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Report-ACA-has-led-to-fewer-uninsured-LGBTs

Report: ACA has led to fewer uninsured LGBTs - A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that the uninsured rate among low- and middle-income LGBT residents has fallen by a quarter since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a media release. The report report relies on two surveys of LGBT Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line ( about $44,000 ...


New-study-suggests-gay-genetic-link

New study suggests gay genetic link - A recent study of 409 gay brothers suggests that gay people are born that way, according to researchers. The study appeared in the online edition of Psychological Medicine Nov. 17 and was led by Alan Sanders of NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston. Among the co-authors of the study was Northwestern University's J. Michael Bailey, whose research on the ...


Congresswomans-trans-son-HRC-co-founder-arrested-

Congresswoman's trans son; HRC co-founder arrested - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Miami television station aired Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's first interview with her transgender son, The Washington Blade reported. Rodrigo Lehtinen spoke at length about his decision to tell his parents in 2007 that he is trans. Rodrigo, whose birth name is Amanda, came out as gay while in high school. "As parents, we wanted to make sure that Rigo ...


GLMA-adds-LGBT-nurses-section

GLMA adds LGBT nurses' section - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This past August, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality ( previously known as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ) formed the organization's first-ever sector—the GLMA Nursing Section. It was created to be a professional home for LGBT nurses and provide a focal point for advocacy on LGBT nursing issues. Founded in 1981 by gay and lesbian physicians ( as ...


Gay-environmentalist-wants-to-create-a-fabulous-planet

Gay environmentalist wants to create a 'fabulous planet' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT runners and avid readers don't find it too difficult to locate groups that pair personal interests with their identities. However, when Gerod Rody was coming out in 2004, he said it was hard for him to find other gay men—or any members of the LGBTQ community, for that matter—who shared his common interest in environmental sustainability. "I was looking—there's ...


-Blood-safety-panel-recommends-change-to-gay-donation-ban

Blood safety panel recommends change to gay donation ban - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability voted 16-2 on Nov. 13 to recommend that the blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men be switched from a lifetime deferral—meaning that any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 be excluded ...


UN-committee-on-torture-concerned-about-LGBT-conversion-therapy

UN committee on torture concerned about LGBT conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 12, 2014 )—For the first time in its history, today the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States. This historic development comes a day after leaders from the National Center for Lesbian Rights' ( NCLR ...


Howard-Browns-Garden-of-Eve-Pride-XL-embraces-40-years-

Howard Brown's "Garden of Eve Pride XL" embraces 40 years - Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) hosted its 40th birthday party, "Garden of Eve Pride XL," Nov. 7 at Venue One in Chicago's West Loop. "Social justice is hard work," said HBHC President and CEO David Ernesto Munar. "We need points in time to gather, reflect, rejoice and recount the past and look toward the future." The annual "Garden of Eve" ...


AFC-congratulates-the-governor-elect-urges-policy-funding-continuity-

AFC congratulates the governor-elect, urges policy, funding continuity - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) congratulates Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner on his victory last night. We and the community of HIV advocates stand ready to assist the governor-elect's transition team as they plan for the new administration. HIV and public health are not partisan issues. Every HIV infection averted through strong prevention programs saves the ...


UChicagos-Ci3-Center-Different-angle-on-LGBTQ-health

UChicago's Ci3 Center: Different angle on LGBTQ health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Brandon Hill, executive director at the University of Chicago's Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health ( Ci3 ), described the center's objective as "to really give voice to racial and sexual minorities, with the goal of policy implications." Two recent projects within Ci3, just founded in 2012, have been LGBTQ-focused—and could impact people around ...


VIEWS-Echoes-of-the-AIDS-hysteria-as-we-battle-Ebola

VIEWS Echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola - Exactly a decade ago this month, I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS." "Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt," Johnson wrote. "Therefore, some of us youths ...


Doctor-Eduardo-Dolhun-reinvents-oral-rehydration

Doctor Eduardo Dolhun reinvents oral rehydration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The subject of dehydration has been one of the top issues in western medicine for about 100 years, and oral rehydration therapy has been studied for at least 50 years. New products surface rapidly in the marketplace with the ever-growing trend of athletic endurance and supplemental health "cures" and "remedies," but the art of rehydration has been very rarely understood ...


After-18-years-lesbian-moms-happy-with-donor-choices

After 18 years, lesbian moms happy with donor choices - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — Eighteen years after conceiving their sons or daughters through donor insemination, 77.5 percent of lesbian mothers were satisfied with their choice of a known, open-identity, or unknown sperm donor, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute. "Although heterosexual couples utilizing donor insemination services generally choose unknown donors, prospective lesbian mothers consider donors ...


Health-HRC-scores-healthcare-AFC-reaches-out-to-Mexican-men-

Health: HRC scores healthcare; AFC reaches out to Mexican men - HRC releases health care equality index The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its annual Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ), with some significant changes from last year. For example, the Health and Aging Program team proactively researched hospitals that chose not to participate, numbering 640 facilities. Another new feature of this year's HEI is a Google Maps lookup feature that ...


LOCAL-AFC-partners-to-reduce-STDs-Panel-on-state-fiscal-crisis-

LOCAL: AFC partners to reduce STDs; Panel on state fiscal crisis - AFC announces new community partnership The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ( CDC's ) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases ( CARS ). This partnership is with the Chicago Department of Public Health ( ...


Howard-Brown-Health-Center-expands-exam-rooms

Howard Brown Health Center expands exam rooms - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 22 to celebrate the completion of its exam room expansion. The Sheridan location exam room has now doubled its capacity by adding four new rooms, increasing from nine to 13. A press release stated, "In addition to cutting down patient wait times, this expansion ...


Advocate-Illinois-Masonic-Medical-named-leader-in-LGBT-health

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical named leader in LGBT health - From a press release - Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center was today named a leader in providing equal health care services for the LGBT community for 2014 by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation's Health Care Equality Index ( HEI ) report for a sixth consecutive year. The first Chicago-area hospital to have been recognized by the HEI in 2008, Advocate Illinois Masonic ...


-HRC-releases-health-care-equality-index

HRC releases health care equality index - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its annual Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ), with some significant changes from last year. For example, the Health and Aging Program team proactively researched hospitals that chose not to participate, numbering 640 facilities. Another new feature of this year's HEI is a Google Maps lookup feature that allows people to search for HEI-rated ...


TALK-TO-THE-DOC-Trans-people-and-hormone-therapy

TALK TO THE DOC Trans people and hormone therapy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: When you see a transgender patient and prescribe hormone therapy, what do you tell that person's insurance company you're treating them for? What is the diagnosis? As a doctor, I'm always amazed how much emotion is involved in giving a diagnosis to a patient. When things are organized and categorized, they feel more manageable, more approachable. Giving a diagnosis ...


Rev-Marti-Scott-Battling-homophobia-racism-and-climate-change

Rev. Marti Scott: Battling homophobia, racism--and climate change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How does anti-gay sentiment relate to other global problems like racism and climate change? If one thinks the link is tenuous, Rev. Marti Scott, a pastor at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, may persuade people to think again. Scott sees these challenges as interconnected through the idea of "social holiness," a principle of Methodist theology. According to ...


CDC-releases-numbers-about-HIV-care-treatment

CDC releases numbers about HIV care, treatment - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) report says that, among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a White House press release. Overall, among MSM ( men who have sex with men ) diagnosed with HIV, three-quarters ...


Current-of-Tampa-Bay-offers-free-laundry-day-Oct-16

Current of Tampa Bay offers free laundry day Oct. 16 - From a press release - Chicago, IL. — ( Oct. 16, 2014 ) — Current of Tampa Bay, Inc. is hosting its Laundry Project for local Chicago residents Thursday, October 16. The Project, which was created to assist low-income families by providing the necessary items needed to wash clothes, will take place at Wash & Relax Laundry, located at 1153 W 69th St., from 3 ...


Lesbian-couple-sues-area-clinic-after-sperm-mix-up

Lesbian couple sues area clinic after sperm mix-up - An Ohio lesbian recently filed a lawsuit against a Downers Grove, Illinois, fertility clinic, alleging that it sent an incorrect specimen, leading to her inadvertently giving birth to a biracial child. According to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, engaged Midwest Sperm Bank in 2011 to provide sperm so that she and her ...


CARS-brings-STI-testing-to-young-women-transwomen-of-color

CARS brings STI testing to young women, transwomen of color - From a press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has announced a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS). This partnership is with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of ...


Gay-bi-men-see-HIV-as-top-health-issue-facing-community

Gay/bi men see HIV as top health issue facing community - From a press release - MENLO PARK, CA — More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a ...


CDC-Half-gay-bi-men-diagnosed-with-HIV-get-treatment-

CDC: Half gay/bi men diagnosed with HIV get treatment - From a press release - Among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just 42 percent have achieved viral suppression — meaning their virus is under control at a level that helps keep them ...


TALK-TO-THE-DOC-Lesbian-and-pap-smears

TALK TO THE DOC Lesbian and pap smears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Brown: I'm a lesbian and only sleep with other women. Why should I get pap smears? Like you, a lot of lesbians think that pelvic exams and pap smears are only for heterosexual women. It's a real mistake, and it can lead to cancer that could have been prevented. A pap smear is a test doctors use to ...


Report-Bisexual-people-suffer-violence-discrimination-

Report: Bisexual people suffer violence, discrimination - New stats released for Bisexual Awareness Week - From press releases A new reports from the Movement Advance Project shows that more than 50% of people in the U.S. are bisexual in their orientation. The study was conducted with BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center. See http://www.lgbtmap.org/understanding-issues-facing-bisexual-americans for details. The report states: "There are over 9 million LGBT people in the United States. While more than half ...


Maria-Mejia-writes-about-her-HIV-battle

Maria Mejia writes about her HIV battle - Maria Mejia has long heard that she should write her autobiography, but just never was ready. After all, there are some "deep subjects" in her past, including enduring sexual abuse as a child; running away from home at the age of 13 and joining a gang; becoming HIV-positive at age 16 by the leader of the gang and her first ...


Men-Having-Babies-hosts-parenting-expo

Men Having Babies hosts parenting expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Men Having Babies, Inc. organized a surrogacy seminar and gay parenting expo on Sept. 13 at the Center on Halsted. More than 50 couples perused the showcased fertility booths, attended the various workshops about finances and risk averseness, and convened with service providers to privately discuss child-bearing options. Since 2005, Men Having Babies has put on hundreds of workshops across ...


CDPHs-Project-CHAT-surveys-gay-bi-men

CDPH's Project CHAT surveys gay, bi men - According to Nikhil Prachand, director of the Surveillance Epidemiology and Research Section at Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), the agency's Project CHAT initiative strives to get "everywhere" in the community. "We go out to bars, clubs, beaches, bathhouses, parks, hobby groups, volleyball leagues—you name it, we're there," said Prachand. "We work to find everything from hidden spots ...


Legislators-call-for-consistent-nondiscriminatory-tissue-donation-policy

Legislators call for consistent, nondiscriminatory tissue donation policy - From a press release - Washington D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( D-IL ) and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ), Tom Harkin ( D-IA ) and Elizabeth Warren ( D-MA ) led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing continued concern regarding current policies governing blood, organ, and tissue donation by ...


Chicago-Surrogacy-Seminar-Gay-Parenting-Expo-Sept-13

Chicago Surrogacy Seminar, Gay Parenting Expo Sept. 13 - From a press release - The first Chicago Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo on September 13 will feature community resources and more than a dozen service providers from the USA and Mexico, as well as information about a new financial assistance program for prospective gay parents. The international organization Men Having Babies is partnering with the Chicago based Center on Halsted and Howard Brown ...


LGBT-aging-Special-issue-available-on-role-of-social-work-

LGBT aging: Special issue available on role of social work - From a press release - "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ( LGBT ) Aging: The Role of Gerontological Social Work", a special triple issue from the Journal of Gerontological Social Work is now available for free access all of September 2014. The issue includes 18 articles and focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults and aging, an often unseen and marginalized subset of ...


Lambda-launches-Know-Your-Rights-At-Work-for-LGBT-HIV-

Lambda launches Know Your Rights At Work for LGBT, HIV+ - From a press release - ( New York, August 27, 2014 ) — As Labor Day approaches, Lambda Legal has launched its newest section of the Know Your Rights information hub. Know Your Rights Workplace provides information for LGBT and HIV+ people who face discrimination at work. "Among callers to our Legal Help Desk, workplace issues are a top concern year after year—second only to ...


NCLR-representing-conversion-survivor-alleging-abuse-

NCLR representing conversion survivor alleging abuse - From a press release - ( DeSoto County, MS, August 27, 2014 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) helped file a complaint with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department on behalf of a former student of Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Mississippi who says he was sexually abused for three years by a teacher attempting to "cure" his sexual orientation. The former ...


Study-LGBT-Americans-report-less-access-to-health-care-

Study: LGBT Americans report less access to health care - From a press release - Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT adults are more likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to lack health insurance coverage ( 17.6% v. 13.2%, respectively ). Study author Gates notes, "The findings in this study are consistent with several recent studies showing ...


New-Lurie-clinic-marks-25-million-gift

New Lurie clinic marks $2.5-million gift - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital opened doors Aug. 22 on its first outpatient clinic dedicated exclusively to medical care for adolescents and young adults. The Potocsnak Family Adolescent Medicine Outpatient Clinic, at the Lurie Children's Outpatient Center in Chicago's Lincoln Park, tends to the needs of patients 10-24. The clinic recognized the Potocsnak family's $2.5-million gift supporting the ...


New-study-sees-financial-struggles-among-LGBT-Americans

New study sees financial struggles among LGBT Americans - Williams Institute scholar Gates analyzes Gallup data on LGBT well-being - From a news release Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being. For example, the analyses show that nearly 4 in 10 non-LGBT ...


NLGJA-2014-Health-writers-discuss-HIV-AIDS-reporting

NLGJA 2014: Health writers discuss HIV/AIDS reporting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There are two factors that seriously impede Americans' understanding of HIV/AIDS: They don't understand science, and they don't like to talk about sex. That was among the observations made by a panel of journalist-activists speaking Aug. 21 about reporting on HIV/AIDS at the annual convention of the National Lesbian & gay Journalists Association, held at the Palmer House Hilton. The ...


Red-Pump-Project-talks-HIV-AIDS-awareness-

Red Pump Project talks HIV/AIDS awareness - Health advocates and community members gathered Aug. 13, at Little Black Pearl Workshop, 1060 E. 47th St., for Red Pump Project's annual "Condoms and Cupcakes" discussion and party. The gathering aimed for a frank discussion about HIV awareness and prevention among women of color. Red Pump Project is a national organization, based in Chicago, dedicated to educating women and girls ...


Pot-luck-Canna-business-confab-coming-to-Chicago

Pot luck: Canna-business confab coming to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jason Carson Wilson - Cannabis, or marijuana, is credited with relieving pain and suffering from cancer to HIV/AIDS. KC Stark of the Marijuana Business Academy remembered how the recreational drug helped an uncle who died of AIDS in the 1980s. "I saw how the medicine he took would turn him into a zombie," Stark said. "When he rolled a joint, he could get up ...


Condoms-Aug-13-at-Little-Black-Pearl

Condoms' Aug. 13 at Little Black Pearl - The Red Pump Project is inviting women to "Cupcakes and Condoms," an evening of cupcakes, sexual health and girl talk centered around the Centers for Disease and Control ( CDC ) relaunch of the "Take Charge. Take the Test" campaign focused on African-American women. The event will take place Wed., Aug. 13, at Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th St., ...


Federal-officials-discuss-HIV-AIDS-progress-

Federal officials discuss HIV/AIDS progress - The Obama Administration's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, as well as state and local service providers' responses and report on their own progress, was the focus of an Aug. 5 panel at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Douglas Brooks, director of the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy, spoke of the federal government's efforts to curb new infections ...


National-groups-offer-support-to-LGBT-cancer-survivors

National groups offer support to LGBT cancer survivors - Cancer does not discriminate, but the resources, support groups and research available to cancer patients and survivors often have. As a result, in 1998 Malecare Inc., a nonprofit men's cancer survivor support and advocacy organization, was founded, with The National LGBT Cancer Project-Out With Cancer organization following in 2005. Out with Cancer focuses on providing cancer survivor support to all ...


HIV-AIDS-stigma-fight-brings-lesbian-couple-together

HIV/AIDS, stigma fight brings lesbian couple together - The first time they met was at the International Conference on AIDS two summers ago in Washington, D.C., and Kathryn Mercado was convinced she would not get along with Kimberly Ramirez, based on what she now admits was "a schoolyard crush in the making." They met again last September at the United States Conference on AIDS, held in New Orleans, ...


AIDS-policy-listening-session-Aug-5

AIDS policy listening session Aug. 5 - The White House Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ) regional listening session will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3—5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ONAP will review state and local efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy ( NHAS ), gather feedback from ...


Claudia-Mosier-receives-honor

Claudia Mosier receives honor - Claudia Mosier, Psy.D., former director of mental health at the Center on Halsted, recently received the Supervisor of the Year award from Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern McGaw Medical, Center for graduate medical education. The award was for her supervision of the interns in the LGBTQ internship program. This is the first APA-approved LGBTQ psychology internship in the country. Mosier ...


LGBT-youth-more-likely-than-heterosexual-youth-to-try-suicide

LGBT youth more likely than heterosexual youth to try suicide - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— According to a new study authored by several contributing experts published in the American Journal of Public Health, sexual minority youth had higher prevalence than heterosexual youth of each of 6 outcomes studied, including self-harm, feeling sad, and suicide ideation, planning, and attempts. The study, using a large sample pooled from probability samples across the U.S., adds to ...


Clinical-counselor-Matthew-Dempsey-on-gay-men-body-image

Clinical counselor Matthew Dempsey on gay men, body image - Body-image issues are not just a problem for women. More men ( especially those who are gay ) have been negatively influenced by images of six-pack abs, bulging chests and biceps, and thin torsos. Slate recently cited an International Journal of Eating Disorders article that suggests that 15 percent of gay or bisexual men have struggled with disordered eating habits ...


Hundreds-gather-for-Chicago-Disability-Pride

Hundreds gather for Chicago Disability Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds gathered for the Chicago Disability Pride parade and festival in the Loop on July 19. This year marked the 11th anniversary for the event. A tradition started in Chicago, Disability Pride seeks to change the way people perceive disability and to celebrate disability as a part of human diversity. Chicago Disability Pride has inspired other similar parades throughout the ...


CDC-educates-on-dangers-of-smoking-for-HIV

CDC educates on dangers of smoking for HIV+ - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; July 16, 2014-The CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign marks a historic partnership between the CDC's tobacco and HIV divisions to spread the news about the synergistic bad effects of smoking while HIV+. CDC has been hosting national webinars with all of their tobacco grantees, all of their HIV grantees, and directly with HIV community based organizations ...


Program-to-look-at-fertility-options-for-lesbians

Program to look at fertility options for lesbians - From a press release - The American Fertility Association ( The AFA ) is hosting a free, educational event about pregnancy and family-building options for lesbians in Chicago. Gay Women's Gathering will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6::30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago. Faculty for the event include Dr. Laurence Jacobs of Fertility Centers of Illinois, Scott Brown of ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Sex-reassignment-surgery-and-Medicare

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Sex-reassignment surgery and Medicare - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I am transgender woman in my late 60s. I only recently came out and I'm not sure what type of transition-related medical care I need yet. What is covered by my Medicare plan for people like me? A: Congratulations on coming out! There have been some recent changes in coverage for transgender people who have Medicare, and thankfully the ...


Howard-Brown-takes-part-in-gay-blood-drive

Howard Brown takes part in gay blood drive - Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., took part in the National Gay Blood Drive, a nationwide event calling attention to the FDA ban on gay men donating blood, on July 11. Gay or bisexual men came to HBHC along with a surrogate who donated blood on their behalf, and both participants then signed a petition asking the Obama ...


Child-with-HIV-once-thought-cured-shows-re-infection-signs

Child with HIV, once thought cured, shows re-infection signs - A Mississippi child, previously thought to have been in remission from HIV, has once again shown signs of the infection, researchers say. Doctors had announced in March 2013 that the child seemed to have been cured, following an aggressive treatment of antiretroviral drugs that were begun just a few days after their birth. It was the second widely known case ...


Howard-Brown-to-host-gay-blood-drive-July-11

Howard Brown to host gay blood drive July 11 - Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., will take part in the National Gay Blood Drive July 11. Gay and bisexual men are asked to come into HBHC along with a surrogate who will donate blood on their behalf, and both will then sign a petition asking that the FDA ban on blood donations from men who have sex ...


Study-Children-of-same-sex-parents-are-healthier

Study: Children of same-sex parents are healthier - In Australia, a University of Melbourne study shows that children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, CNBC reported. The research was based on data from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, which involved input from 315 same-sex parents ( out of 390 ) and a total of 500 children. Of these participating families, 80 ...


Study-Religious-counseling-associated-with-suicide-tries

Study: Religious counseling associated with suicide tries - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new study finds that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals ( LGB ) who sought mental health treatment from health care providers were no less likely to attempt suicide than LGB people who did not seek any treatment at all, but seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt. The study, ...


HBHCs-HEALE-program-Educating-nurses-about-LGBTQ-elders

HBHC's HEALE program: Educating nurses about LGBTQ elders - - "When a person's getting older and they're faced with the prospect of going into long-term care, they're being taken out of their home environment. Gay or straight: no one wants to do that," said Cecilia Hardacker, geriatric trainer at the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Hardacker is one of the trainers of the HEALE ( Health Education about ...


Bisexual-Research-Collaborative-On-Health-formed-

Bisexual Research Collaborative On Health formed - From a press release - Leading bisexual health researchers and community activists from across the country agreed to form the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health ( BiRCH ) at a meeting hosted by The Fenway Institute in Boston on June 26. BiRCH will continue high-level discussions of bisexual health research, plan a national conference, and look for ways to raise public awareness of bi health ...


Supreme-Court-lets-stand-CAs-ban-on-ex-gay-therapy-

Supreme Court lets stand CA's ban on ex-gay therapy - From a press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out is pleased today that the Supreme Court denied cert to a challenge to California's ban on harmful, ineffective "ex-gay" therapy for minors. California's law, S.B. 1172, was signed in 2012 and has been challenged in higher courts, the law being upheld each time. The Supreme Court's decision to let the law stand protects California minors ...


Surgeon-General-video-warns-on-high-LGBT-smoking-rates-

Surgeon General video warns on high LGBT smoking rates - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the Office of the Surgeon General and CDC's Office of Smoking and Health have launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities. Featuring Dr. Scout from CenterLink's Network for LGBT Health Equity, "Smoking Within the LGBT Community" examines tobacco industry targeting and the importance of LGBT inclusion in the ...


HBHC-town-hall-tackles-youth-health-issues

HBHC town hall tackles youth health issues - Educating about health, respecting patient confidentiality and breaking down information silos were just some of the topics addressed in a town hall meeting about the health needs of LGBT youths that was sponsored by Howard Brown Health Center June 16. No LGBT youth attended the meeting, where attendance was sparse, but participants did speak with HBHC officials about some issues ...


AMA-adopts-new-policy-on-gender-change-requirements

AMA adopts new policy on gender-change requirements - In a sweeping move, the American Medical Association ( AMA ) has rejected gender-affirmation surgery as a requirement for transgender individuals to update their birth certificates. This announcement comes on the heels of the World Health Organization issuing a similar ruling regarding birth certificates and such surgery. The AMA House of Delegates ( the AMA's primary policy-making body of the ...


Medicare-lifts-ban-on-trans-surgical-procedures

Medicare lifts ban on trans surgical procedures - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board ( DAB ) announced it has overturned the Medicare policy of categorically excluding coverage for gender transition—related surgical procedures that are medically necessary for many transgender people, according to ThinkProgress.org. The DAB, an independent administrative entity within HHS, ruled that the ban is unreasonable and contrary to contemporary science ...


Two-Lake-View-events-focus-on-LBTQ-health

Two Lake View events focus on LBTQ health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two events with the aim of openly discussing health issues that affect the Chicago lesbian, queer and trans* communities took place last week. On June 9, the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) held the penultimate in its series of town-hall meetings at the soon to be relocating Brown Elephant in Lake View. Hosted by HBHC Manager of Transgender ...


Federal-employee-health-plans-to-include-transition-related-care

Federal employee health plans to include transition-related care - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ) announced it was removing the exclusion of transition-related health services for Federal Employee Health Benefits plans ( FEHB ). Today's announcement is a crucial step towards ensuring that medically necessary healthcare is available to every federal worker, regardless of their gender identity. This announcement is also consistent with an ...


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Howard Brown Health Center establishes advisory board - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) has established its newest community advisory board ( CAB ), which provides feedback on the center's current programs and advises the organization on its future developments. The new members include Jesse Gauger-Kiraly, Kenneth Humphrey, Andy McCrea, Armando Ramirez, Rich Scinteie, Ron Sy, Ginger Tanton and Joseph R. Varisco. Returning members include Riley Johnson, ...


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Marriage Equality Symposium at Advocate Illinois Masonic - From a news release - What Does Marriage Equality Mean for My Health Care? Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will offer a free Marriage Equality Symposium to learn about health care rights in light of Illinois marriage equality. This important event brings together legal and health care experts to answer all your questions regarding the history and future of health, access and equality. Expert panelists ...


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Anti-bi discrimination becomes focus of HBHC town hall - Howard Brown Health Center on June 2 convened another in its series of town hall meetings engaging community members in dialogue about health topics, with this session centering on gay, bisexual and queer men's health. Dr. Alfred Torrence, a staff physician at HBHC, and Serette B. King, HBHC's manager of Outreach Services, ran the session. Facilitators stressed that participants would ...


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'Step Up. Get Tested' aims to test 5,000 for HIV - Neighborhoods across Chicagoland will play host to free HIV testing this summer as part of the third annual "Step Up. Get Tested." campaign. This year's goal is to test 5,000 individuals for HIV between June 5 and July 4. The campaign kicks off Thursday, June 5 at 10 a.m., with testing events taking place simultaneously on the city's North, South ...


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Mosier receives professional honor - Claudia Mosier, Psy.D., former director of mental health at the Center on Halsted, received the Supervisor of the Year award from Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern McGaw Medical, Center for graduate medical education May 28. The award was for her supervision of the interns in the LGBTQ internship program. This is the first APA approved LGBTQ psychology internship in the ...


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Gareth Thomas in Cinderella; South Africa drops blood ban - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas will tackle a new challenge this Christmas—as he stars in a pantomime of Cinderella, according to Wales Online. Thomas will join fellow cast members Lee Mead, Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones and Sam Kane in the show at New Theatre in Cardiff. Thomas, who will star as Dandini, is considered one of ...


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Houston expands pro-LGBT measure; change in HIV statute - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston, Texas, has approved an ordinance expanding anti-bias protections for its LGBT residents, The Washington Post reported. The Houston City Council voted 11 to six in favor of the ordinance May 28 after listening to more than 200 people discuss the measure. Most spoke in favor of it during a public hearing that lasted more than seven hours. Supporters of ...







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