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Statement-from-CTU-President-Karen-Lewis

Statement from CTU President Karen Lewis - From a news release - CHICAGO, June 22, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis issued the following statement today in the wake of reports that she has submitted paperwork for retirement as a CPS educator: Given my health challenges, it is unlikely that I will return to my beloved classroom. In light of that, and after much consideration, I recently submitted a retirement request to ...


THEATER-Disability-storytelling-aims-to-focus-on-intersectionality

THEATER Disability storytelling aims to focus on intersectionality - "I didn't come out as a little person until I was 26." So begins a story written and performed by Tekki Lomnicki, artistic director of Tellin' Tales Theatre and director of Divercity, Tellin' Tales fifth annual solo performance showcase whose cast members all have disabilities. This year's Divercity opens June 22 at Prop Thtr, and performers' disabilities include blindness, brain ...


-Walgreens-AIDS-group-offering-free-testing

Walgreens, AIDS group offering free testing - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a national public-information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS-service organizations and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities on National HIV Testing Day on Wed., June 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Local agencies will be at ...


Queer-Ill-Okay-June-21-23

'Queer, Ill + Okay' June 21, 23 - Program Director Joseph Varisco, of Salonathon and the former Alphawood Gallery, has announced the "Queer, Ill + Okay" summer 2018 program of arts programming in partnership with multidisciplinary artist Kia LaBeija. "Queer, Ill + Okay," now in its fifth year, returns in an attempt to explore and better understand how people are living with HIV/AIDS. The programs are as follows: ...


EI-Urges-Gov-Rauner-to-Extend-Non-Discrimination-Protections-to-All-Illinois-Workplaces-

EI Urges Gov. Rauner to Extend Non-Discrimination Protections to All Illinois Workplaces - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation that would extend Illinois' workplace non-discrimination protections to businesses of all sizes in the state and ensure all Illinoisans have access to the legal tools of justice when they experience employment discrimination. Under current law, workers in businesses of 14 and fewer employees outside of Cook County can still be fired ...


CDC-report-show-mixed-results-for-youth-on-HIV-STDS

CDC report show mixed results for youth on HIV, STDS - From Centers for Disease Control news release - June 14, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC )'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary on the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey ( YRBS ) shows mixed results for youth, especially for youth of color when it comes to HIV and other STDs. "While there were encouraging signs across all races and ethnicities ...


Walgreens-offers-testing-for-National-HIV-Testing-Day-June-27

Walgreens offers testing for National HIV Testing Day June 27 - From a press release - DEERFIELD, Ill., June 13, 2018 - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS service organizations, and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities on National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June ...


AMA-Supports-Modifying-Family-Medical-Leave-Policies-to-Include-LGBTQs

AMA Supports Modifying Family, Medical Leave Policies to Include LGBTQs - From an American Medical Association press release - CHICAGO - New policy adopted at the American Medical Association's ( AMA ) Annual Meeting calls for inclusive family and medical leave policies to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) workers who shoulder the care of relatives, spouses, partners and others. "Physicians understand the day-to-day challenges and rewards for individuals who are helping to care for ...


-AMA-Adopts-New-Policy-Urging-Appropriate-Placement-of-Transgender-Prisoners-

AMA Adopts New Policy Urging Appropriate Placement of Transgender Prisoners - From a news release - CHICAGO - In an effort to address health and safety problems of transgender prisoners, new policy adopted today at the American Medical Association's ( AMA ) Annual Meeting challenges the status quo of prisons and jails in the United States that house transgender prisoners according to their birth or biological sex. The AMA urges that housing policies be changed to ...


The-Merion-Becomes-Credentialed-LGBT-Friendly-Senior-Living-Community

The Merion Becomes Credentialed LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Community - From a press release - EVANSTON, IL — In downtown Evanston, The Merion senior living community is committed to meeting the needs of all older adults, including the growing lesbian, gay and bisexual population. As part of that commitment, The Merion recently became the first senior living community in Illinois to earn a SAGECare credential for successfully completing the training program for LGBT cultural competency. ...


Trigger-warning-mental-health-suicide-prevention-and-survivor-guilt

Trigger warning, mental health, suicide prevention and survivor guilt - by Karen Hawkins - Trigger warning: mental health. Simply put, suicide can kiss my ASS. If you're a fellow family/friend survivor, I'm sending you tons of love this week and a not-so-gentle reminder: It's not your fault. While I deeply appreciate all of the suicide prevention information being spread this week, it can be hard on us who didn't "prevent" it. If you want ...


OUT-of-the-Office-benefits-Affinity-Chicago-House

'OUT of the Office' benefits Affinity, Chicago House - On June 6, the 17th iteration of the Pride networking party "OUT of the Office" took place in the rooftop lounge of The I/O Godfrey Hotel. The event, through its long history, has remained true to its focus of creating an atmosphere for LGBTQ individuals in the business and corporate sector to network and meet while benefiting a worthy causes. ...


Praxis-Group-helps-business-professionals-go-beyond-inclusion

Praxis Group helps business professionals go beyond inclusion - An emerging Chicago consulting firm composed primarily of activists within the LGBTQ community has the goal of getting workplaces to think "beyond inclusion." It's a phrase that those who have encountered Praxis Group have wondered about, and the founders are very open to explaining the unique work they do. "Our goal is to provide employers and organizations with the tools ...


Committee-advances-LGBT-health-resolution-to-city-council

Committee advances LGBT health resolution to city council - Members of the City Council LGBT Caucus were among those on hand as the Council's Health and Environmental Protection Committee passed a resolution June 7 endorsing a comprehensive databook on LGBT health released in March by Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ). The resolution—which Ald. Deb Mell ( 33rd Ward ), an LGBT Caucus member, introduced in April—will ...


Organizer-Pfeiffer-looks-ahead-to-2018-Pride-Parade

Organizer Pfeiffer looks ahead to 2018 Pride Parade - For longtime coordinator Richard Pfeiffer, each Chicago Pride Parade amounts to a family reunion for the city's LGBT community. "I see so many people there that I don't see the rest of the year," Pfeiffer said. The 49th annual parade, which kicks off from Broadway and Montrose at noon on June 24, will have about 150 entries this year. "We ...


Activist-Martinez-injured-in-hit-and-run

Activist Martinez injured in hit-and-run - A Chicago activist and publicist was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident in the Logan Square neighborhood. Anthony Martinez was struck by a vehicle as he crossed in the crosswalk at the intersection of Fullerton and Kimball Avenues at 7 p.m. on June 6. Martinez headed the LGBT-advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda. Martinez could not make note of the ...


Formatos-Focus

Formato's Focus - by Eric Formato - Welcome to Formato's Focus, a monthly spotlight that shines light on the interesting people doing amazing things within our community. This week we turn our attention to Margaret Bobo-Dancy, a queer metal worker and artist who creates "Emotional Art" that features metal exoskeletons that various organisms use for protection, such as a seashell. It represents the process and frustrations one ...


Chicago-trans-survey-in-June-

Chicago trans survey in June - Brave Space Alliance is doing a "Dedicated Trans Needs Assessment" this month. This will be inclusive to the trans and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) community in the Chicago area. Stated LaSaia Wade, BSA executive director: "This will show our numbers and needs, so please fill out and let your voice be heard even if you don't want to be ...


AMAs-convention-features-LGBT-forum

AMA's convention features LGBT forum - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Medical Association ( AMA ) Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues held an LGBTQ and allies reception and presentation, Success stories: Scoring 100 on the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) health care ( HEI ) and corporate equality ( CEI ) indexes, June 8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This was one of many events at the organization's ...


Out-to-Climb-raises-funds-for-Howard-Brown-Health

'Out to Climb' raises funds for Howard Brown Health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 5, Cramer Public Relations and Events and Brooklyn Boulders presented the second annual "Out to Climb" as a benefit for Howard Brown Health. The event featured several climb-offs, during which pairs of drag queens competed to reach a summit with audience members placing bets. There were also musical drag performances, with Deep Eddy Vodka and Sparkling Ice Fruit ...


-WORLD-Romanian-ruling-conversion-therapy-first-Elton-John

WORLD Romanian ruling, conversion-therapy first, Elton John - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The European Union's top court has ruled in favor of a Romanian gay man's right to have his U.S. husband live with him in Romania, the BBC reported. The country, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses. However, the European Court of Justice said the ...


SAGE-LGBTQ-seniors-group-hosts-Chicago-reception

SAGE LGBTQ seniors group hosts Chicago reception - Video below - The National Board of Directors of SAGE ( Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders ) held a meeting in Chicago at the Wyndham Grand Hotel June 9-10. SAGE and Friends hosted a reception June 8 at the Penthouse of the Wyndham. SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams and the members of the board were joined by Chicagoans who care about issues ...


-Eleven-agencies-receive-Red-Ribbon-funds-from-Illinois-Lottery

Eleven agencies receive Red Ribbon funds from Illinois Lottery - The Illinois Lottery and Illinois Department of Public Health distributed funds from the Red Ribbon Cash lottery ticket to 11 agencies working on HIV/AIDS research, treatment and prevention in the state June 7. The check presentations happened at the Center on Halsted, which was one of the funded agencies. The funds are raised by sales of the Red Ribbon Cash ...


Threats-to-marriage-equality-threaten-security-of-children-

Threats to marriage equality threaten security of children - From a Movement Advancement Project press release - ( Boulder, CO, June 4, 2018 )—As the three-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges nears, two more states have passed legislation allowing taxpayer-funded child welfare organizations to discriminate against prospective families. A new report shows that these state laws are just the tip of the iceberg, and outlines how stigma, discrimination, and systematic ...


Midsommarfest-to-take-place-June-8-10-includes-Equality-Rally-

Midsommarfest to take place June 8-10; includes Equality Rally - Andersonville Midsommarfest returns for its 53rd year on June 8-10. It will take place June 8 at 5-10 p.m. ( Summerdale to Catalpa along Clark Street ), and June 9-10 at 11 a.m.-19 p.m. ( Foster to Catalpa along Clark Street ). Attendees will be able to dance around the Maypole, sample international food, participate in family-friendly activities, purchase a ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Kameron-Michaels-muscles-in-on-drag-scene

NUNN ON ONE Kameron Michaels muscles in on drag scene - "Bodybuilder Barbie" Kameron Michaels continually walks the line between strength and beauty. His real name is Dane Young and he joined the tenth season of the hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race hailing from the Nashville. His social-media following was massive even before being on television; however, it continues to grow with Instagram, currently hitting almost 400,000 followers. Michaels races ...


Spare-the-Rod-Do-Black-Lives-Really-Matter-events-in-June

Spare the Rod: Do Black Lives Really Matter? events in June - Chicago artist/activist H.L. Anderson is hosting "Spare the Rod: Do Black Lives Really Matter?," a two-part event that uses found materials to evoke memory, dialogue and provide resources for communities to consider alternative methods for discipline. Anderson has stated, "We invite pro-spankers, non-spankers, and everyone in conversation without shaming or judgements" to the following events: —Friday, June 15, Opening Reception: ...


Howard-Brown-wants-symposium-submissions

Howard Brown wants 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 ...


-Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-sue-Defense-Dept-over-outdated-policies-on-HIV

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN sue Defense Dept over outdated policies on HIV - From a news release - ( Alexandria, VA. May 30, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed a lawsuit on behalf of a sergeant in the D.C. Army National Guard who was denied the opportunity to serve as an officer and faces possible discharge from the United States armed services because he is living with HIV. The lawsuit challenges the Pentagon's current policies ...


NATIONAL-Grimm-win-conversion-therapy-Gallup-gay-bar-news

NATIONAL Grimm win, conversion therapy, Gallup, gay bar news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, has sided with Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager from Gloucester County whose battle to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity sparked a national dialogue about transgender rights, WAVY.com reported. U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss Grimm's civil-rights lawsuit, maintaining that Title ...


Hawaii-Enacts-Legislation-Protecting-LGBTQ-Youth-from-Abusive-Conversion-Therapy

Hawaii Enacts Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Abusive Conversion Therapy - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, claimed victory as Hawaii Governor David Ige signed into law SB 270 — legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called "conversion therapy." With Governor Ige's signature, Hawaii joins the growing ...


Irish-referendum-on-abortion-enables-legislation-of-reproductive-rights

Irish referendum on abortion enables legislation of reproductive rights - From a Center for Reproductive Rights news release - 05.26.18 — ( GENEVA ) The Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates today's referendum result in favour of repeal of the Irish constitutional prohibition on abortion as a deeply historic moment for women's reproductive health and rights in Ireland and globally. The Irish people voted by a resounding majority to remove the constitutional prohibition and enable Irish lawmakers to legislate on ...


Comcast-Out-and-Equal-host-forum-on-adoption

Comcast, Out and Equal host forum on adoption - About 40 people from various organizations attended Comcast's Out and Equal's event, "Ever Thought About Adoption?," on May 16 at 901 W. Weed St, as part of Out and Equal's Citywide Pride Programming. "We host programs like this that we believe will benefit our LGBTQ employees/OUT members," said Sean Janda-Forner, the co-lead of OUT@Comcast, the company's LGBTQ ERG. "As a ...


Advocates-health-providers-laud-new-PrEP-approval

Advocates, health providers laud new PrEP approval - Local HIV/AIDS advocates and health officials hailed a decision by the Food and Drug Administration approving the use of the oral medication Truvada as a PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ) intervention for adolescents. PrEP has been shown to be over 90 percent effective in preventing new infections for at-risk individuals. Truvada was approved fas PrEP for adult patients in 2012. ...


AFC-releases-HIV-HCV-Drug-Guide

AFC releases HIV/HCV Drug Guide - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has released its HIV and Hepatitis C Drug Guide. Each year, AFC conducts a review of the Medicaid Health Plans available to people living with HIV on each of the operating Illinois Medicaid health plans. While this information is updated regularly via plans and the state, it provides a snapshot at the different ...


Non-binary-support-group-to-meet-May-23

Non-binary support group to meet May 23 - Two nonbinary community members are facilitating a support group for adults who identify as nonbinary and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning May 23. The group will be held Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1147 S. Wabash Ave. Facilitators are asking for a $10 suggested donation to pay for snacks. The group is for ...


Trump-Pence-Administration-Proposes-Nationwide-Gag-Rule-on-Abortion-Referrals

Trump-Pence Administration Proposes Nationwide Gag Rule on Abortion Referrals - From a news release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, the Trump-Pence administration released a nationwide gag rule, marking a radical departure from how health care has operated in the United States up until this point. The proposed rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services tonight but not yet posted to the Federal Register, would do three main things: 1. Make it illegal ...


Advocates-launch-drive-for-LGBT-senior-resources

Advocates launch drive for LGBT senior resources - The LGBT-advocacy organizations Pride Action Tank and the OUTAging Committee announced the launch of a comprehensive, three-pronged initiative to bring resources to LGBT seniors on May 21. The initiative was announced by its principal participants at a press conference at AARP'S Chicago headquarters. The launch comes a year after the OUTAging Conference gathered LGBT- and aging-related concerns from advocates, service ...


Foster-and-Adopt-June-29-at-Center

'Foster and Adopt' June 29 at Center - The town-hall event "Foster and Adopt Our Children: Recruiting Within the LGBTQ Community and for LGBTQ Children"will take place Friday, June 29, 5-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event will include representatives from licensing agencies as well as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The guest speaker will be foster and adoption-in-process parents. ...


LETTER-State-leaders-children-need-your-help

LETTER State leaders, children need your help - An open letter from members and supporters of The Coalition to Rebuild Illinois Child Welfare Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, and Minority Leaders Durkin and Brady, You are the parents of 17,000 children who receive protective services from the state, as well as another 3,000 who are at risk of being removed from their homes. These children ...


Pride-Action-Tank-report-and-project-address-issues-concerning-LGBT-older-adults

Pride Action Tank report and project address issues concerning LGBT older adults - From a news release - CHICAGO - In conjunction with May as Older Americans Month and the upcoming Pride Month in June, Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, announces its final report for "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" and launches a three-pronged collaborative campaign to respond to concerns and recommendations raised by LGBT older adults, service providers, and stakeholders during ...


Trump-Administration-Plans-to-Dismantle-Federal-Family-Planning-Program

Trump Administration Plans to Dismantle Federal Family Planning Program - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The White House is expected to announce plans to gut Title X, the nation's family planning program that provides birth control and other basic preventive services to 4 million patients each year. According to reporting, the administration will move to block patients from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive care at specialized reproductive health ...


Survey-Finds-Anti-LGBTQ-Bias-Overwhelmingly-Affects-Health-Well-being-of-LGBTQ-Teens

Survey Finds Anti-LGBTQ Bias Overwhelmingly Affects Health, Well-being of LGBTQ Teens - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the University of Connecticut released the largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across the nation, revealing in detail the persistent challenges so many of them face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. The more than 12,000 respondents, ranging ...


CDC-will-roll-back-data-collection-on-the-health-of-LGBT-people

CDC will roll back data collection on the health of LGBT people - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) official disclosed that the agency will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of LGBT people through the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System ( BRFSS ). "The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs ...


Experts-say-large-health-disparities-exist-between-Chicago-LGBTQs

Experts say large health disparities exist between Chicago LGBTQs - by Jesse Arnholz - During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made overt attempts to reach out to LGBTQ residents. In June 2016, for example, he tweeted, "I will fight for [LGBTQ people] while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs." White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah even promised in a statement: "The policies of the Trump administration ...


MOMBIAN-Of-marriage-and-parenting-

MOMBIAN Of marriage and parenting - My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary ( though our time as legal spouses is obviously shorter ). Reaching a quarter-century together—just about half of my life—feels significant in a way that previous anniversaries, even milestone ones at the decade marks, have not. Here are a few reflections on the occasion: We've been through a lot together, ...


HRC-work-report-looks-at-LGBTQ-people-of-color

HRC work report looks at LGBTQ people of color - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) released a new report underscoring the need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave for LGBTQ working people of color. Among the key findings are that: —27 percent of respondents of color say ...


Chicago-House-celebrates-springtime-with-Revive

Chicago House celebrates springtime with 'Revive' - Chicago House and Social Service Agency held its 32nd annual spring brunch and fashion show on May 6 in the Winter Garden Room atop The Harold Washington Library. The event, which piggybacked off of last year's concept of footsteps, was titled "Revive! Rally on the Runway," and was designed to springboard the start of spring and to revive the spirit ...


New-campaign-brings-trans-people-living-with-HIV-into-health-care-conversation

New campaign brings trans people living with HIV into health care conversation - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — Transgender Law Center's Positively Trans project today launched #ACApositive, a campaign to shift the conversation about health care and the Affordable Care Act towards a focus on the life-or-death stakes for transgender people living with HIV. Launching just a week after news broke that the Trump administration plans to attack the Affordable Care Act's protections ...


Mental-health-advocate-talks-ONE-Northside-upcoming-convention

Mental-health advocate talks ONE Northside, upcoming convention - Sam Wickham has been advocating for mental health justice for many years and is slated to speak at this year's Organization Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside's ( ONE Northside ) free convention, "Community Power, Community Solutions," May 6 at the American Islamic College. ONE Northside is a community organization of mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational people from more than 100 institutions as well ...


Free-10-Week-nonbinary-support-group-launches-on-May-23-in-South-Loop

Free 10-Week nonbinary support group launches on May 23 in South Loop - Chicago, IL, April 26, 2018 — Two nonbinary community members are facilitating a support group for anybody 18+ who identities as nonbinary and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every Wednesday for 10 weeks. The group will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at 1147 S Wabash. Facilitators are asking for a $10 suggested donation to pay ...


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 ...


LGBTQ-Young-Adults-Experience-Homelessness-at-More-Than-Twice-Rate-of-Non-LGBTQs

LGBTQ Young Adults Experience Homelessness at More Than Twice Rate of Non-LGBTQs - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — APRIL 25, 2018 Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer young adults are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness as their non-LGBTQ peers. They are also at greater risk for experiencing high levels of hardship, including higher rates of assault, of exchanging sex for basic needs, and of early death. These findings emerged from groundbreaking research ...


32nd-Annual-Chicago-House-Spring-Brunch-Fashion-Show-May-6

32nd Annual Chicago House Spring Brunch & Fashion Show May 6 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, is excited to celebrate its 32nd Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library! On Sunday, May 6th, from 12 — 3:30 p.m., join Chicago House for "REVIVE! Rally on the Runway," produced by ...


Men-Having-Babies-holds-annual-Chicago-conference

Men Having Babies holds annual Chicago conference - On April 14-15, The Center on Halsted hosted Men Having Babies Midwest, a surrogacy seminar and parenting expo aimed at gay men who wish to start a family through surrogacy. The event, along with mirror events in New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, Tel Aviv and Brussels focused on giving gay men and couples a solid introduction to the intricacies ...


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 ...


NMAC-Releases-Biomedical-HIV-Prevention-Blueprint-for-Communities-of-Color

NMAC Releases Biomedical HIV Prevention Blueprint for Communities of Color - From a NMAC press release - April 10, 2018 - NMAC has released Expanding Access to Biomedical HIV Prevention: Tailoring Approaches for Effectively Serving Communities of Color, a new report that establishes strategies to effectively use techniques such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) and Treatment as Prevention ( TasP ) to end the HIV epidemic in communities of color. The full report is available on ...


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 ...


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, ...







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