Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


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



NATIONAL Veterans bill, Charlie Crist, Task Force honor, Elton John
by Andrew Davis

This article shared 588 times since Sun Sep 25, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to assist LGBTQ+ veterans discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in updating their records and accessing education, health, burial and other benefits available to honorably discharged service members, according to an official press release. Although LGBTQ service members could serve openly following the repeal of DADT, veterans discharged less than honorably under the policy face a process that can require legal counsel and other assistance to obtain an upgrade to their discharge classification. AB 325, by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), establishes the Veteran's Military Discharge Upgrade Grant program to help fund service providers that will educate veterans about the discharge upgrade process and assist eligible veterans to apply.

Florida LGBTQ+ organizations came together in gay-friendly Wilton Manors to endorse gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in his race against Ron DeSantis, calling Florida's governor a "danger" to queer communities, The Miami Herald reported. Four organizations announced or reaffirmed their support of Crist: Equality Florida Action PAC, Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus and the Human Rights Campaign. Among other things, Crist announced that on his first day in office he would sign an executive order to protect LGBTQ+ Floridians from discrimination and also "fight tooth and nail to repeal the heinous 'Don't Say Gay' law."

The National LGBTQ Task Force will honor LGBTQ+ and gun-violence prevention activist X Gonzalez with the Changemaker Award at the 26th Annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, a press release stated. The Changemaker Award is presented each year to an individual or group that embodies the Task Force's vision for a society where LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves, works to remove barriers for the LGBTQ+ community and commits to transforming society for future generations. Organizers also announced that comic/actor/singer/writer Sandra Valls will emcee the event.

Sir Elton John was moved to tears as President Joe Biden surprised the music icon with a National Humanities Medal, according to Variety. John, at the White House to perform at A+E and History's "A Night When Hope and History Rhyme," looked visibly shocked and humbled as the president addressed the thousands in the audience. Among other things, John spoke throughout the night about the advocacy and work he's done since creating the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1991, adding that he wants to eradicate the disease by 2030.

Teen LGBTQ+ influencer "Desmond Is Amazing" was forced to cancel an event due to threats of violence, LGBTQ Nation noted. The author/social-media star, also known as Desmond Napoles, received multiple threats via a recently created Instagram account ahead of a planned reading and Q&A at the New York Public Library's Morrisania Branch in the Bronx. Napoles, a high school sophomore, was scheduled for two readings from their book, Be Amazing: A History of Pride. In the threatening posts, shared with the New York Daily News, Napoles was described as "disgusting" and called homophobic slurs.

Maryland LGBTQ+-rights organization FreeState Justice filed a federal lawsuit against former Executive Director Jeremy LaMaster, who has accused its board of directors of having a "white supremacist culture," The Washington Blade reported. "LaMaster abruptly left the meeting early and immediately began a coordinated attack on FreeState's operations; in particular, its IT assets," read the lawsuit. "When FreeState discovered LaMaster's improper interference, it terminated their employment effective immediately, ordered them to cease and desist and to rectify their actions. LaMaster did not abide and continued to hijack and misappropriate FreeState's IT infrastructure and documents."

The Southern Baptist Conventions' top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations—an LGBTQ+-friendly church in North Carolina that had itself quit the denomination decades ago and a New Jersey congregation it cited for "alleged discriminatory behavior," a WYFF item noted. The votes of the executive committee came at the end of a two-day meeting in Nashville, even as the committee copes with a Department of Justice investigation. The federal-level scrutiny follows a blistering report by a consultant earlier this year into sexual abuse in Southern Baptist settings and mistreatment of survivors by past executive committee officials.

An LGBTQ+ group at New York's Yeshiva University proposed a deal that would allow other student groups at the Orthodox Jewish university to resume meeting while the LGBTQ+ group's status is litigated, Gay City News reported. The group YU Pride Alliance made the offer to Yeshiva days after the university announced that it was suspending all student activities in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ordered the school to recognize the LGBTQ+ student group.

The University of Massachusetts is planning to hold a Pride Day on the same day that the Minutemen host evangelical college Liberty in a football game, ESPN noted. The school made the "special announcement" on Twitter in a video featuring techno music and a uniformed player standing in a room lit by rainbow colors associated with the LGBTQ+ community. It ends by showing how to get tickets for the Oct. 8 game. Liberty played at Northwestern in field hockey on Sept. 9, and the Wildcats had set that day as their Pride Game.

In Connecticut, the annual New Haven Pride Fest took place on the Green on Sept. 17 as New Haven residents, Yale students, performers and speakers all joined in celebrating the city's LGBTQ+ community and drawing attention to the issues that affect it, per The Yale Daily News. Dignitaries who spoke included Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and Rep. Rosa DeLauro while New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker also came to the Fest to express his solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

For the first time, runners will be able to register as non-binary for the 2023 Boston Marathon, per LGBTQ Nation. On the registration page for the 127th annual Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) included a section affirming its commitment to inclusivity for non-binary athletes. The BAA added that it does not have enough data to create qualifying times specifically for non-binary runners; for now, the qualifying times are the same as for runners in the women's division.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Equality Forum will kick off LGBTQ+ History Month with a celebration at Philadelphia's Independence Visitor Center, per a press release. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline will receive the International Role Model Award while Zander Moricz (plaintiff in the Florida "Don't Say Gay" lawsuit) will receive the Frank Kameny Award. See

In Medford, Oregon, a battle over pronouns spilled from social media into a school board meeting where parents and other "concerned citizens" demanded the ouster of a non-binary first-grade teacher, LGBTQ Nation noted. The meeting attracted several dozen speakers and protesters who insisted on addressing the issue despite the board's directive that personnel decisions were not a topic for discussion in the public forum, particularly when it involved privacy issues. For example, Griffin Creek Elementary parent John Furnish claimed the non-binary teacher's preferred pronouns were having a "direct impact on my first grader."

A gay meteorologist was let go from his position at a New York City news station for performing on an adult webcam site—and now, he's taking legal action, Out Magazine noted. Erick Adame, an Emmy-nominated meteorologist who, until recently, worked for Spectrum News NY1, took to Instagram to publicly apologize and explain the situation to his followers. According to People, images of Adame performing on the webcam site were sent to his employers at Spectrum News, and even his mother, via an anonymous leak. Adame is suing the website, Unit 4 Media, Ltd., so that the identity of the person who leaked the images can be revealed.

The Justice Department announced charges against 47 people accused of stealing $250 million from a federal program designed to provide meals for needy children during the pandemic, CNN reported. According to the department, the scheme is the largest COVID-19-related fraud uncovered by investigators to date. The defendants are facing charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and paying and receiving illegal kickbacks. The defendants, prosecutors said, set up a network of shell companies connected to the Minnesota-based nonprofit Feeding Our Future.

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) said on CNN's State of the Union that he does not plan to vote for a national abortion ban bill proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), joining others in the GOP who stand by the notion that such a decision should be left up to states, Yahoo! News noted. Recently, Graham introduced legislation that would impose a nationwide ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and a possible prison sentence for medical officials who violate the ban.

This article shared 588 times since Sun Sep 25, 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

276,000 transgender adults in the U.S. are enrolled in Medicaid
-- From a press release - More than 40% lack guaranteed access to coverage for gender-affirming care under state law An estimated 276,000 transgender adults are enrolled in Medicaid in the U.S., according to a new analysis by the Williams Institute at ...

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

SCOTUS arguments today in SCOTUS 303 Creative Case; outcome could impact LGBTQs, other vulnerable populations
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments for the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis. The case will either protect the fundamental equality of LGBTQ+ people — ...

Gay News

Supreme Court hears Colorado religious objection case
The ordinary rights of LGBTQ people are on the line again at the U.S. Supreme Court —this time on Monday, December 5, with a case seeking to allow any business to deny service to a customer ...

Gay News

WORLD Japan ruling, Kenya groups, World Cup, Almodovar
Video below - A district court in the Tokyo Prefecture ruled that Japan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is legal, according to The Washington Blade. In a statement to Reuters, plaintiffs' attorney Nobuhito Sawasaki said, "This is actually a ...

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

Book censorship focus of public comments at Lincolnwood Public Library Board of Trustees meeting
During the closed door portion of the regularly scheduled Lincolnwood Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 28 at Lincolnwood Village Hall, Library Defense members hosted a Freadom Book Swap outside of the building. Library Defense ...

Gay News

Record 120 U.S. cities excel in protecting LGBTQ+ rights per HRC LGBTQ+ Equality Index
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with The ...


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.