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Chicago-Childrens-Museum-to-host-Family-Equality-Day-celebrating-LGBTQ-families

Chicago Children's Museum to host Family Equality Day celebrating LGBTQ families - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, April 27, 2017— Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ community with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) on Sunday, May 7, 2017. As a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to create an inclusive environment for all, LGBTQ families and more will enjoy a day ...


ManKind-group-invites-GBTQQ-men-to-training

ManKind group invites GBTQQ men to training - Chicago-area men who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning ( GBTQQ ) have the opportunity to experience The ManKind Project's ( MKP's ) New Warrior Training Adventure ( NWTA ) this summer. The GBTQQ-specific version of the three-decade-old men's training, based on the narrative of the "hero's journey"—in which the hero separates himself from the outside world and ...


HB40-clears-its-first-hurdle-with-House-passage

HB40 clears its first hurdle with House passage - House Bill 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ) that would, among other components, eliminate a 42-year-old "trigger law" that would go into effect should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the United State Supreme Court, was passed by the House on April 25 with a vote of 62-55-0. The bill now goes to the state ...


PFLAG-Northern-Illinois-ready-with-Kisses-from-Mom

PFLAG Northern Illinois ready with Kisses from Mom - From a press release - . . . and hugs, back slapping, and good feelings too at the PFLAG "Kisses from Mom" event on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 from 3-9 p.m. in front of Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago. About two dozen PFLAG moms will give back this Mother's Day by rotating shifts throughout the event. John Hickey, PFLAG Northern Illinois Council President ...


Renee-Wsol-From-Planned-Parenthood-patient-to-advocate

Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate - It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the ...


Howard-Brown-hosts-transgender-focused-A-Call-to-Action

Howard Brown hosts transgender-focused 'A Call to Action' - With eight reported deaths of transgender women of color throughout the country so far in 2017—including 24-year-old Keke Collier of Englewood in February—Howard Brown Health is aiming to bring together Chicago's transgender community, particularly transgender women of color. As part of this effort, the organization hosted "True Voices: A Call to Action," a town hall discussion at its Sheridan site ...


Platform-for-LGBTQ-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-launches

Platform for LGBTQ people with intellectual disabilities launches - The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has partnered up with Neumann Family Services to offer a one-of-a-kind platform for LGBTQ people in Cook County with intellectual/developmental disabilities ( IDD ). Proud & Included is an ambitious project to marry community and inclusion for people with IDD. The initiative will deliver ongoing peer support, education and self-advocacy training for adults with ...


Garden-of-Eve-to-celebrate-womens-health

'Garden of Eve' to celebrate women's health - Howard Brown Health celebrates queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health at "Garden of Eve: Forward" on Friday, April 28, at Venue SIX10. "Garden of Eve is one of our signature events that brings together Chicago's LGBT women and allies to celebrate queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health," said Lia Taylor Stokes, lead research assistant with Special ...


Personal-PAC-CEO-decries-Rauner-HB-40-reversal

Personal PAC CEO decries Rauner HB 40 reversal - Terry Cosgrove, CEO of Personal PAC, on April 19, publicly released the candidate's questionnaire then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner filled out in 2014 that said Rauner would respect womens' reproductive healthcare and access to safe and legal abortions. Rauner said, however, on April 14, that he would veto HB 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ), that ...


Statewide-Healthcare-Day-of-Action-seeks-pledges-to-preserve-benefits-of-ACA

Statewide Healthcare Day of Action seeks pledges to preserve benefits of ACA - From a press release - CHICAGO-As Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans try to resuscitate their efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) in order to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy households, insurance companies and drug manufacturers, 1.3 million Illinoisans are at risk of losing insurance coverage. A coalition of groups are planning a statewide day of action Tuesday, April 18th, ...


LGBTQ-aging-summit-to-address-advocacy-and-service-needs-in-Chicago

LGBTQ aging summit to address advocacy and service needs in Chicago - From a press release - Pride Action Tank, AARP and Affinity Community Services will host OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities, including an opening reception, on May 23-25. The summit will bring together LGBTQ older adults, service providers, clinicians and advocates from across the nation to talk about the needs of LGBTQ older adults ( 55+ years of age ) in the Chicago region. OUTAging will ...


Book-on-LGBTQ-hospice-care-to-be-published

Book on LGBTQ hospice care to be published - The book LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, is slated to be released in April. According to a press release, "This is the only handbook for hospice and palliative care professionals looking to enhance their care delivery or their programs with LGBTQ-inclusive care. Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in clear, easy-to-understand language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice ...


Panel-examines-concerns-for-prospective-parents-considering-surrogacy

Panel examines concerns for prospective parents considering surrogacy - If one is considering surrogacy as a means of having children, it might help to consider having a surrogate mother breast-feed the child, wanting to have a relationship with the surrogate mother once the child is born, or pondering what to do if she's carrying twins—or more. If these issues haven't come up yet, they will. And the earlier that ...


Blue-Man-teams-with-Autism-Speaks

Blue Man teams with Autism Speaks - Blue Man Group is teaming up with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year and will be hosting autism-friendly performances suitable for individuals and families affected by autism in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando. Tickets for these special performances in New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando will be discounted, and $5 from each ticket will be donated ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children-Part-Two

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part Two - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - In the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, a family has been raising their transgender daughter Amy ( alias ) in an affirming home. According to the mother Donna ( alias ), Amy started presenting at 18 months of age. Donna began her conversation with Windy City Times describing her daughter with a proud energy and laughed as she talked about ...


Extreme-Ice-presents-cold-hard-facts-about-global-warming

'Extreme Ice' presents cold, hard facts about global warming - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there's a message with the new Museum of Science and Industry exhibit "Extreme Ice" ( which launched March 23 ), it's that global warming is real. In the exhibit, photographer James Balog has captured thought-provoking ( and jaw-dropping ) images over a multi-year period that showcase the dramatic extent of melting glaciers around the world. Through photographic documentation and ...


AFC-campaign-Smart-sex-is-sexy

AFC campaign: Smart sex is sexy - In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( which was observed April 10 ), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) launched "Sexperts Slay," a celebration of those who own good sex practices and are ready to listen and lead others. The campaign focuses on a few key elements, such as an online quiz that tests a sexpert-in-training's ...


New-social-campaign-tells-youth-smart-sex-is-sexy

New social campaign tells youth smart sex is sexy - From a press release - Sexperts: they're the people in your life who you turn to for helping navigating the good, the bad and the uncomfy in your sex life. In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, April 10, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching Sexperts Slay, a celebration of those wise warriors in our lives who own good sex practices ...


Asian-Human-Services-pushed-for-Hepatitis-B-screenings-vaccines

Asian Human Services pushed for Hepatitis B screenings, vaccines - From a press release - Winter has become synonymous with cold, fever, and of course the flu. The current flu season is seeing a high number of young people getting the flu and many dying from it. Getting vaccinated has become imperative to protect oneself from getting the flu but also from spreading it. Vaccinations in general have become the main way to fight many ...


New-Howard-Brown-Health-Program-expands-support-for-survivors-of-sexual-assault

New Howard Brown Health Program expands support for survivors of sexual assault - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 10, 2017 ) — Howard Brown Health has launched an innovative Sexual Harm Response Project called in.power* to better assist survivors of sexual assault in gaining access to needed medical, behavioral health, legal, and support services. The program is designed to serve all people who experience sexual harm inclusive of diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ...


European-court-bans-sterilization

European court bans sterilization - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that requiring sterilization of individuals seeking a change in their legal gender recognition violates human rights. Almost two dozen countries in Europe currently still require sterilization to access gender-identity recognition. This decision mandates that these countries amend their laws to reflect this ruling. While forced sterilization has been deemed a human-rights violation, ...


Advocates-brace-for-long-term-ACA-fight

Advocates brace for long-term ACA fight - The GOP's disastrous rollout of the Affordable Health Care Act ( ACHA ) legislation may have offered hope to Americans relying on the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), as well as advocates working on their behalf, but Ramon Gardenhire, vice-president of policy for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), warned that celebration is premature. Speaking at a March ...


Men-Having-Babies-Midwest-Surrogacy-Conference-Gay-Parenting-Expo-April-8-9

Men Having Babies Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo April 8-9 - From a press release - Men Having Babies (MHB) is a non-profit organization, led by parents and surrogates, that been helping thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents since 2012. It offers 6 annual conferences worldwide and provides financial assistance to prospective parents form more than a dozen countries. Following the successful collaboration with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center in ...


GLAAD-20-percent-of-millennials-identify-as-LGBTQ

GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD has unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. ...


WEB-New-YouTube-series-tackles-less-romantic-aspects-of-sex

WEB New YouTube series tackles less romantic aspects of sex - By Molly Sprayregen - When Shae Spence set out to write Sex, Work—a new web series on YouTube that chronicles the personal and professional lives of a group of sex education workers in Chicago—his goal was to fill a gap. "I felt that there was a sort of void in the entertainment market for stories that portrayed sex as sometimes not sexy [sometimes it's ...


Social-worker-to-be-honored-as-leader

Social worker to be honored as leader - Sarah Buino is being honored as the 2017 Emerging Leader awardee by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter ( NASW-IL ). She is one of three social workers being honored by this chapter. Buino ( MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW; CADC; CDWF ) is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions ...


How-important-is-age-in-transitioning

How important is age in transitioning? - By A. J. Smuskiewicz - Robert Garofalo, MD, is well known to Windy City Times readers as one of the nation's foremost physicians specializing in adolescent medicine and treatment related to gender identity, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. With his base of patient care at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Garofalo treats hundreds of transgender patients, putting his extensive knowledge of the ...


-Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-strategic-plan

Howard Brown Health unveils strategic plan - Howard Brown Health unveiled its three-year strategic plan entitled Pursuing Excellence. Developed with community and patient input, the plan lays out organizational goals through 2020 in all areas of Howard Brown's work, including initiatives to expand care access, patient engagement and available services. In late 2016, Howard Brown Health conducted focus groups and asked community supporters and patients to fill ...


New-report-Cycle-of-Risk-Intersection-of-Poverty-Violence-Trauma

New report: Cycle of Risk, Intersection of Poverty, Violence, Trauma - Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has released "Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma," its report detailing poverty throughout Illinois. Among other things, the report found: —Poverty continues to pose barriers to a substantial number of Illinoisans. More than one-third of Illinoisans and nearly half of Chicagoans are considered low-income or living in poverty. The number of poor people ...


Gildas-Club-holds-lecture-on-cancer-and-LGBTQ-community

Gilda's Club holds lecture on cancer and LGBTQ community - Gilda's Club Chicago held a lecture and discussion surrounding the LGBTQIA+ and cancer communities on March 22. "There were a lot of ideas and a lot of great energy around the idea of forming a group that can address the needs of the LGBT communities that are impacted by cancer and one of our goals at Gilda's Club is to ...


Proud-Included-for-adults-with-IDD-who-identify-as-LGBTQ

Proud & Included for adults with IDD who identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - Chicago, IL, March 28, 2017 — Neumann Family Services, in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, announces the launch of a new Initiative — Proud & Included. Proud & Included is a project to develop community and inclusion for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities ( IDD ) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning ( LGBTQ ...


Emotion-regulation-vital-to-HIV-STI-prevention-in-Black-teens-with-mental-illness

Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( March 27, 2017 ) — Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it's estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a ...


Famed-psychotherapist-George-Weinberg-dies

Famed psychotherapist George Weinberg dies - Dr. George Henry Weinberg—a famed psychotherapist who coined the term "homophobia"—has died of cancer at age 87. Weinberg started using the term in the mid-1960s, saying in 1998, "It was a fear of homosexuals which seemed to be associated with a fear of contagion, a fear of reducing the things one fought for—home and family. It was a religious fear, ...


PRCC-hosts-panel-discussion-featuring-queer-Cuban-leaders

PRCC hosts panel discussion featuring queer Cuban leaders - Trans Cuba National Coordinator Malu Cano and Cuban National Center for Sex Education Department of Community Relations Director Andy Aquino were the featured speakers at a panel discussion that the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ) hosted March 25. The discussion zeroed in on the work their organizations do to elevate LGBTQ people and issues, especially those that affect ...


AHCA-pulled-from-vote-ACLU-and-HRC-applaud-the-outcome

AHCA pulled from vote, ACLU and HRC applaud the outcome - From a press release - From the ACLU WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today decided not to vote on the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir issued the following statement: "Democracy triumphed today. President Trump made the best move of his presidency so far by telling Speaker Ryan not to hold a vote on ...


-In-loss-for-Trump-House-pulls-legislation-to-repeal-Obamacare

In loss for Trump, House pulls legislation to repeal Obamacare - In a loss for President Trump, the U.S. House withdrew legislation set for a vote March 24 to repeal Obamacare after near certain defeat of the bill was imminent. Moments before the vote was scheduled in the later afternoon, the Republican-controlled House cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act, a measure crafted by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan ...


Budget-blueprint-threatens-research-essential-to-end-epidemics-of-HIV-AIDS-

Budget blueprint threatens research essential to end epidemics of HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) releases this statement in strong opposition to the President's 2018 budget blueprint. The blueprint threatens research essential to ending the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis ( TB ), and hepatitis C virus ( HCV ) in the United States and globally by cutting funding and eliminating programs. Massive and disruptive cuts to the National Institutes ...


National-LGBTQ-Health-Conference-Bridging-Research-and-Practice

National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and The Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute at Center on Halsted are pleased to host the 5th annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice. This is the nation's only research conference that brings together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve ...


Aging-in-America-advocates-discuss-aging-issues-feds-erasure-threat

Aging in America, advocates discuss aging issues, feds' 'erasure' threat - Even as awareness of issues surrounding LGBT aging becomes more prevalent, numerous challenges remain for seniors in the LGBT community. One of the newest challenges, according to many presenters at the National Forum on LGBT Aging, held March 22 in conjunction with the Aging in America ASA ( American Society on Aging ) Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, emerged ...


Affordable-Care-Act-before-House-March-23-actions-planned

Affordable Care Act before House March 23, actions planned - From Illinois Protect Our Care Coalition - The Affordable Care Act repeal goes before the US House on Thursday, March 23. Phone actions are planned for Tuesday, March 21, social media for Wednesday, March 22, and street action on Thursday, March 23. urging our Representatives to vote No on Repeal. Tuesday, March 21st ACA events: Phone Banks: Springfield at Schnucks 4:30-7:30pm 2801 Chatham Road, Springfield, ...


AHCA-would-harm-LGBTs-people-with-HIV-per-Fenway-Institute-analysis

AHCA would harm LGBTs, people with HIV per Fenway Institute analysis - From a press release - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief titled What the American Health Care Act means for LGBT people and people living with HIV, outlining how the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ), the Trump Administration's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), could impact LGBT people, people living with HIV ( PLWH ), ...


Trumps-budget-would-hurt-HIV-and-STDs-response-national-non-partisan-health-groups-say

Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this ...


Chicago-has-an-opioid-epidemic-local-agencies-battle-growing-crisis

Chicago has an opioid epidemic, local agencies battle growing crisis - High-profile opioid-related deaths in recent years, including the singer Prince, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Glee's Cory Monteith have focused widespread attention on an epidemic affecting cities across the nation, including Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office found that in 2015, Cook County had 609 opioid-related overdose deaths, 403 of which were in Chicago. Though heroin is often blamed, ...


AIDS-care-nurses-life-is-rendered-in-comic-book-form

AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...


Center-relaunches-therapy-group-for-LGBT-violence-survivors

Center relaunches therapy group for LGBT violence survivors - The Anti-Violence Project ( AVP ) at the Center on Halsted "empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy." the Center states. Windy City Times spoke with Rachel L. Tillman, a licensed clinical professional counselor who runs the AVP, about ...


Report-Calls-for-Fighting-Poverty-Treating-Trauma-as-Solutions-to-Violence-

Report Calls for Fighting Poverty, Treating Trauma as Solutions to Violence - From a press release - We are experiencing a surge of lethal violence in Chicago, and staggering rates of poverty in Chicago and across Illinois. Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma, a report released today, argues that addressing Illinois's violence crisis requires investing in reducing poverty and treating trauma. This latest report on Illinois poverty from Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research ...


-Social-worker-to-be-honored-as-leader

Social worker to be honored as leader - Sarah Buino is being honored as the 2017 Emerging Leader awardee by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter ( NASW-IL ). She is one of three social workers being honored by this chapter. Buino ( MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW; CADC; CDWF ) is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions ...


DHS-overtime-policy-passed-disabled-and-caregivers-face-uncertainty-

DHS overtime policy passed, disabled and caregivers face uncertainty - From a press release - Springfield — In a vote along party lines, republican members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules ( JCAR ) voted to approve Governor Bruce Rauner's DHS Overtime Policy. Over the last year, people with disabilities, their caregivers, and advocates have warned about the devastating affects this misguided policy would have on the lives of consumers and workers in the ...


-NUNN-ON-ONE-Fitness-Marshall-weighs-in-on-boyfriend-Britney

NUNN ON ONE 'Fitness Marshall' weighs in on boyfriend, Britney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new fitness expert in town and his name is Caleb Marshall. Now known as The Fitness Marshall, he began with a YouTube channel that exploded in popularity. The openly gay social-media celebrity has more than 800,000 subscribers and been watched more than 124 million times. Marshall is ready to start a revolution combining large group classes with a ...


Groups-comment-on-Congress-first-steps-to-repeal-Obamacare

Groups comment on Congress' first steps to repeal Obamacare - From press releases - From the ACLU via press release: WASHINGTON — Two congressional committees are advancing legislation today to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is the first concrete step Congress is taking to not only repeal the ACA but to defund Planned Parenthood and fundamentally restructure the Medicaid program. The legislation, which was only made public Monday evening ...


LGBTs-and-people-living-with-HIV-have-much-at-stake-in-ACA-reform-debate-

LGBTs and people living with HIV have much at stake in ACA reform debate - From a press release - BOSTON, March 7, 2017 - Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefited from the Affordable ...


LGBT-ally-Cepek-suffers-brain-injury-

LGBT ally Cepek suffers brain injury - A GoFundMe page has been set up for John Cepek, an LGBT ally ( through the group PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ) who suffered a brain injury Feb. 27 while traveling in Croatia with his wife Char, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) item. John, who retired ...


South-Side-Swell-LGBTQ-services-happy-hour-March-17

South Side Swell, LGBTQ+ services happy hour, March 17 - The South Side Swell is a quarterly happy hour for providers* living and/or working on the South Side of Chicago who are committed to the health and well being of the LGBTQ community. It takes place March 17 6pm-8pm at the Jeffrey Pub, 7041 S. Jeffrey Blvd., Chicago. The South Side Swell's goal is to strengthen the existing and burgeoning ...


HIV-and-Aging-at-Alphawood-Gallery-March-22

HIV and Aging at Alphawood Gallery March 22 - HIV And Aging, a discussion addressing a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture, will be held March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Jackie Boyd, long time aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan, leads. With the continued advances in healthcare treatment and therapy, early detection, and preventative ...


Yelp-helps-find-gender-neutral-restrooms-joins-amicus-brief-supporting-Grimm

Yelp helps find gender neutral restrooms, joins amicus brief supporting Grimm - From a press release - Yelp has begun rolling out a new business attribute that helps users identify businesses that offer gender neutral restrooms to patrons. Gender neutral restrooms are those that are accessible to persons of any gender and are a locking, single-stall bathroom. On desktop and mobile versions of Yelp, users will be able to see whether or not a business offers gender ...


CampOut-LGBT-family-camp-returns-for-second-summer

CampOut, LGBT family camp, returns for second summer - From a press release - Chicago — Two of America's top ten camps, Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods in Decatur, Michigan returns for its second summer after serving over 20 LGBT families in year one. CampOut, a three-day, two-night LGBT-focused family camp weekend takes place annually in August in Southwest Michigan. This weekend is open to all members of the LGBT community and their ...


Poll-finds-one-in-eight-California-voters-identifies-as-LGBT

Poll finds one in eight California voters identifies as LGBT - From a press release - San Francisco —Equality California announced today that a poll conducted by Tulchin Research in January 2017 has found that 12 percent of California voters identify as being members of the LGBT community. The online survey of 600 registered voters asked "are you a member of the LGBT community." The answers showed notable divisions by age, with 16 percent of respondents ...


Circumcision-survey-finds-long-term-harm-says-gay-researcher

Circumcision survey finds long-term harm says gay researcher - From a press release - San Anselmo, CA/USA 02-Mar-2017 - A new survey of men circumcised at birth documents wide-ranging adverse adult outcomes and reveals considerable dissatisfaction and resentment about the genital modification. The International Journal of Human Rights published the findings this week in an article titled "Long-term adverse outcomes from neonatal circumcision reported in a survey of 1,008 men: an overview of health ...


VIEWS-Danger-relapse-ahead

VIEWS Danger, relapse ahead - After having completed substance abuse treatment and with six months of sobriety under my belt, I felt I was unsinkable. I failed to see the signs that relapse would be just around the corner. My determination to never use again and to remain sober was no match against methamphetamine. My relapse was a devastating blow to my psyche and the ...


Broadway-Youth-Center-launches-Uptown-location-

Broadway Youth Center launches Uptown location - After several years in temporary quarters, Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on feb. 22. In his remarks, David Munar, president and CEO of Howard Brown Health, which operates BYC, said, "We've worked the last three years to get to this place ...


Gender-identity-sexual-orientation-genetics-boundaries-researched-

Gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics boundaries researched - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although some "macho men" may not want to admit it, each person is a mix of male and female. Men have some estrogen circulating through their bodies, and women have some testosterone in theirs. And although there are stereotypical male and female behavior patterns, these too cross gender lines to produce a broad spectrum of personalities. Transgender people totally erase ...


Astraea-Foundation-sets-Uprising-of-Love-Fund-for-most-urgent-LGBTQI-organizing

Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. This fund will prioritize timely support for LGBTQI activism across the nation resisting the onslaught of attacks on our bodies, our communities and our collective rights. "The subtle and overt shifts in policy and culture are meant ...


Strive-Village-fitness-facility-Unapologetically-intense

Strive Village fitness facility: 'Unapologetically intense' - Walking into the Strive Village fitness facility, a person cannot claim a lack of warning. In large letters on one of the walls is the mantra "Hard Work. Integrity. Juice." ( This writer would be the first to admit that he had to look twice, especially because of the last word—but more on that later. ) Focused and intense coaches ...


Bisexual-Resource-Center-to-celebrate-Bisexual-Health-Awareness-Month-

Bisexual Resource Center to celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month - From a press release - Boston, MA — The Bisexual Resource Center ( BRC ) will celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month ( BHAM ) for the fourth consecutive year with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2017. BHAM aims to raise awareness of health disparities within the bisexual+ community and promote resources and action; this year, the campaign focuses on social ...


National-membership-group-of-LGBT-community-centers-has-new-CEO

National membership group of LGBT community centers has new CEO - From a press release - February 14, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Today, the Board of Directors of CenterLink announced that it has appointed Lora Tucker as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. CenterLink is a national member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. "Lora's extensive experience and passion for leadership development, public relations, and organizational strategy make her ...


Anti-racism-series-March-31-May-20-

Anti-racism series March 31-May 20 - A six-session anti-racism seminar for white people ( called "Doing Our Own Work" ) will be held March 31-May 20 at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. Allies for Change is hosting the series. The sessions, which are gender-inclusive, will be led by Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom and Lois McCullen Parr. "At this time in our nation, we are witnessing ...


Aville-businesses-to-give-back-Feb-10-14

A'ville businesses to give back Feb. 10-14 - For the weekend leading up to Valentine's Day, Feb. 10-14, 27 Andersonville businesses have joined forces to give back 14 percent of their sales to a charity or non-profit each business has chosen. With the support of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade at 5137 N. Clark St., has organized the first "With Love from ...


Male-sex-workers-face-challenges-obtaining-healthcare

Male sex workers face challenges obtaining healthcare - Chicago researchers seek funding and partners to provide better outcomes for an overlooked population Sex is a way of making a living for some. For others, it's a way of obtaining their most basic needs, like shelter, food and clothing. Survival sex workers, as they are known, are already a marginalized group, but male survival sex workers face unique challenges, ...


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Queer-centered coffee bar in LA seeks funding - Cuties, a queer-centered coffee bar opening in Los Angeles, is seeking funding support. Founders Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aim to build and strengthen community by providing an affirming venue where people on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum can congregate and socialize. They've just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money so Cuties can become a reality. See https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cuties-coffee-bar-community#/ . Feelings of ...


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Feigenholtz legislation on Illinois women's right to choose clears committee hurdle - From press releases - Springfield, Ill. - Legislation sponsored by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, protecting a women's right to choose by striking the dangerous "trigger" language in the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 advanced out of committee today on a 7-to-5 vote along party lines. House Bill 40 will help ensure abortion remains safe and legal in Illinois regardless of potential federal efforts ...


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Scientific evidence suggests biological influences on gender identity - What causes an individual to have a particular gender identity? What precisely is it about biology, psychology, environment or some complex combination of all of these factors that makes a person feel male or female, neither or both? Exactly why do an estimated one in 100 individuals have what are medically considered "disorders of gender identity"—that is, psychological gender identities ...


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The Vagina Monologues reading Feb. 10 to support Planned Parenthood - From a press release - ( February 7, 2017- Chicago, IL ): On February 10th at 7:30pm, V-Day Chicago and The Public House Theatre will kick off a three-night benefit reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues. Proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against ...


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Christoff joins Howard Brown Health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In January, Dr. Eric Christoff, a veteran provider in Chicago with a specialty in HIV care, joined the medical practice at Howard Brown Health. Previously with the Northwestern Medical Group, Christoff is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He will practice from Howard Brown Health Clark, its new clinic at ...


-Johnson-among-Gilead-recipients

Johnson among Gilead recipients - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program—a fund totaling more than $22 million that will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. Among those receiving grants is CURE HIV, a community-academic partnership among AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University. Amy Johnson is the point ...


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LGBT tobacco survey released - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT HealthLink recently conducted its biannual tobacco census to survey all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to determine the level of LGBT inclusion in its tobacco-control work. Results to this survey showed that 53 percent of respondents demonstrated higher grades in 2016 when compared to 2014, indicating improvement in adoption and increased uptake of LGBT best ...







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