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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, ...


Queer-centered-coffee-bar-in-LA-seeks-funding

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 ...


Feigenholtz-legislation-on-Illinois-womens-right-to-choose-clears-committee-hurdle

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 ...


Scientific-evidence-suggests-biological-influences-on-gender-identity

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 ...


The-Vagina-Monologues-reading-Feb-10-to-support-Planned-Parenthood

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 ...


Christoff-joins-Howard-Brown-Health

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 ...


LGBT-tobacco-survey-released

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 ...


Cupids-Undie-Run-Feb-11-in-Lake-View

Cupid's Undie Run Feb. 11 in Lake View - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Cupid's Undie Run will take place at John Barleycorn Wrigleyville, 3524 N. Clark St. The event will benefit Children's Tumor Foundation. At noon, the party starts; the run ( approximately one mile ) itself starts at 2 p.m. See "Cupid's Undie Run - Chicago" on Facebook. ...


Free-days-at-MSI-in-February

Free days at MSI in February - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Museum of Science and Industry ( MSI ) is offering FREE entry to Illinois residents on select dates in February. These remaining dates are Feb. 8-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 28. Also, on Jan. 16—Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a free day for Illinois residents—MSI launched its annual Black Creativity program with a special Family Day. See MSIChicago.org. ...


Kelly-Ducheny-on-her-career-award-and-being-an-ally-

Kelly Ducheny on her career, award and being an ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kelly Ducheny has spent many years advocating for the LGBT community as an ally in all aspects of her life. She currently serves as Howard Brown Health's director of behavioral health and previously worked in a variety of capacities at Howard Brown and as an associate professor and department chair at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. This year, Ducheny ...


National-roundup-Summit-canceled-GLAAD-nominees-gay-Iranian-detained

National roundup: Summit canceled, GLAAD nominees, gay Iranian detained - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) canceled a summit dedicated to LGBT young people, Advocate.com reported. An unidentified source who spoke with Talking Points Memo said the conference, originally planned for December, was a "big deal" that would have outlined a five-year agenda "to address the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth." The date was pushed ...


National-Forum-on-LGBT-Aging-March-22-in-Chicago

National Forum on LGBT Aging March 22 in Chicago - From a press release - The National Forum on LGBT Aging will be held March 22 in Chicago during American Society on Aging (ASA) — Aging in America conference. As the overall population of older adults expands, the cohort of LGBT older adults is also expanding. This cohort represents a diverse group of individuals who have historically been relegated to the margins of society. With ...


The-USS-Bonhomme-Richard-introduces-Navys-transgender-policy-change

The USS Bonhomme Richard introduces Navy's transgender policy change - From a U.S. Navy press release - SASEBO, Japan ( Jan. 25, 2017 ) Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard ( LHD 6 ), facilitates transgender training with chiefs and officers in the ship's wardroom. The training was conducted to provide command leadership guidance on transgender policy in accordance with Secretary of the Navy ( SECNAV ) instructions. Bonhomme Richard, forward-deployed ...


Riva-Lehrer-talk-on-Jan-25

Riva Lehrer talk on Jan. 25 - Project& will present a conversation with Riva Lehrer, who's a Working in America exhibit participant, artist and activist. The event will take place Wed., Jan. 25, 12-1 p.m., at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. She will talk about her working life. Lehrer is known for depictions of those who have rarely been the subjects of portraiture. ...


Poll-10M-LGBTQs-reside-in-US

Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates to 10 million LGBTQ adults living in the United States—an increase of approximately 1.75 million from 2012. This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of ...


UMCs-Bishop-Karen-Oliveto-visits-Chicago

UMC's Bishop Karen Oliveto visits Chicago - United Methodist Church ( UMC ) Bishop Karen Oliveto was in Chicago over the weekend of Jan. 13 for the Winter Warming conference that, according to its website, is "a reconciling United Methodist gathering for a fully inclusive church co-hosted by NIC Reconciling Task Force & MFSA." Oliveto is UMC's first openly lesbian bishop having served, for eight years, as ...


Planned-Parenthood-prepares-for-fight-of-its-life

Planned Parenthood prepares for fight of its life - In as much as conservative Republicans have waged their crusade against the civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community, they have sought to wield the same authority in both clandestine and overt efforts to control the reproductive lives of women. A woman's right to the governance of her own body has been a battleground of increased intensity ever since ...


Rep-Feigenholtz-introduces-legislation-protecting-abortion-access-

Rep. Feigenholtz introduces legislation protecting abortion access - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Earlier this week, Representative Sara Feigenholtz introduced House Bill 40, which reaffirms the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion for all women in the state. "House Bill 40 is a critical piece of legislation that ensures that women's health care will be protected in Illinois regardless of what happens to ...


Equality-California-urges-Congress-to-preserve-the-Affordable-Care-Act

Equality California urges Congress to preserve the Affordable Care Act - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— Equality California has sent a letter to members of the California congressional delegation urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) without a replacement that provides better healthcare for the American people. "The health and lives of millions of LGBT Americans are at stake," said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. "No issue ...


Attack-on-Affordable-Care-Act-Lambda-Legal-urges-action-to-save-lives

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal urges action to save lives - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., January 11, 2017 ) — As the Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director, Scott Schoettes, and Transgender Rights Project, Director M. Dru Levasseur, issued the following statements: Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director, Lambda Legal: "The ACA has had a transformative impact on the health and well-being of ...


Gilead-Sciences-to-give-22M-in-grants-to-new-HIV-cure-research-projects

Gilead Sciences to give $22M in grants to new HIV cure research projects - From a press release - Foster City, Calif., January 10, 2017 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. ( Nasdaq: GILD ) today announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program, a fund totaling more than $22 million, which will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. These projects will be conducted by leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations and community groups from around the world, focusing on ...


Antonio-King-takes-on-new-CDPH-role

Antonio King takes on new CDPH role - Antonio King, who has a background as a promoter and stage performer, said that he's used his past work with the LGBT community "to build build trust and be an advocate for individuals who cannot speak for themselves." That experience will surely prove useful in King's new position. He was recently appointed LGBTQ community liaison to lead Chicago Department of ...


Local-study-of-injectable-HIV-drug-launches

Local study of injectable HIV drug launches - By Matt Simonette A new large-scale clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a long-lasting injectable anti-HIV drug called cabotegravir is taking place in part at Cook County Health & Hospitals System's ( CCHHS ) Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Cabotegavir is intended to be administered every eight weeks and, if ultimately proven to be effective, could be used as pre-exposure ...


ACLU-acts-to-block-court-order-permitting-health-care-discrimination-

ACLU acts to block court order permitting health care discrimination - From a press release - FORT WORTH, Texas — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to stay a nationwide court order preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in healthcare. The ACLU also asked the court to issue a formal ruling on its request to intervene in the lawsuit. The ...


The-Fairy-Gardener

The Fairy Gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the New Year comes a spate of gardening catalogs which I will peruse and review in this column. But first some New Year's horticultural resolutions: 1 ) I will grow rose campions, the magenta flowered silver-leaved perennial ( which I have tried to grow at least 5 times before unsuccessfully ). And hardy maypop! 2 ) Instead of growing ...


Survey-shows-drug-fueled-sex-is-prevalent-with-30-of-respondents

Survey shows drug-fueled sex is prevalent with 30% of respondents - From a press release - TORONTO ( January 5, 2017 ) — Popular gay hookup site Squirt.org has found chemsex, also known as Party and Play ( PNP ) or drug-fueled sex, is prevalent with 30% of survey respondents admitting that they have engaged in the activity. The study, which surveyed 22,248 Squirt.org members, also showed that despite widespread usage of illicit drugs during sex, ...


Pro-choice-march-for-abortion-rights-planned-for-Jan-15

Pro-choice march for abortion rights planned for Jan. 15 - From a press release - Feminist activists will gather at 219 S. Dearborn at Adams on Jan. 15, 2017, at 1p.m. demonstrating commitment to defend reproductive justice, including access to birth control, abortion and other reproductive health care, funding for Planned Parenthood, as well as the right and access to the means to raise children by choice. This year's event aims to protest the incoming ...


Wild-Things-Conference-to-bring-together-nature-enthusiasts-activists-volunteers

Wild Things Conference to bring together nature enthusiasts, activists, volunteers - From a press release - Chicago ( January 4, 2017 ) — The seventh biennial Wild Things Conference brings together activists, citizen scientists, researchers, nature enthusiasts and volunteers from across the Chicagoland region for an inspiring day of presentations, workshops and networking. Kim Wasserman, Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization ( LVEJO ) and Jerome McDonnell, host, of WBEZ's Worldview, will provide ...


NJ-Catholic-hospital-denies-care-to-trans-man-Lambda-files-suit-

NJ Catholic hospital denies care to trans man, Lambda files suit - From a press release - ( NEWARK, NJ, January 5, 2017 ) — Today Lambda Legal announced it has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Joseph's Healthcare in Paterson, New Jersey, after the hospital refused to allow Jionni Conforti's surgeon to perform a routine hysterectomy because Jionni is transgender. The lawsuit cites the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which clearly prohibits discrimination because of sex ...


UIC-to-continue-study-of-risky-behavior-by-sexual-minority-women

UIC to continue study of risky behavior by sexual-minority women - From a UIC press release - The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $3.25 million federal grant to continue its research to identify risk and protective factors related to drinking and drinking-related problems among sexual-minority — lesbian or bisexual — women. The five-year study, led by Tonda Hughes, professor of health systems science and associate dean for global health, will examine ...


Chicago-Dept-of-Public-Health-appoints-LGBTQ-liaison

Chicago Dept. of Public Health appoints LGBTQ liaison - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) today named Antonio King the new LGBTQ Community Liaison to lead the department's outreach efforts with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning ( LGBTQ ) community. This role ensures continuity and support for community members across all programs and through ongoing implementation of Healthy Chicago 2.0, the ...


All-Survivors-Project-to-study-shape-policy-on-male-sexual-victimization-in-war

All Survivors Project to study, shape policy on male sexual victimization in war - From a press release - The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law announces the launch of the All Survivors Project, documenting sexual and gender based violence against boys and men in situations of armed conflict and displacement. The project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees ( UNHCR ), will provide best practices ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Lurie

Equality Illinois to honor Lurie - Equality Illinois will honor the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago with its Business Leadership Award. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. More honorees and details about the Equality ...


LGBTQ-health-conference-calls-for-submissions

LGBTQ health conference calls for submissions - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and the Center on Halsted are asking for submissions for the 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference. The conference will take place April 28-30 in Chicago. Keynote speakers include: —Dr. Laura Kann, senior scientist and chief of the school-based surveillance branch in the Division of Adolescent and ...


One-on-one-cuddling-sessions-redefine-touch

One-on-one cuddling sessions redefine touch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cuddling doesn't always have to be sexy and isn't just for curing loneliness. Shawn Coleman's organization Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community uses cuddling for yet another purpose. Coleman grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now resides in Chicago. They described themself as a nerd, always dedicated to school. They were on track to be an engineer, but after taking a ...


Shortage-of-injectable-estrogen-a-crisis-for-transgender-women

Shortage of injectable estrogen a crisis for transgender women - From a press release - December 6, 2016-Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) released a policy brief documenting the public health emergency created by a shortage of injectable estrogen, and calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to be more proactive in resolving the crisis. Injectable estrogen is a ...


Orland-Park-minister-to-headline-2017-ex-gay-conference

Orland Park minister to headline 2017 'ex-gay' conference - A South Suburban minister will be keynote speaker at the annual convention of 'ex-gay' organization Restored Hope Network this summer. Ron Citlau, senior pastor at Calvary Church in Orland Park, will speak at the event, which takes place in San Diego June 16-17, and was first reported Dec. 5 by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Citlau is Restored Hope ...


-Universal-Joy-Dec-17-

'Universal Joy' Dec. 17 - A Church 4 Me MCC is inviting the LGBTA community to "Universal Joy—A Christmas Cabaret." "Universal Joy" will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, 7-10 p.m. at Atmosphere, 5355 N. Clark St. The show was created by A Church 4 Me music director Michael McBride, and will feature cabaret artists and other performers. There will also be a silent auction involving ...


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

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


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

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


Study-Americans-with-cancer-face-barriers-in-access-and-coverage

Study: Americans with cancer face barriers in access and coverage - From a press release - A study released today shows that despite the rising complexity and cost of cancer care, few patients are having comprehensive care conversations with their health care providers, including conversations about costs. Further, only half of patients receive the psychosocial care they need to help them navigate the illness. The result is delays in care, increased out of pocket costs, lack ...


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

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


-AMA-adopts-new-policies

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


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

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







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