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Psychologist-talks-sexual-orientation-LGBQ-affirmative-therapy

Psychologist talks sexual orientation, LGBQ-affirmative therapy - by A.J. Smuskiewicz - Richard H. Reams, Ph.D., is a teacher, psychologist and associate director of counseling services at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has worked since 1994. He specializes in sexual orientation and the development of sexual identity, teaching undergraduate, predoctoral, and doctoral students and providing guidance for individuals struggling with these issues. In June 2013, Dr. Reams launched an ...


Youth-Outlook-to-honor-Garofalo

Youth Outlook to honor Garofalo - Youth Outlook has announced that Dr. Robert Garafalo—division head of Adolescent Medicine and director of the Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago—will be honored with the Lorrie Lane Brenneman Lifetime Achievement Award at the agency's gala, "Dare to Dream," on Saturday, Oct. 21. In an unprecedented move, the Leadership Committee of the Youth Outlook Board ...


Health-experts-call-for-better-management-during-drug-shortage

Health experts call for better management during drug shortage - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) released a policy brief documenting the public health emergency created by a shortage of injectable estrogen, and calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to be more proactive in resolving the crisis. The 10-page report, "Resolving the Current Injectable ...


-Johnson-among-Gilead-recipients

Johnson among Gilead recipients - Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program—a fund totaling more than $22 million that will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. Among those receiving grants is CURE HIV, a community-academic partnership among AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University. Amy Johnson is the point ...


Social-worker-to-be-honored-as-leader

Social worker to be honored as leader - Sarah Buino is being honored as the 2017 Emerging Leader awardee by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter ( NASW-IL ). She is one of three social workers being honored by this chapter. Buino ( MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW; CADC; CDWF ) is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions ...


-Howard-Brown-expands-program-for-assault-survivors

Howard Brown expands program for assault survivors - Howard Brown Health has launched a sexual-harm response project called in.power* to better assist survivors of sexual assault in gaining access to needed medical, behavioral health, legal, and support services. The program is designed to serve all people who experience sexual harm, including LGBTQ people. It is believed to be the first LGBTQ-specific sexual-assault support program of its kind, and ...


John-Hassey-rises-up-for-the-role-of-a-lifetime

John Hassey rises up for the role of a lifetime - Director of Economic Policy John Hassey's specific focus with the non-partisan organization Rise is to achieve market efficiency in sectors that are not functioning normally, which include health care, tech disruptions and low-skill labor outsourcing to foreign markets. Rise is different than a think tank or political action committee because the organization's policy initiatives are just that—initiatives. "Rather than doing ...


TPAN-returns-to-Edgewater-location

TPAN returns to Edgewater location - U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky ( D-9 ) and Ald. Ariel Reboyras ( 30th ), on June 19, were among those who joined Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) for a ribbon-cutting of its new location at 5755 North Broadway. The organization was for several years housed at the Edgewater location, so the event marked a homecoming of sorts. TPAN ...


Kathy-Bates-to-headline-Oct-2-event-

Kathy Bates to headline Oct. 2 event - Kathy Bates, an Academy Award-winning actress ( Misery ) and two-time cancer survivor, will headline the 2017 Fall Benefit Luncheon hosted by the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation ( LSCRF ). The event will be Monday, Oct. 2, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, visit LynnSage.org/event/fall-benefit-luncheon. Proceeds will ...


UIC-launches-injectable-PrEP-study

UIC launches injectable PrEP study - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), on June 16, announced that it will begin recruiting participants for a clinical trial to compare the efficacy of a newly developed injectable drug to prevent new infections of the HIV virus with that of the oral medication Truvada. In a statement, Richard Novak, chief of infectious disease in the UIC ...


FAIRY-GARDENER-planning-and-surprises

FAIRY GARDENER, planning and surprises - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Everything I ordered from catalogs is now planted: astranias, astilbes, ( so-called ) hardy gladiolas. The first two were bareroot and, as one is supposed to do I soaked them in warm water a couple of hours before planting them. I also mixed three kinds of viola seeds ( including Johnny-jump-ups ) and planted them on the edges of various ...


National-roundup-Blood-donor-campaign-trans-win-in-Va-Calif-honorees

National roundup: Blood-donor campaign, trans win in Va., Calif. honorees - In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) and Blood Equality announced a new social-media campaign to end the practice of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year, a press release noted. This campaign includes the release of a new video protesting this inequity and ...


HIV-AIDS-Council-members-resign-after-Trump-inaction

HIV/AIDS Council members resign after Trump inaction - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), on June 13, resigned from their posts, citing President Donald Trump's supposed indifference to the issue as their reason. Among those council members was Scott Schoettes, who is counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile ...


AMA-adopts-policies-supporting-transgender-and-LGB-health-GLMA-responds

AMA adopts policies supporting transgender and LGB health, GLMA responds - From a press release - GLMA President Jesse Joad, MD, MS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement praising the AMA for adopting several policies on LGBT health during its 2017 Annual Meeting: "GLMA applauds the AMA for taking action at its Annual Meeting to support LGBT health, in particular adopting a policy statement designed to ensure transgender individuals have access to ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-22-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 22 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...


Museum-event-on-science-of-sex-June-20

Museum event on science of sex June 20 - The Field Museum's LGBTQ affinity group Outfielders will host its second annual "Out in the Field: Slushies and Science," which will take place Tuesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m., at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Last year, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, "Slushies and Science" donated proceeds to Equality Florida to benefit the families of the victims. This ...


FDA-okays-generic-Truvada-configuration

FDA okays generic Truvada configuration - The Food and Drug Administration, on June 5, granted approval to a generic version of Truvada, a medication that has been used as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) intervention to prevent HIV infection. The FDA granted Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals the right to manufacture the first generic version of Truvada. The patent on the formula for Truvada's components does not ...


Underwear-for-periods-not-gender-launches-in-Chicago

Underwear for periods, not gender, launches in Chicago - Pyramid Seven, a Black, queer-owned company designing underwear to address the needs of all menstruating bodies, is launching in Chicago. The boxer brief style is specifically engineered to stay close to the body and provide security, while curving the barrier of panties or bikini underwear that not all persons prefer. Join the company Sunday, June 18 at AMFM, 2151 W. ...


TPAN-open-house-to-showcase-new-office-partnership-with-Howard-Brown-

TPAN open house to showcase new office, partnership with Howard Brown - Chicago, IL. ( June 13, 2017 )—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will celebrate the opening of its new office with an open house and ribbon-cutting on Monday, June 19, at its Edgewater location, 5537 N Broadway. The open house, which will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, ...


Howard-Brown-Health-Heads-to-Washington-DC-in-support-of-the-Equality-Act

Howard Brown Health Heads to Washington, DC in support of the Equality Act - From a press release - ( June 8, 2017 | Chicago, IL ) — Recognizing the detrimental impact health reform repeal would have on the LGBT community, Howard Brown Health will participate in transgender lobby days in Washington, DC to fight for passage of the Equality Act and focus on lawmaker opposition to the America Health Care Act. Crispin Torres, Legislative and Policy Advocate for ...


Kathy-Bates-to-speak-at-Lynn-Sage-Cancer-Research-Foundation-Annual-Fall-Benefit

Kathy Bates to speak at Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Annual Fall Benefit - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 7, 2017 ) — Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation ( LSCRF ) is proud to announce Academy Award-Winning Actress and two-time cancer survivor, Kathy Bates as their Guest Speaker at the 32nd Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon on Monday, October 2 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Proceeds will support innovative contributions to breast cancer research, ...


Field-Museum-scientists-at-Sidetrack-to-discuss-natures-variety-of-sexual-behavior-

Field Museum scientists at Sidetrack to discuss nature's variety of sexual behavior - From a press release - The Field Museum's LGBTQ affinity group Outfielders will host its second annual Out in the Field: Slushies and Science, which will take place on Tuesday, June 20, from 6-8pm, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, one of Chicago's largest gay bars. This year, there will be even more Field Museum scientists doing show-and-tells about some of nature's most unusual sexual behavior, ...


Amit-Paley-Named-as-The-Trevor-Projects-CEO

Amit Paley Named as The Trevor Project's CEO - From a press release - ( WEST HOLLYWOOD, June 6, 2017 ) — The Board of Directors of The Trevor Project—the nation's leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth—announced today that Amit Paley will become the organization's next Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. Paley, 35, is a leading expert on healthcare and non-profit management at the global consulting firm McKinsey & ...


NYC-memorial-event-to-honor-journalists-who-died-of-AIDS-or-covered-the-epidemic

NYC memorial event to honor journalists who died of AIDS or covered the epidemic - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY — A commemoration of journalists who died of AIDS, and others who covered the epidemic, highlighted by a keynote speech from a journalist from The New York Times, will take place on Friday, June 23. "Bodies on the Line: A Memorial to Honor AIDS Journalists" will take place on Friday, June 23, from 12:00 until 2:00pm at ...


Proposal-to-gut-ACA-contraceptive-rule-puts-womens-health-in-employers-hands

Proposal to gut ACA contraceptive rule puts women's health in employers' hands - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, condemned Trump's proposed regulation that could strip millions of women and LGBTQ people of access to critical contraceptive care previously guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). Vox reported on a leaked draft of the ...


Patrick-Dati-raises-voice-against-domestic-abuse

Patrick Dati raises voice against domestic abuse - After coming out, Patrick Dati fell for a man who seemed great at first, but later began physically abusing him. The abuse went on for a long time, reaching its peak one night when Dati said his partner threw him down a flight of stairs, sending him to the hospital with a broken arm. Dati said by this point everyone ...


Every-Child-Deserves-a-Family-ECDF-Act-of-2017-introduced

Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act of 2017 introduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Family Equality Council and PFLAG National, Co-Chairs of the National Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, welcome the reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family ( ECDF ) Act of 2017 in the House of Representatives, and thank Congressman John Lewis ( D-GA ) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( R-FL ) for their leadership on behalf ...


Burgess-re-elected-to-exec-committee-

Burgess re-elected to exec committee - Philip P. Burgess, MBA, DPh, RPh—a member of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy—was reelected to a three-year member term with the executive committee of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy ( NABP ). Burgess has served on the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, the Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation, and on the Task Force on Drug Return and Reuse ...


Transgender-persons-more-likely-than-non-to-lack-health-insurance-

Transgender persons more likely than non- to lack health insurance - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles — A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that compared with cisgender ( i.e., non-transgender ) individuals, transgender individuals had higher prevalence of poor general health and they had more days per month of poor physical and mental health. More transgender than cisgender people lacked health care coverage, a health care provider, and dental care. ...


Morten-Group-leads-ED-search

Morten Group leads ED search - The National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has retained Chicago-based Morten Group, LLC, headed by Mary Morten, in its search for its next executive director, according to an organizational press release. NBJC is a civil-rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. Sharon Lettman-Hicks is stepping down in the coming months after ...


OUTAging-summit-pinpoints-challenges-faced-by-LGBT-seniors

OUTAging summit pinpoints challenges faced by LGBT seniors - Videos below - According to Cecilia Hardacker, director of education at Howard Brown Health, the largest stumbling block impeding the social-, economic- and political-progress of LGBT older adults is invisibility. The LGBT community, she said, needs to move towards a more "critical consciousness" about its older members. Hardacker was speaking as part of a May 24 panel at OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities," ...


LGBTQ-Asian-American-affordable-housing-groups-plan-benefit-June-10

LGBTQ Asian American, affordable housing groups plan benefit June 10 - From a press release - Chicago - A joint fundraiser for Invisible to Invincible ( i2i ) and ONE Northside will be held on June 10, 2017, between 6-8pm, at The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park near the CTA Red Line Morse Station. The fundraiser is entitled Cya Later Party and will feature performances starting at 7pm by Storyteller and Author Ada ...


OUTAging-summit-ends-with-Movement-Advancement-Project-report-call-for-visibility

OUTAging summit ends with Movement Advancement Project report, call for visibility - Videos below - The two-day OUTAging summit hosted by Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) and sponsored by Lambda Legal, AARP Chicago, SAGE and Affinity Community Services among others closed in dramatic fashion for its capacity attendance at the AARP's downtown Chicago offices May 25. It was there that Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ) Senior Policy Analyst Heron Greenesmith, Esq. announced the ...


Budget-has-no-plan-to-withhold-funding-based-on-discrimination-in-schools

Budget has no plan to withhold funding based on discrimination in schools - From a GLSEN press release - ( New York, NY ) - May 25, 2017 - While presenting the Department of Education's requested budget, which includes $150 million in public funds to be spent on sending students to private schools, Secretary DeVos left little doubt that she would not intervene if states allowed discrimination. GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard, and Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, ...


Former-bodybuilder-is-advocate-for-LGBTQ-Asian-Pacific-Islander-youth-

Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...


Sarah-Buino-changes-the-tune-of-therapy

Sarah Buino changes the tune of therapy - Using her head and heart, Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF brings her own colorful touch to the therapy field. As a child growing up in southern Ohio, Buino wanted to be a Broadway star. Singing was her first passion and she considered her school's theater department and show choir life. Over the years, she has moved away from musicals and ...


Center-on-Halsted-gala-marks-10th-anniversary

Center on Halsted gala marks 10th anniversary - Scroll down for videos - According to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Center on Halsted is the "beating heart for the gay and lesbian community of the City of Chicago." Emanuel spoke May 20 at the Center's 10th anniversary Human First gala, held for the second year at the Geraghty on the Near Southwest Side, and reminisced about the organization's impact on the city's LGBT community, ...


TPAN-Moving-to-New-Office-Partnering-with-Howard-Brown-Health

TPAN Moving to New Office, Partnering with Howard Brown Health - From a press release - Chicago, IL. ( May 18, 2017 )—This month, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will move its offices to the Edgewater neighborhood, opening a co-located medical clinic operated by Howard Brown Health. The move returns TPAN to its former storefront location, 5537 N Broadway. According to CEO Patti Capouch. "TPAN has grown in our 30 year history—and the face ...


OutRight-Honors-LGBTIQ-Human-Rights-Defenders-at-United-Nations

OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - From a press release - On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. OutRight's award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. ...


OUTAging-confab-May-23-25-

'OUTAging' confab May 23-25 - "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" will take place May 23-25 in Chicago. With Pride Action Tank hosting, the summit will open with a free reception at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The remainder of the event will take place at AARP Illinois, 222 N. LaSalle St. The summit is being organized by a small, diverse planning committee that ...


Report-LGBTQ-Funding-Surpasses-160-Million-for-the-First-Time

Report: LGBTQ Funding Surpasses $160 Million for the First Time - From a press release - Today, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is publicly releasing The 2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations. This 14th edition of the tracking report finds that LGBTQ grantmaking reached a new record high of $160.7 million! The report notes significant increases in funding for trans communities, grantmaking to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, and ...


Trump-Expands-Global-Gag-Rule-Putting-Millions-at-Risk-Worldwide

Trump Expands "Global Gag Rule" Putting Millions at Risk Worldwide - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the Trump Administration's massive expansion of the so-called "Global Gag Rule" ( GGR ), which stops any U.S. aid to foreign non-governmental organizations ( NGOs ) that provide abortion information, referrals or services — even when they provide those services with their own, non-U.S. funding. The Trump Administration's shameful announcement comes ...


Sessions-war-on-drugs-is-war-on-people-says-National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-

Sessions' "war on drugs" is "war on people" says National LGBTQ Task Force - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2017—In a backward move and a major turnabout from the policies of Obama Administration Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest criminal penalties for those who have been charged with drug crimes. The move is being described by the National LGBTQ Task Force ...


ABA-launches-study-to-expand-opportunities-for-disabled-LGBT-lawyers

ABA launches study to expand opportunities for disabled, LGBT+ lawyers - From an American Bar Association press release - WASHINGTON, May,10, 2017 — The American Bar Association is launching a first-of-its kind nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT+ and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. Preliminary results are expected to be released in September. Diversity and ...


IPV-study-taking-place-at-NU

IPV study taking place at NU - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health ( ISGMH ) at Northwestern University, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, launched a new research study in November 2016. The new research study, FAB 400, focuses on the personal experiences of sexual minority teenagers in Chicago who are assigned female at birth ( AFAB ). Taking place over two years, ...


SAGE-partners-with-AARP-for-LGBT-elders-initiative

SAGE partners with AARP for LGBT elders initiative - The Trump administration is not so quietly moving to wipe out questions about LGBT people in the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ) is putting up a heavy resistance. The survey is a critical endeavor that guides the federal government on how to spend $2 billion each year on ...


Reproductive-rights-measure-heads-to-Rauners-desk

Reproductive rights measure heads to Rauner's desk - A measure ensuring that access to legal abortions remains viable in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned, on May 10, passed the Illinois State Senate and is headed for the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he would veto the legislation. The bill, HB 40, was passed in the Senate in a 33-22 vote. Besides ensuring that ...


OUTAging-early-bird-registration-ends-Friday-May-12

OUTAging early bird registration ends Friday, May 12 - From a Pride Action Tank press release - OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities is fast approaching and we're happy to reveal the schedule, along with an amazing set of speakers. The summit will bring together LGBTQ older adults, service providers, clinicians and advocates from across the nation to talk about the needs of LGBTQ older adults ( 55+ years of age ) in the Chicago region. Participants must ...


House-votes-to-implement-Affordable-Health-Care-Act-

House votes to implement Affordable Health Care Act - From press releases - All seven Republican Illinois Congressional delegates voted May 4 in favor of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation intended to replace components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final vote on the bill, which was quickly introduced and voted on before it was scrutinized by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—or even read by many members—was 217-213. No Democrats ...


Strike-averted-as-nursing-home-workers-owners-reach-tentative-agreement-

Strike averted as nursing home workers, owners reach tentative agreement - From a press release - CHICAGO - Nursing home workers have reached a tentative agreement with nursing home owners for a three-year contract, averting the largest nursing home strike in history. Through this contract, the owners and management teams at the 103 nursing homes of the Illinois Association of Health Care Facilities recognize 10,000 SEIU Healthcare Illinois members as skilled, dedicated, and irreplaceable employees who ...


Trump-administration-to-reconsider-healthcare-protections-for-transgender-people

Trump administration to reconsider healthcare protections for transgender people - From a press release - Los Angeles—In a court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday, the Trump Administration indicated that it plans to reconsider regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that prohibit discrimination in healthcare, which could adversely impact the 1.55 million individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. The regulations, which implement the Affordable ...


Howard-Brown-expands-program-for-assault-survivors

Howard Brown expands program for assault survivors - Howard Brown Health has launched a sexual-harm response project called in.power* to better assist survivors of sexual assault in gaining access to needed medical, behavioral health, legal, and support services. The program is designed to serve all people who experience sexual harm, including LGBTQ people. It is believed to be the first LGBTQ-specific sexual-assault support program of its kind, and ...


NU-conference-looks-at-LGBT-health-

NU conference looks at LGBT health - Ilan H. Meyer—the Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA's School of Law—said April 29 that responses to his talks on LGBT-focused research and public policy have changed since the November elections. Wherein, prior to November, Meyer would have to convince audiences that advancing LGBT rights still ...


Workers-to-make-history-with-possible-nursing-home-strike

Workers to make history with possible nursing home strike - From a press release - CHICAGO — At 6AM Thursday thousands of nursing home workers will walk off the job at more than a dozen nursing homes across Chicagoland. It is the first wave of a strike that will swell to 5,000 nursing home workers across more than 50 facilities in Illinois by Saturday, making it the largest nursing home strike in U.S. history. See ...


Deadline-looms-for-response-to-LGBT-elders-survey-omission

Deadline looms for response to LGBT elders survey omission - Center on Halsted, among other LGBT-rights advocates, have called on individuals to register public comments on the upcoming National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants ( NSOAAP ). The deadline for comments is May 12, 2017. Issues with the new version of NSOAAP came to the fore in March, when a Federal Register notice indicated that questions pertaining to LGBT ...


House-Health-Care-Bill-Would-Have-a-Negative-Impact-on-LGBT-People

House Health Care Bill Would Have a Negative Impact on LGBT People - From a press release - Los Angeles—The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would repeal important elements of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and replace the ACA with The American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). In addition to scaling back federal subsidies that make health insurance more affordable and cutting federal funds for Medicaid, the latest version of the House ...


Federal-Court-certifies-lawsuit-charging-unconstitutional-prison-healthcare

Federal Court certifies lawsuit charging unconstitutional prison healthcare - From a press release - CHICAGO — In a decision with wide-ranging implications for prisoners across Illinois, a federal judge ruled last week that long-standing problems with the medical and dental care provided in Illinois's state prisons must be addressed systemically, rather than relying on individual challenges from prisoners. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso has held that the lawsuit, Lippert v. Baldwin, can move ...


Chicago-Childrens-Museum-to-host-Family-Equality-Day-celebrating-LGBTQ-families

Chicago Children's Museum to host Family Equality Day celebrating LGBTQ families - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, April 27, 2017— Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ community with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) on Sunday, May 7, 2017. As a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to create an inclusive environment for all, LGBTQ families and more will enjoy a day ...


ManKind-group-invites-GBTQQ-men-to-training

ManKind group invites GBTQQ men to training - Chicago-area men who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning ( GBTQQ ) have the opportunity to experience The ManKind Project's ( MKP's ) New Warrior Training Adventure ( NWTA ) this summer. The GBTQQ-specific version of the three-decade-old men's training, based on the narrative of the "hero's journey"—in which the hero separates himself from the outside world and ...


HB40-clears-its-first-hurdle-with-House-passage

HB40 clears its first hurdle with House passage - House Bill 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ) that would, among other components, eliminate a 42-year-old "trigger law" that would go into effect should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the United State Supreme Court, was passed by the House on April 25 with a vote of 62-55-0. The bill now goes to the state ...


PFLAG-Northern-Illinois-ready-with-Kisses-from-Mom

PFLAG Northern Illinois ready with Kisses from Mom - From a press release - . . . and hugs, back slapping, and good feelings too at the PFLAG "Kisses from Mom" event on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 from 3-9 p.m. in front of Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago. About two dozen PFLAG moms will give back this Mother's Day by rotating shifts throughout the event. John Hickey, PFLAG Northern Illinois Council President ...


Renee-Wsol-From-Planned-Parenthood-patient-to-advocate

Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate - It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the ...


Howard-Brown-hosts-transgender-focused-A-Call-to-Action

Howard Brown hosts transgender-focused 'A Call to Action' - With eight reported deaths of transgender women of color throughout the country so far in 2017—including 24-year-old Keke Collier of Englewood in February—Howard Brown Health is aiming to bring together Chicago's transgender community, particularly transgender women of color. As part of this effort, the organization hosted "True Voices: A Call to Action," a town hall discussion at its Sheridan site ...


Platform-for-LGBTQ-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-launches

Platform for LGBTQ people with intellectual disabilities launches - The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has partnered up with Neumann Family Services to offer a one-of-a-kind platform for LGBTQ people in Cook County with intellectual/developmental disabilities ( IDD ). Proud & Included is an ambitious project to marry community and inclusion for people with IDD. The initiative will deliver ongoing peer support, education and self-advocacy training for adults with ...


Garden-of-Eve-to-celebrate-womens-health

'Garden of Eve' to celebrate women's health - Howard Brown Health celebrates queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health at "Garden of Eve: Forward" on Friday, April 28, at Venue SIX10. "Garden of Eve is one of our signature events that brings together Chicago's LGBT women and allies to celebrate queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health," said Lia Taylor Stokes, lead research assistant with Special ...


Personal-PAC-CEO-decries-Rauner-HB-40-reversal

Personal PAC CEO decries Rauner HB 40 reversal - Terry Cosgrove, CEO of Personal PAC, on April 19, publicly released the candidate's questionnaire then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner filled out in 2014 that said Rauner would respect womens' reproductive healthcare and access to safe and legal abortions. Rauner said, however, on April 14, that he would veto HB 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ), that ...


Statewide-Healthcare-Day-of-Action-seeks-pledges-to-preserve-benefits-of-ACA

Statewide Healthcare Day of Action seeks pledges to preserve benefits of ACA - From a press release - CHICAGO-As Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans try to resuscitate their efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) in order to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy households, insurance companies and drug manufacturers, 1.3 million Illinoisans are at risk of losing insurance coverage. A coalition of groups are planning a statewide day of action Tuesday, April 18th, ...


LGBTQ-aging-summit-to-address-advocacy-and-service-needs-in-Chicago

LGBTQ aging summit to address advocacy and service needs in Chicago - From a press release - Pride Action Tank, AARP and Affinity Community Services will host OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities, including an opening reception, on May 23-25. The summit will bring together LGBTQ older adults, service providers, clinicians and advocates from across the nation to talk about the needs of LGBTQ older adults ( 55+ years of age ) in the Chicago region. OUTAging will ...


Book-on-LGBTQ-hospice-care-to-be-published

Book on LGBTQ hospice care to be published - The book LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, is slated to be released in April. According to a press release, "This is the only handbook for hospice and palliative care professionals looking to enhance their care delivery or their programs with LGBTQ-inclusive care. Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in clear, easy-to-understand language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice ...


Panel-examines-concerns-for-prospective-parents-considering-surrogacy

Panel examines concerns for prospective parents considering surrogacy - If one is considering surrogacy as a means of having children, it might help to consider having a surrogate mother breast-feed the child, wanting to have a relationship with the surrogate mother once the child is born, or pondering what to do if she's carrying twins—or more. If these issues haven't come up yet, they will. And the earlier that ...


Blue-Man-teams-with-Autism-Speaks

Blue Man teams with Autism Speaks - Blue Man Group is teaming up with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year and will be hosting autism-friendly performances suitable for individuals and families affected by autism in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando. Tickets for these special performances in New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando will be discounted, and $5 from each ticket will be donated ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children-Part-Two

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part Two - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - In the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, a family has been raising their transgender daughter Amy ( alias ) in an affirming home. According to the mother Donna ( alias ), Amy started presenting at 18 months of age. Donna began her conversation with Windy City Times describing her daughter with a proud energy and laughed as she talked about ...


Extreme-Ice-presents-cold-hard-facts-about-global-warming

'Extreme Ice' presents cold, hard facts about global warming - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there's a message with the new Museum of Science and Industry exhibit "Extreme Ice" ( which launched March 23 ), it's that global warming is real. In the exhibit, photographer James Balog has captured thought-provoking ( and jaw-dropping ) images over a multi-year period that showcase the dramatic extent of melting glaciers around the world. Through photographic documentation and ...


AFC-campaign-Smart-sex-is-sexy

AFC campaign: Smart sex is sexy - In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( which was observed April 10 ), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) launched "Sexperts Slay," a celebration of those who own good sex practices and are ready to listen and lead others. The campaign focuses on a few key elements, such as an online quiz that tests a sexpert-in-training's ...


New-social-campaign-tells-youth-smart-sex-is-sexy

New social campaign tells youth smart sex is sexy - From a press release - Sexperts: they're the people in your life who you turn to for helping navigating the good, the bad and the uncomfy in your sex life. In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, April 10, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching Sexperts Slay, a celebration of those wise warriors in our lives who own good sex practices ...







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