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Prevent-Blindness-Jeff-Todd-discusses-organization-LGBT-activism

Prevent Blindness' Jeff Todd discusses organization, LGBT activism - For the past 15 years, Jeff Todd has worked as the director of public health and chief operating officer of Prevent Blindness ( the nation's oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization ) and, recently, the board of directors named him president and CEO. With this appointment, Todd, who identifies as gay, becomes the organization's first openly LGBT leader. "As ...


Dr-Margo-Jacquot-talks-career-Juniper-Center-LGBTQ-initiatives

Dr. Margo Jacquot talks career, Juniper Center, LGBTQ initiatives - Dr. Margo Jacquot—the founder/owner/director of the Juniper Center—has been serving the community through her Park Ridge-based psychotherapy practice for more than 20 years. The Juniper Center is a counseling and therapy center that specializes in issues related to trauma recovery, addiction treatment, diverse sexuality and gender identities, and relationship and family therapy. It is one of the largest woman-owned counseling ...


Black-women-anti-rape-advocates-unite-at-UIC

Black women anti-rape advocates unite at UIC - "After Rosa, Before #MeToo"—a panel of the history of Black women's anti-rape organizing efforts—was a chance for four powerful women to commiserate on a subject they knew intimately. Organized by Keisa Reynolds of the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Women's Leadership and Resource Center as part of its "Take Back the Fight" programming, Reynolds was inspired by ...


HRC-releases-HIV-college-guide

HRC releases HIV college guide - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released a new comprehensive guide for college administrators, staff and students outlining many of the critical steps higher-educational institutions can take to improve student health and well-being. The release of the new guide—"HIV 101: A Guide to HIV Prevnetion, Treatment, and Care on College and University Campuses"—coincided with National Youth HIV ...


LGBT-Voices-from-Middle-East-North-Africa-in-No-Longer-Alone-Videos-and-Report-

LGBT Voices from Middle East, North Africa in 'No Longer Alone' Videos and Report - From a Human Rights Watch press release. Video below - ( Beirut, April 16, 2018 ) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality ( AFE ) said in a video series issued today, accompanied by a new report by ...


Men-Having-Babies-confab-April-14-15

Men Having Babies confab April 14-15 - The international nonprofit Men Having Babies ( MHB ) is once again teaming with Chicago's Center on Halsted to hold a conference at the facility at 3656 N. Halsted St. on April 14-15. The event will take place on April 14 at 3:30-8 p.m.,and April 15 at 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Center. In addition, MHB is offering a post-conference ...


Pulse-nightclub-owner-speaks-about-onePULSE-Foundation

Pulse nightclub owner speaks about onePULSE Foundation - "Within a few weeks I knew I'd be doing something," Barbara Poma said over the telephone. That something is onePULSE Foundation. Poma was the owner of Pulse, the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub when on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist attack and hate crime inside the ...


Advocate-recounts-challenges-facing-women-with-HIV

Advocate recounts challenges facing women with HIV - Even as technology to prevent and treat HIV infections improves, obstacles continue to impede efforts by providers and advocates to assist women living with HIV. One such organization committed to facing those obstacles however, is Oakland, California-based Positive Women Network-USA ( PWN-USA ). Founded in 2008 by 28 women living with HIV, it now has staff in several American cities ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-names-Andy-Garcia-new-Director-of-Creating-Change-

National LGBTQ Task Force names Andy Garcia new Director of Creating Change - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The Creating Change Conference is being placed in the experienced hands of Andy Garcia, ensuring it is on track for a powerful 31st convening in Detroit, 2019. On April 10, the National LGBTQ Task Force announced Andy Garcia as the next director of Creating Change. Garcia succeeds Sue Hyde, the conference's founder. The search for a new director was ...


HRC-Releases-New-Guide-for-HIV-Prevention-Treatment-Care-on-Campuses-

HRC Releases New Guide for HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care on Campuses - From a HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released a new comprehensive guide for college administrators, staff and students outlining many of the critical steps higher educational institutions can take to improve student health and wellbeing. The release ...


TPAN-Welcomes-Christopher-Clark-as-New-CEO

TPAN Welcomes Christopher Clark as New CEO - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 10, 2018 ) — TPAN announces today that it has hired Christopher Clark to serve as the organization's Chief Executive Officer. Clark will begin on April 30, 2018. Clark joins TPAN following more than a decade of service at Lambda Legal, the national legal organization dedicated to achieving the full recognition of the civil rights of ...


Anchorage-Voters-Reject-Discriminatory-Proposition-1

Anchorage Voters Reject Discriminatory Proposition 1 - From a HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign celebrated an election victory in Anchorage, Alaska where voters soundly rejected Proposition 1 — a dangerous ballot measure that sought to eliminate existing municipal non-discrimination protections for transgender people. The ballot measure would have also enshrined discrimination into law by forcing transgender people to use facilities that are inconsistent with their gender identity. HRC ...


Howard-Brown-seeks-symposium-submissions

Howard Brown seeks symposium submissions - Howard Brown's Center for Education, Education, Research and Advocacy invites you to submit an abstract for the 2018 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium. It is looking for presentations, panels and posters that reflect the theme "Moving Towards Health Equity. Strengthening Our Community of Care." The symposium call for abstracts will be open until June 1. The Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Planning ...


AARP-survey-unveils-alarming-statistics

AARP survey unveils 'alarming' statistics - "Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans," a new AARP survey, has statistics that are called "alarming" in a press release from SAGE, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of older LGBT people. Among the findings are that: —More than half ( 52 percent ) of LGBT adults said they fear discrimination in healthcare ...


Illinois-hospitals-excel-in-HRCs-healthcare-index

Illinois hospitals excel in HRC's healthcare index - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) released the 11th edition of its annual Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ), which scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in this year's survey, committing to LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. ...


NATIONAL-Conversion-therapy-bans-GetEQUAL-folds-gay-Trump-backers

NATIONAL Conversion-therapy bans, GetEQUAL folds, gay Trump backers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made it official: Conversion therapy is now banned in the state, Metro Weekly reported. Inslee signed into law a bill that bans the practice of conversion therapy on minors, and penalizes licensed therapists or counselors who attempt to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity. Inslee's signing of the bill makes Washington the 10th state ...


Report-Before-Intl-Trans-Day-of-Visibility-Shows-Need-for-Paid-Family-and-Medical-Leave

Report Before Int'l Trans Day of Visibility Shows Need for Paid Family and Medical Leave - From a HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released a groundbreaking report underscoring the urgent need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave for transgender and non-binary workers. The report, which reveals the unique barriers faced by these ...


HIV-study-analyzes-social-media-based-prevention-strategies

HIV study analyzes social media-based prevention strategies - Researchers from Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are investigating how social media can be used as a tool to prevent new HIV transmissions. The study, titled "Keeping it Lite: Exploring HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth With Limited Interaction," implements ads and other modes of outreach on apps and websites such as Grindr, Tinder and Facebook to ...


Howard-Brown-Health-hosts-annual-meeting

Howard Brown Health hosts annual meeting - About 300 well-wishers gathered March 21 at Joffrey Ballet's downtown studios for Howard Brown Health's annual community meeting and update. Officials at the gathering spoke about recent developments and upcoming plans, and paid tribute to community members and staff who made a difference in the local health organization's operations in the previous year. Chicago Community Trust and photographer Kat Fitzgerald, ...


AARP-Survey-Finds-LGBT-Elders-Worry-About-Adequate-Support-Care-Dignity-as-They-Age

AARP Survey Finds LGBT Elders Worry About Adequate Support, Care, Dignity as They Age - From news releases - From AARP: Majority of LGBT Adults Concerned About Social Support and Discrimination in Long-Term Care New AARP national survey finds most LGBT adults want but don't have access to LGBT-sensitive care and services. WASHINGTON, DC—When it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, ...


HHS-Rule-Would-Expand-Ability-of-Providers-to-Refuse-Health-Care-AG-Madigan-responds

HHS Rule Would Expand Ability of Providers to Refuse Health Care, AG Madigan responds - From a news release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 18 other attorneys general, are opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ( HHS ) attempt to dramatically expand the ability of businesses to deny insurance coverage and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of their "religious, moral, ethical or other beliefs." The proposed rule ...


Trump-administration-proposes-short-term-healthcare-plans-within-marketplace

Trump administration proposes 'short-term' healthcare plans within marketplace - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Trump administration's proposal to allow insurance companies to sell so-called "short-term" healthcare plan for up to a year ( they are currently capped at 90 days ) is cause for concern. As manager of policy and advocacy at Howard Brown Health, the largest LGBTQ health care organization in the Midwest, I am concerned that that this proposal is a ...


-NATIONAL-Lawyer-rejects-Trump-Pulse-case-HIV-reporter-Ft-Lauderdale

NATIONAL Lawyer rejects Trump, Pulse case, HIV+ reporter, Ft. Lauderdale - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Trump's legal team reached out in recent days to Theodore B. Olson, one of the country's most high-profile and seasoned litigators, to join forces amid mounting challenges in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election—but Olson declined, The Washington Post reported. Olson, 77, broke his conservative typecast in 2010 when he worked to overturn California's same-sex marriage ...


HRC-Annual-Healthcare-Equality-Index-Honors-Record-626-Health-Care-Facilities

HRC Annual Healthcare Equality Index Honors Record 626 Health Care Facilities - From a news release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) released the 11th edition of its annual Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ), which scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in this year's survey, committing to LGBTQ-inclusive ...


Milwaukee-First-Municipality-in-Wisconsin-to-Protect-Youth-from-Conversion-Therapy

Milwaukee First Municipality in Wisconsin to Protect Youth from Conversion Therapy - From a news release - MILWAUKEE — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization and Fair Wisconsin, the statewide group working to advance equality for LGBTQ Wisconsinites, praised the Milwaukee Common Council for passing a measure protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called "conversion therapy." ...


Opposition-Swells-Against-Trump-Pence-License-to-Discriminate-

Opposition Swells Against Trump-Pence License to Discriminate - From a news release - WASHINGTON D.C - Today, over 200,000 people submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) to oppose the Trump-Pence administration's proposed refusal of care rule, which would embolden health care workers to deny health care to patients. Tuesday marks the end of the public comment period. The rule has been denounced by medical providers and ...


Health-dept-issues-groundbreaking-report-on-LGBT-youth-adults

Health dept. issues groundbreaking report on LGBT youth, adults - City officials released an extensive 89-page report on Chicago's LGBT community's health needs they said they hope will call attention to the community's needs and issues. The report, according to Chicago Department of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Brian Richardson, "is the first time that we have data on LGBT health issues across the spectrum." Among the data highlights of the ...


Off-the-beaten-path-10-Illinois-hiking-spots-worth-walking

Off the beaten path, 10 Illinois hiking spots worth walking - Illinois boasts a diverse system of state parks and recreation areas, showcasing natural features from towering cliffs to lush valleys, plant life from deep-forest pines to arid cactus, and wildlife of every shape and size. Here are 10 highlights from my quest over the last few years to "hike the state." 1. Sand Ridge State Forest, Forest City, Ill. Highlighting ...


Highly-gender-nonconforming-teens-at-greater-risk-of-bullying-and-violence-study-finds

Highly gender nonconforming teens at greater risk of bullying and violence, study finds - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — A new study investigating gender expression and victimization of youth ages 13-18 found that the most gender nonconforming students reported higher levels of being bullied and were more likely to report missing school than their more gender-conforming peers because they felt unsafe. They were also the most likely to report being victimized with a weapon on school ...


Howard-Brown-annual-meeting-March-21

Howard Brown annual meeting March 21 - Howard Brown Health will hold its annual meeting Wed., March 21, at Joffrey Tower's Studio A, 10 E. Randolph St., 6-8 p.m. At this free event, Howard Brown will review its accomplishments and discuss how to continue its advocacy. In addition, there will be a screening of Nick Cave's short film, Upright. See HowardBrown.org. RSVP to Events@HowardBrown.org by noon on ...


Vanessa-Sheridan-helps-trans-community-at-Center-on-Halsted

Vanessa Sheridan helps trans community at Center on Halsted - Vanessa Sheridan is a woman of many talents. She's an author and a musician, a veteran and an advocate. She was a transgender inclusion consultant for businesses like McKinsey and Company, Mayo Clinic, Best Buy and the Human Rights Campaign, and agencies like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She was also the first person to write a book on ...


WORLD-Councilwoman-killed-gay-whistleblower-medicinal-vending-machine

WORLD Councilwoman killed, gay whistleblower, medicinal vending machine - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed March 14 after attending and speaking at a Black women's empowerment event in the city, The Washington Blade reported. She was a bisexual Brazilian of African descent who grew up in one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas. Franco was also one of Rio de Janeiro's most outspoken critics of police actions in ...


COUP3-GOALS-to-explore-relationships-beginning-March-23

COUP3/GOALS to explore relationships beginning March 23 - COUP3/GOALS—a four-session queer, sociopolitical series launching in Chicago that explores sexuality, contemporary relationships and self revelation through intimate freedom—will launch March 23. Queer, femme producer/artist Emily Dahlquist has created the series. The sessions are as follows: —March 23 at Reunion Chicago: "Exploring Contemporary Relationships + More Love" with guests Kitty Chambliss ( of the Loving Without Boundaries movement ) and ...


Child-welfare-LGBTQ-advocacy-groups-condemn-HHS-delay-in-collecting-foster-adoption-data-

Child welfare, LGBTQ advocacy groups condemn HHS delay in collecting foster, adoption data - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Leaders of the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign are condemning the Department of Health and Human Services' ( HHS ) planned two-year delay in collecting critical foster care and adoption data as required by a 2016 rule. The delay will be officially published by HHS on Thursday March 15, 2018. States are already fourteen months into ...


Howard-Brown-annual-meeting-March-21-

Howard Brown annual meeting March 21 - Howard Brown Health will hold its annual meeting Wed., March 21, at Joffrey Tower's Studio A, 10 E. Randolph St., 6-8 p.m. At this free event, Howard Brown will review its accomplishments and discuss how to continue its advocacy. In addition, there will be a screening of Nick Cave's short film, Upright. See HowardBrown.org. RSVP to Events@ HowardBrown.org by noon ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Illinois-Must-Protect-LGBT-Elders-from-Housing-Discrimination

GUEST COLUMN Illinois Must Protect LGBT Elders from Housing Discrimination - Many older people who move into a residential care facility may feel a bit hopeless or unmoored as they adjust to a new way of living. Now imagine that in addition to those feelings, you are spat upon, yelled at, and physically attacked for whom you love. That's exactly what happened to Marsha Wetzel, the lead plaintiff in Lambda Legal's ...


Advocate-recounts-challenges-facing-women-with-HIV

Advocate recounts challenges facing women with HIV - Even as technology to prevent and treat HIV infections improves, obstacles continue to impede efforts by providers and advocates to assist women living with HIV. One such organization committed to facing those obstacles however, is Oakland, California-based Positive Women Network-USA ( PWN-USA ). Founded in 2008 by 28 women living with HIV, it now has staff in several American cities ...


AG-candidate-says-anti-gay-adoption-sentiment-shifted

AG candidate says anti-gay adoption sentiment shifted - Republican Illinois State Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold said she does not recall allegedly saying in 2000 that she'd prefer foster children being placed with child abusers rather than a same-sex couple, according to reports. Her opponent in the March 20 primary, Gary Grasso, has called on her to withdraw from the race over the matter. NBC 5 broke the ...


Andersonville-Chamber-of-Commerce-starts-business-mentorship-program-

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce starts business mentorship program - The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has launched The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs—a business mentorship program established to honor the legacy of Jan Baxter, owner of the Landmark of Andersonville shop during 1987-2014, and long-term mentor to ACC and the neighborhood business community at large. The fund is now open for applications from businesses established ...


Proud-and-Included-marks-anniversary

Proud and Included marks anniversary - Proud and Included—a social and community outreach organization focused on expanding inclusion for LGBTQ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the larger LGBTQ community—held a "meet and mingle" to mark its second anniversary. The event, which took place Feb. 28, was held at Center on Halsted, and was aimed at LGBTQ service providers, businesses, supporters and social organizations who ...


PFLAG-Celebrates-45th-Year-of-Leading-on-Family-Acceptance-

PFLAG Celebrates 45th Year of Leading on Family Acceptance - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— On March 11, PFLAG—the nation's first and largest organization uniting families and allies with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people—will celebrate 45 years since its founding in New York City in 1973. Jeanne Manford, elementary-school teacher and mother of renowned gay activist Morty Manford, marched by her son's side in the 1972 Christopher Street ...


Better-family-communication-key-to-enhancing-sexual-health-outcomes-of-GBQ-adolescents

Better family communication key to enhancing sexual health outcomes of GBQ adolescents - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( February 20, 2018 ) — Studies have shown that talking with teens about sex-related topics is a positive parenting practice that facilitates important sexual health outcomes with heterosexual adolescents. But for LGBTQ youth, the topic of sexuality and sexual health is often ineffectively addressed at home. A research team led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing ...


Black-LGBTQA-event-Recognitions-Feb-23

Black LGBTQA event 'Recognitions' Feb. 23 - The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus are hosting "The Chicago LGBTQA Black History Recognitions" on Friday, Feb. 23, at the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave., 6-8 p.m. Honorees will include activist/Lavender Pop Greeting Cards creator Otis Richardson; Lighthouse Church's Pastor Jamie Frazier; poet/activist/spoken-word artist e. nina jay; trans activist ...


Advocates-Transmission-laws-hinder-HIV-AIDS-prevention-efforts

Advocates: Transmission laws hinder HIV/AIDS prevention efforts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Laws that penalize intimate partner contact wherein one person has failed to inform the other that they are HIV-positive are viewed by many advocates and service providers as retrograde, unnecessary and even harmful, according to members of a panel that spoke Feb. 15 at Center on Halsted. "Science has not been translated into American courtrooms," said participant Trevor Hoppe, assistant ...


NATIONAL-Trans-foster-child-bill-Black-queer-artist-breast-feeding-first

NATIONAL Trans foster-child bill, Black queer artist, breast-feeding first - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In California, transgender foster children would be guaranteed access to healthcare specific to their unique needs under a bill announced by San Diego Assemblyman Todd Gloria, KUSI.com reported. The Democrat's bill would amend the list of foster youth rights to include "access to gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming behavioral health services," such as counseling to cope with gender-identity issues or ...


WORLD-NEWS-Costa-Rica-election-PrEP-news-HIV-outbreak

WORLD NEWS Costa Rica election, PrEP news, HIV outbreak - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Zealand has announced that it will publicly fund PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ) for just $1.20 a month for a prescription, PinkNews reported. The country is one of a few that have made the decision to make the HIV prevention medication available at a reduced price. From March 1, the treatment will be rolled out to those who are ...


CSGS-LGBTQ-talk-series-through-May

CSGS LGBTQ talk series through May - The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) will hold its LGBTQ speaker series through May. All events will take place at 5733 S. University Ave. On Monday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., Cornell University Associate Professor of Africana Studies C. Riley Snorton will speak on "Fleshy Encounters: Black Feminism and the Mutability ...


NU-LGBTQ-health-talks-Feb-15-21

NU LGBTQ health talks Feb. 15, 21 - Northwestern University will continue its Current Issues in LGBTQ Health series on Feb. 15 and 21. Dr. Jennifer Brier will give the talk, "How to Have History in an Epidemic: Can History Make You Healthy?" on Thursday, Feb. 15, 12-1:30 p.m. in room 1-515 of Northwestern's Kresge Hall, 1880 Campus Dr. The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Sexualities ...


Wilson-Mens-Hotel-residents-demand-developer-cease-retaliatory-evictions-

Wilson Men's Hotel residents demand developer cease retaliatory evictions - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — In a press conference Thursday, tenants of the Wilson Men's Hotel, a Single Room Occupancy building in Uptown, demanded City Pads LLC developer Andrew Ahitow cease his eviction of the residents and ensure tenants are a key part of negotiating the relocation process. Last week, all 100+ tenants of Wilson Men's Hotel were served with 60-day eviction ...


Planned-Parenthood-launches-youth-led-campaign-about-birth-control-sexual-health

Planned Parenthood launches youth-led campaign about birth control, sexual health - From a press release - ( Chicago ) - Planned Parenthood of Illinois ( PPIL ) has launched My Body. My Story.- a youth-led campaign designed to increase sexual health education and access to birth control for 13-19 year olds in Illinois. My Body. My Story. aims to educate youth about all of Planned Parenthood's services with a focus on birth control options through: - ...


-Planned-Parenthood-airs-HIV-prevention-videos-on-National-Black-HIV-AIDS-Awareness-Day

Planned Parenthood airs HIV prevention videos on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Planned Parenthood Federation of America is launching new educational videos on pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) and post-exposure prophylaxis ( PEP ), two HIV prevention medications. Despite the life-saving advances in HIV treatment and prevention, racism and other systemic barriers can block people from affordable, quality health care, including today's most ...


Emanuel-announces-Getting-to-Zero-investments

Emanuel announces 'Getting to Zero' investments - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced $36 million in new HIV funding opportunities to support Chicago's "Getting to Zero" initiative that aims to effectively eliminate all new diagnoses of HIV in the city by 2027. Last year, Emanuel joined CDPH and advocates from across Chicago to launch the new Getting to Zero ...


Publix-decides-to-add-PrEP-coverage-for-employees-HRC-responds

Publix decides to add PrEP coverage for employees, HRC responds - Publix has announced via Twitter that they are in the process of reversing course on PrEP: "Publix appreciates the concerns shared by our associates and customers. We offer generous health coverage to our eligible full-time and part-time associates at an affordable premium and are committed to the health and well-being of our associates and their families. We regularly evaluate what ...


HRC-first-Of-its-kind-survey-of-LGBTQ-need-for-paid-family-medical-leave

HRC first-Of-its-kind survey of LGBTQ need for paid family, medical leave - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, released a report detailing the results of its groundbreaking nationwide survey of LGBTQ people that reveals an urgent need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave. It comes on the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ...


HRC-to-Honor-Texas-Pediatrician-For-Her-Lifesaving-Care-of-Trans-Youth

HRC to Honor Texas Pediatrician For Her Lifesaving Care of Trans Youth - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor Dallas pediatrician Dr. Ximena Lopez, who founded the only clinic in the Southwest specializing in transgender youth, at the organization's fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. She will receive HRC's Upstander Award. "Dr. ...


Gildas-Club-open-house-on-Feb-14

Gilda's Club open house on Feb. 14 - Gilda's Club Chicago, 537 N. Wells St., will hold an open house on Wed., Feb. 14. The organization, named after the late comedian/actress Gilda Radner, offers more than 300 free activities each month. According to its website, the organization's "mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community." ...


HUD-assists-HIV-AIDS-groups-with-41M

HUD assists HIV/AIDS groups with $4.1M - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) announced $4.1 million for three groups to assist low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families in Illinois. —AIDS Foundation of Chicago-Chicago Housing for Health Partnership, isawarded a HOPWA ( Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ) Program permanent supportive housing renewal grant in the amount of $1,382,574 to ...


THE-FAIRY-GARDENER-Bulbs-are-tough

THE FAIRY GARDENER Bulbs are tough - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those of you who regret never having gotten around to planting bulbs for the coming spring, all hope is not lost. There are plenty of spring planted permanent bulbs currently available in catalogs such as alliums, lilies, irises and hardy glads. Further, if some of your planted bulbs have already popped up and wilted, as a friend's daffs have, ...


GUEST-VIEWPOINT-Reclassifying-female-condom-can-revolutionize-contraceptive-industry

GUEST VIEWPOINT Reclassifying "female condom" can revolutionize contraceptive industry - If you've had safe, penetrative sex at some point in your life, you've probably used the "male" condom, which is designed to be worn by a person with a penis. Over the years, this device has been credited as one of the most effective tools to combat HIV, with different variations developed to appeal to a wide array of audiences. ...


GLAAD-Harris-Poll-shows-LGBTQ-acceptance-dropping-Getty-pledges-15M

GLAAD, Harris Poll shows LGBTQ acceptance dropping, Getty pledges $15M - From a press release - Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its fourth annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a national survey among more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD's behalf by The Harris Poll. The results were announced during a panel discussion hosted by ...


Williams-Institute-says-20000-US-LGBT-teens-will-face-conversion-therapy

Williams Institute says 20,000+ U.S. LGBT teens will face conversion therapy - From a Williams Institute news release - An estimated 20,000 LGBT youth ages 13 to 17 will undergo conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before the age of 18, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Also, approximately 57,000 youth will receive the treatment from a religious or spiritual advisor. These are the first estimates of U.S. youth ...


Global-Fund-and-Partners-Launch-HIV-Epidemic-Response-

Global Fund and Partners Launch HIV Epidemic Response - From a press release - DAVOS, Switzerland — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and partners pledged support for HER — HIV Epidemic Response — an initiative to build private sector support for programs that address HIV in 13 African countries where adolescent girls and young women face disproportionate risk. Nearly 7,000 young women and girls are infected with HIV every week, ...


Howard-Browns-Center-for-Education-Research-and-Advocacy-lists-priorities-for-2018

Howard Brown's Center for Education, Research and Advocacy lists priorities for 2018 - From a press release - Looking Ahead: Howard Brown's Center forEducation, Research and Advocacy 2018 Priorities Howard Brown launched the Center for Education, Research and Advocacy ( ERA ) less than one year ago—and we have made important strides. Join us as we look to the exciting year ahead! News & Announcements Evaluating salvage therapies for people living with HIV As biomedical interventions, such ...


-SAGE-to-honor-Dr-Imani-Woody-for-work-on-aging-issues

SAGE to honor Dr. Imani Woody for work on aging issues - From a press release - [New York] SAGE, the nation's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, will present Dr. Imani Woody the SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence on Aging Issues at this week's Creating Change Conference headed by the National LGBTQ Task Force in Washington, D.C. "We are honored to present our Advocacy Award to Dr. Woody for always ...


HHS-action-puts-LGBTQ-health-well-being-at-risk

HHS action puts LGBTQ health, well being at risk - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) released a proposed rule that could strengthen protections for health care workers who refuse to provide health services for religious or moral reasons, including health care for LGBT patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights ( HHS OCR ), ...


Riot-Bear-seeks-to-change-what-defines-beauty

Riot Bear seeks to change what defines beauty - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new year brings about resolutions from many of us. It is not uncommon to see others devoted to losing weight or finally getting in shape or giving up alcohol. Often, most of us simply fail. That doesn't mean that hope is lost. James Anthony, the editor-in-chief of RiotBear.com, thinks that the answer is not more squats but less judgment—and ...


National-roundup-Aetna-lesbian-vet-Antonio-Sabato-Jr-Univ-of-Iowa

National roundup: Aetna, lesbian vet, Antonio Sabato Jr., Univ. of Iowa - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hartford, Connecticut-based Aetna Inc. has reached a $17-million settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit filed after thousands of the health insurer's customers had their privacy breached in a mailing that revealed where to purchase HIV medications, The Hartford Courant reported. The lawsuit, filed in August, came a month after Aetna mailed a notice in envelopes with large, clear windows that ...


Roe-v-Wade-45th-anniversary-observed-during-challenging-times-for-reproductive-rights

Roe v. Wade 45th anniversary observed during challenging times for reproductive rights - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: For 45 years, Roe v. Wade has kept abortion legal in the U.S. — but it hasn't kept politicians from pushing abortion out of reach for poor women, young folks, transgender and gender non-binary people, and communities of color. The National LGBTQ Task Force rises up to realize the promise of Roe, end coverage bans, and resist Trump's extreme ...


Biden-Foundation-Advisory-Councils-to-focus-on-violence-against-women-LGBTQ-equality

Biden Foundation Advisory Councils to focus on violence against women, LGBTQ equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Biden Foundation announced the formation of two Advisory Councils that will support its work to end violence against women and advance LGBTQ equality. Advisory Council members are respected leaders, experts and advocates at the forefront of their fields, who were chosen to advise the Foundation because they understand the complexities of the broad challenges they ...


Planned-Parenthood-Illinois-Action-PAC-to-mark-45th-Anniversary-of-Roe-v-Wade

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC to mark 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 22, 2018 ) — Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC ( PPIA PAC ) will mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, on Wednesday January 24 at the City Winery in Chicago. PPIA PAC recognizes the need for continued access to safe and legal abortion for a woman if ...


Health-and-Human-Services-set-to-allow-religious-bias-in-medical-care-

Health and Human Services set to allow religious bias in medical care - From press releases - The Trump Administration is expected today to expand protections for health care workers who refuse to provide health services, including healthcare for transgender patients and abortions, for religious or moral reasons, according to The Williams Institute. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights ( HHS OCR ), which is charged with enforcing federal civil rights ...


Number-of-uninsured-Americans-shows-increase-during-2017

Number of uninsured Americans shows increase during 2017 - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Today, Gallup News organization reported that the number of uninsured Americans increased during 2017, the first time in four years, by over 3 million people. This represents an increase in the uninsured rate from 10.9% to 12.2%. Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA: "Today's news means that the rate of uninsured ...


Chicago-City-Council-approves-55M-in-TIF-funds-to-Presence-Health-ACLU-responds

Chicago City Council approves $5.5M in TIF funds to Presence Health, ACLU responds - From an ACLU press release - CHICAGO — In response to the Chicago City Council's vote to approve $5.5M in TIF funds to Presence Health to build their downtown headquarters — despite concerns over the Catholic organization's opposition to contraception and reproductive health care - the below statement can be attributed to Lorie Chaiten, Director, Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois: "It is extremely ...


PASSAGES-Mathilde-Krim-pioneer-in-fight-against-HIV-AIDS-dies-at-91

PASSAGES Mathilde Krim, pioneer in fight against HIV/AIDS, dies at 91 - Dr. Mathilde Krim, a pioneer in the battle against HIV/AIDS, passed away Jan. 15 at age 91, according to NewNowNext.com . The cause of death is currently unknown. In 1983, Krim founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization dedicated to AIDS research. In 1985, AMF merged with a like-minded California-based group to form the American Foundation for ...


Report-LGBTQ-themed-ads-garner-more-brand-trust-brand-recall-purchase-intent

Report: LGBTQ-themed ads garner more brand trust, brand recall, purchase intent - Hornet, a gay social network, released its first ever research with Nielsen around the efficacy of LGBTQ-themed branded advertising on the LGBTQ consumer. The custom study, which Hornet commissioned from Nielsen in 2017, examines advertising content across various industries including consumer packaged goods, hospitality, automotive and banking. In addition to better understanding the consumer impact of LGBTQ-themed ads, the study ...







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