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

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


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

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


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

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


-AMA-adopts-new-policies

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Leather-Archives-health-event-Dec-1

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


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

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


Gaylon-Alcarazs-radical-journey

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


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

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


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

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


HBH-community-meeting-Nov-17

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


National-physicians-group-address-LGBTQ-health

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Fostering-Our-Teens-event-Oct-22

'Fostering Our Teens' event Oct. 22 - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times and the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster our Teens" with the specific goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the ...


Fitness-expo-back-in-Chicago--with-one-change

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


Cancer-research-gala-raises-41M

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


2015-Report-on-Intimate-Partner-Violence-in-LGBTQ-HIV-Affected-Communities-released-

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


-MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM-Symposium-tracks-progress-in-LGBT-healthcare

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


BISEXUAL-BATTLES-MAP-report-shows-shocking-disparities-in-bisexual-community

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


Change-Chat-takes-on-bisexuality

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


VIEWS-How-providers-can-address-disparities-in-LGBTQ-patient-health

VIEWS How providers can address disparities in LGBTQ patient health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Here in the United States, the LGBTQ community's most recent victory came when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry. Now the Equality Movement faces its next battle: equal access to healthcare for LGBTQ people and their families. With open enrollment for health insurance beginning November 1, the LGBTQ community has another opportunity to access comprehensive ...


World-Nuns-civil-union-Israelis-hosting-soldiers-medical-news

World: Nuns' civil union, Israelis hosting soldiers, medical news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two former nuns who met in a convent have been joined in a civil union in a ceremony in a small town in northern Italy, LGBTQ Nation noted. The Italian news agency ANSA said the women, who were identified in Italian media only by first names, were supposed to have the ceremony in Pinerolo City Hall. However, concern there would ...


Bi-the-Way-talk-Sept-28-at-Center

'Bi the Way' talk Sept. 28 at Center - As part of its Chats series, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "Bi the Way" Wed., Sept. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. September is Celebrate Bisexuality Month, Marla Depew ( comedian, JDA Comedy ) and Adrienne McCue ( president and executive director, AJW Foundation ) to discuss everything bisexual—including common misconceptions, bi+ erasure, community resources and more. There is ...


Syphilis-infection-rates-on-the-rise

Syphilis infection rates on the rise - Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that syphilis infections are on the rise in the United States, jumping 15 percent from 2013 to 2014. A new CDC report, released Sept. 22, analyzes the infection's impact on men who have sex with men (MSM) on a state-by-state basis. The report showed that Illinois, in 2015, had ...


Howard-Brown-Health-medical-director-discusses-new-South-Side-clinic

Howard Brown Health medical director discusses new South Side clinic - Maya Green, M.D., medical director of Howard Brown Health's Englewood clinic, calls her new role "a whirlwind of fun and challenges. It's been a great experience in teamwork, community and sharing." The clinic opened in May of this year, and represents an effort by Howard Brown Health to both expand its services to Chicago's South Side and alleviate overcrowding in ...


Symposium-positions-health-equity-as-a-pivotal-social-justice-issue-for-LGBTQs

Symposium positions health equity as a pivotal social justice issue for LGBTQs - GUEST COLUMN - For those in our community with an activist spirit, attending a two-day symposium on LGBTQ Health might seem like the least likely response to all that troubles our people and society. The airwaves fill with the racist machinations of a presidential candidate. Social media reminds us daily of unbridled police terror claiming the lives of innocent Black men. And gun ...


Report-Bisexuals-face-invisibility-isolation-discrimination-violence-

Report: Bisexuals face invisibility, isolation, discrimination, violence - From a press release - DENVER, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 — A new report previewed yesterday at the White House in a groundbreaking policy meeting found that while more than half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) community identifies as bisexual, bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility, societal rejection, violence, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health—often at rates higher than ...


Midwest-LGBTQ-health-event-Oct-6-7

Midwest LGBTQ health event Oct. 6-7 - Howard Brown Health and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will host the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 6-7, at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington Ave. Physicians, nurses, residents, healthcare administrators and all other medical professionals are welcome to the event. A press release stated that the goal of the symposium is "to provide culturally competent ...


County-health-system-expands-PrEP-access

County health system expands PrEP access - Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ), on Sept. 15, announced an initiative to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for its patients. The new program funds staff in additional locations on the city's West Side, along with CCHHS' Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, to assist patients in obtaining PrEP, an intervention, usually available as the oral ...


GLAAD-celebrates-3rd-annual-Bisexual-Awareness-Week

GLAAD celebrates 3rd annual Bisexual Awareness Week - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization today announced its participation in the third annual Bisexual Awareness Week ( #BiWeek ) in partnership with BiNet USA; America's oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified, and unlabeled people. #BiWeek takes place from September 19th to 26nd with the 23rd ...


Fostering-Our-Teens-event-Oct-22

'Fostering Our Teens' event Oct. 22 - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times and the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster our Teens" with the goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the foster ...


20th-annual-AIDS-Benefit-at-Chicago-Academy-for-the-Arts-Sept-23-24

20th annual AIDS Benefit at Chicago Academy for the Arts Sept. 23-24 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit takes place Sept. 23rd and 24th at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. Students from each art department ( Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts ...


Global-Fund-Donors-Pledge-Nearly-13-Billion-to-Help-End-Epidemics

Global Fund Donors Pledge Nearly $13 Billion to Help End Epidemics - From a press release - MONTREAL — At the launch of the Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment, donors pledged over US$12.9 billion for the next three years, demonstrating extraordinary global commitment toward ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for good. Hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stressed youth engagement as a key to success in global health, the conference welcomed significantly increased pledges ...


County-health-system-expands-PrEP-access

County health system expands PrEP access - Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ), on Sept. 15, announced an initiative to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for its patients. The new program funds staff in additional locations on the city's West Side, along with CCHHS' Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, to assist patients in obtaining PrEP, an intervention, usually available as the oral ...


TransWorks-Program-to-launch-mentorship-program-in-October

TransWorks Program to launch mentorship program in October - From a press release - Chicago, IL, September 12, 2016 — Chicago House is launching its third TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning October 19. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming ( GNC ) individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender and GNC individuals ...


Miss-America-has-first-out-contestant

Miss America has first out contestant - The first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant, Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty, was eliminated Sept. 11 when the top 15 finalists were selected. She was the first openly lesbian contestant to win a state title. Djuan Trent competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Kentucky in 2011, when she finished in the top 10; she came out ...


Chicago-Sky-to-host-GETPINK-Game-presented-by-Weiss-Memorial-Hospital

Chicago Sky to host #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky will host its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 13 when the Sky welcomes the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. "We are pleased to partner with Weiss Memorial Hospital in our annual #GETPINK Game," ...


MOMBIAN-Family-Equality-ED-sees-families-helping-families

MOMBIAN Family Equality ED sees families helping families - Everyone's first week on the job should be like Stan Sloan's. The new executive director of Family Equality Council, the national organization for LGBTQ families, began the role on the first day of Family Week in Provincetown, the organization's signature event and the world's largest gathering of LGBTQ families. The 500 families took part in activities including a family parade, ...


Sidney-Thomas-on-board-post-career-HIV-AIDS-activism

Sidney Thomas on board post, career, HIV/AIDS activism - Sidney Thomas has spent his entire career working toward greater healthcare access for all, becoming involved with HIV/AIDS issues, the implementation of Medicaid expansion in metropolitan Chicago and mental-health issues. Thomas was born and raised in Milwaukee. He moved to Chicago in 1980 to take a job as a psychiatric social worker at Garfield Park Mental Health Center—now known as ...


90-historic-buildings-in-Chicago-nationwide-to-light-up-for-Stand-Up-To-Cancer

90+ historic buildings in Chicago, nationwide to light up for Stand Up To Cancer - From a press release - August 31, 2016 ( Los Angeles/New York ) — More than 90 historic buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada will be illuminated in the colors of Stand Up To Cancer ( SU2C ) during the week leading up to the fifth biennial SU2C "roadblock" telecast airing in both countries onFriday, Sept. 9 ( 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT / ...


GLMA-sends-action-alert-on-national-health-issue-for-transgender-women-

GLMA sends action alert on national health issue for transgender women - From GLMA - The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ( GLMA ) is sending this message from our colleagues at Callen-Lorde, Fenway and Treatment Action Group. GLMA has joined this sign-on effort and encourages individual providers and other LGBT health organizations to do so as well. The deadline to sign-on is Sept 2, 2016. In collaboration with our LGBT health provider and community ...


Howard-Brown-celebrates-63rd-Street-location-

Howard Brown celebrates 63rd Street location - Dozens of community members turned out Aug. 31 for an open house to celebrate the launch of Howard Brown Health's 63rd Street clinic in Englewood. The clinic, which opened in May, is part of an effort by Howard Brown Health to expand its services in additional locations throughout the city, relieving many patients of having to travel to its Sheridan ...


Love-Fest-features-health-village-and-performances

'Love Fest' features health village and performances - On Aug. 27, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) presented its 11th Annual Love Fest and Urbanity Mini Ball at the Chicago Illuminating Company at 2110 S. Wabash Ave. The festival and ball offered a health village, drag and vogue performances, a dance competition, a mini-cinema showing locally produced LGBTQ short films, and a raffle for cash ...


HRC-Foundation-Whitman-Walker-Health-release-Transgender-Sexual-Health-Guide

HRC Foundation, Whitman-Walker Health release Transgender Sexual Health Guide - From a 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, and Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center with special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV-related care, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender ...


Health-director-keynotes-inaugural-LGBT-health-symposium

Health director keynotes inaugural LGBT health symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since Northwestern University launched its Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing—described as "the first university-wide institute in the country focused on LGBTQ health"—in February of this year, its vision ( "To be an international leader in research that fosters understanding of the development and experiences of sexual and gender minority ( SGM ) individuals and improves the ...


Public-interest-groups-to-Walgreens-Medical-service-over-religious-doctrine

Public interest groups to Walgreens: Medical service over religious doctrine - From a press release - Washington - Walgreens must assure its customers seeking health care services that its in-store clinic provider, Catholic-sponsored SSM Health Medical Group, which adheres to religious directives, will not limit access to reproductive health services, information and referrals, say four public interest groups. In letters to Walgreens' chief medical officer and SSM Health's regional president, the ACLU of Illinois, ACLU of ...


Howard-Brown-Health-releases-impact-report

Howard Brown Health releases impact report - Howard Brown Health, on Aug. 18, released a new report illustrating its impact on the community. "It's a summary of our clinical services, and something we're pledging to do on an annual basis, said CEO and President David Munar. "It's broken up into three sections—reports on our patients, health benefits that patients are gaining from our system of care and ...


SlutWalk-2016-defies-police-to-take-back-Chicago-streets

SlutWalk 2016 defies police to take back Chicago streets - SlutWalk collective member Red Schulte described it as a "tug of war" with officers of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) when more than 700 participants of SlutWalk Chicago 2016 set out to reclaim the streets of the Magnificent Mile Aug. 20. At stake was each SlutWalkers' right to turn those streets into an inclusive space that echoed with ...


Howard-Brown-Health-issues-Community-Impact-Report-

Howard Brown Health issues Community Impact Report - Howard Brown Health today published its first Community Impact Report, highlighting patient and community outcomes resulting from its integrated healthcare delivery system. The progress report uses infographics and text to illustrate how Howard Brown's individualized approach to healthcare improves the lives of patients, supports the communities of LGBTQ people and allies, and improves overall public health in Chicago. The report ...


State-of-LGBT-Health-Symposium-Aug-18

'State of LGBT Health Symposium' Aug. 18 - The inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium will take place Thursday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m., at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law's Aspen Hall, 375 E. Chicago Ave. This symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Karen L. Parker, director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office of the National Institutes of Health, followed by a panel discussion with ...


Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-new-sliding-scale-fees

Howard Brown Health unveils new sliding-scale fees - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, August 15, 2016 ) — Howard Brown Health today unveiled a new sliding-scale fee for all patients as part of its efforts to increase the accessibility of its wide range of health and wellness services. Charges under the new sliding scale start at $5 for patients whose self-reported income is at or below 100% of federal poverty ...


Walgreens-and-HRC-release-LGBTQ-pharmacy-guide-

Walgreens and HRC release LGBTQ pharmacy guide - From a press release - HRC, in partnership with Walgreens, has released a resource guide that helps pharmacists better understand the needs of LGBTQ customers and patients. The guide, which is being distributed by the pharmacy giant to more than 70,000 health care professionals across the country, provides pharmacists and pharmacy staff with information on LGBTQ identities and terminology, as well as the health disparities ...


Band-together-Illinois-AIDS-Run-Walk-Chicago-to-unite-the-HIV-community-Oct-1

Band together, Illinois: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to unite the HIV community Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO, July 28 — This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, emphasizing the importance of unity and partnership in responding to health crises, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, at Chicago's Soldier Field. Inspired by the kaleidoscopic effect of last year's athletes donning COLORbands ( elastic bands that can be worn by participants in a number ...


Land-of-Lincoln-ACA-insurance-plans-to-end-

Land of Lincoln ACA insurance plans to end - The Land of Lincoln insurance co-op will no longer be offering plans through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage ends for policyholders Oct. 1 but they will have special enrollment periods available to them in order to ensure at least a minimal gap in coverage. Enrolled individuals who switch plans between Aug. 2-Sept. 30 should see no gap, according to ...


Advocates-State-puts-persons-with-hep-C-and-Medicaid-at-risk

Advocates: State puts persons with hep C and Medicaid at risk - While the treatment and detection of hepatitis C have become significantly less difficult in recent years, the state of Illinois Medicaid system won't cover treatment for the disease until patients reach Stage 4, when their liver becomes cirrhotic, according to advocates and healthcare providers. "It's heartbreaking, and it's not why I signed up to be at County," said Oluwatoyin Adeyemi, ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-sex-positive-discussion

Center on Halsted hosts sex-positive discussion - The latest installment of the Center on Halsted Chats, a monthly series of conversations hosted by leaders in the LGBTQ community to address relevant issues, was held last Wednesday and led to a lively discussion of sex parties and BDSM clubs in Chicago. Sky Cotton, founder of Vespertine, and Harry Cross, co-founder of Men's Room, were the evening's guests. Despite ...


Health-guide-released-for-uninsured-underinsured

Health guide released for uninsured, underinsured - The Chicago Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured was unveiled at a July 12 press briefing with health care and community leaders during the 41st Annual Conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses ( NAHN ), held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. NAHN, the National Black Nurses Association, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Pfizer RxPathways presented ...


-Center-on-Halsted-still-waiting-on-testing-payments

Center on Halsted still waiting on testing payments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Among the numerous social-service agencies still waiting for payment from the state of Illinois for services they've rendered is Center on Halsted, which has yet to receive about $200,000 for HIV testing services it offered in the previous fiscal year. The General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget June 30 that funded PreK-12 education and transportation ...


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Chicago Women's Health Center 4th Revolutionary Healthcare Fundraiser - Chicago Women's Health Center ( CWHC ) is celebrating its 4th Annual Revolutionary Health Care fundraiser on Monday, July 18th from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. at Revolution Brewing Brewpub. This year's annual fundraising event features music from DJ Black Gold and raffle prizes from local favorites such as Ravinia, The Second City, Lillstreet Art Center, The Logan Theater, and more. ...


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Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series It's a Privilege to Pee July 11 - From a press release - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: produce an evening of performance where 100% of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. It ...


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Pols push to end blood-donation policy - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), Jared Polis ( CO-02 ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz ( FL-23 ), Diana DeGette ( CO-01 ) and Alcee Hastings ( FL-20 ) led a bipartisan letter signed by more than 100 House colleagues calling on Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ...


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FAMILIES OF CHOICE SERIES Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles - Age: 51 Relationship Status: Married Neighborhood: Printer's Row Activities: Director of Community Health Sciences University of Illinois, School of Public Health; author of Queer Aging, LGBT Aging Issues Network ( LAIN ) Windy City Times: What does family of choice mean in your personal life? Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles: Friends, family, my closest friends. I have family of choice in Mexico ...


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Lurie Gender and Sex program receives Pritzker $500K matching gift - According to co-director of Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender and Sex Development Program Rob Garofalo MD/MPH, the Midwest initiative offering a wide range of services for transgender and gender nonconforming youth began in 2013 with about a dozen patients. "Last week we saw out 400th patient," he told Windy City Times. "We see about 15 new patients a month and we ...


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LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


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Panel examines gender and psychoanalysis - While the panel at the American Psychoanalytic Association ( APsaA ) was titled "What is Gender Anyway", Orlando still occupied space in the minds of many on the morning of June 17. Speaking to the crowd at the Palmer House Hilton, both newly elected APsaA President Harriet Wolfe and panel moderator Ethan Grumbach commented on the shooting's effect and the ...







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