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

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


Black-LGBTQA-event-Recognitions-Feb-23

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


CSGS-LGBTQ-talk-series-through-May

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Emanuel-announces-Getting-to-Zero-investments

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


THE-FAIRY-GARDENER-Bulbs-are-tough

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


ACLU-asks-City-Council-to-reject-tax-money-for-Presence-Health-Care

ACLU asks City Council to reject tax money for Presence Health Care - From a press release - CHICAGO — Calling on members of the Chicago City Council to reject $5.5 million in tax-increment funding ( TIF ) for Presence Health at its upcoming meeting this week, the ACLU of Illinois noted Presence's "policy of turning away patients seeking basic health care." The letter noted that Presence has imposed its own religious beliefs in order to deny patients ...


Committee-advances-blood-ban-resolution-to-city-council

Committee advances blood-ban resolution to city council - The Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 12 calling for the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to revoke its ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with other men in the previous year. The non-binding resolution was proposed in November by Ald. Tom Tunney ( ...


500000-LGBTs-on-Medicaid-face-uncertainty-due-to-HHS-guidance-on-work-requirements-

500,000+ LGBTs on Medicaid face uncertainty due to HHS guidance on work requirements - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — The Williams Institute estimates that 1,171,000 LGBT adults ages 18-64 years old have Medicaid as their primary source of health insurance. While the majority of LGBT adults with Medicaid are employed, an estimated 542,000 may be at risk of losing coverage due to work or community service requirements that states may impose under guidance released yesterday by ...


Annual-Burning-Bowl-Jan-13-in-Morgan-Park

Annual 'Burning Bowl' Jan. 13 in Morgan Park - The Affinity Community Services annual event known as "Burning Bowl" will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m., at Morgan Park UMC, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. The event will highlight a community "burn" as a symbolic way of leaving things that are no longer serving us so that we can move confidently into the future. This year, Affinity will celebrate ...


Town-Hall-Apartments-to-open-waiting-list

Town Hall Apartments to open waiting list - Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted have announced that on Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the waiting list will open for Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest region's first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable senior housing development. This is the first time the waiting list has been opened since the launch of Town Hall Apartments, located at 3600 N. Halsted St., in September ...


Blood-ban-resolution-hearing-Jan-12-

Blood-ban resolution hearing Jan. 12 - - On Friday, Jan. 12, the Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection will hear a resolution that calls on the FDA ( Food and Drug Administration ) to remove the ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with men ( MSM ) within the last year. The hearing will take place at 12 p.m. in ...


TPAN-CEO-Capouch-steps-down

TPAN CEO Capouch steps down - Test Positive Aware Network has announced that Patti Capouch has resigned as CEO; the board has named Julie Supple, director of client services, as the organization's interim CEO. "Patti has made significant contributions to TPAN's visibility and success that have stabilized the agency over the past several years," said Michael Murphy, TPAN's board chair, in a press release. Capouch said, ...


Out-Equal-welcomes-new-CEO

Out & Equal welcomes new CEO - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is thrilled to announce the new Chief Executive Officer of the 20+ year organization, Erin Uritus. Board Chair and Comcast Senior Vice President Michael Cox shared, "Erin joins Out & Equal with unparalleled domestic and international experience as an executive in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors — a critically ...


Town-Hall-Apartments-to-open-waiting-list

Town Hall Apartments to open waiting list - Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted have announced that on Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the waiting list will open for Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest region's first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable senior housing development. This is the first time the waiting list has been opened since the launch of Town Hall Apartments, located at 3600 N. Halsted St., in September ...


Howard-Brown-Healths-CEO-board-president-speak-on-its-evolution

Howard Brown Health's CEO, board president speak on its evolution - When David Munar took the reins at Howard Brown Health in 2014, the health agency was recovering from an extended period fraught with management issues, financial difficulties and low employee morale. Under Munar's watch, Howard Brown Health eventually received a coveted Federally Qualified Health Center designation. The agency could now compete for funds that, along with additional monies made possible ...


CFW-grants-million-in-economic-security-reproductive-justice-grants

CFW grants million+ in economic security, reproductive justice grants - CHICAGO, IL ( January 3, 2018 ) — Today, Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) announced 44 grants totaling $1,094,250 to support economic security and reproductive justice for Chicago-area women and girls. CFW funds grassroots organizing, advocacy, direct services, education and research to advance equal opportunities and basic rights for women and girls. The fall grant cycle funds stabilization ...


TPAN-CEO-Capouch-stepping-down

TPAN CEO Capouch stepping down - Test Positive Aware Network has announced that Patti Capouch has resigned as CEO and the board has named Julie Supple, director of client services, as the organization's interim CEO. "Patti has made significant contributions to TPAN's visibility and success that have stabilized the agency over the past several years," said Michael Murphy, TPAN's board chair. Capouch said: "I will miss ...


World-news-Gay-teens-death-conversion-therapy-Cher-in-Sydney

World news: Gay teen's death, conversion therapy, Cher in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sixteen-year-old Brazilian teenager Gabryel Magalhaes, known as Gabryel Selenator on social media, was beaten to death by his own father after he reportedly found out he was gay, Hornet reported, citing News Rondonia. Magalhaes was a huge Selena Gomez fan, and many of the singer's fans have taken to social media to express their sadness over the teenage boy's tragic ...


Looking-back-World-news-

Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Channel one: South Africa's first LGBT video-on-demand ( VOD ) channel launched. PrideTV content manager J/anne Raphael Katz said, "PrideTV reverses the trend to restrict access to LGBT themes by South African and African broadcasters." —Bronski Beat member dies: Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, died at 56. Bronski Beat was known for, among other ...


Getting-to-Zero-town-halls-Dec-13-16

'Getting to Zero' town halls Dec. 13, 16 - Over the next year, the Getting to Zero project will be engaging communities across Illinois to gather ideas and write a plan to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the state. To that end, town halls will take place Wed., Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Room 1108, Hall A; and in Park Forest on ...


Juan-Calderon-talks-health-board-career-activist-work

Juan Calderon talks health board, career, activist work - Among his many accomplishments, community leader Juan Calderon was recently named by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the newly vacated seat on the Chicago Board of Health. The city council approved his appointment this past September. "This appointment means a great deal to me," said Calderon. "I am the first openly Puerto Rican/Latinx gay man to serve on the Chicago Board ...


Five-Worth-Finding-Last-minute-holiday-edition

Five Worth Finding: Last-minute holiday edition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Onyx ( OnyxYouth.com ): The Onyx Youth Magnet Mask is a skin-care product that acts uniquely: It's an anti aging mask uses the power of magnets to lift dirt and oils from your pores with a magnet, leaving behind rich serums to fight aging. Moreover, the serum is made up of Korean volcanic scoria, essential oils and an amino-acid complex—making ...


Affinity-Care-Plan-hold-second-annual-LGBTQ-Care-Fair

Affinity, Care Plan hold second annual LGBTQ Care Fair - LGBTQ older adults were the focus of Affinity Community Services ( Affinity ) and The Care Plan, LLC's second annual LGBTQ Care Fair Dec. 16 at Affinity's headquarters. The event featured resources and education centered around Medicare and Medicaid coverage, advanced directives, care planning and aging as an LGBTQ person. Affinity Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon spoke about the history of ...


Government-challenged-for-denying-abortion-access-to-detained-immigrant

Government challenged for denying abortion access to detained immigrant - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of 12 attorneys general today issued a statement saying the federal government has no authority to block two young immigrant women in federal detention from obtaining abortions. Late Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed papers in federal court to stop the administration from preventing the two women from obtaining abortions. ...


Transgender-fetus-banned-from-CDC-reports-

'Transgender,' 'fetus' banned from CDC reports - The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control, the country's top public health agency, from using a list of seven words or phrases—including "fetus" and "transgender"—in any official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget, according to The Washington Post. The forbidden word list includes "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Several key national ...


A-Different-World-Why-We-Owe-the-Cosby-Accusers-an-Apology

A Different World: Why We Owe the Cosby Accusers an Apology - "The sins of the fathers. They just fucked it all up. We had the best family. We had it all. We had it all in our hands. He just pulled us through the wringer. Narcissistic….He took it from his father, who took it from his father, who took it from his father. Let's break this curse. So it won't fall ...


Experts-recommend-providing-gender-affirmation-treatment

Experts recommend providing gender-affirmation treatment - From The Endocrine Society - Washington, DC—The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline on the treatment for gender-dysphoric/gender-incongruent people, commonly referred to as transgender, to develop the physical characteristics of the affirmed gender. The guideline, entitled "Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline," was published online and will appear in the November 2017 print issue of the Journal of ...


LGBTQ-focused-oSTEM-holds-seventh-annual-conference

LGBTQ-focused oSTEM holds seventh annual conference - Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Inc. ( oSTEM ) held its seventh annual conference, "Finding Unity in Community," Nov. 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. This was the second time the conference has been held in Chicago. oSTEM is, according to its website, "a professional society focused on LGBTQ people in the STEM community. With more than 75 ...


Polar-Plunge-on-Jan-20

'Polar Plunge' on Jan. 20 - Chicago Polar Bear Club ( CPBC, formerly the Lakeview Polar Bear Club ) will hold its 17th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 20, at noon at Oak Street Beach. Each year, the Chicago Polar Bear Club raises funds from hundreds of plunge'rs and their family and friends to support local families challenged by difficult circumstances. Since its first fundraising ...


Families-of-Chicago-banquet-Dec-10

Families of Chicago banquet Dec. 10 - Families of Chicago ( FOC ) will host its second annual FOC Banquet Sunday, Dec. 10, an invitation-only affair at Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. FOC is an organization whose mission statement is "to provide support, guidance and development for members of FOC as they navigate and persevere through the obstacles of life that come along with ...


MoCP-exhibit-looks-at-gender-sexuality-

MoCP exhibit looks at gender, sexuality - The Museum of Contemporary Photography ( MoCP ), 600 S. Michigan Ave., will host the exhibition "Disruptive Perspectives" through Friday, Dec. 22. "Perspectives," according to the museum's website, "explores gender, sexuality, and identity. The artists included use photography to articulate an expansive range of identities that cannot be sufficiently characterized using simplistic binaries. "Rather than rendering identity as fixed, the ...


Vibrators-and-Vino-event-Dec-12-

'Vibrators and Vino' event Dec. 12 - "Vibrators and Vino: A Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation" will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at Early to Bed, 5044 N. Clark St. The reading/discussion will center around Lynn Comella's book Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. In Vibrator Nation, Comella tells the history of how sex-toy stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the ...


Coming-to-a-vending-machine-near-you-Activewear

Coming to a vending machine near you: Activewear - What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about vending machines? Guilty-pleasure snacks filled with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sodium and saturated fat? They're convenience and instant gratification at their best. But a local Chicago company is putting a spin on vending machines and offering a more healthful alternative: activewear. Arnab Majumbar and James Stewart, ...


LGBTs-among-leaders-at-HealthConnect-One

LGBTs among leaders at HealthConnect One - Community health and early parenting non-profit organization HealthConnect One features a culturally diverse staff, the majority of whom are women, that includes both longtime advocates RoiAnn Phillips, a lesbian who is also a mother, and Gilberto "Gil" Zamora, who is gay. Although HealthConnect One is not an LGBTQ-focused agency, both Phillips and Zamora are working to incorporate the LGBTQ community's ...


Suicide-prevention-organization-throws-fashion-gala

Suicide-prevention organization throws fashion gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 19, Live Out Loud presented it's eighth annual fashion gala benefit in front of a SRO crowd in the ballroom of The Palmer House Hilton. The event—which shines a spotlight on suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and emotional support—featured an all-star cast of designers including Anjara Misra, Mario Humberto, Garrida Pugo and Jorge Diaz, Abraham Garcia Designs, Shear Gold Fashions, ...


CDPH-New-HIV-cases-in-monumental-decline-but-disparities-remain

CDPH: New HIV cases in "monumental decline" but disparities remain - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) released new HIV/AIDS-related statistics on Dec. 1. The numbers show that there were 839 new HIV cases in 2016, which the agency said is the fewest number of new cases in 15 years and represent a 55 percent overall decrease in new cases since 2001. In her introduction to the report, CDPH ...


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Trump-Pence tax scheme, including attack on health care access, passes Senate - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement after Senate Republicans passed legislation carefully crafted to undermine the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and other vital health care programs. "With thoughtless disregard for their constituents, 51 Senate Republicans just voted for reckless legislation disguised as 'tax reform' that threatens millions of Americans' health care and programs ...


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HRC Marks World AIDS Day On Its 30th Anniversary - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement in observance of World AIDS Day: "On World AIDS Day, we pause to remember those we have lost to AIDS-related illness, and recommit ourselves to ending the HIV epidemic and combating HIV-related stigma," said Peter Cruz, Associate Director of the HIV and Health Equity Program. "We must keep ...


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Vibrators and Vino: Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella - From an Eary to Bed press release - The Chicago book launch for author Lynn Comella's new book Vibrator Nation, detailing the fascinating history of how stores like Early to Bed set the sex-toy industry abuzz, will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at 5044 N Clark St. The event is free. Come mingle, drink wine, and take part in a lively Q&A about how sex-positive stores changed ...


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Trans people of color speak out for World AIDS Day, TLC releases three powerful videos - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017, Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) is releasing three new videos created by trans people of color living with HIV. The videos from Positively Trans members Aryah Lester, Arianna Lint, and Marcus Ecks, developed at Story Center workshops, provide a more personal look at the ...


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Physician speaks on anal-cancer risks, screenings - Anal cancer is a condition about which individuals from numerous demographics should be concerned. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), there are about 3,400 new cases of human papilloma virus ( HPV )-associated anal cancers diagnosed every year in women, and about 1,800 new cases in men. Being HIV-positive significantly increases the risk, said ...


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Miss Trans Israel talks about title, work - Talleen Abu Hanna said that she was inspired to compete to be Miss Trans Israel by a love for being on the stage. "I'm a dancer," Abu Hanna said during a recent visit to Chicago. "I dance and I teach dancing. I love the stage; the stage is my life. When I saw that this was the first [such] competition ...


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For World AIDS Day, Illinois HIV Care Connect introduces new content, quiz - From a press release - Springfield, Ill. — Nov. 29, 2017 — Due to treatment as prevention advancements, getting to zero HIV cases in Illinois is now an achievable goal. To encourage people living with HIV to follow treatment as prevention care regimens, Illinois HIV Care Connect introduced new text and video content on its website for World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ). People ...


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Lambda urges reverse of decree giving anonymous sperm donor parental rights - From a press release - ( Jackson, November 29, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal, with the support of local counsel Dianne Ellis, argued before the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Chris Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage of the children she and her former-wife planned for and raised together, including their 7 year-old who was born during their marriage. The case ...


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Santa Speedo Run in Boystown to benefit Center on Halsted - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( November 27, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted is kicking off the holiday season with the 7th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boystown at 2:00pm this Saturday, December 2, 2017. More than 200 Speedo-clad Santas dressed in holiday cheer will merrily sing "Jingle Balls" before they take to the streets and bravely run one-mile in the cold, ...


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Fla. rehab center is LGBT-focused - Inspire Recovery—located in West Palm Beach, Florida—is one of only three addiction-treatment centers in the nation focused on LGBTQ people in the recovery community, according to Admissions Coordinator George Lydon, via a press release. The center says that prejudice, discrimination, and trauma relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, indicates that members of the LGBTQ community can be more likely ...







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