputy chief of staff; and Lea Gutierrez, as chief diversity and inclusion officer. Berger most recently served as the ...


 
NATIONAL-Biden-tracker-Task-Force-trans-journalist-Cuomo-West-Virginia

  NATIONAL Biden tracker, Task Force, trans journalist, Cuomo, West Virginia

GLAAD announced the launch of its Biden Equality Accountability Tracker—a real-time record of the Biden administration's executive orders, announcements, legislative support and speeches that impact LGBTQ people and rights, a ...


 
Wis-senator-backs-Capitol-rioters-rails-against-BLM-and-Antifa-

  Wis. senator backs Capitol rioters, rails against BLM and Antifa

Criticism is growing against U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) after comments he made on a conservative talk-radio show with syndicated host Joe Pagliarulo about the Jan. 6 Capitol violence, WISN.com reported. In part, Johnson said, "I'm ...


 
New-Cook-County-public-defender-chosen-

  New Cook County public defender chosen

Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) Director Sharone Mitchell Jr. has been chosen as the next Cook County public defender. Mitchell will succeed outgoing Public Defender Amy Campanelli. He has worked at the Illinois Justice Project since 2016. ...


 
Indiana-politician-apologizes-after-blackface-photos-surface-

  Indiana politician apologizes after blackface photos surface

In Indiana, a town councilman stepped down as vice president of the council after photos surfaced of him wearing blackface at a Halloween party, NBC Chicago reported. Merrillville Councilman Jeffrey Minchuk—who is also a Lake County ...


 
LGBT-people-protected-from-financial-discrimination-by-Equal-Credit-Opportunity-Act-

  LGBT people protected from financial discrimination by Equal Credit Opportunity Act

--From a press release

[New York, NY] Today, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that according to the Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and President Biden's January 20, 2021 Executive ...


 
Forward-Illinois-Coalition-outlines-progressive-agenda-for-2021-legislative-session-

  Forward Illinois Coalition outlines progressive agenda for 2021 legislative session

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD - On Tuesday, March 9, members of Forward Illinois - a coalition of major advocacy organizations and labor unions united around a progressive vision for our state - outlined, in a virtual press conference, a ...


 
Virtual-LGBTQ-Advocacy-Day-is-May-12-

  Virtual LGBTQ Advocacy Day is May 12

Equality Illinois' 2021 Virtual LGBTQ Advocacy Day—"Show Up and Speak Up"—will take place Wed., May 12. Individuals who register will participate in a virtual lunch program and virtual early evening reception. They will also be asked ...


 
Applications-for-asylum-based-on-LGBT-status-top-11000-between-2012-2017-

  Applications for asylum based on LGBT status top 11,000 between 2012, 2017

--From a press release

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimates that 11,400 applications for asylum on the basis of LGBT status were filed in the U.S. between 2012 and 2017. Three out of ...


 
Robin-Kelly-chosen-as-new-state-Democratic-Party-chair-

  Robin Kelly chosen as new state Democratic Party chair

On March 3, Illinois Democratic leaders selected U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly as their new state party chairman, The Chicago Tribune reported. She succeeds embattled former House Speaker Michael Madigan, who held the post for 23 years. ...


 
Most-states-are-considering-anti-transgender-bills-

  Most states are considering anti-transgender bills

Legislators in more than half the states are debating bills to limit access to sports or medical care for transgender people, according to an article by The Hill. Across the nation, at least 35 bills have ...


 
Reggie-Greer-to-be-White-House-Senior-Advisor-on-LGBTQ-Issues-Victory-Institute-applauds-

  Reggie Greer to be White House Senior Advisor on LGBTQ Issues, Victory Institute applauds

--From a press release

Washington, DC — LGBTQ Victory Institute praised the appointment of Reggie Greer to be President Joe Biden's Director of Priority Placement at PPO and Senior Advisor on LGBTQ Issues at the White House. Greer served as ...


 
Organizations-campaign-for-stamps-honoring-LGBTQ-icons-

  Organizations campaign for stamps honoring LGBTQ icons

The International Imperial Court System (IICS) of the United States, Canada, and Mexico and the National LGBTQ Task Force have launched a national campaign asking the U.S. Post Office Department to issue stamps honoring LGBTQ icons ...


 
LGBTQ-heroes-postage-stamp-campaign-launched

  LGBTQ heroes postage stamp campaign launched

--From a press release

San Diego, CA: The United States oldest LGBTQ organization; the International Imperial Court System (IICS) of the United States, Canada, and Mexico (founded in 1965), and the oldest LGBTQ civil rights organization; the National LGBTQ Task ...


 
Treasurer-Frerichs-honors-Illinois-leaders-during-Womens-History-Month-

  Treasurer Frerichs honors Illinois leaders during Women's History Month

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — In honor of Women's History Month, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs today kicked off a virtual campaign to highlight and celebrate the achievements of women in Illinois. This year's national theme for Women's Histo ...


 
WORLD-Ghana-turmoil-Malaysia-case-Copenhagen-2021-Brazil-churches

  WORLD Ghana turmoil, Malaysia case, Copenhagen 2021, Brazil churches

Anti-gay outcry has forced Ghana's first LGBT+ community center to temporarily close to protect its staff and visitors three weeks after it opened, Reuters reported. Church groups, politicians and anti-gay rights groups have called on the ...


 
Equality-Act-would-provide-federal-civil-rights-protections-to-13M-LGBTs

  Equality Act would provide federal civil rights protections to 13M LGBTs

--From a press release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, federal legislation that would expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under existing civil rights laws. LGBT ...


 
ELECTIONS-Chicago-alderman-exploring-secretary-of-state-run

  ELECTIONS Chicago alderman exploring secretary of state run

According to Politico Playbook, Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) is exploring the possibility of running for secretary of state. I know I can build on the work that Secretary [of State Jesse] White has done ...


 
Harris-reveals-legislative-agenda-for-2021

  Harris reveals legislative agenda for 2021

--From a press release

With remote committee hearings starting next week, the Spring Session is now truly underway. I wanted to share my legislative agenda for this year with you. In addition to my duties as chief budget negotiator for ...


 
Mike-Madigan-picks-second-successor-

  Mike Madigan picks second successor

On Feb. 25, Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar was sworn in as the new 22nd District state representative, media outlets reported. Guerrero-Cuellar is the second person to succeed now-former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan in less than a week. ...


 
House-passes-Equality-Act-LGBTQ-Victory-Institute-demands-Senate-vote

  House passes Equality Act, LGBTQ Victory Institute demands Senate vote

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Institute — the only national organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ elected officials — applauded the U.S. House for passing the Equality Act and called on U.S. senators not to filibuster ...


 
Vaccine-eligibility-opens-to-Illinoisans-with-serious-medical-conditions-

  Vaccine eligibility opens to Illinoisans with serious medical conditions

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Building on efforts to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health today announced that Illinoisans with serious medical conditions can be vaccinated ...


 
Dr-Rachel-Levine-confirmation-hearing-today-to-be-first-trans-Senate-confirmed-appointee

  Dr. Rachel Levine confirmation hearing today, to be first trans Senate-confirmed appointee

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today Dr. Rachel Levine will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about her experience and qualifications to be the next U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health. If moved ...


 
Victory-Institute-condemns-Rand-Paul-attack-on-Dr-Rachel-Levine-trans-youth

  Victory Institute condemns Rand Paul attack on Dr. Rachel Levine, trans youth

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Institute condemned Senator Rand Paul's transphobic attack on Dr. Rachel Levine during her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He attacked trans you ...


 
Advocates-legislators-introduce-bill-to-decriminalize-HIV-in-Illinois-

  Advocates, legislators introduce bill to decriminalize HIV in Illinois

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Legislation was introduced in Springfield this week to end criminal penalties against people living with HIV (PLWH), which serve only to stigmatize and discriminate against PLWH. Current Illinois law makes legal behavior — ...


 
Three-Illinoisans-among-Victory-Funds-latest-endorsed-candidates-

  Three Illinoisans among Victory Fund's latest endorsed candidates

On Feb. 24, LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office—issued a press release announcing its endorsement of 30 more LGBTQ candidates for 2021 races. Illinois candidates in the group ...


 
Daniel-Biss-wins-Evanston-mayoral-race-

  Daniel Biss wins Evanston mayoral race

Former Illinois state Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democrat, won the Evanston mayoral race on Feb. 23, media outlets reported. An hour after polls closed, Biss had collected more than 73 percent of the votes counted and ...


 
Mike-Madigan-now-wants-successor-to-step-down-

  Mike Madigan now wants successor to step down

Just two days after appointing Edward Guerra Kodatt as his successor, former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has asked him to step down, according to various media outlets. Marty Quinn, alderman of Chicago's 13th Ward, joined ...


 
13-million-adult-immigrants-in-the-US-identify-as-LGBT-

  1.3 million adult immigrants in the US identify as LGBT

--From a press release

LGBT immigrants are more often male and younger compared to all immigrants in the country An estimated 1,274,500 LGBT foreign-born adults live in the U.S., including 289,700 who are undocumented and 984,800 who are documented, according ...


 





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