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Bi-the-Way-talk-Sept-28-at-Center

'Bi the Way' talk Sept. 28 at Center - As part of its Chats series, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "Bi the Way" Wed., Sept. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. September is Celebrate Bisexuality Month, Marla Depew ( comedian, JDA Comedy ) and Adrienne McCue ( president and executive director, AJW Foundation ) to discuss everything bisexual—including common misconceptions, bi+ erasure, community resources and more. There is ...


Syphilis-infection-rates-on-the-rise

Syphilis infection rates on the rise - Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that syphilis infections are on the rise in the United States, jumping 15 percent from 2013 to 2014. A new CDC report, released Sept. 22, analyzes the infection's impact on men who have sex with men (MSM) on a state-by-state basis. The report showed that Illinois, in 2015, had ...


Howard-Brown-Health-medical-director-discusses-new-South-Side-clinic

Howard Brown Health medical director discusses new South Side clinic - Maya Green, M.D., medical director of Howard Brown Health's Englewood clinic, calls her new role "a whirlwind of fun and challenges. It's been a great experience in teamwork, community and sharing." The clinic opened in May of this year, and represents an effort by Howard Brown Health to both expand its services to Chicago's South Side and alleviate overcrowding in ...


Symposium-positions-health-equity-as-a-pivotal-social-justice-issue-for-LGBTQs

Symposium positions health equity as a pivotal social justice issue for LGBTQs - GUEST COLUMN - For those in our community with an activist spirit, attending a two-day symposium on LGBTQ Health might seem like the least likely response to all that troubles our people and society. The airwaves fill with the racist machinations of a presidential candidate. Social media reminds us daily of unbridled police terror claiming the lives of innocent Black men. And gun ...


Report-Bisexuals-face-invisibility-isolation-discrimination-violence-

Report: Bisexuals face invisibility, isolation, discrimination, violence - From a press release - DENVER, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 — A new report previewed yesterday at the White House in a groundbreaking policy meeting found that while more than half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) community identifies as bisexual, bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility, societal rejection, violence, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health—often at rates higher than ...


Midwest-LGBTQ-health-event-Oct-6-7

Midwest LGBTQ health event Oct. 6-7 - Howard Brown Health and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will host the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 6-7, at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington Ave. Physicians, nurses, residents, healthcare administrators and all other medical professionals are welcome to the event. A press release stated that the goal of the symposium is "to provide culturally competent ...


County-health-system-expands-PrEP-access

County health system expands PrEP access - Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ), on Sept. 15, announced an initiative to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for its patients. The new program funds staff in additional locations on the city's West Side, along with CCHHS' Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, to assist patients in obtaining PrEP, an intervention, usually available as the oral ...


GLAAD-celebrates-3rd-annual-Bisexual-Awareness-Week

GLAAD celebrates 3rd annual Bisexual Awareness Week - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization today announced its participation in the third annual Bisexual Awareness Week ( #BiWeek ) in partnership with BiNet USA; America's oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified, and unlabeled people. #BiWeek takes place from September 19th to 26nd with the 23rd ...


Fostering-Our-Teens-event-Oct-22

'Fostering Our Teens' event Oct. 22 - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times and the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster our Teens" with the goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the foster ...


20th-annual-AIDS-Benefit-at-Chicago-Academy-for-the-Arts-Sept-23-24

20th annual AIDS Benefit at Chicago Academy for the Arts Sept. 23-24 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit takes place Sept. 23rd and 24th at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. Students from each art department ( Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts ...


Global-Fund-Donors-Pledge-Nearly-13-Billion-to-Help-End-Epidemics

Global Fund Donors Pledge Nearly $13 Billion to Help End Epidemics - From a press release - MONTREAL — At the launch of the Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment, donors pledged over US$12.9 billion for the next three years, demonstrating extraordinary global commitment toward ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for good. Hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stressed youth engagement as a key to success in global health, the conference welcomed significantly increased pledges ...


County-health-system-expands-PrEP-access

County health system expands PrEP access - Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ), on Sept. 15, announced an initiative to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for its patients. The new program funds staff in additional locations on the city's West Side, along with CCHHS' Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, to assist patients in obtaining PrEP, an intervention, usually available as the oral ...


TransWorks-Program-to-launch-mentorship-program-in-October

TransWorks Program to launch mentorship program in October - From a press release - Chicago, IL, September 12, 2016 — Chicago House is launching its third TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning October 19. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming ( GNC ) individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender and GNC individuals ...


Miss-America-has-first-out-contestant

Miss America has first out contestant - The first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant, Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty, was eliminated Sept. 11 when the top 15 finalists were selected. She was the first openly lesbian contestant to win a state title. Djuan Trent competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Kentucky in 2011, when she finished in the top 10; she came out ...


Chicago-Sky-to-host-GETPINK-Game-presented-by-Weiss-Memorial-Hospital

Chicago Sky to host #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky will host its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 13 when the Sky welcomes the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. "We are pleased to partner with Weiss Memorial Hospital in our annual #GETPINK Game," ...


MOMBIAN-Family-Equality-ED-sees-families-helping-families

MOMBIAN Family Equality ED sees families helping families - Everyone's first week on the job should be like Stan Sloan's. The new executive director of Family Equality Council, the national organization for LGBTQ families, began the role on the first day of Family Week in Provincetown, the organization's signature event and the world's largest gathering of LGBTQ families. The 500 families took part in activities including a family parade, ...


Sidney-Thomas-on-board-post-career-HIV-AIDS-activism

Sidney Thomas on board post, career, HIV/AIDS activism - Sidney Thomas has spent his entire career working toward greater healthcare access for all, becoming involved with HIV/AIDS issues, the implementation of Medicaid expansion in metropolitan Chicago and mental-health issues. Thomas was born and raised in Milwaukee. He moved to Chicago in 1980 to take a job as a psychiatric social worker at Garfield Park Mental Health Center—now known as ...


90-historic-buildings-in-Chicago-nationwide-to-light-up-for-Stand-Up-To-Cancer

90+ historic buildings in Chicago, nationwide to light up for Stand Up To Cancer - From a press release - August 31, 2016 ( Los Angeles/New York ) — More than 90 historic buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada will be illuminated in the colors of Stand Up To Cancer ( SU2C ) during the week leading up to the fifth biennial SU2C "roadblock" telecast airing in both countries onFriday, Sept. 9 ( 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT / ...


GLMA-sends-action-alert-on-national-health-issue-for-transgender-women-

GLMA sends action alert on national health issue for transgender women - From GLMA - The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ( GLMA ) is sending this message from our colleagues at Callen-Lorde, Fenway and Treatment Action Group. GLMA has joined this sign-on effort and encourages individual providers and other LGBT health organizations to do so as well. The deadline to sign-on is Sept 2, 2016. In collaboration with our LGBT health provider and community ...


Howard-Brown-celebrates-63rd-Street-location-

Howard Brown celebrates 63rd Street location - Dozens of community members turned out Aug. 31 for an open house to celebrate the launch of Howard Brown Health's 63rd Street clinic in Englewood. The clinic, which opened in May, is part of an effort by Howard Brown Health to expand its services in additional locations throughout the city, relieving many patients of having to travel to its Sheridan ...


Love-Fest-features-health-village-and-performances

'Love Fest' features health village and performances - On Aug. 27, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) presented its 11th Annual Love Fest and Urbanity Mini Ball at the Chicago Illuminating Company at 2110 S. Wabash Ave. The festival and ball offered a health village, drag and vogue performances, a dance competition, a mini-cinema showing locally produced LGBTQ short films, and a raffle for cash ...


HRC-Foundation-Whitman-Walker-Health-release-Transgender-Sexual-Health-Guide

HRC Foundation, Whitman-Walker Health release Transgender Sexual Health Guide - 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, and Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center with special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV-related care, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender ...


Health-director-keynotes-inaugural-LGBT-health-symposium

Health director keynotes inaugural LGBT health symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since Northwestern University launched its Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing—described as "the first university-wide institute in the country focused on LGBTQ health"—in February of this year, its vision ( "To be an international leader in research that fosters understanding of the development and experiences of sexual and gender minority ( SGM ) individuals and improves the ...


Public-interest-groups-to-Walgreens-Medical-service-over-religious-doctrine

Public interest groups to Walgreens: Medical service over religious doctrine - From a press release - Washington - Walgreens must assure its customers seeking health care services that its in-store clinic provider, Catholic-sponsored SSM Health Medical Group, which adheres to religious directives, will not limit access to reproductive health services, information and referrals, say four public interest groups. In letters to Walgreens' chief medical officer and SSM Health's regional president, the ACLU of Illinois, ACLU of ...


Howard-Brown-Health-releases-impact-report

Howard Brown Health releases impact report - Howard Brown Health, on Aug. 18, released a new report illustrating its impact on the community. "It's a summary of our clinical services, and something we're pledging to do on an annual basis, said CEO and President David Munar. "It's broken up into three sections—reports on our patients, health benefits that patients are gaining from our system of care and ...


SlutWalk-2016-defies-police-to-take-back-Chicago-streets

SlutWalk 2016 defies police to take back Chicago streets - SlutWalk collective member Red Schulte described it as a "tug of war" with officers of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) when more than 700 participants of SlutWalk Chicago 2016 set out to reclaim the streets of the Magnificent Mile Aug. 20. At stake was each SlutWalkers' right to turn those streets into an inclusive space that echoed with ...


Howard-Brown-Health-issues-Community-Impact-Report-

Howard Brown Health issues Community Impact Report - Howard Brown Health today published its first Community Impact Report, highlighting patient and community outcomes resulting from its integrated healthcare delivery system. The progress report uses infographics and text to illustrate how Howard Brown's individualized approach to healthcare improves the lives of patients, supports the communities of LGBTQ people and allies, and improves overall public health in Chicago. The report ...


State-of-LGBT-Health-Symposium-Aug-18

'State of LGBT Health Symposium' Aug. 18 - The inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium will take place Thursday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m., at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law's Aspen Hall, 375 E. Chicago Ave. This symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Karen L. Parker, director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office of the National Institutes of Health, followed by a panel discussion with ...


Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-new-sliding-scale-fees

Howard Brown Health unveils new sliding-scale fees - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, August 15, 2016 ) — Howard Brown Health today unveiled a new sliding-scale fee for all patients as part of its efforts to increase the accessibility of its wide range of health and wellness services. Charges under the new sliding scale start at $5 for patients whose self-reported income is at or below 100% of federal poverty ...


Walgreens-and-HRC-release-LGBTQ-pharmacy-guide-

Walgreens and HRC release LGBTQ pharmacy guide - From a press release - HRC, in partnership with Walgreens, has released a resource guide that helps pharmacists better understand the needs of LGBTQ customers and patients. The guide, which is being distributed by the pharmacy giant to more than 70,000 health care professionals across the country, provides pharmacists and pharmacy staff with information on LGBTQ identities and terminology, as well as the health disparities ...


Band-together-Illinois-AIDS-Run-Walk-Chicago-to-unite-the-HIV-community-Oct-1

Band together, Illinois: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to unite the HIV community Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO, July 28 — This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, emphasizing the importance of unity and partnership in responding to health crises, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, at Chicago's Soldier Field. Inspired by the kaleidoscopic effect of last year's athletes donning COLORbands ( elastic bands that can be worn by participants in a number ...


Land-of-Lincoln-ACA-insurance-plans-to-end-

Land of Lincoln ACA insurance plans to end - The Land of Lincoln insurance co-op will no longer be offering plans through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage ends for policyholders Oct. 1 but they will have special enrollment periods available to them in order to ensure at least a minimal gap in coverage. Enrolled individuals who switch plans between Aug. 2-Sept. 30 should see no gap, according to ...


Advocates-State-puts-persons-with-hep-C-and-Medicaid-at-risk

Advocates: State puts persons with hep C and Medicaid at risk - While the treatment and detection of hepatitis C have become significantly less difficult in recent years, the state of Illinois Medicaid system won't cover treatment for the disease until patients reach Stage 4, when their liver becomes cirrhotic, according to advocates and healthcare providers. "It's heartbreaking, and it's not why I signed up to be at County," said Oluwatoyin Adeyemi, ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-sex-positive-discussion

Center on Halsted hosts sex-positive discussion - The latest installment of the Center on Halsted Chats, a monthly series of conversations hosted by leaders in the LGBTQ community to address relevant issues, was held last Wednesday and led to a lively discussion of sex parties and BDSM clubs in Chicago. Sky Cotton, founder of Vespertine, and Harry Cross, co-founder of Men's Room, were the evening's guests. Despite ...


Health-guide-released-for-uninsured-underinsured

Health guide released for uninsured, underinsured - The Chicago Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured was unveiled at a July 12 press briefing with health care and community leaders during the 41st Annual Conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses ( NAHN ), held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. NAHN, the National Black Nurses Association, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Pfizer RxPathways presented ...


-Center-on-Halsted-still-waiting-on-testing-payments

Center on Halsted still waiting on testing payments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Among the numerous social-service agencies still waiting for payment from the state of Illinois for services they've rendered is Center on Halsted, which has yet to receive about $200,000 for HIV testing services it offered in the previous fiscal year. The General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget June 30 that funded PreK-12 education and transportation ...


Chicago-Womens-Health-Center-4th-Revolutionary-Healthcare-Fundraiser-

Chicago Women's Health Center 4th Revolutionary Healthcare Fundraiser - Chicago Women's Health Center ( CWHC ) is celebrating its 4th Annual Revolutionary Health Care fundraiser on Monday, July 18th from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. at Revolution Brewing Brewpub. This year's annual fundraising event features music from DJ Black Gold and raffle prizes from local favorites such as Ravinia, The Second City, Lillstreet Art Center, The Logan Theater, and more. ...


Circle-Theatres-Full-Circle-Series-Its-a-Privilege-to-Pee-July-11-

Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series It's a Privilege to Pee July 11 - From a press release - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: produce an evening of performance where 100% of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. It ...


Pols-push-to-end-blood-donation-policy

Pols push to end blood-donation policy - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), Jared Polis ( CO-02 ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz ( FL-23 ), Diana DeGette ( CO-01 ) and Alcee Hastings ( FL-20 ) led a bipartisan letter signed by more than 100 House colleagues calling on Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ...


FAMILIES-OF-CHOICE-SERIES-Dr-Jesus-Ramirez-Valles

FAMILIES OF CHOICE SERIES Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles - Age: 51 Relationship Status: Married Neighborhood: Printer's Row Activities: Director of Community Health Sciences University of Illinois, School of Public Health; author of Queer Aging, LGBT Aging Issues Network ( LAIN ) Windy City Times: What does family of choice mean in your personal life? Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles: Friends, family, my closest friends. I have family of choice in Mexico ...


Lurie-Gender-and-Sex-program-receives-Pritzker-500K-matching-gift-

Lurie Gender and Sex program receives Pritzker $500K matching gift - According to co-director of Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender and Sex Development Program Rob Garofalo MD/MPH, the Midwest initiative offering a wide range of services for transgender and gender nonconforming youth began in 2013 with about a dozen patients. "Last week we saw out 400th patient," he told Windy City Times. "We see about 15 new patients a month and we ...


LGBT-Advocates-Issue-New-Guidelines-for-Hospitals-Treating-Trans-Patients-

LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


Panel-examines-gender-and-psychoanalysis-

Panel examines gender and psychoanalysis - While the panel at the American Psychoanalytic Association ( APsaA ) was titled "What is Gender Anyway", Orlando still occupied space in the minds of many on the morning of June 17. Speaking to the crowd at the Palmer House Hilton, both newly elected APsaA President Harriet Wolfe and panel moderator Ethan Grumbach commented on the shooting's effect and the ...


Groups-host-Black-and-Brown-Town-Hall-

Groups host 'Black and Brown Town Hall' - Joining with the Lighthouse Church, United Latino Project ( ULP ) hosted a Black and Brown Town Hall on June 6. The town hall, held at Central States SER, 3948 W. 26th St., was a chance to bring the two groups together to talk about shared issues. Pastor Jamie Frazier of Lighthouse said he feels there's been interest in intersectional ...


Hinde-reflects-as-she-prepares-to-exit-Heartland-Health

Hinde reflects as she prepares to exit Heartland Health - Debbie Hinde, chief development officer for Heartland Health Outreach ( HHO ), remembers that people "were in fighting mode" in 1996, when she first went to work for Open Hand Chicago, the food-delivery organization for persons with HIV/AIDS that would, years later, merge into HHO. "The sense of urgency around AIDS at that time was still extremely strong," Hinde said. ...


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 ...


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 ...


Psychology-grad-conducts-research-on-gay-mens-body-image

Psychology grad conducts research on gay men's body image - Psychology is a relatively new career for Dan Flave-Novak. The recent Roosevelt University doctoral graduate had been involved in politics as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's ( D-Ohio ) LGBT aide around the time Brown was working on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( DADT ). Even though his efforts were fruitful—Flave-Novak helped write Brown's "It Gets Better" Senate speech and ...


Experts-discuss-online-hookups-at-Out-at-CHM

Experts discuss online hookups at 'Out at CHM' - For the final entry in Chicago History Museum's 2015-2016 "Out at CHM" discussion series, researchers and others gathered to discuss the phenomenon of online hookups via apps such as Grindr and Scruff. Brian Mustanski, director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, moderated the discussion. He said that he began researching gay men meeting ...


Event-to-look-at-NY-LGBTQ-youth-and-survival-sex

Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


Group-launches-LGBTQ-ads-targeting-Asian-Pacific-Islander-families

Group launches LGBTQ ads targeting Asian/Pacific Islander families - The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to foster family acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. Covering 20 different Asiatic languages, the ads were screened at a press conference on May 19,at Dechert, LLP in New York City. According to NQAPIA Executive Director Glenn Magpantay, the ads are the ...


Enduring-Love-gay-couple-copes-with-Alzheimers

Enduring Love, gay couple copes with Alzheimer's - On Oct. 19, 2000 Michael A. Horvich and Gregory Lee Maire stood before a Justice of the Peace against the stunning backdrop of Stowe, Vermont, for their civil union ceremony. Surrounded by the magnificence of the Green Mountains and Worcester Range, they expressed their love for each other in words and in the unspoken, peaceful elation unique to the moment ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


CDPH-unveils-Health-Chicago-20-details

CDPH unveils Health Chicago 2.0 details - The Chicago Department of Public Health, on May 4, held the first of its meetings to connect service providers and community members with its Healthy Chicago 2.0 initiative for 2016-2020, a date-driven plan that identifies health disparities across the city, which was officially announced in late March. The meeting was held at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., and ...


FDA-launches-LGBT-anti-smoking-campaign

FDA launches LGBT anti-smoking campaign - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ), on May 3, launched an extensive health campaign calling attention to smoking amongst young adults—defined in this case as persons ages 18-24—in the LGBT community. Rhode Island-based activist Dr. Scout, a former Chicagoan, called the program the "biggest LGBT health initiative in history. I've been working in LGBT health for years and ...


A-Sisters-Hope-Takes-a-Swing-at-Breast-Cancer

A Sister's Hope Takes a Swing at Breast Cancer - From a press release - Making a difference in the fight against cancer can be fun and invigorating. A Sister's Hope, the Chicago-based charity that has placed more than $6 million since 2007 into breast cancer researchers' laboratories, is holding its annual "Take a Swing at Breast Cancer" golf tournament Friday, July 29, at Highland Park Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. Golfers can participate ...


Howard-Brown-benefit-show-May-16

Howard Brown benefit show May 16 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Award nominee and HIV-positive director/producer Christopher Pazdernik returns with the second annual "Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest," a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, on Monday, May 16, 8 p.m., at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Featuring award-winning musical-theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be co-music directed by Dustin Struhall and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Benham. Tickets are $20; call ...


FDA-Launches-LGBT-Anti-Tobacco-Campaign

FDA Launches LGBT Anti-Tobacco Campaign - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) is launching the first ever anti-tobacco campaign aimed at LGBT "occasional user" young adults, ages 18 to 24. The education and prevention program is the fourth effort to target groups within the US population that are at higher risk for smoking. The "This Free Life" campaign will make extensive use of print, ...


Your-Voice-Your-Health-researches-recruits-for-better-healthcare-

'Your Voice! Your Health!' researches, recruits for better healthcare - University of Chicago and Morten Group, LLC work together to encourage LGBTQ people of color to speak up about their healthcare with the research study "Your Voice! Your Health!" ( YVYH ) In 2014, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ( AHRQ ). Scott Cook, Ph.D.—the deputy director ...


Upcoming-Tegan-and-Sara-Childrens-museum-Garden-of-Eve-Personal-PAC-panel

Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


NU-student-group-presents-QueertopiaQueergasim-

NU student group presents 'Queertopia,''Queergasim' - On April 16, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association presented Queertopia 2016 at the Graduate Commons on the Evanston campus. For this ninth edition of the event, titled "Troubling Queerness: New Directions in Queer of Color Critique," the conference addressed the separation of queerness and race, with an emphasis on the anti-Black movement. The event—co-sponsored by the Northwestern ...


Engendering-Change-keynote-focuses-on-intersectional-activism

Engendering Change keynote focuses on intersectional activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "You've all heard the story. One day a group of drag queens in New York got sick and tired of being sick and tired—sick of police harassment, tired of legalized homophobia. And that's how we got the Stonewall riots. But … Sylvia Rivera, the co-founder [with Black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson] of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries ( STAR ) ...


Chris-Birthday-Belt-Fest-concert-benefits-Howard-Brown-Health-May-16

Chris' Birthday Belt Fest concert benefits Howard Brown Health May 16 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago, IL — Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik returns with the second annual Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health on Monday, May 16, 8:00 PM at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be co-music directed by Dustin Struhall and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Benham. ...


HIV-to-HIV-organ-transplants-performed

HIV-to-HIV organ transplants performed - In what some have called a groundbreaking development, Johns Hopkins University surgeons performed liver and kidney transplants from an HIV-positive donor to HIV-positive recipients. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act—which President Obama signed into law in 2013—allows HIV-positive donors to donate organs to patients infected with the AIDS-causing virus, Dr. Dorry Segev said. Segev—a professor of surgery and director of ...


Communication-is-key-to-minority-LGBT-health-research-says

Communication is key to minority LGBT health, research says - New research highlights the need for LGBT patients—particularly those with intersecting minority identities—to be collaborative with their health providers in making medical decisions. LGBT patients experience numerous health disparities, and are frequently more reticent to access care, due to a lack of understanding of LGBT issues among health providers, among other issues. That problem is frequently compounded when the patient ...


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Archivist talks documenting leather, S&M and fetishism history - For more than four decades, Gayle Rubin has been uncovering documents and artifacts pertaining to leather, S&M and fetishism culture, ensuring this important piece of history isn't lost to time. Rubin—who is an archivist and associate professor of anthropology and women's studies at the University of Michigan—didn't set out to become one of the country's top archivists of these materials. ...


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News notes: Emanuel, CDPH unveil health plan, Rutherford in travel - Emanuel, CDPH unveil health plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced a new four-year plan that aims to improve the health and well-being of Chicagoans. Healthy Chicago 2.0 is composed of strategies for CDPH and its partners to address health disparities facing some neighborhoods and communities. Building on 2011's Healthy Chicago plan, ...


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Pediatricians, health professionals speak against legislation targeting trans youth - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign has released a new video highlighting health care professionals who are speaking out against dangerous and appalling legislation targeting transgender students — including bills currently pending in Tennessee and South Carolina. As anti-equality activists across the country push for laws targeting transgender youth and adults, these experts — including pediatricians, a social worker, therapist, ...


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Two more Chicago meningitis cases reported - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) officials announced, on April 12, that two more cases of meningococcal meningitis have been identified in the Chicago area, and are asking that gay and bisexual men get vaccinated against the infection. The two infected individuals were linked to the same serogroup that infected seven other people between May and July of ...


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CatalystCon holds first-ever Midwest conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sexuality-focused event known as CatalystCon took place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, April 1-3. This was the first time the conference has visited the Midwest since it began in 2012. CatalystCon is, according to its website, "a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It's about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create ...


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Senators bring bipartisan bill for strategic planning, representation in NIH research - From a press release - Washington, DC - Yesterday, United States Senators Susan Collins ( R-Maine ), Elizabeth Warren ( D-Mass. ), Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ), Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis. ), Chairman Lamar Alexander ( R-Tenn. ), and Ranking Member Patty Murray ( D-Wash. ) introduced the Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and Representation in Medical Research Act. The legislation will advance a number of ...


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Personal PAC to hold "Reproductive Rights: Politics of Race, Class, Gender" panel - Terry Cosgrove, CEO of Personal PAC, will be moderating the panel discussion "Reproductive Rights: The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender". The diverse panel will talk about the intersections of race, class and gender in the fight for reproductive rights and how the right-wing is using religion to discriminate widely against women and LGBTQ people. The free panel will be ...


Webinar-addresses-stigmatization-of-health-issues

Webinar addresses stigmatization of health issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 29, the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HealthHIV conducted a webinar entitled "OUTcompetent: Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STDs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health." The webinar consisted of four panelists who discussed their experiences with stigma. The panelists spoke on the impact that stigma has on access and adherence to care. Damon Jacobs, licensed family therapist and ...







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