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HIV-Care-Connect-reworks-education-on-HIV-mental-health

HIV Care Connect reworks education on HIV, mental health - Among the questions on Illinois HIV Care Connect's HIV and Mental Health Quiz is 'people living with HIV and a mental health condition have a more difficult time achieving viral suppression: True or False?" According to Illinois Health Association Assistant Director for Programs and Compliance Jeffery M. Erdman, his colleague/HIV Project Manager Michael Maginn and Illinois HIV Care Connect Communications ...


Racisms-Toll-Research-Center-lays-bare-the-moral-human-and-economic-cost-

Racism's Toll: Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost - From a press release - Poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and people of color fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty, "Racism's Toll," Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out ...


Howard-Brown-meeting-March-30

Howard Brown meeting March 30 - Howard Brown Health will hold its annual meeting Wed., March 30, 6-8 p.m., at the Brown Elephant Andersonville, 5404 N. Clark St. According to a news release, Howard Brown will "share highlights of 2015, discuss our goals for the future, and honor community members who have gone above and beyond to support our mission of improving LGBTQ healthcare." Afterward, there ...


News-briefs

News briefs - Quigley hosts advisory council On Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, hosted his annual LGBTQ Advisory Council meeting with LGBTQ non-profit and community leaders, activists and advocates for an update on the status of issues facing the community locally and nationally. Quigley talked about issues such as the effect of Illinois' budget impact ...


TPP-signing-undercuts-US-commitment-to-LGBTQ-equality-HIV-AIDS-fight

TPP signing undercuts U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality, HIV/AIDS fight - From a Pride at Work press release - Washington — Today, in Auckland, New Zealand, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, and an unclear path for passage in the US Congress. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response: "Though ...


Report-Trans-youth-more-likely-to-have-Aspergers

Report: Trans youth more likely to have Asperger's - Nearly a quarter of young persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or transgender, screened positive for Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, according to a new paper in the academic journal LGBT Health. The study was a small retrospective review of intake files of 39 children at Boston Children's Hospital. Lead author Daniel E. Shumer explained, "We found that 23 percent ...


PrEP4Love-campaign-launched

'PrEP4Love' campaign launched - The Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ) launched PrEP4Love, a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Photography with the tagline "One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV." is displayed in ads throughout Chicago on CTA trains and buses, as well as in ...


AFC-criticizes-Rauner-speech

AFC criticizes Rauner speech - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) issued a statement about Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's most recent State of the State speech, saying he omitted important issues. Among said issues: —Help for Illinoisans who need vital human services: AFC said Rauner failed to note "the human suffering playing out across the state as the seven-month budget impasse between himself ...


Local-mental-health-group-provides-safe-space-shared-experience

Local mental-health group provides safe space, shared experience - By Skylar Baker-Jordan - Following a large number of clinic closures and record budget cuts, the state of mental health in Chicago has made national headlines over the past year. In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed half the city's mental health clinics, and budget cuts at the state level coupled with often high deductibles found on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange have left ...


Rush-Center-first-to-provide-trans-health-care-benefits-

Rush Center first to provide trans health-care benefits - Chicago's Rush University Medical Center will provide comprehensive transgender health care benefits to all employees enrolled in the organization's health care plan. Rush announced the move in a Jan. 16 press release that stated that transgender care benefits will include "counseling, hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and all other treatments related to gender transition." It is the first hospital in Illinois ...


Howard-Brown-to-minimize-wait-times-to-hold-meeting-March-30

Howard Brown to minimize wait times; to hold meeting March 30 - Howard Brown aims to minimize wait times Howard Brown Health Center and Healthvana, a patient-engagement platform, announced a partnership to reduce patients' wait times for STI test results. Patients of Howard Brown walk-in clinic, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., can electronically receive their test results as soon as they are available, and schedule future testing reminders, using its Healthvana app. ...


New-research-released-Spatial-Stigma-Health-in-Post-Industrial-Detroit

New research released: Spatial Stigma, Health in Post-Industrial Detroit - From a press release - DETROIT, MI, February 1, 2016……Detroit Youth Passages ( DYP ), a project dedicated to understanding how young peoples' life circumstances impact their lives and promoting positive change, has published a groundbreaking research paper in the most recent issue of The International Quarterly of Community Health Education ( IQCH ) entitled "Spatial Stigma and Health in Post-Industrial Detroit." Louis Graham, a ...


Presidential-candidates-answer-survey-on-plans-to-end-HIV-and-AIDS-epidemic

Presidential candidates answer survey on plans to end HIV and AIDS epidemic - From a Gay Men's Health Crisis press release - New York, NY: Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) - the world's first and leading HIV and AIDS service organization - sent all of the candidates running for president a survey asking about their plans to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic on December 3, 2015. The purpose of the survey was not to endorse a candidate, but rather ...


Report-reflects-increasing-bisexuality

Report reflects increasing bisexuality - A Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) report on sexual behavior, attraction and identity among adults in the United States reveals that men and women younger than 45 are more likely to identify as bisexual today than they were earlier this decade. More than 9,000 adults ages 18 to 44 were interviewed for the CDC's 2011-2013 National Survey of ...


Planned-Parenthood-event-marks-43rd-anniversary-of-Roe-v-Wade

Planned Parenthood event marks 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 21, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. More than 600 guests attended the fundraiser held at City Winery. Illlinois state Sen. Daniel ...


Creating-Change-plenary-addresses-HIV-AIDS-in-trans-women-Black-men-

Creating Change plenary addresses HIV/AIDS in trans women, Black men - Videos below article - Health officials and advocates discussed the successes and gaps in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS at a plenary talk at the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 23. Phill Wilson opened by recalling the day when he was told that he had HIV. "When I was diagnosed with HIV, my doctors told me to go home, get my affairs in order, ...


SlutTalk-to-raise-awareness-of-slut-shaming-sexual-assault

"SlutTalk" to raise awareness of slut shaming, sexual assault - From a press release - If you grew up in America you've probably been called a slut...or called someone a slut. If you're a girl, it was probably both. "Slutiness" is practically a rite of passage in all of our lives from adolescence to adulthood and it is women who are most often the target of slut shaming and sexual judgment that often leads to ...


Protestors-drown-out-anti-choice-rally

Protestors drown out anti-choice rally - Neither the subzero wind chills nor a steadily gathering crowd of anti-abortion demonstrators deterred an impassioned group of nearly 400 counter-protestors from taking to the opposite side of the street from a March for Life rally held at the Federal Court house in downtown Chicago Jan. 17. Although March for Life organizers boasted a considerable set-up of loudspeakers, it was ...


-Rush-first-in-state-to-offer-coverage-for-transgender-health-services

Rush first in state to offer coverage for transgender health services - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — Rush University Medical Center continues to lead the way in providing the highest-quality health care to all by being the first hospital in Illinois to offer comprehensive transgender health benefits to Rush employees and beneficiaries who are insured under the Rush health plan. The benefits, which were effective on Jan. 1, include counseling, hormone therapy, gender ...


Rep-Kelly-Cassidy-issues-statement-on-AFSCME-negotiations

Rep. Kelly Cassidy issues statement on AFSCME negotiations - From a press release - Statement by Rep. Kelly Cassidy: This morning, Governor Rauner declared an impasse in negotiations with AFSCME, the union that represents over 38,000 child protection workers, nursing aides, correctional officers, human service workers and other state employees. Prior to this week, there was no indication negotiations would be broken off, and AFSCME has expressed their willingness to continue to bargain and ...


WXRTs-Hemmert-to-have-cancer-surgery

WXRT's Hemmert to have cancer surgery - WXRT-FM/93XRT personality Terri Hemmert—a strong supporter of the LGBT community—will be off the air and away from the radio station for at least a month to have cancer removed. Hemmert had previously missed many weeks in the summer of 2014, with that absence caused by her having knee-replacement surgery. On her midday show, Hemmert said after having polyps removed last ...


Fullerton-Foundation-board-members-to-be-homeless-Jan-22-

Fullerton Foundation board members to be homeless Jan. 22 - Explaining that many people are just two missed paychecks away from becoming homeless, board members of the 530 Fullerton Foundation are planning to leave their own homes on the night of Friday, Jan. 22. The night of homelessness is intended to raise awareness of the issues facing the 140,000 people who are homeless in Chicago as well as raise funds ...


World-AIDS-conference-Grindr-and-China-Estonia-partnership-law

World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...


Foundation-board-members-to-become-homeless-to-raise-awareness-and-funds

Foundation board members to become homeless to raise awareness and funds - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 5, 2016 ) Explaining that many Americans are just two missed pay checks away from becoming homeless, members of the Board of the 530 Fullerton Foundation are planning to leave their own homes on the night of January 22. The night of homelessness — scheduled on a date when the average Chicago temperature is a snowy 16 ...


Counter-protest-set-for-Jan-17-anti-choice-event-

Counter-protest set for Jan. 17 anti-choice event - Chicagoans are gearing up to host a counter-protest to national anti-choice events this month. The Chicago events are timed right after a "March for Life" Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C. In Chicago there is an anti-choice event Sunday, Jan. 17, 2-4 p.m. at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams. Among the slated speakers are Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Roman Catholic ...


Policy-brief-Bathroom-bills-threaten-trans-peoples-health-opportunities

Policy brief: "Bathroom bills" threaten trans people's health, opportunities - From a Center for American Progress press release - Washington, D.C. — A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines controversial state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of these spaces by ...


Affordable-Care-Act-press-conference-focuses-on-LGBT-community

Affordable Care Act press conference focuses on LGBT community - Local, state and federal officials held a press conference focused on LGBT Chicagoans and the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) Jan. 5 at the Howard Brown Health Center. Among the speakers were David Ernesto Munar ( president and CEO of Howard Brown Health ), U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus ), Kathleen Falk ( ...


Natl-LGBT-racial-health-groups-file-amicus-brief-with-high-court-on-abortion-

Nat'l LGBT, racial, health groups file amicus brief with high court on abortion - From a NCLR press release - ( Washington, D.C., January 5, 2016 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 ...


Quigley-Howard-Brown-HHS-push-to-enroll-LGBTs-in-Healthcare-Marketplace

Quigley, Howard Brown, HHS push to enroll LGBTs in Healthcare Marketplace - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Kathleen Falk, Region V Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health urged those that have yet to sign up for health care insurance to take action before the January ...


Upcoming-March-for-Life-Auto-show-New-Years-lakefront-5K-Oscar-night-

Upcoming: March for Life; Auto show; New Year's lakefront 5K; Oscar night - March for Life In Chicago, a pro-life event, "March for Life," will take place Sunday, Jan. 17, 2-4 p.m. at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St. Among the slated speakers are Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chicago; and Pastor Wilfredo De Jesus of Chicago's New Life Covenant Church, according to IllinoisRightToLife.org. The event is in connection ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Trivia night at Pork Shoppe: Meat-focused Andersonville restaurant Pork Shoppe knows how to entertain on Wednesday nights ( starting at 7 p.m. ). Host Cayce mixes wit with questions that range all over the difficulty meter. ( "Where did Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton play college football?" ) Prizes include gift cards to—where else?—Pork Shoppe. —CrossTown Fitness: The fitness ...


LV-Jordan-still-seeks-kidney-donor

LV Jordan still seeks kidney donor - Chicagoan Elvie "LV" Jordan, a fashion designer and longtime lesbian activist, is continuing her search for a kidney donor. Jordan and her partner Challis Gibbs were among the first same-sex couples to marry legally in Illinois, due to Gibbs' own health situation. Gibbs died a few weeks later, and soon after, Jordan became ill and now is in a search ...


U-of-C-to-build-trauma-center-after-activist-pressure

U of C to build trauma center, after activist pressure - From a press statement - The following is a statement from the Trauma Care Coalition on the decision to open a Level I Adult Trauma Center at the University of Chicago: In this moment, the whole world is watching Chicago and its history and practice of institutional racism. The decision by President Robert Zimmer and Dean Kenneth Polonksy of the University of Chicago to listen ...


National-Equality-Day-Cincinnati-bans-conversion-therapy-Barney-Frank

National: Equality Day; Cincinnati bans conversion therapy; Barney Frank - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) released the 2015 annual report of the HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, according to the Center for American Progress. "LGBT Health and Well-being: HHS Issues Coordinating Committee 2015 Report" documents the department's work over the past year and its commitments for 2016. The report documents major steps HHS has ...


CAPs-Kellan-Baker-on-release-of-HHS-Annual-Report-on-LGBT-Issues

CAP's Kellan Baker on release of HHS Annual Report on LGBT Issues - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, released the 2015 annual report of the HHS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, or LGBT, Issues Coordinating Committee, "LGBT Health and Well-being: HHS Issues Coordinating Committee 2015 Report" documents the department's work over the past year and its commitments for 2016. Center for American Progress Senior ...


HHS-joins-LGBT-groups-for-Open-Enrollment-Activities-during-LGBT-Week-of-Action-

HHS joins LGBT groups for Open Enrollment Activities during LGBT Week of Action - From a press release - With the December 15 deadline for coverage starting in January 2016 fast approaching, the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) today announced partnerships with key national organizations to support LGBT outreach and enrollment efforts during 2016 Open Enrollment. As part of LGBT Week of Action from Dec. 7 - 11, Out2Enroll and other organizations will hold enrollment ...


Condom-campaign-launched-at-World-AIDS-Day-event

Condom campaign launched at World AIDS Day event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) unveiled its Chicago Wears Condoms campaign in collaboration with the Mikva Challenge Dec. 1 at the Roosevelt Red Line station. The event also featured a press conference, condom distribution and the unveiling of CDPH's 2015 HIV/STI Surveillance Report. According to the report, this is the 13th ...


Chicago-sex-ed-gets-makeover-youth-launch-Chicago-Wears-Condoms-campaign-

Chicago sex ed gets makeover; youth launch 'Chicago Wears Condoms' campaign - From a press release - Internationally December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day to educate and prevent the deadly disease. In Chicago, high school students in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the marketing agency, Serve, are launching a provocative advertising and public education campaign, "Chicago Wears Condoms." The concept was developed by high school youth who want to reduce the ...


Panel-weighs-family-planning-options-and-obligations

Panel weighs family-planning options and obligations - Legal professionals and LGBT parents gathered at Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Pkwy., on Nov. 18 to discuss family planning concerns for gay and lesbian couples. MB Financial Bank sponsored the event, which featured members from four couples discussing their experiences becoming parents, through means such as surrogacy and foster-parenting. Meg Ledebuhr, director of legal services and client advocacy with ...


Howard-Brown-has-new-name-logo

Howard Brown has new name, logo - Howard Brown Health, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd. unveiled a new look and name for the organization to better communicate its mission. The digital and visual changes at Howard Brown Health—created pro bono by the creative agency Digital Kitchen—includes a logo, revamped website and name change to "Howard Brown Health," from Howard Brown Health Center. The overhaul also includes new naming ...


ViiV-Healthcare-holds-Couch-Talk-

ViiV Healthcare holds Couch Talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 10, ViiV Healthcare presented its yearly HIV Couch Talk. The evening was designed to promote HIV awareness, the need for testing and adhering to treatment, and a chance to dialogue and share stories. The event featured two "Couch Coaches," individuals who shared personal stories of dealing with a positive diagnosis and how treatment empowered them to reclaim there ...


Chat-focuses-on-crossroads-of-race-LGBT-movements

Chat focuses on crossroads of race, LGBT movements - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In advance of the Creating Change conference held in Chicago in January, the National LGBTQ Task Force has been holding "Change Chats" to address topics featured at the conference. The latest Change Chat was held on Nov. 12 at the Hyde Park's Little Black Pearl Gallery, and focused on the intersection between the movements for Black lives and LGBTQ equality. ...


Natl-roundup-ACA-cases-anti-trans-petition-anti-LGBT-companies-marriage-

Nat'l roundup: ACA cases; anti-trans petition; anti-LGBT companies; marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear seven court cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act's ( 2010 ) accommodation to the birth control benefit, which currently ensures that individuals have access to birth control coverage as part of their employee health insurance plan. National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey issued a statement saying, "Equality opponents have ...


-Disability-Inclusion-Opportunity-Summit-to-commence-in-Chicago

Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit to commence in Chicago - From a press release - U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Former Congressman Tony Coelho, executives, experts and innovators will join a two-day summit to increase inclusion of people with disabilities in education and employment on Monday, Nov. 16 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHAT: More than one in 10 Illinoisans have a disability — representing ...


Chelsea-Manning-responds-to-move-to-dismiss-suit-seeking-care-for-gender-dysphoria

Chelsea Manning responds to move to dismiss suit seeking care for gender dysphoria - From a press release - NEW YORK — The Department of Justice has filed a brief in Chelsea Manning's case against the United States government challenging her request to grow her hair beyond the two inches allowed by military regulation. Chelsea Manning is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. In September 2015, military officials again ...


Attorney-trans-activist-Broadus-in-Esquire-keynoting-Trans-Health-Symposium

Attorney, trans activist Broadus in Esquire, keynoting Trans Health Symposium - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — The "T" in LGBTQ is having a moment. The trans movement is in full swing and part of the public's consciousness, thanks in part to actress Laverne Cox ( "Orange is the New Black" ) as well as Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner, appearing on the covers of Time and Vanity Fair magazines, respectively. But trans ...


First-Illinois-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-to-open-Monday

First Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries to open Monday - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' first medical marijuana dispensaries have been approved to open across the state, with five expected to open Monday, including locations in Addison, Canton, Marion, Mundelein, and Quincy. So far, a total of eight are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health with seven more dispensaries expected to open later this month, bringing the total number of ...


Supreme-Court-birth-control-ruling-will-affect-millions-of-LGBTQs

Supreme Court birth control ruling will affect millions of LGBTQs - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2015—The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear seven court cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act's ( 2010 ) accommodation to the birth control benefit, which currently ensures that individuals have access to birth control coverage as part of their employee health insurance plan. The combined cases ask the highest court in the land to ...


AFC-softball-couple-on-relationship-work-and-PrEP-awareness-

AFC softball couple on relationship, work and PrEP awareness - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Sirens, a Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) league Sunday summer softball team, has many team members who are taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ), an HIV prevention drug, including Larry "LT" Todd ( nee: Johnson ) Cousineau. LT is in a serodiscordant relationship with his husband Vincent "Vinny" Cousineau, who ...


Solomon-discusses-families-and-negotiating-differences

Solomon discusses families and negotiating differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Ann Meyer - Families can be cruel before they come to accept the differences their children exhibit, from homosexuality to autism and dwarfism, author Andrew Solomon told the audience at Northwestern University's Cahn Auditorium in Evanston Oct. 20. "Acceptance happens very gradually," said Solomon, who is the author of "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity." The 2012 book, ...


Clinician-talks-Haitian-roots-at-Black-caucus-event

Clinician talks Haitian roots at Black caucus event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sebastian Saenz - On Oct. 30, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ), in partnership with the Remimakuo Media Club, hosted its "Quarterly Conversations with the Caucus" event, open to the public, at The Jeffrey Pub. That night, openly gay HIV/AIDS clinician and author Dr. David Malebranche discussed his book, Standing on His Shoulders: What I Learned about Race, Life and ...


Researchers-Health-providers-unprepared-for-pregnant-transgender-men-

Researchers: Health providers unprepared for pregnant transgender men - From a press release - London, UK ( October 29, 2015 ). Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the healthcare system as a result of a lack of training, argue Juno Obedin-Maliver and Harvey Makadon in a commentary published in SAGE journal Obstetric Medicine. In recent years, transgender people have experienced significant advances in social acceptance ...


Trans-health-group-RAD-Remedy-continues-to-grow

Trans health group RAD Remedy continues to grow - Riley Johnson's quest for better healthcare is personal. "It's always been a challenge, as somebody who's queer and trans, to find quality healthcare and to know what you're walking into," he said. "The National Trans Discrimination survey found about half of trans people were having to teach their providers about their care. And the part to me that was astounding ...


New-study-aims-to-improve-health-care-for-LGBT-people-of-color

New study aims to improve health care for LGBT people of color - UChicago, Morten Group look at shared decision-making - Going to the doctor is seldom a fun process. Patients are often and understandably nervous about what their medical professionals will have to say about their overall health. Beyond that, the power and prestige afforded to doctors can leave patients feeling unable to articulate their own concerns about prescribed treatment. "When we sometimes have recommendations about plans of care, unless ...


Briefs-Point-seeks-applicants-Ida-B-Wells-monument-Conversion-therapy-report

Briefs: Point seeks applicants; Ida B. Wells monument: Conversion-therapy report - N.Y.'s Cuomo enacts trans protections New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would expand existing anti-discrimination statutes to include transgender persons, The Observer reported. The Democratic governor officially announced at the annual dinner of LGBT-rights group Empire State Pride Agenda that his office would now interpret a state law protecting people from the denial of certain services to also include ...


Howard-Browns-Big-Orange-Ball-owns-Halloween

Howard Brown's Big Orange Ball owns Halloween - There were no limits to the imagination on Oct. 24 as almost 350 guests of the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC )'s Big Orange Ball were welcomed by plumbers Luigi and Mario into The Geraghty—a massive all-purpose event space in Pilsen and brainchild of celebrated designer Tom Kehoe who underwrote a portion of the event. There, they entered a ...


National-SAGE-gala-intersex-suit-Pelosi-Dying-Words

National: SAGE gala; intersex suit; Pelosi; 'Dying Words' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 19, SAGE ( Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders ) held its 20th-anniversary awards and gala at Gotham Hall in New York. The event raised more than $775,000—a SAGE record—and served to recognize SAGE's achievements throughout the country, as well as honoring five leaders committed to improving life among diverse LGBT aging populations. The ...


Astraea-Foundation-Launches-the-first-international-intersex-fund

Astraea Foundation Launches the first international intersex fund - From a press release - New York, NY —Today, on Intersex Awareness Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced the first grant recipients of the new Intersex Human Rights Fund. They awarded $187,000 to 29 intersexed grantee partners, based in 20 countries. "In a world where intersex activism has been resourced on a wing and a prayer, the significance of the Intersex Human Rights ...


Upcoming-Positively-Aware-event-Sleep-Out-Transfluent-more

Upcoming: Positively Aware event; Sleep Out; Transfluent; more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Positively Aware event Oct. 29 Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will be hosting a complimentary cocktail reception in commemoration of Positively Aware magazine's 25-plus years of HIV journalism. The event, "Positively Aware: 25 Years and Counting," is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 ...


Local-group-supports-intersex-people

Local group supports intersex people - by Gene Naden - Intersex Awareness Day, an international event launched in 1996, is marked each Oct. 26 through grassroots efforts around the world. Persons who identify as intersex or who are interested in learning more about intersex issues meet monthly for casual conversation at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. The group, Intersex Chicago, meets 6:30 to 9 p.m. ...


SAMHSA-Conversion-therapy-not-appropriate-for-minors

SAMHSA: Conversion therapy not appropriate for minors - - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a report calling for an end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth, Reuters noted. The practice aims to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, but the Obama Administration called for an end to the therapy a year ago. "Conversion therapies or other efforts to change ...


Men-Having-Babies-offers-assistance-to-gay-fathers

Men Having Babies offers assistance to gay fathers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anthony Brown said, while growing up, he never saw a future where he'd be able to get married or have a child. However, today, because of how much society has changed in the past decade, he shares a 6-year-old son with his husband. Brown and his husband were fortunate in that they were able to afford to use a surrogate ...


Advocate-discusses-LGBT-health-disparities

Advocate discusses LGBT health disparities - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital and Howard Brown Health Center, on Oct. 2, hosted the first Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium, which tackled myriad health issues and disparities in services that have affected the LGBT community. Numerous factors, many of them indirect, have an impact on the overall physical and mental health of the LGBT community, said Dr. Scout, a Lincoln, Rhode ...


Howard-Brown-names-HIV-specialist-Cori-Blum-MD-as-site-medical-director

Howard Brown names HIV specialist Cori Blum, MD, as site medical director - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, October 1, 2015 ) — Today, Howard Brown Health Center ( Howard Brown ) announced that Dr. Cori Blum, MD, AAHIVS, has been named Site Medical Director for the Sheridan Road Clinic. Dr. Blum, an accomplished HIV specialty provider and family physician, will begin seeing patients at Howard Brown on October 15. "Dr. Blum is an esteemed ...


PrEP-forum-examines-getting-more-physicians-on-board

PrEP forum examines getting more physicians on board - Health-care providers, advocates and community members gathered, on Oct. 1, at University Center, 525 S. State St., to discuss both the specifics of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and the hurdles stakeholders face in making it more widely available to those who would benefit most from it. The oral medication Truvada was approved for use as a PrEP intervention in 2012. ...


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Chicago social workers honored for distinguished contributions to social justice - From a press release - The American Family Therapy Association ( AFTA ) will be recognizing Live Oak's Co-Founders, Jeff Levy and Bruce Koff at their annual conference in June. Levy and Koff will be receiving AFTA's 2016 Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice Award. AFTA is specifically honoring them for their significant career-long contributions in developing and advancing mental health/social work education, training and counseling ...


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Howard Brown and Gerber/Hart to partner on North Side facility - Officials from Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) and Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, on Sept. 29, announced that HBHC will open a clinic at 6500 N. Clark St.—the address where Gerber/Hart has been the sole tenant since 2013. HBHC will occupy all the unused spaces in the Rogers Park building, which Clark Point Properties owns. Gerber/Hart's lease has been assigned to ...


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GMHC welcomes W.H.O.'s guidelines on antiretroviral therapy and PrEP - From a GMHC press release - New York, New York - Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) celebrates and welcomes the release of the World Health Organization's ( W.H.O. ) Early Release Guidelines on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) for HIV. These guidelines recommend initiating antiretroviral therapy ( ART ) in adults living with HIV, regardless of CD4 ...


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GLSEN and AFC on Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day - From press releases - From a GLSEN press release NEW YORK ( September 29, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement in recognition of today's Pink Out Day, launched by Planned Parenthood Federation of America in response to recent efforts to discredit and defund the organization. Pink Out Day calls on those who support women's health to stand ...


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Tammy Baldwin introduces bill to enhance access to HIV/AIDS care - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee, today introduced legislation aimed at strengthening our federal response to HIV/AIDS. Senator Baldwin's HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act would improve health care access by strengthening Ryan White Part C clinics to ensure these community providers have the capacity and ...


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PrEP Forum Oct. 1 - From a press release - Are You Prepared for PrEP? will be a community forum to sxplore the optimal use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV prevention Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The panel will be held at the Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 South State St., Chicago, IL 60605 More information at the link: http://www.healthhiv.org/ . RSVP/registration at the link: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50800/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=8949 . ...


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LGBT Health Conference Oct. 2 - Howard Brown Health Center and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will present the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Friday, Oct. 2, at Advocate's Olson Auditorium, 836 W. Wellington Ave. Health-care professionals will learn about LGBTQ health-care best practices and challenges. Among the topics that will be discussed are LGBTQ health disparities, advances practices in HIV care, transgender health and hormone replacement ...


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Study: Young gay men fear loss of community - From a Logo TV press release - New York, NY - September 23, 2015 - Following a historic Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality and as support for LGBT people continues to grow nationwide, younger gay men are increasingly longing for a stronger sense of community, according to a landmark new study by Logo TV. The finding is among the many revelations in "Gay Men ...


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Argentina lifts gay blood ban - Argentina has lifted a 15-year-old ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood, Medical Daily reported. Some have now speculated that this development could impact countries such as the United States, which still restrict donations from men in same-sex relationships from donating. At a signing ceremony, Argentina Health Minister Daniel Gollan said that the change "is scientifically and ...


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Hazelden Betty Ford focusing on LGBTQ patients - What began as a weekly Wednesday staff facilitated peer group meeting at the Betty Ford Center campus for patients who identify as LGBTQ has grown into a program specifically tailored to the needs of LGBTQ people seeking treatment for addiction. LGBTQ-integrated programming was first fully implemented at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Springbrook campus in Newberg, Oregon. Elements of the ...







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