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Astraea-Foundation-sets-Uprising-of-Love-Fund-for-most-urgent-LGBTQI-organizing

Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. This fund will prioritize timely support for LGBTQI activism across the nation resisting the onslaught of attacks on our bodies, our communities and our collective rights. "The subtle and overt shifts in policy and culture are meant ...


Strive-Village-fitness-facility-Unapologetically-intense

Strive Village fitness facility: 'Unapologetically intense' - Walking into the Strive Village fitness facility, a person cannot claim a lack of warning. In large letters on one of the walls is the mantra "Hard Work. Integrity. Juice." ( This writer would be the first to admit that he had to look twice, especially because of the last word—but more on that later. ) Focused and intense coaches ...


Bisexual-Resource-Center-to-celebrate-Bisexual-Health-Awareness-Month-

Bisexual Resource Center to celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month - From a press release - Boston, MA — The Bisexual Resource Center ( BRC ) will celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month ( BHAM ) for the fourth consecutive year with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2017. BHAM aims to raise awareness of health disparities within the bisexual+ community and promote resources and action; this year, the campaign focuses on social ...


National-membership-group-of-LGBT-community-centers-has-new-CEO

National membership group of LGBT community centers has new CEO - From a press release - February 14, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Today, the Board of Directors of CenterLink announced that it has appointed Lora Tucker as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. CenterLink is a national member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. "Lora's extensive experience and passion for leadership development, public relations, and organizational strategy make her ...


Anti-racism-series-March-31-May-20-

Anti-racism series March 31-May 20 - A six-session anti-racism seminar for white people ( called "Doing Our Own Work" ) will be held March 31-May 20 at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. Allies for Change is hosting the series. The sessions, which are gender-inclusive, will be led by Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom and Lois McCullen Parr. "At this time in our nation, we are witnessing ...


Aville-businesses-to-give-back-Feb-10-14

A'ville businesses to give back Feb. 10-14 - For the weekend leading up to Valentine's Day, Feb. 10-14, 27 Andersonville businesses have joined forces to give back 14 percent of their sales to a charity or non-profit each business has chosen. With the support of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade at 5137 N. Clark St., has organized the first "With Love from ...


Male-sex-workers-face-challenges-obtaining-healthcare

Male sex workers face challenges obtaining healthcare - By David Thill - Chicago researchers seek funding and partners to provide better outcomes for an overlooked population Sex is a way of making a living for some. For others, it's a way of obtaining their most basic needs, like shelter, food and clothing. Survival sex workers, as they are known, are already a marginalized group, but male survival sex workers face unique challenges, ...


Queer-centered-coffee-bar-in-LA-seeks-funding

Queer-centered coffee bar in LA seeks funding - Cuties, a queer-centered coffee bar opening in Los Angeles, is seeking funding support. Founders Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aim to build and strengthen community by providing an affirming venue where people on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum can congregate and socialize. They've just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money so Cuties can become a reality. See https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cuties-coffee-bar-community#/ . Feelings of ...


Feigenholtz-legislation-on-Illinois-womens-right-to-choose-clears-committee-hurdle

Feigenholtz legislation on Illinois women's right to choose clears committee hurdle - From press releases - Springfield, Ill. - Legislation sponsored by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, protecting a women's right to choose by striking the dangerous "trigger" language in the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 advanced out of committee today on a 7-to-5 vote along party lines. House Bill 40 will help ensure abortion remains safe and legal in Illinois regardless of potential federal efforts ...


The-Vagina-Monologues-reading-Feb-10-to-support-Planned-Parenthood

The Vagina Monologues reading Feb. 10 to support Planned Parenthood - From a press release - ( February 7, 2017- Chicago, IL ): On February 10th at 7:30pm, V-Day Chicago and The Public House Theatre will kick off a three-night benefit reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues. Proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against ...


Christoff-joins-Howard-Brown-Health

Christoff joins Howard Brown Health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In January, Dr. Eric Christoff, a veteran provider in Chicago with a specialty in HIV care, joined the medical practice at Howard Brown Health. Previously with the Northwestern Medical Group, Christoff is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He will practice from Howard Brown Health Clark, its new clinic at ...


-Johnson-among-Gilead-recipients

Johnson among Gilead recipients - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 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 ...


LGBT-tobacco-survey-released

LGBT tobacco survey released - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT HealthLink recently conducted its biannual tobacco census to survey all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to determine the level of LGBT inclusion in its tobacco-control work. Results to this survey showed that 53 percent of respondents demonstrated higher grades in 2016 when compared to 2014, indicating improvement in adoption and increased uptake of LGBT best ...


Cupids-Undie-Run-Feb-11-in-Lake-View

Cupid's Undie Run Feb. 11 in Lake View - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Cupid's Undie Run will take place at John Barleycorn Wrigleyville, 3524 N. Clark St. The event will benefit Children's Tumor Foundation. At noon, the party starts; the run ( approximately one mile ) itself starts at 2 p.m. See "Cupid's Undie Run - Chicago" on Facebook. ...


Free-days-at-MSI-in-February

Free days at MSI in February - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Museum of Science and Industry ( MSI ) is offering FREE entry to Illinois residents on select dates in February. These remaining dates are Feb. 8-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 28. Also, on Jan. 16—Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a free day for Illinois residents—MSI launched its annual Black Creativity program with a special Family Day. See MSIChicago.org. ...


Kelly-Ducheny-on-her-career-award-and-being-an-ally-

Kelly Ducheny on her career, award and being an ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kelly Ducheny has spent many years advocating for the LGBT community as an ally in all aspects of her life. She currently serves as Howard Brown Health's director of behavioral health and previously worked in a variety of capacities at Howard Brown and as an associate professor and department chair at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. This year, Ducheny ...


National-roundup-Summit-canceled-GLAAD-nominees-gay-Iranian-detained

National roundup: Summit canceled, GLAAD nominees, gay Iranian detained - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) canceled a summit dedicated to LGBT young people, Advocate.com reported. An unidentified source who spoke with Talking Points Memo said the conference, originally planned for December, was a "big deal" that would have outlined a five-year agenda "to address the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth." The date was pushed ...


National-Forum-on-LGBT-Aging-March-22-in-Chicago

National Forum on LGBT Aging March 22 in Chicago - From a press release - The National Forum on LGBT Aging will be held March 22 in Chicago during American Society on Aging (ASA) — Aging in America conference. As the overall population of older adults expands, the cohort of LGBT older adults is also expanding. This cohort represents a diverse group of individuals who have historically been relegated to the margins of society. With ...


The-USS-Bonhomme-Richard-introduces-Navys-transgender-policy-change

The USS Bonhomme Richard introduces Navy's transgender policy change - From a U.S. Navy press release - SASEBO, Japan ( Jan. 25, 2017 ) Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard ( LHD 6 ), facilitates transgender training with chiefs and officers in the ship's wardroom. The training was conducted to provide command leadership guidance on transgender policy in accordance with Secretary of the Navy ( SECNAV ) instructions. Bonhomme Richard, forward-deployed ...


Riva-Lehrer-talk-on-Jan-25

Riva Lehrer talk on Jan. 25 - Project& will present a conversation with Riva Lehrer, who's a Working in America exhibit participant, artist and activist. The event will take place Wed., Jan. 25, 12-1 p.m., at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. She will talk about her working life. Lehrer is known for depictions of those who have rarely been the subjects of portraiture. ...


Poll-10M-LGBTQs-reside-in-US

Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates to 10 million LGBTQ adults living in the United States—an increase of approximately 1.75 million from 2012. This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of ...


UMCs-Bishop-Karen-Oliveto-visits-Chicago

UMC's Bishop Karen Oliveto visits Chicago - United Methodist Church ( UMC ) Bishop Karen Oliveto was in Chicago over the weekend of Jan. 13 for the Winter Warming conference that, according to its website, is "a reconciling United Methodist gathering for a fully inclusive church co-hosted by NIC Reconciling Task Force & MFSA." Oliveto is UMC's first openly lesbian bishop having served, for eight years, as ...


Planned-Parenthood-prepares-for-fight-of-its-life

Planned Parenthood prepares for fight of its life - In as much as conservative Republicans have waged their crusade against the civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community, they have sought to wield the same authority in both clandestine and overt efforts to control the reproductive lives of women. A woman's right to the governance of her own body has been a battleground of increased intensity ever since ...


Rep-Feigenholtz-introduces-legislation-protecting-abortion-access-

Rep. Feigenholtz introduces legislation protecting abortion access - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Earlier this week, Representative Sara Feigenholtz introduced House Bill 40, which reaffirms the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion for all women in the state. "House Bill 40 is a critical piece of legislation that ensures that women's health care will be protected in Illinois regardless of what happens to ...


Equality-California-urges-Congress-to-preserve-the-Affordable-Care-Act

Equality California urges Congress to preserve the Affordable Care Act - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— Equality California has sent a letter to members of the California congressional delegation urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) without a replacement that provides better healthcare for the American people. "The health and lives of millions of LGBT Americans are at stake," said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. "No issue ...


Attack-on-Affordable-Care-Act-Lambda-Legal-urges-action-to-save-lives

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal urges action to save lives - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., January 11, 2017 ) — As the Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director, Scott Schoettes, and Transgender Rights Project, Director M. Dru Levasseur, issued the following statements: Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director, Lambda Legal: "The ACA has had a transformative impact on the health and well-being of ...


Gilead-Sciences-to-give-22M-in-grants-to-new-HIV-cure-research-projects

Gilead Sciences to give $22M in grants to new HIV cure research projects - From a press release - Foster City, Calif., January 10, 2017 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. ( Nasdaq: GILD ) today announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program, a fund totaling more than $22 million, which will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. These projects will be conducted by leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations and community groups from around the world, focusing on ...


Antonio-King-takes-on-new-CDPH-role

Antonio King takes on new CDPH role - Antonio King, who has a background as a promoter and stage performer, said that he's used his past work with the LGBT community "to build build trust and be an advocate for individuals who cannot speak for themselves." That experience will surely prove useful in King's new position. He was recently appointed LGBTQ community liaison to lead Chicago Department of ...


Local-study-of-injectable-HIV-drug-launches

Local study of injectable HIV drug launches - By Matt Simonette A new large-scale clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a long-lasting injectable anti-HIV drug called cabotegravir is taking place in part at Cook County Health & Hospitals System's ( CCHHS ) Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Cabotegavir is intended to be administered every eight weeks and, if ultimately proven to be effective, could be used as pre-exposure ...


ACLU-acts-to-block-court-order-permitting-health-care-discrimination-

ACLU acts to block court order permitting health care discrimination - From a press release - FORT WORTH, Texas — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to stay a nationwide court order preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in healthcare. The ACLU also asked the court to issue a formal ruling on its request to intervene in the lawsuit. The ...


The-Fairy-Gardener

The Fairy Gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the New Year comes a spate of gardening catalogs which I will peruse and review in this column. But first some New Year's horticultural resolutions: 1 ) I will grow rose campions, the magenta flowered silver-leaved perennial ( which I have tried to grow at least 5 times before unsuccessfully ). And hardy maypop! 2 ) Instead of growing ...


Survey-shows-drug-fueled-sex-is-prevalent-with-30-of-respondents

Survey shows drug-fueled sex is prevalent with 30% of respondents - From a press release - TORONTO ( January 5, 2017 ) — Popular gay hookup site Squirt.org has found chemsex, also known as Party and Play ( PNP ) or drug-fueled sex, is prevalent with 30% of survey respondents admitting that they have engaged in the activity. The study, which surveyed 22,248 Squirt.org members, also showed that despite widespread usage of illicit drugs during sex, ...


Pro-choice-march-for-abortion-rights-planned-for-Jan-15

Pro-choice march for abortion rights planned for Jan. 15 - From a press release - Feminist activists will gather at 219 S. Dearborn at Adams on Jan. 15, 2017, at 1p.m. demonstrating commitment to defend reproductive justice, including access to birth control, abortion and other reproductive health care, funding for Planned Parenthood, as well as the right and access to the means to raise children by choice. This year's event aims to protest the incoming ...


Wild-Things-Conference-to-bring-together-nature-enthusiasts-activists-volunteers

Wild Things Conference to bring together nature enthusiasts, activists, volunteers - From a press release - Chicago ( January 4, 2017 ) — The seventh biennial Wild Things Conference brings together activists, citizen scientists, researchers, nature enthusiasts and volunteers from across the Chicagoland region for an inspiring day of presentations, workshops and networking. Kim Wasserman, Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization ( LVEJO ) and Jerome McDonnell, host, of WBEZ's Worldview, will provide ...


NJ-Catholic-hospital-denies-care-to-trans-man-Lambda-files-suit-

NJ Catholic hospital denies care to trans man, Lambda files suit - From a press release - ( NEWARK, NJ, January 5, 2017 ) — Today Lambda Legal announced it has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Joseph's Healthcare in Paterson, New Jersey, after the hospital refused to allow Jionni Conforti's surgeon to perform a routine hysterectomy because Jionni is transgender. The lawsuit cites the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which clearly prohibits discrimination because of sex ...


UIC-to-continue-study-of-risky-behavior-by-sexual-minority-women

UIC to continue study of risky behavior by sexual-minority women - From a UIC press release - The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $3.25 million federal grant to continue its research to identify risk and protective factors related to drinking and drinking-related problems among sexual-minority — lesbian or bisexual — women. The five-year study, led by Tonda Hughes, professor of health systems science and associate dean for global health, will examine ...


Chicago-Dept-of-Public-Health-appoints-LGBTQ-liaison

Chicago Dept. of Public Health appoints LGBTQ liaison - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) today named Antonio King the new LGBTQ Community Liaison to lead the department's outreach efforts with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning ( LGBTQ ) community. This role ensures continuity and support for community members across all programs and through ongoing implementation of Healthy Chicago 2.0, the ...


All-Survivors-Project-to-study-shape-policy-on-male-sexual-victimization-in-war

All Survivors Project to study, shape policy on male sexual victimization in war - From a press release - The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law announces the launch of the All Survivors Project, documenting sexual and gender based violence against boys and men in situations of armed conflict and displacement. The project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees ( UNHCR ), will provide best practices ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Lurie

Equality Illinois to honor Lurie - Equality Illinois will honor the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago with its Business Leadership Award. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. More honorees and details about the Equality ...


LGBTQ-health-conference-calls-for-submissions

LGBTQ health conference calls for submissions - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and the Center on Halsted are asking for submissions for the 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference. The conference will take place April 28-30 in Chicago. Keynote speakers include: —Dr. Laura Kann, senior scientist and chief of the school-based surveillance branch in the Division of Adolescent and ...


One-on-one-cuddling-sessions-redefine-touch

One-on-one cuddling sessions redefine touch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cuddling doesn't always have to be sexy and isn't just for curing loneliness. Shawn Coleman's organization Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community uses cuddling for yet another purpose. Coleman grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now resides in Chicago. They described themself as a nerd, always dedicated to school. They were on track to be an engineer, but after taking a ...


Shortage-of-injectable-estrogen-a-crisis-for-transgender-women

Shortage of injectable estrogen a crisis for transgender women - From a press release - December 6, 2016-Today, 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. Injectable estrogen is a ...


Orland-Park-minister-to-headline-2017-ex-gay-conference

Orland Park minister to headline 2017 'ex-gay' conference - A South Suburban minister will be keynote speaker at the annual convention of 'ex-gay' organization Restored Hope Network this summer. Ron Citlau, senior pastor at Calvary Church in Orland Park, will speak at the event, which takes place in San Diego June 16-17, and was first reported Dec. 5 by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Citlau is Restored Hope ...


-Universal-Joy-Dec-17-

'Universal Joy' Dec. 17 - A Church 4 Me MCC is inviting the LGBTA community to "Universal Joy—A Christmas Cabaret." "Universal Joy" will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, 7-10 p.m. at Atmosphere, 5355 N. Clark St. The show was created by A Church 4 Me music director Michael McBride, and will feature cabaret artists and other performers. There will also be a silent auction involving ...


World-of-Chocolate-draws-a-thousand-chocolate-fans

World of Chocolate draws a thousand chocolate fans - About a thousand supporters of AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) gathered at Revel Fulton Market for AFC's annual World of Chocolate celebration Dec. 1. Twenty-one vendors offered their chocolate wares at the celebration. Some indulged celebrants' taste for the savory as well as the sweet, for example. Hotel Intercontinental Chicago offered its "Dinky Duck burger, a Kobe beef ...


Howard-Brown-Health-officially-opens-Rogers-Park-clinic

Howard Brown Health officially opens Rogers Park clinic - Howard Brown Health hosted the grand opening of Howard Brown Health Clark, its Far North Side facility Dec. 5, at 6500 N. Clark St. The event was host to several local politicians, among them U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Alds. Carlos Rosa, Harry Osterman, Raymond Lopez and Joe Moore. The 15,000-square-foot facility, which officials say will ...


Study-Americans-with-cancer-face-barriers-in-access-and-coverage

Study: Americans with cancer face barriers in access and coverage - From a press release - A study released today shows that despite the rising complexity and cost of cancer care, few patients are having comprehensive care conversations with their health care providers, including conversations about costs. Further, only half of patients receive the psychosocial care they need to help them navigate the illness. The result is delays in care, increased out of pocket costs, lack ...


Howard-Brown-Health-holds-community-input-meetings

Howard Brown Health holds community input meetings - Howard Brown Health held two community input meetings—Nov. 15 at Brown Elephant Andersonville and Nov. 17 at Howard Brown Health 63rd Street—ahead of developing its three-year strategic plan. Howard Brown Health Individual Giving Officer Myles Brady-Davis kicked off the Nov. 15 meeting by noting that there is a lot going on in the world so it is important to get ...


-AMA-adopts-new-policies

AMA adopts new policies - The American Medical Association ( AMA ) recently gathered physician and medical student leaders from all corners of medicine during its Interim Meeting and voted to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the nation. Among a few of the policies are the following: —Parity in reproductive health insurance coverage for same-sex couples: In recognition that same-sex couples ...


New-journal-article-explores-sexual-victimization-by-women

New journal article explores sexual victimization by women - Press release from The Williams Institute - LOS ANGELES — Using U.S. federal agency data, researchers find that female sexual perpetration is more common than previously recognized. The researchers' findings contradict the common belief that female sexual perpetration is rare. Sexual victimization by women perpetrators occurs mostly against men and occasionally against women. The research, published in a paper titled "Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women: Federal Data ...


Film-to-critique-Hollywood-representations-of-disabled-characters

Film to critique Hollywood representations of disabled characters - From a press release - CHICAGO - A group of disability activists, scholars, and filmmakers are announcing their Kickstarter campaign to raise completion funds for Code the the Freaks, "a blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters that gives the mic to some of Hollywood's most incensed and ignored critics — actual disabled people, according to co-writer Susan Nussbaum. Taking its name from Tod ...


SAGE-LGBT-elder-hotline-dedicated-to-LGBT-older-people

SAGE LGBT elder hotline dedicated to LGBT older people - From a press release - [New York, NY] On November 1, as part of its work to improve the lives of LGBT older people, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ) launched the country's first hotline dedicated to LGBT elders. The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline is operated by the GLBT National Help Center and staffed entirely by LGBT volunteers. This new national program ...


Leather-Archives-health-event-Dec-1

Leather Archives' health event Dec. 1 - Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, Ph.D—a Canadian-Chilean educationist, researcher, POZ activist, author and visiting scholar at the Leather Archives & Museum 2016-2017—will be in conversation with queer HIV-positive educator/activist Dr. Brett Stockdill, a sociology professor at Northeastern Illinois University, at the Leather Archives, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. The event is titled "How to write about your ( ...


Same-sex-couple-become-official-parents-on-Adoption-Day

Same-sex couple become official parents on Adoption Day - Everyone was smiling Nov. 18 at Chicago's Daley Center when the Cook County Circuit Court as well as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) hosted its annual Adoption Day—part of the National Adoption Day festivities designed to heighten awareness of kids in foster care and their dreams of a permanent family and home. Six new ...


Gaylon-Alcarazs-radical-journey

Gaylon Alcaraz's radical journey - Gaylon Alcaraz is a self-described radical. An activist in different capacities, she is passionate about certain topics, most of which she has what she has experienced herself. What they all have in common is social justice. "I'm not the type of person that can sit back and watch stuff happen and not do anything about it," said Alcaraz. "I don't ...


VA-cancels-plans-to-provide-transition-surgery-to-trans-veterans

VA cancels plans to provide transition surgery to trans veterans - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In response to the Veterans Administration's decision this week to cancel plans to provide transition surgery to transgender veterans until "appropriated funding is available," the Palm Center released a study showing that the cost of providing transition-related health care would be $20.6 million, approximately one one-hundredth of one percent of the VA's $183.2 billion budget. The ...


Howard-Brown-Health-to-inaugurate-Clark-Street-clinic-in-Rogers-Park

Howard Brown Health to inaugurate Clark Street clinic in Rogers Park - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, November 15, 2016 ) — On Monday, Dec. 5, Howard Brown Health will inaugurate its Howard Brown Health Clark, 6500 N. Clark St., Chicago, with elected officials and invited guests. The ribbon cutting is to take place 9:30—11 a.m. The event commemorates the completion of the construction and expansion project that began in December 2015. The event ...


HBH-community-meeting-Nov-17

HBH community meeting Nov. 17 - Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) is hosting a community input meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, at Howard Brown Health 63rd Street, 641 W. 63rd St., 3:30-5 p.m. This follows a Nov. 15 meeting held at Brown Elephant Andersonville, 5404 N. Clark St. Howard Brown is developing a three-year strategic plan, and wishes to hear from the community. Light refreshments will ...


National-physicians-group-address-LGBTQ-health

National physicians' group address LGBTQ health - Obtaining sufficient healthcare presents challenges to many people in the LGBTQ community, who are unsure of the way their doctors will treat them, or whether doctors will be willing to treat them at all. Some physicians are addressing those challenges head-on. "Our main focus is how we can be advocates for marginalized patients," says Ravi Grivois-Shah, M.D., MPH, and a ...


NC-to-issue-accurate-birth-certificates-for-kids-born-to-married-same-sex-couples

NC to issue accurate birth certificates for kids born to married same-sex couples - From a press release - ( Raleigh, NC November 15, 2016 ) — Lambda Legal announced today it has reached a settlement with the state of North Carolina on behalf of Melissa and Meredith Weiss, a married lesbian couple denied accurate birth certificates listing both mothers as parents of their two sons. The State has agreed to amend the Weiss' sons' birth certificates to place ...


PFLAG-National-head-Jody-Buckaby-to-step-down

PFLAG National head Jody Buckaby to step down - From a PFLAG press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jean Hodges, Chair of the PFLAG National Board of Directors, announced that Executive Director Jody Huckaby will depart the helm of the organization in December after serving in this role since January 2005. "Jody Huckaby has offered game-changing leadership to position PFLAG as our nation's unique and unified voice of families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, ...


NIH-classification-breaks-new-ground-for-LGBT-research

NIH classification breaks new ground for LGBT research - The National Institutes of Health ( NIH ), in October, added sexual and gender minorities as a health disparity population, a change that will likely pave the way for increased funds for LGBT health research. The new classification acknowledges that the LGBT community fares worse in disease and mortality than the general population, and allows researchers studying LGBT health to ...


Letter-to-the-Editor-Chicago-law-and-flavored-tobacco

Letter to the Editor: Chicago law and flavored tobacco - Dear Editor: Chicago is considering repealing provisions in the law that restrict the sale of flavored tobacco including menthol near schools. As a psychologist that has spent more than 10 years working with cancer patients, I have seen first-hand the ravaging effects of tobacco use most of which started with menthol. My current work is focused on the development of ...


Affinity-Community-Services-LGBTQ-Care-Fair-Nov-19

Affinity Community Services LGBTQ Care Fair Nov. 19 - Affinity Community Services, in partnership with The Care Plan, LLC is hosting the LGBTQ Care Fair. This fair is aimed to provide resources and education specifically catering to the needs of LGBTQ older adults. This event is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 and is free and open to anyone interested. It is located at the Villa at Windsor Park, 2649 E. ...


Event-focuses-on-potential-foster-parents-of-teens

Event focuses on potential foster parents of teens - An Oct. 22 gathering at Kennedy-King College encouraged families to open their homes for teenage foster children. Approximately 40 people attended. In a program that Jeremy Harvey—associate deputy director of in the Division of Strategic Planning and Innovations at the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services—moderated, three teens in foster care and three foster parents weighed the challenges facing ...


5-Easy-Ways-Parents-Can-Be-More-LGBTQ-friendly

5 Easy Ways Parents Can Be More LGBTQ-friendly - "The experience of being welcome or unwelcome, visible, or invisible begins in early childhood." —from Do No Harm ( article ) in Young Children, January 2010, NAEYC We parents and caregivers have the privilege and opportunity to model inclusion and acceptance every day. Here are a few tips to help ensure our LGBTQ* family and friends are welcomed and included ...


Disarm-event-takes-first-unified-steps-in-ending-gun-violence

Disarm event takes first, unified steps in ending gun violence - Video below article - It was a haunting rendition of Andra Day's "Rise Up" performed by Victor Valencia which set the tone for the LGBTQ Town Hall Disarm Gun Violence Oct. 20 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. More than 120 attended the event, which took place on the second anniversary of the death of Laquan McDonald, slain by Chicago Police ...


Gloria-Steinem-gives-address-at-luncheon-on-reproductive-freedom

Gloria Steinem gives address at luncheon on reproductive freedom - According to activist Gloria Steinem, the right to reproductive freedom "is at least as basic a freedom of speech or freedom of assembly, perhaps more so." Nearly 1,500 community members attended Personal PAC's 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon Oct. 13 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, where Steinem was the keynote speaker. She described the efforts of the religious right to ...


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'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 specific goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the ...


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Fitness expo back in Chicago -- with one change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fitness/wellness expo known as Club Industry returned to Chicago Oct. 12-14. However, there was one big change this year. Instead of being at its usual home in McCormick Place, the event was at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. There were innovative workouts as well as courses on nutrition, fitness-club member retention, certification, personal training and other issues. As for the ...


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Cancer research gala raises $4.1M - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gateway for Cancer Research raised $4.1 million at its 25th annual Cures Gala on Oct. 15 at the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom. Titled "The Great Gateway: 25 Years of Illuminating the Way to Cures," the fundraiser encouraged guests to dress for the '20s-inspired theme. A star-studded red carpet began the evening, thanks to 16-time Grammy-winning composer David Foster, who ...


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2015 Report on Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ, HIV-Affected Communities released - From a press release - NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2015. The report looks at the experiences of 1,976 survivors of intimate partner violence ( IPV ) who reported to 17 NCAVP member organizations from 14 states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, ...


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MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Symposium tracks progress in LGBT healthcare - Speaking at the second annual MLHS Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Oct. 6, transgender activist Joanne Keatley opened by recounting her memories of living as a trans person in the 1970s. It was a difficult time, she remembered, and required difficult choices. While I'm not proud of a lot of the things that I did over those 10 years, I'm very ...


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BISEXUAL BATTLES: MAP report shows shocking disparities in bisexual community - On Sept. 27, the national, independent LGBTQ think tank The Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ), in partnership with 10 U.S. advocacy organizations, released a major new report on the disparities faced by one group within the LGBTQ umbrella. The report detailed inequalities the group ( representing 52 percent of the LGB population ) faces including a lack of support ...


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'Change Chat' takes on bisexuality - [*Item updated after publication. See note below.] A small but mighty group attended the latest Center on Halsted Change Chat on the evening of Sept. 28. Host Andrew Fortman tied this chat's theme, "Bi the Way," to other bi-focused COH programming in September ( traditionally the month that celebrates bisexuality ), and introduced two local bi community figures. Adrienne McCue, ...







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