Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

POLITICS Eventful week involves DoJ, ACA and transgender ban
2017-08-02

This article shared 418 times since Wed Aug 2, 2017
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Between developments involving the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA, or "Obamacare" ); the U.S. Department of Justice's ( DoJ's ) ruling regarding workplace discrimination; and President Trump's tweet calling for the ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military, last week was one of the most eventful ( if not chaotic ) so far during the chief executive's term.

And this does not even take into account the White House staff shakeup that resulted in Anthony Scaramucci's appointment, and swift dismissal, as the new communications director and the ouster of Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

The media had been closely watching Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain lately because of the revelation that he was battling brain cancer. However, late last week, the former presidential candidate was in the spotlight for an entirely different reason, as he cast the crucial surprise vote that killed Senate Republicans' last-resort Obamacare repeal bill ( the so-called "skinny" repeal ), joined GOP senators Susan Collins ( Maine ) and Lisa Murkowski ( Alaska ) as well as all the Democrats in opposing the measure that would have repealed key parts of the ACA.

Following the defeat, Trump tweeted, "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"

Regarding the DoJ, it filed an amicus brief saying that Title VII does not prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation—splitting from its previous stance as well as the position of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ). Now-deceased skydiving instructor Donald Zarda claimed he was fired because he was gay, arguing Title VII's ban on discrimination "based on ... sex" covers sexual orientation-based bias because it is tied to gender. ( Zarda died in a skydiving accident, and the executors of his estate are continuing the suit. )

However, the recent development that garnered the most attention in the LGBTQ community involved Trump's tweets calling for a ban on openly transgender people in the military, infuriating some and confusing others—just as the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said they were not aware Trump was planning to post his anti-trans initiative. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chair of the joint chiefs, has said there will be "no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidelines."

Among other things, Trump tweeted that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and "disruption" that transgender troops would require. However, ACLU of Illinois LGBT & HIV Project Director John Knight stated in a press release that "the Rand Corporation has estimated that the cost of medical care for transgender troops is approximately 1/100th of 1 percent of the military annual health care budge or, at most, $8.4 million per year. To claim otherwise is to lie about the data."

Reaction from the LGBT community regarding Trump's military tweets was swift. OutServe-SLDN issued a release saying, "In his latest example of pseudo-policy-by-twitter, Donald Trump has shown blatant disregard for transgender service members who have been serving openly since October 2016. The disruptive burden to the military comes from indecision in a White House which itself is not focused on victory if it's targeting service members. The readiness, effectiveness, and lethality of the Armed Services comes from the commitment of our troops—not the vagaries and bigotry of exclusionary policies."


This article shared 418 times since Wed Aug 2, 2017
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

National COVID-19 Memorial Service Jan. 19 to remember lives lost
2021-01-19
CHICAGO, IL— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the City of Chicago, in partnership with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, invite everyone in Chicago to take part in the National COVID-19 Memorial Service to remember the lives lost ...


Gay News

Biden nominates Dr. Rachel Levine, first trans person nominated for Senate-confirmed position
2021-01-19
--From press releases - From Victory Institute: Washington, DC — President-elect Joe Biden nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to be the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health — a historic nomination that makes her the first out trans ...


Gay News

Biden picks transgender assistant health secretary
2021-01-19
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health—positioning her to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a Seattle Times ...


Gay News

COVID-19 restrictions for Chicago, suburbs relaxed, but still no indoor dining
2021-01-19
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Chicago and its suburbs would move to Tier 2 mitigation restrictions, effective immediately, The Chicago Tribune reported. Under the updated metrics, four regions under the reopening plan will ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ LGBTQ movies, 'Color Purple,' Nick Jonas, gay coach
2021-01-17
The film Draw with Me has launched its virtual theatrical release at ArenaScreen through Feb. 9, and was the subject of the first-ever panel at the United Nations on Transgender Health, a release stated. Featuring Jennifer ...


Gay News

WORLD Global Fund, Croatian case, Poland items, Hillsong
2021-01-17
In 2020, the Global Fund signed 157 grants for a total of $8.54 billion for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs and to strengthen systems for health—and this is the highest number of grants the program ever ...


Gay News

Illinois Restaurant Assoc. asks Pritzker to allow indoor dining
2021-01-14
On Jan. 14, the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and restaurant operators around the state issued a press release asking Gov. JB Pritzker to immediately allow for safe and limited indoor dining operations. The IRA's Open Indoor ...


Gay News

Howard Brown developing new center in Northalsted area
2021-01-14
Howard Brown Health has chosen Inland National Development Company, LLC to develop its newest healthcare center in Chicago's Northalsted neighborhood (formerly known as Boystown), according to REJournals. There are plans ...


Gay News

Research on military trans ban shows urgency of Biden acting on pledge
2021-01-14
--From a press release by The Palm Center - President-elect Joseph Biden has promised to reverse the military's ban on service by transgender Americans on "day one" of his presidency. Research recently released by the Palm Center explains why lifting the ban is an urgent ...


Gay News

Trans woman, man killed in Chicago's Gresham area
2021-01-14
A transgender woman and a man were killed in a shooting Jan. 6 in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. A gunman fired shots from a silver-colored vehicle about 5 a.m. in the 800 block ...


Gay News

Choucair part of Biden/Harris COVID-19 response team
2021-01-12
Dr. Bechara Choucair—the senior vice president and chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente, and onetime commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health—is part of new President Joe Biden and ...


Gay News

Vulnerable communities slow to adopt key strategy to stop HIV's spread
2021-01-11
--From a UCLA press release - LOS ANGELES — Taking a daily pill to prevent HIV transmission is one of the most effective biomedical strategies available to combat the virus' spread, yet use of this health regimen remains low among vulnerable communities ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Chicago's stay-at-home advisory extended
2021-01-11
Chicago's stay-at-home advisory has been extended for another 12 days (from Jan. 10), ABC7Chicago.com reported. Residents are advised to only leave their home to go to work or school, or for essential needs; examples include requiring ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Laverne Cox, lesbian coach, Jim Parsons, 'Brokeback,' theater items
2021-01-11
Laverne Cox is teaming with Meryl Streep and Rashida Jones to executive-produce a new documentary exploring one of the most critical issues at the intersection of race, feminism, and power: the sex industry, out.com noted. Sell/Buy/Date ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Anti-bias rule nixed, trans deaths, lesbian archivist dies
2021-01-11
Under the cover of chaos the day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Trump administration officially nixed regulations barring federal grantees in the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) from discriminating against LGBTQ ...


 



Copyright © 2021 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.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
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      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      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.