Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07



NATIONAL Pageant ruling, AOC, gay journalists, Dwyane Wade, trans activist
by Andrew Davis

This article shared 841 times since Sun Nov 6, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

A federal appeals court ruled that the operator of the Miss United States of America pageant (not to be confused with the Miss USA pageant) can't be forced to allow openly transgender women into its competitions, NPR reported. In rejecting the complaint brought by activist/trans woman Anita Green, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that being forced to do this would obstruct the organization's ability to express its belief the contest is only for "natural born" females. Green first sued Miss United States of America LLC in an Oregon district court in 2019.

Progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said she will stand up for LGBTQ+ rights after an attack by hecklers caused chaos during a recent speaking event in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York, The Guardian reported. The Democrat met the hecklers at the back of the Boys and Girls Club with dancing—the video of which has gone viral on social media. Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted that the hecklers "were yelling Westboro Baptist-style anti-LGBT+ slogans. What do you think I'm gonna do? Take them seriously? … But NY-14 will always have a champion for LGBTQ+ people on my watch. Period."

CNN's new morning show CNN This Morning—with co-hosts Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins—launched with a news-heavy three hours that nevertheless played up an essential element of rival shows: conversation and chemistry, Deadline noted. CNN This Morning featured other CNN personalities like Audie Cornish and contributors such as openly gay journalist LZ Granderson. Unfortunately, the debut slumped to a third-place finish in the cable news ratings, drawing an average audience of 387,000 viewers—fewer watchers than the show it replaced, New Day, according to Forbes.

Out gay TV journalist Shepard Smith will depart CNBC as his newscast will have its final episode later this month, Deadline noted. This ends a two-year effort to establish a presence for the high-profile anchor in the primetime hours.

Former NBA star Dwyane Wade responded to his ex-wife's claim that he was exploiting their trans daughter, Zaya, and her gender identity for financial gain, Out noted, citing Page Six. In court documents where Siohvaughn Funches-Wade legally challenged Zaya's name change, Funches-Wade alleges that Wade "is positioned to profit from the minor child's name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney." However, Wade (who's married to actress Gabrielle Union) criticized the allegations as "serious and harmful," adding, "I've given her the opportunity to reach out to Zaya's teachers, doctors, and therapists over the years and even meet her friends, so she could get her own understanding of our child's needs for her LIFE."

In New York City, advocates gathered last month to remember the life of Melissa Nunez—a trans activist who was killed in Honduras on Oct. 18 after she was deported from the United States, Gay City News reported. Nunez previously lived in Miami, where she was an activist for LGBTQ and intersex rights, and had tens of thousands of followers on TikTok, according to the Washington Blade. The vigil, which took place at Corona Plaza in Queens, featured candles, pictures of Nunez, and signs with messages such as "#JusticeforMelissa" and "No transwomen [are] safe in Central America."

Attorneys for Seattle Pacific University failed to convince a federal judge U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan has standing to sue Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson for launching an investigation into the Christian school's hiring practices regarding LGBTQ+ individuals, according to Courthouse News Service. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan dismissed Seattle Pacific's lawsuit against Ferguson from the bench, citing a lack of redressability/remedy. The school sued Ferguson in July after Ferguson's office initiated an investigation into the school's hiring practices after student and staff sit-ins and calls to remove the school's board of trustees, in response to a May 2022 vote to keep a school policy that prohibits staff from engaging in "same-sex sexual activity."

In Portland, Maine, the new Equality Community Center recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a community block party, WMTW reported. The Center will act as a hub for the LGBTQ+ community in the city as well as a central location for advocacy groups along with other progressive organizations. Tenants, such as Equality Maine, Portland Pride and Maine TransNet have already moved into the site.

In Connecticut, authorities in Norwalk arrested a man accused of severely beating a same-sex couple outside the gay bar they jointly own last month, Metro Weekly reported. Casey Fitzpatrick and husband Nicholas Ruiz, the owners of Troupe429, said in a post on the bar's website that the man came into the bar during a drag show and "repeatedly harassed and made several female patrons and our staff uncomfortable." The man was escorted out by security, but would not leave the bar's entryway. Police announced the arrest of a suspect, Carmen Everett Parisi—but said they found no evidence that the assault was fueled by anti-LGBTQ bias, according to NBC News.

Dr. Mehmet Oz—the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman—campaigned at an event venue in Lancaster County that does not permit same-sex weddings, according to Metro Weekly. Although the website says that Elizabethtown's Stone Gables Estate "will not tolerate discrimination against any one person," it also appears to imply that the owners of the estate have strong personal religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. A woman at the Stone Gables Estate told a Washington Post reporter that the estate does not book same-sex weddings.

A Vermont family filed a federal lawsuit against school officials at the Orange Southwest School District and Randolph Union High School following an incident involving a transgender student using the girl's locker room during a volleyball game, according to . The suit was filed after the district and Randolph Union High School officials suspended Travis Allen from his middle school coaching job without pay for the rest of the season and disciplined his daughter, Blake Allen. The case has garnered international attention, including a tweet from Caitlyn Jenner.

In South Carolina, the Greenville County Council members voted nine to three against a resolution that would move any children's books "promoting sexuality" into the adult section of all county libraries, the Greenville News reported. While the resolution did not explicitly name LGBTQ+ literature, children's books focused around LGBTQ+ themes were at the center of a Greenville County Republican Party request in September urging the council to take action against content deemed inappropriate. Charlotte Grubbs, one of the speakers against the resolution, said that books can be a "lifeline" for queer children looking to see themselves represented in media.

On Nov. 4, the Virginia Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of a teacher from West Point who was fired after refusing to address a trans student by male pronouns, WRIC reported. A King William County Circuit Court already dismissed seven of Peter Vlaming's nine claims against the West Point School Board without hearing arguments, essentially finding that Vlaming had no standing. The supreme court has to decide if the circuit court was wrong to dismiss Vlaming's claim on the basis of the facts presented in his and the school board's initial filings.

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) announced a $1.5-million gift from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, per a press release. For more than 16 years, MAP has been involved with the LGBTQ+ movement through messaging research, policy reports and analyses, and movement-building research and tools. MAPS's LGBTQ Equality Maps, for example, track more than 50 laws and policies that impact LGBTQ+ people, and provide an equality profile for each state, D.C. and the U.S. territories.

The man alleged to have "violently assaulted" Nancy Pelosi's husband on Oct. 28 reportedly posted anti-trans images and extremist conspiracy theories online, according to PinkNews. David DePape, who attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer, posted thoughts filled with transphobia, anti-LGBTQ+ views and extremist conspiracy theories, according to reports by the Rolling Stone and CNN. Other blogs written by someone with the username "daviddepape" also espoused hateful views about the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalised groups.

Motto—a sex-positive matchmaking app for gay and queer hookups and casual dating from Joel Simkhai and Alex Hostetler—is now available in New York City, a press release noted. Motto is Simkhai's first venture since leaving Grindr five years ago, and was created as a premium, ad-free alternative for gay and queer community members. Motto is a free, membership-based app and each profile must have three face pictures. See .

Controversial NBA star Kyrie Irving—after two seemingly half-hearted acts of contrition—finally used the words "I apologize" and "I am deeply sorry," and directed them "To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post [linking to an antisemitic film]," Deadline noted. "This is an encouraging step from @KyrieIrving," tweeted Anti-Defamation League President and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. "But actions speak louder than words. Because of his post and previous refusals to walk it back, the #antisemitic film/book is now a best seller in multiple categories on @amazon. There is a lot more to do to undo this damage." The Brooklyn Nets suspended Irving for at least five games without pay and Nike has severed its partnership with him.

This article shared 841 times since Sun Nov 6, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Attorney General Raoul Joins Coalition To Protect Access To Gender-Affirming Care
—From a press release - CHICAGO — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today stood up for transgender rights, joining a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting efforts to promote equal access to healthcare in West Virginia ...

Gay News

Groups and leaders celebrate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act
-- From press releases - U.S. Representative Mike Quigley: Washington, D.C.— Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, released the following statement celebrating the passage of ...

Gay News

Congress passes Respect for Marriage Act, sends to President Biden for signature
-- From a press release. Video below - (New York, NY - December 8, 2022) — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. ...

Gay News

Brittney Griner released, national groups respond
-- From press releases - GLAAD: GLAAD the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, is responding to news that Brittney Griner has been released from prison in Russia. President Biden tweeted with photos of an elated President Biden, Vice President Harris ...

Gay News

Greg Harris: Outgoing state rep and majority leader discusses historic terms
In November 2021, Illinois House Democratic Majority Leader Greg Harris announced that he would not run for another term—bringing an end to a historic era. Harris was first elected in 2006, succeeding former Rep. Larry McKeon, ...

Gay News

Warnock's win marks major victory for LGBTQ+ equality
-- From a press release - GEORGIA — Georgians re-elected U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock to a full six-year term this evening, repudiating months of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and millions of dollars in anti-LGBTQ+ advertising from his opponent, Herschel Walker, that sought to attack ...

Gay News

Mpox Working Group sends letter to Congress calling for $900 million in funding
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with 39 other leading public health, HIV/AIDS, medical ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Trans officials, marriage equality, Karl Schmid, Pelosi, Buttigieg
Video below - Once all of the newly elected officials are seated, there will be nine transgender state legislators (up from eight this year) and nine non-binary state legislators across the country, NBC News noted, citing The Victory Institute. ...

Gay News

Bulls, Blackhawks lose; Lightfoot-Fire FC link
The Chicago Bulls (9-12) fell to the Phoenix Suns (15-6) 132-113 in Arizona on Nov. 30, dropping the Bulls to 12th in the Eastern Conference. Phoenix now leads the Western Conference. Devin Booker scored 51 for ...

Gay News

Landmark step toward equality: Senate passes bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act
-- From press releases - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — today celebrated the bipartisan passage of the Respect ...

Gay News

MUSIC: Sophie B. Hawkins talks LGBTQ+ youth and living an authentic life
In the '90s, singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins made quite an impression on people with the entrancing song "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and its accompanying video. She also had hits such as "Right Beside You" ...

Gay News

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth submits 2000+ petition signatures to run for seat vacated by Harry Osterman
-- From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Early this morning, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, candidate for 48th ward, submitted 2166 petition signatures — over four times as many as the 473 minimum required — in order to get on the ballot for ...

Gay News

Transgender Day of Resilience: Town Hall panelists tackle allyship, discrimination and immigration
Brave Space Alliance (BSA), Life Is Work (LIW) and Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) hosted three free events across the city that they named—TDOR Weekend: A New Era, Together— to celebrate ...

Gay News

Gay candidates Lopez, Lawson file papers for 2023 aldermanic race
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), an openly gay City Council member who has been an ardent foe of Mayor Lightfoot, announced Nov. 21 that he was dropping his bid for Lightfoot's mayoral seat, and would instead ...

Gay News

Kris Mayes shatters lavender ceiling; first LGBTQ person elected Arizona Attorney General
-- From a press release - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Kris Mayes won the election for Arizona Attorney General. With this historic win, she is now the first out LGBTQ Attorney General in Arizona history. Mayor Annise Parker, ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.