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Grand-Marshals-named-for-Nov-4-Pink-Hat-Run-Walk-and-Roll

Grand Marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. Both women represent the area ...


PFLAG-HRC-call-out-Trump-Pence-hanging-joke

PFLAG, HRC call out Trump/Pence hanging "joke" - From press releases - PFLAG National ED Jaime Grant Calls Out Trump/Pence Hanging "Joke" WASHINGTON, D.C.—PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—released the following statement from Executive Director Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D.: "There is no such thing as a 'joke' that puts the lives of people at ...


Callen-Lorde-LGBTQ-healthcare-leader-sending-medical-team-to-Puerto-Rico

Callen-Lorde, LGBTQ healthcare leader, sending medical team to Puerto Rico - From a press release - New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announced that it is sending an emergency medical response team to provide medical relief to Puerto Rico as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort. The team is comprised of Spanish-speaking medical providers and nurses with experience in emergency response, and will be led by Dana Delgardo, a ...


Task-Force-Trump-is-Trying-to-Single-Handedly-Sabotage-Health-Care

Task Force: Trump is Trying to Single-Handedly Sabotage Health Care - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Today, President Trump signed an executive order that will decimate access to care for those who need it most. The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force: "Trump's executive order undermines key protections provided by the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) that prevent discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. ...


Affinity-hosts-Coming-Out-Day-event

Affinity hosts Coming Out Day event - National Coming Out Day, held every year on Oct. 11, was celebrated at "Our Stories, Our Voices," which featured social mingling and a program of speakers sharing their coming out stories at the Near South Side offices of Affinity Community Services. Throughout history, Black LGBTQ and same-gender-loving people have been faced with adversity and many of those stories were never ...


MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM-Professor-talks-bisexual-research-

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Professor talks bisexual research - Howard Brown's Center for Education, Research and Advocacy hosted the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Oct. 7 at the JW Marriott Chicago. The symposium featured healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and advocates speaking on the theme, "Breaking the Stigma." Dr. Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH ( University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Health Systems Science Department associate professor ) kicked off ...


MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM	-Symposium-addresses-HIV-treatment-prevention-and-elimination

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Symposium addresses HIV treatment, prevention and elimination - Delivering the kickoff speech at Howard Brown Health's 2017 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Oct. 7, Richard Elion, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, said, "There has never been a time when it's been more important to make progress as a society." Elion—a prominent advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Washington, D.C.—was speaking about ...


Club-Industry-moves-to-yet-another-venue-

Club Industry moves to yet another venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The annual fitness event known as Club Industry took place in Chicago on Oct. 4-6—in yet another venue. In a sign that this particular event has been getting smaller over the years, Chicago's Club Industry has moved from McCormick Place to the Hyatt Regency to this year's spot: the Hilton Chicago. While the hotel itself is not small at all, ...


CA-Gov-Signs-Bill-Modernizing-state-HIV-Laws

CA Gov Signs Bill Modernizing state HIV Laws - From a press release - ( Sacramento, CA — Oct. 6, 2017 )—Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law landmark legislation to reform outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV. Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and Asm. Todd Gloria ( D-San Diego ) and cosponsored by Lambda Legal, Equality California, ...


Pope-denounces-gender-confirmation-technologies-DignityUSA-responds

Pope denounces gender confirmation technologies, DignityUSA responds - From press release - "Pope Francis' statement denouncing technologies that support gender confirmation demonstrates the Pontiff's tragic ignorance on the challenges faced by transgender people, and puts this population at risk of increased discrimination and violence," according to DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Catholic Church and society. The group noted that transgender ...


Kenny-Fries-and-Susan-Nussbaum-at-Access-Living-Oct-12

Kenny Fries and Susan Nussbaum at Access Living Oct. 12 - Access Living hosts "A Reading by Kenny Fries and Conversation with Susan Nussbaum" Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., 115 W. Chicago Ave. Kenny Fries will read from his new memoir In the Province of the Gods, IN and talk with Susan R. Nussbaum, author of Good Kings Bad Kings, at Access Living of Metro Chicago. Kenny Fries is the author ...


Chicagoans-gather-for-resources-awareness-for-Puerto-Rico

Chicagoans gather for resources, awareness for Puerto Rico - Video below - A group of Chicagoans gathered Sept. 30 at the Home Depot at 3500 N. Kimball Ave. to collect food and supplies to be sent on to Puerto Rico as the island begins its slow recovery from the devastation there after Hurricane Maria. The collection was organized by a local chapter of the group Puerto Rico Rises, a national effort by ...


-South-Side-Help-Center-marks-30-years

South Side Help Center marks 30 years - The South Side Help Center celebrated 30 years of service with a gala event titled Keeping the Legacy Alive Sept. 30 at the famed Parkway Ballroom. The event attracted a near-sold-out audience which included many health and mental health providers, faith-based community leaders, community activists, and family members. Keeping the Legacy Alive featured an informal opening reception, a dinner, musical ...


Howard-Brown-unveils-Hyde-Park-clinic

Howard Brown unveils Hyde Park clinic - Howard Brown Health held a grand opening on Sept. 27 for its newest location at 1525 E. 55th Street in Hyde Park. The new location is Howard Brown's second South Side location—the first is on 63rd Street in the Englewood neighborhood—and is part of the organization's continuing efforts to expand its services beyond the city's North Side. The organization had ...


Gov-Rauner-signs-HB-40-into-law-ending-possible-trigger-on-criminalizing-abortion

Gov. Rauner signs HB 40 into law, ending possible trigger on criminalizing abortion - From press releases - CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2017) —Governor Bruce Rauner made the following statement concerning his decision to sign House Bill 40: "I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle. "But, as I have always said, I believe a woman ...


PP-says-Dan-Lipinski-Is-Lying-About-Planned-Parenthood

PP says: Dan Lipinski Is Lying About Planned Parenthood - From a Planned Parenthood press release - Rep. Dan Lipinski ( IL-3 ) blatantly lied about Planned Parenthood's services at a town hall earlier this year when he said a "Planned Parenthood's is largely about abortions." His lies were met with boos from his constituents, including one woman who yelled, "This is not true. It's reproductive health services." View the video at the link: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=!AA37PrlCTs-2Tjo&cid=7ABB4408162506DE&id=7ABB4408162506DE!117&parId=root&o=OneUp . FACT: ...


City-endorses-international-TasP-awareness-campaign

City endorses international TasP-awareness campaign - Chicago Department of Public Health announced on Sept. 28 that city officials were joining the international "U=U" promotional campaign aimed both at raising awareness about the effectiveness of HIV treatment and reducing stigmatization of persons with HIV/AIDS. "U=U" is an abbreviation for "Undetectable=Untransmittable." The campaign was launched in 2016 by the Prevention Access Campaign, an international coalition of advocates and ...


Providers-discuss-risk-factors-for-LGBT-suicides

Providers discuss risk factors for LGBT suicides - While health providers and researchers agree that LGBT individuals can be at a higher risk for attempting or completing suicide, the extent of that risk is difficult to determine. If a person completes a suicide, oftentimes few people know whether or not that person was a member of the LGBT community. Suicide in the last 10-15 years or is up ...


South-Side-Help-Center-to-celebrate-30th-anniversary

South Side Help Center to celebrate 30th anniversary - South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), for Executive Director Vanessa Smith, has long been a family affair. Her mother, Betty, founded SSHC 30 years ago. "She started the organization, and she enlisted her two daughters to help," Vanessa recalled. "I ran the HIV youth development program and my sister ran after-school programs. "We were both very much involved, and ...


Speech-language-pathologist-advocates-for-cultural-competence

Speech-language pathologist advocates for cultural competence - Veteran speech-language pathologist Dr. Arnell Brady preaches two things: the value of oral language—which he has dedicated his career to focusing on—and the need for cultural competence. "Oral language is the thread that binds us into a culture," said Brady. "It is also the most powerful medicine we have on this planet. It's the very tool that we use to ...


TPAN-30th-anniversary-event-Sept-28

TPAN 30th-anniversary event Sept. 28 - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will commemorate its 30th anniversary with a celebration event on Thursday, Sept. 28. "TPAN 30 Years of Hope" will be held at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. The event will begin with a VIP reception at 6-7 p.m., allowing supporters to meet and greet with TPAN's founding members. The general reception will ...


Moment-of-silence-fundraiser-planned-for-sister-city-affected-by-earthquake

Moment of silence, fundraiser planned for sister city affected by earthquake - Chicago Sister Cities International and Casa Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico will commemorate the one-week anniversary of the devastating Mexico City earthquake with a moment of silence and fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. At 1:14 p.m. there will be aMoment of Silence in honor of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that ...


Puerto-Rican-Arts-Alliance-Natl-Museum-of-Mexican-Art-raise-funds-for-Mexico

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art raise funds for Mexico - From a press release - The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and National Museum of Mexican Art have created a relief fund for individuals and interested parties to provide financial assistance to people affected by the recent earthquake in central Mexico and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. - An account with Wintrust Bank has been set up for donations; the funds will be disbursed via Mexico ...


-Pink-Hat-Run-to-benefit-womens-organizations-Nov-4

Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


Pink-Hat-Run-to-benefit-womens-organizations-Nov-4

Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - CHICAGO—The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


Plea-deal-reached-in-Missouri-HIV-case

Plea deal reached in Missouri HIV case - After four years, the case of Michael Johnson—a former college wrestler charged with infecting a same-sex partner with HIV—has been resolved with a plea deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The former wrestler was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty in May 2015. Later that year, an appeals court overturned the conviction. St. ...


Lake-County-raises-cigarette-buying-age-to-21

Lake County raises cigarette buying age to 21 - Lake County is set to become the first area in Illinois to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The ordinance, however, only affects unincorporated regions. It will take effect Jan. 1. Mark Pfister, executive director of the Lake County Health Department, said the ordinance's goal, among other things, is to reduce the ...


TPAN-to-celebrate-30-Years-of-Hope

TPAN to celebrate '30 Years of Hope' - On Sept. 28, Test Positive Awareness Network, or TPAN, will celebrate 30 years of supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. Merrill Kenna, the organization's director of development, spoke with Windy City Times about the celebration as well as the organization's past, present and hopes for the future. TPAN, which began as a grassroots movement, was founded by Chris Clason in 1987 ...


Center-Chief-Program-Officer-addresses-LGBT-suicide-risks-in-current-climate

Center Chief Program Officer addresses LGBT suicide risks in current climate - The United States recently recognized National Suicide Prevention Week, at which time experts noted that recent and continuing events—including those both directly and indirectly affecting the LGBT community—can be taxing to one's mental health. "The stress that the country is going through, and the confusing messages we go through—messages of hate, messages of love—really impact those who are vulnerable and ...


South-Side-Help-Center-to-mark-30-years-honor-leaders-support-hurricane-recovery

South Side Help Center to mark 30 years, honor leaders, support hurricane recovery - From a press release - Chicago, IL September 20, 2017 —South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), a not-for-profit, community-based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving in the Chicago land area, most particularly in the areas of youth mentoring/violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care services, at the historic Parkway Ballroom on Sept. 30, 2017 and will donate a portion of the ...


Indie-film-raises-awareness-of-dangers-of-sex-trafficking

Indie film raises awareness of dangers of sex trafficking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ric Morgan never imagined he would become an actor. He had dabbled in acting in his middle school days, but, in his "previous life," as he calls it, he focused on public safety. Morgan worked in law enforcement, most notably as a bomb technician. "You wouldn't think that art and paramilitary law enforcement would jive," he said. "They seem to ...


The-Care-Plan-hosts-Swell-networking-event

The Care Plan hosts 'Swell' networking event - On Sept. 15, The Care Plan—a networking group aimed at health, aging and HIV-care professionals and housing advocates—held South Side Swell, its monthly gathering at The Jeffrey Pub. The event, spearheaded by Care Plan CEO Jacqueline Boyd, is aimed at connecting South Side health and professional service providers face to face so that they may facilitate, partner, collaborate and provide ...


HRC-urges-no-vote-on-Cassidy-Graham-health-care-bill-

HRC urges 'no' vote on Cassidy-Graham health care bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the proposed Cassidy-Graham "health care" proposal in the U.S. Senate. The bill, concocted behind closed doors without any public input, is yet another effort by President Trump and some Senate Republicans to take ...


Trans-Disaster-Relief-Fund-site-launched

Trans Disaster Relief Fund site launched - The TFA Trans Disaster Relief Fund website has been launched to aid trans, intersex and genderqueer community members affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The TransAdvocate's parent organization, the Transgender Foundation of America, has organized a community disaster relief fund. The website provides step-by-step instructions for those needing medical, housing and financial assistance. The site is at http://TDRFund.us . ...


Center-on-Halsted-calls-for-American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-to-consider-intersex-kids

Center on Halsted calls for American Academy of Pediatrics to consider intersex kids - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 14, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted announced that this weekend the American Academy of Pediatrics, a nationwide network of nearly 70,000 pediatricians, will host its annual conference in Chicago. Kim Fountain, Chief Operating Officer at Center on Halsted states, "It's time for the AAP to provide Intersex kids the same protections as LGBTQ youth." The AAP ...


Survey-Diarrhea-important-but-under-reported-complaint-of-HIV-AIDS-patients-

Survey: Diarrhea important but under-reported complaint of HIV/AIDS patients - From a press release - San Francisco, CA — September 12, 2017 — Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( Napo ), a human health company developing and commercializing novel gastrointestinal prescription products from plants used traditionally in rainforest areas, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jaguar Health, Inc. ( NASDAQ: JAGX ) ( Jaguar ), announced today the results of a survey of 271 U.S. board certified gastroenterologists, ...


CFW-releases-update-on-status-of-women-in-Chicago-region

CFW releases update on status of women in Chicago region - From a Chicago Foundation for Women press release - CHICAGO, IL ( September 14, 2017 ) — Today, Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) released a new report on the status of women and girls in the Chicago region. Based on the available data, Chicago ranks the lowest out of the country's ten largest metropolitan areas on key measures of gender equity, and lags behind cities like Milwaukee, ...


Bernie-Brommel-looks-back-at-early-years-of-TPAN

Bernie Brommel looks back at early years of TPAN - As the Test Positive Aware Network prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary as an official agency, and more than that as a group of HIV-positive people gathered for support, one of its original members, Bernie Brommel, is prepared to tell his story. This interview took place in 2008, but Brommel was not yet ready to have his story printed. Now, ...


Local-researchers-seek-subjects-in-smart-PrEP-study

Local researchers seek subjects in "smart-PrEP" study - Researchers with Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are seeking volunteers for a study researching the effectiveness of a "smart-PrEP" capsule intended to help improve patient adherence. The capsule consists of the medication Truvada—the only such medication approved for a PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, intervention—encased within a sensor capsule. When that capsule is ingested and makes contact ...


Howard-Brown-open-house-Sept-27-

Howard Brown open house Sept. 27 - Howard Brown Health will open another facility—this time in Hyde Park at 1525 E. 55th St. There will be an open house on Wed., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with free refreshments and music. RSVP to Events@HowardBrown.org; for more information, visit HowardBrown.org. Also, a special matching challenge grant is available for new or increased gifts to Howard Brown. Every dollar Howard ...


Rauner-signs-opioid-order

Rauner signs opioid order - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Executive Order 17-05, creating the governor's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will co-chair the task force. The task force will look at strategies to prevent expansion of the opioid crisis, treat and promote the recovery ...


Medical-associations-asked-for-moratorium-on-unnecessary-surgery-on-intersex-infants

Medical associations asked for moratorium on unnecessary surgery on intersex infants - From a press release - ( New York, September 7, 2017 ) — Two key medical associations should publicly affirm their support to end medically unnecessary surgery on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said today. The groups sent letters to the medical associations, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Societies for Pediatric Urology, urging them to use their upcoming international medical conferences to ...


Howard-Brown-elects-new-board-leadership-

Howard Brown elects new board leadership - Howard Brown Health has announced new board leadership for 2017-18 with Mario Treto Jr., legal counsel for the City of Evanston, elected chair of its board of directors. Joining Treto are Executive Vice Chair Bethany Pagels-Minor of CARS.COM, Treasurer Mark Hawkins of Columbia University in New York City and Secretary N. Charles Thomas of Northwestern University. Officers at-large include Emily ...


LGBTQ-seniors-sought-for-study

LGBTQ seniors sought for study - Howard Brown Health is looking for subjects to complete a survey on LGBTQ againg as part of the LGBTQ&A: The Aging Project. Subjects need to be at least 50 years old, identify as members of the LGBTQ community and be Cook County residents. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Gift cards of $10 will ...


Governor-Vetoes-Protections-for-People-With-Disabilities-Home-Services-Rationed

Governor Vetoes Protections for People With Disabilities; Home Services Rationed - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the joint statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Terri Harkin and Access Living Director of Advocacy Amber Smock in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Friday veto of legislation to protect people with disabilities in need of overtime hours from their home healthcare providers: "The system of home healthcare for people with disabilities has been built up for ...


Illinois-part-of-465M-EpiPen-settlement

Illinois part of $465M EpiPen settlement - Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Illinois is part of a $465-million settlement between the federal government and other states with Mylan Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mylan Specialty L.P. ( Mylan ). The settlement was reached in the wake of allegations that Mylan knowingly underpaid rebates owed to the Medicaid program for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. ( EpiPen ...


Fighting-Back-Resources-to-fight-racism-and-more

Fighting Back: Resources to fight racism, and more - In response to the white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville and elsewhere, Windy City Times has received requests from readers about where they can support grassroots anti-racist and pro-immigrant Chicago-area groups. There are of course many larger LGBTQ groups that do this work, as well as many in the mainstream. We focus here on a few of the much smaller groups with ...


Messinger-to-give-ISGMH-talk-Sept-7-

Messinger to give ISGMH talk Sept. 7 - Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) will present its next "Current Issues in LGBTQ Health" lecture event on Thursday, Sept. 7, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan St., Suite 1400. Joy Messinger will present "Our Survival Depends on Each Other: The Urgency of Intersectionality to Support the ...


Personal-PAC-Men4Choice-join-fight-to-protect-womens-reproductive-rights

Personal PAC, Men4Choice join fight to protect women's reproductive rights - From a press release - Chicago, IL — On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch "CallBullshit" or "CallBS," a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women's reproductive health rights. The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive ...


Parents-group-holds-first-ever-reunion

Parents' group holds first-ever reunion - The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Parents Group held its first-ever reunion at Sidetrack on July 30. The group formed in the late '70s, a time when gays and lesbians were starting to feel more comfortable coming out, many were in a unique situation: They had previously been married and had children. "Other single gay people didn't always quite get it," ...


AG-Madigan-among-those-urging-protection-of-nursing-home-residents

AG Madigan among those urging protection of nursing home residents - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of state attorneys general and state consumer protection advocates to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS ) urging it maintain its rule prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home and other long-term care contracts. In 2015, Illinois and 15 other states submitted comments to ...


Meet-the-Parkers-A-story-of-love-and-family

Meet the Parkers: A story of love and family - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Molly Sprayeregen - Aubrey and Ellen Parker are proud of their family; it's the reason they tell their story. It's important to them that their two young children grow up knowing that having two moms is something they should feel nothing but happy about. "We're proud of what we have, we're proud of who we are, and we want our kids to grow ...


LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR-Slutwalk-and-symbols

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Slutwalk and symbols - To the Editor: As many of us have tried to move on from the chaos and anger of the Creating Change Conference ( January 2016 ), and the more recent Dyke March in Chicago, it turns out that anti-Semitism does not go away, and is raising its ugly head once again in advance of the upcoming Chicago SlutWalk, scheduled for ...


UHC-drops-additional-Truvada-prior-authorization-requirements

UHC drops additional Truvada prior-authorization requirements - Insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC), on Aug. 3, seemingly dropped controversial pre-authorization requirements it had recently introduced for physicians prescribing the oral medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UHC, on July 1, began requiring physicians to obtain quarterly authorizations for PrEP claims; those authorizations had previously only been required annually. UHC also had required patients use its in-house mail-order ...


POLITICS-Eventful-week-involves-DoJ-ACA-and-transgender-ban

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


Howard-Brown-issues-impact-report

Howard Brown issues impact report - Howard Brown Health, on July 26, issued its 2017 community impact report. The health provider has launched a number of aggressive expansions in recent years, among them new locations in Englewood and Rogers Park, as well as a permanent location for its Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) outreach facility. Among the key findings of the report for Howard Brown ...


World-news-AIDS-milestone-Muslim-activist-ISIS-fighters

World news: AIDS milestone, Muslim activist, ISIS fighters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations revealed in a report called "Ending AIDS" that, for the first time, more than half of people living with HIV are currently on antiretrovirals, Plus Magazine noted. As a result of the growing access to care, AIDS-related deaths are now half of what they were in 2015. However, some experts are wondering why we haven't reached this ...


Trump-Pence-McConnell-Proposal-to-Repeal-ACA-Fails

Trump-Pence-McConnell Proposal to Repeal ACA Fails - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after a repeal of the Affordable Care Act was again halted in the Senate: "We are pleased the latest attempt to strip away health care from millions has hit another roadblock," said Chad Griffin, HRC President. "The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically ...


AFC-anniversary-party-Aug-5-

AFC anniversary party Aug. 5 - The LGBT group Asians & Friends Chicago ( AFC ) will hold its anniversary party Saturday, Aug. 5, at Halsted Hot Tub, 3526 N. Halsted St. DJ Oskar will spin the music of George Michael, Prince and Cyndi Lauper until 10:30 p.m. In addition, the event is BYOB and attendees are asked to bring dishes to share. Regarding business, dues ...


Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-TRUE-LOVE-artwork

Howard Brown Health unveils 'TRUE LOVE' artwork - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Howard Brown Health unveiled interactive TRUE LOVE artwork at a community open house at its Rogers Park clinic on July 21. The installation includes the words "TRUE LOVE" with the word "TRUE" as flat vibrantly colored decals and the word "LOVE" as transparent three-dimensional acrylic boxes on top. In addition to the installation, there are brightly colored note cards right ...


Quigley-continues-push-to-end-FDA-blood-ban

Quigley continues push to end FDA blood ban - Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-5th District ) and 32 colleagues, on July 19, sent a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging officials to further update decades-old rules restricting blood donations from men who have sex with men ( MSM ), according to a statement. Quigley, who is vice chair of the House's ...


Transgender-mental-health-survey-launched

Transgender mental-health survey launched - The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch what is being called the nation's first transgender mental-health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify ...


Senate-Trumpcare-debate-on-ADA-anniversary-rally-in-DC-to-ProtectOurCare-

Senate Trumpcare debate on ADA anniversary, rally in DC to #ProtectOurCare - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Yesterday, 50 Senators and Vice President Pence as the 51st vote pulled a fast one on the public by making a key procedural vote to move forward on a 'mystery bill' intended to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). Today, and over the next few days, Republicans will be trying to insert substance into that bill. Whether ...


World-news-China-backlash-Canada-lawsuit-Chechnya-leader

World news: China backlash, Canada lawsuit, Chechnya leader - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, with many users objecting to a decision to ban content which features same-sex relationships, BBC News reported. The outcry was prompted a decision by Beijing regulators to censor the portrayal of same-sex activity in online videos. Under the ...


US-Surgery-on-intersex-children-unnecessary-risks-lifelong-suffering

US: Surgery on intersex children unnecessary, risks lifelong suffering - From a press release - ( Chicago, July 25, 2017 ) — Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children's gonads, internal sex organs, and genitals when they are too young to ...


Leadership-program-for-LGBTQ-youth-HIV-AIDS-affected-youth-begins-in-Vietnam

Leadership program for LGBTQ youth, HIV/AIDS-affected youth begins in Vietnam - From a press release - Hanoi, 19 July 2017 — Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of ...


Advocates-release-report-on-medically-unnecessary-intersex-surgeries

Advocates release report on medically unnecessary intersex surgeries - New York City-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) and InterACT—a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based advocacy that works on behalf of intersex youth—on July 25 launched a report at Center on Halsted documenting the extent of medically unnecessary surgeries being performed on intersex children. The report was launched in Chicago because associations like the American Medical Association ( AMA ) and the ...


Disability-Pride-parade-is-tribute-to-diversity

Disability Pride parade is tribute to diversity - by Nina Matti - The 14th Annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade attracted hundreds of supporters and celebrators for the July 22 event. Marchers gathered at 401 S. Plymouth Ct. and made their way north to Daley Plaza for post-parade celebrations. The parade was led by this year's three grand marshals: Karen Tamely, Kevin Irvine and their daughter, Dominika. The trio has been involved with ...


Black-Wellness-event-focuses-on-community

'Black Wellness' event focuses on community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Emagin Tanaschuk - Howard Brown Health hosted a second "Black Wellness" event July 17 at Sikia Restaurant to discuss community safety, healing, and how to improve their new Englewood location. The first hour of the event began with food, refreshments, and mingling. Upon arriving, guests received a page-long questionaire with seven questions regarding personal definitions of safety and healing as well as the ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Launches-Transgender-Mental-Health-Survey

National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Transgender Mental Health Survey - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch the nation's first transgender mental health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify as transgender ...


1970s-Gay-Lesbian-Parents-Group-to-reunite-July-30

1970s Gay & Lesbian Parents Group to reunite July 30 - Chicago's Gay & Lesbian Parents Group—which was active from the mid-1970s through the 1990s—will hold a reunion on Sunday, July 30, at 4 p.m. at Sidetrack, 3449 N. Halsted St. The Gay Parents Group was founded in 1976, when a divorced lesbian mother placed an ad in GayLife newspaper announcing the formation of a support group for gay men and ...


LGBTQ-seniors-sought-for-study

LGBTQ seniors sought for study - Howard Brown Health is looking for subjects to complete a survey on LGBTQ aging as part of the LGBTQ&A: The Aging Project. Subjects need to be at least 50 years old, identify as members of the LGBTQ community and be Cook County residents. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Gift cards of $10 will ...


Quigley-leads-32-dems-in-letter-to-FDA-urging-end-of-discriminatory-blood-ban

Quigley leads 32 dems in letter to FDA urging end of discriminatory blood ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, led 32 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging them to update the outdated restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The FDA's current policy for men ...


Jane-Abortion-and-Underground-reading-July-24

Jane: Abortion and Underground reading July 24 - "Jane: Abortion and Underground" will be presented as a reading Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm at the Pride Arts Center, Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. The play by Paula Kamen and will be directed by Iris Sowlat. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the theme "Never Go Back" ( to When America Wasn't So ...


Chicago-Foundation-for-Women-Awarded-1-Million-MacArthur-Foundation-Grant

Chicago Foundation for Women Awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant - From a press release - ( July 17, 2017 ) — Chicago Foundation for Women has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to advance basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls through leadership development, capacity building and community education. "This grant is an investment in the future of CFW," President and CEO K. Sujata ...







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