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Lambda-sues-for-denial-of-care-to-Illinois-trans-woman-

Lambda sues for denial of care to Illinois trans woman - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Urbana, IL, April 16, 2014 ) - Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy. The lawsuit alleges a violation of the ACA's non-discrimination provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis ...


UIC-delves-into-trans-healthcare-policy-with-film

UIC delves into trans* healthcare policy with film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Trans*Health @ UIC" was the topic brought under the microscope at the community discussion the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy's ( IRRPP ) Race, Sexuality and Violence Series hosted April 9 on campus. The purpose of "Trans*Health @ UIC" was ...


Conversion-therapy-bill-falls-in-state-House

Conversion therapy bill falls in state House - Only 44 Illinois House members voted for HB5569 April 10, the bill that would ban controversial conversion therapy for minors in the state. Fifty-one voted no, leaving 22 absent for the vote. This was on the same day an anti-bullying billed passed with 64 votes in the House. This also means that many Democrats voted against the bill or were ...


Fourth-Circuit-looks-at-rights-of-intersex-child

Fourth Circuit looks at rights of intersex child - From a press release - New York, April 9, 2014—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should protect the right of an intersex child to recover damages from doctors who authorized and performed irreversible and unnecessary cosmetic genital surgery on him during infancy, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today. The ...


Area-officials-monitoring-LA-meningitis-scare

Area officials monitoring L.A. meningitis scare - Chicago health officials are closely monitoring several cases of meningitis that have recently broken out in the Los Angeles area, but say that for now there is no evidence that any widespread outbreak has spread to the Chicago region. Eight Los Angeles County residents, four of whom were gay or bisexual men, have come down with meningitis in 2014. Three ...


HHS-Some-same-sex-couples-now-equal-status-for-Medicare

HHS: Some same-sex couples now equal status for Medicare - From a press release - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS ...


As-Munar-leaves-John-Peller-discusses-taking-over-AFC

As Munar leaves, John Peller discusses taking over AFC - On April 1, David Munar began a new chapter at Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), as president and CEO, taking over an organization rocked by scandal for the past many years. His entrance is a marked and, for many in the city, hopeful change; he will be its first leader in many years to actually have any experience ...


Quigley-speaks-on-blood-ban

Quigley speaks on blood ban - On March 31, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley spoke to OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students at the University of Chicago Law School, about re-evaluating the FDA's criteria that prohibits men who have sex with men ( MSM ) from donating blood. MSM are currently prohibited from donating blood for life based on their sexual orientation rather than their level of ...


Extreme-Weight-Loss-looking-for-couples-

'Extreme Weight Loss' looking for couples - The ABC show Extreme Weight Loss, now in its fifth season, is looking for couples. The series is ideally looking for couples who would like to lose weight ( at least 75 pounds ) together, or those who may feel their weight are holding them back from proposing. Trainer Chris Powell will work with contestants over the course of one ...


-Center-on-Halsted-marks-LGBT-Health-Week-with-forum

Center on Halsted marks LGBT Health Week with forum - In celebration of LGBT Health Week, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) hosted a community discussion on HIV and sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) in Chicago's LGBT community on March 28. The event, at Center on Halsted in Lakeview, included an overview of CDPH's 2013 HIV/STI Surveillance Report and a panel discussion where local leaders outlined ...


Report-highlights-less-documented-LGB-health-risks-

Report highlights less documented LGB health risks - A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT youth are at higher risk of being bullied and considering ...


-Budget-bite-Dental-care-Medicaid-and-HIV

Budget bite: Dental care, Medicaid and HIV - Most Americans—and by extension, their policy makers—view dental care as either being about receiving superfluous cosmetic procedures or getting relief from tooth pain, said Dr. Mona Van Kanegan, DDS. Rarely do they think of it as an integral part of their overall health. "Your mouth is the first part of your digestive system, and it's what most people use to ...


-Outgoing-ALCC-director-reflects-on-life-in-public-service

Outgoing ALCC director reflects on life in public service - Liz Baudler - "A life in public service is the key to personal happiness," Ann Hilton Fisher said in an interview a few years ago. And as the outgoing executive director of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ), she should know. One would think a multi-decade career in legal advocacy for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens might burn ...


Conversion-therapy-ban-advances-to-House-floor

Conversion therapy ban advances to House floor - The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which prohibits therapy claiming to 'cure' homosexuality for minors, passed the House Human Services Committee March 26 by a vote of 9-6 and is on its way to the House floor. HB5569, introduced in the House Feb. 14 by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, forbids mental health providers from engaging in practices aimed at changing ...


Sebelius-on-LGBT-Health-Awareness-Week

Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week - From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services News Division - A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to bring attention to the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans and to highlight the progress we've made in our work to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans, especially through implementation of ...


Tissue-is-the-issue

Tissue is the issue - The following is an excerpt from the late Chicago writer Jon-Henri Damski's 1997 anthology dead/ queer/proud ( Firetap Press ). To be healthy you must have the courage to be insane. On Friday, my doctors are going to put me to sleep. For an hour or two, my life will be in their hands. With this interruption, I am not ...


HIV-medication-guide-for-med-plans-available-

HIV-medication guide for med plans available - Monday, March 31, is the deadline to enroll in a plan on the Illinois health marketplace. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has gone through the available Illinois marketplace plans and put together a guide on the cost of HIV medications for each plan. For those who qualify for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program ( ADAP ), and ...


AFC-offers-guide-to-HIV-meds-in-Marketplace-Plans-

AFC offers guide to HIV meds in Marketplace Plans - From The AIDS Foundation of Chicago - Monday, March 31 is the deadline to enroll in a plan on the Illinois health marketplace and it's crucial that people living with HIV/AIDS have all the information they need to choose a plan that works for them. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has combed through the available Illinois marketplace plans and put together a guide on ...


Radio-service-for-the-disabled-includes-LGBT-news

Radio service for the disabled includes LGBT news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Internet has a wealth of information ready and waiting for consumption. News articles populate Twitter. Interesting links are posted on Facebook, and heartwarming pictures shared via Flickr. Along with all the vast quantity of mainstream resources there also lies specialized sources to obtain news and vignettes to people with disabilities, including people whom are blind or visually impaired. One ...


Eating-disorders-more-likely-to-affect-LGBTs

Eating disorders more likely to affect LGBTs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental illnesses and LGBTQ persons are at a remarkably high risk for these disorders and no one is talking about it," said Chase Bannister. Bannister is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and a certified eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is also vice ...


Arizona-lawmaker-comes-out-mag-gets-HIV-AIDS-patient-lists

Arizona lawmaker comes out; mag gets HIV/AIDS patient lists - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A veteran Arizona lawmaker who was a vocal critic of a bill that touched off a national debate over discrimination came out as gay, saying, ''I wanted to let everyone know I am gay, I'm a Latino and I'm a state senator and it's OK," the Associated Press reported. State Sen. Steve Gallardo said he felt the need to come ...


Get-Covered-Illinois-brings-tour-to-Humboldt-Park

Get Covered Illinois brings tour to Humboldt Park - The Get Covered Illinois Road 2 Coverage statewide mobile tour made a stop at the Erie Family Health Center in Humboldt Park on March 6. Nearly 50 people showed up for help with enrollment, and nearly half successfully completed enrollment at the event. Featuring a branded Get Covered Illinois recreational vehicle ( RV ), the tour provides ways to reach ...


Report-Treat-HIV-infection-without-Drugs

Report: Treat HIV infection without Drugs? - by Frank Pizzoli - "This is elegant scientific research that needs lots of further study," Dr. Anthony Fauci told Windy City Times about yesterday's (March 5, 2014) blockbuster news that investigators had initial success with thwarting HIV through an intentional genetic altering of human cells. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, a study with 12 HIV-infected individuals indicates it is possible to curb ...


Youth-to-fight-Parental-Notification-of-Abortion-law

Youth to fight Parental Notification of Abortion law - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS ( April 3rd, 2014 ) The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, ACLU of Illinois, and Chicago Abortion Fund are hosting an Advocacy Day to raise awareness and ask for a repeal of the dangerous Parental Notification of Abortion Law in Illinois. Currently, 38 States in the US require parental notification or consent prior to youth obtaining abortion services. ...


National-Women-and-Girls-HIV-AIDS-Awareness-Day-March-10-

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10 - From a AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance on March 10th to recognize the impact of HIV on women and girls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), nearly 280,000 of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are women. Women account for 1 in ...


CDPH-looks-at-past-year

CDPH looks at past year - Chicago Department of Public Health on March 4 updated partners and community members on its progress in the past year, and laid out plans for the year ahead, at a presentation at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The agency also gave out its first annual Healthy Chicago Awards to community partners. The event additionally coincided with the release ...


Gay-men-talk-about-parenting-journey

Gay men talk about parenting journey - By Jason Carson Wilson - Grayson has two daddies. Proud fathers Rob and Jason Colosi-McCann of Chicago describe Grayson as a typical 2-year-old who runs them ragged and lives life on his own terms. Smiles never left their faces while discussing Grayson. Becoming a family, however, wasn't easy. Rob and Jason shared their nearly two-year long journey to fatherhood with a room full of potential ...


Racial-disparities-smilar-among-gay-straight-couples-

Racial disparities smilar among gay, straight couples - From a news release - LOS ANGELES — Similar patterns of racial disparities in income and employment exist among individuals in same-sex and different-sex couples, according to a new report co-authored by Angeliki Kastanis, Policy Analyst, and Bianca Wilson, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, of UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. Consistent with prior Institute research, the report also found that racial/ethnic minority individuals ...


HBHC-seeks-applicants-for-advisory-board

HBHC seeks applicants for advisory board - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) is seeking new applicants for its Community Advisory Board ( CAB ), an organization that provides feedback on HBHC's community health programs. The board will meet once a month, and CAB will have between seven and 15 members. In order to be eligible, CAB applicants must have received services from HBHC within the ...


Gay-researcher-studying-Illinois-same-sex-couples

Gay researcher studying Illinois same-sex couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Steve Cisneros-Garcia, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has lofty goals for his dissertation: he is trying to conduct one of the most comprehensive studies of same-sex couples. "Previous research suggests that same-sex partners in legalized relationships have better mental health outcomes than those without such recognition, but we don't really understand how ...


Gay-Mans-Guide-to-Family-Building-March-1

'Gay Man's Guide to Family Building' March 1 - Jason and Robert Colosi-McCann will detail their journey, through surrogacy and egg donation, toward becoming parents to son Grayson in 2011 as one of the highlights Saturday, March 1, at "Making Parenting Conceivable: A Gay Man's Guide to Family Building." The event will take place 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 656 W. Randolph St. Hosted by Fertility Centers of Illinois and ...


James-West-Clinic-looks-to-break-crisis-care-cycle

James West Clinic looks to break 'crisis care' cycle - Congressman Mike Quigley was among those joining officials from Heartland Alliance and Haymarket Center Feb. 19 to dedicate a new healthcare clinic on the West Side that is mainly dedicated to serving homeless individuals. The James West Clinic, 22 N. Sangamon Ave., is a joint effort between Heartland Health Outreach and Haymarket Center that offers primary care, and many other ...


Report-Two-mom-homes-score-better-for-kids-than-opp-sex-

Report: Two-mom homes score better for kids than opp-sex - From a news release - LOS ANGELES — February 24, 2014 — Adolescents with continuously-coupled lesbian mothers had higher self-esteem and fewer conduct problems ( such as rule-breaking, vandalism, or getting into fights ) than adolescents with continuously-coupled heterosexual parents, according to a new study announced today by the Williams Institute. Across other indicators of psychological adjustment, substance usage, and relationships with their parents, the ...


Opponents-fail-to-force-vote-on-pro-trans-school-sct

Opponents fail to force vote on pro-trans school sct - Foes of the School Success and Opportunity Act—a new California measure that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools —have failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot, according to the Associated Press. At least 504,760 signatures were required to force a public vote on the statute the California ...


Conversion-therapy-ban-proposed-for-Illinois

'Conversion therapy' ban proposed for Illinois - Legislators in both the Illinois House and Senate in mid-February introduced bills that would outlaw so-called "conversion" therapy that claims to cure young people of homosexuality. HB5569, introduced in the House Feb. 14 by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, forbids mental health providers from engaging in practices aimed at changing the sexual orientation of a person under the age of 18. ...


Get-Covered-Illinois-works-on-ACA-health-care-signups-

Get Covered Illinois works on ACA health care signups - From press releases - GetCoveredIllinois.gov, the official online marketplace where Illinois residents, families and small business owners can get connected to health coverage options, reached one million unique visitors by mid-February. "The steadily building traffic we are seeing on GetCoveredIllinois.gov shows that people in Illinois are taking action to get covered, and we are building momentum into the homestretch," Jennifer Koehler, executive director for ...


Bisexual-Health-Awareness-Month-launched

Bisexual Health Awareness Month launched - From a news release - Boston, MA — Energized by the historic White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues held in September 2013, the Bisexual Resource Center ( BRC ) proudly proclaims March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month. Bisexual Health Awareness Month is the first social media event of its kind to raise widespread awareness about bisexual health disparities using Facebook and Twitter. This year's theme—"Bi ...


Gay-Mans-Guide-to-Family-Building-seminar-March-1

Gay Man's Guide to Family Building seminar March 1 - From a news release - Chicago, IL ( February 20, 2014 ) — Jason and Robert Colosi-McCann were together 11 years before they took the step towards parenthood. Through surrogacy and egg donation, they became parents to son Grayson in 2012. Jason and Rob will share their story on March 1st at Making Parenting Conceivable: A Gay Man's Guide to Family Building. Hosted by Fertility ...


Gay-animal-rights-activist-takes-on-corporations

Gay animal-rights activist takes on corporations - Growing up in the small Ohio farming community of St. Paris, Nathan Runkle could have been considered a minority of one. He is a gay vegetarian who loves all animals, not just domesticated pets. But his extended family, and most of the community, consisted of hunters, farmers, trappers and fishermen. How animals were treated and killed on their way to ...


Queer-women-of-color-focus-of-anti-smoking-campaign-

Queer women of color focus of anti-smoking campaign - Queer women of color are the focus of a three month long anti-smoking campaign, "Take Pride, Leave Cigarettes," launched earlier this month by the Chicago Department of Public Health and its Office of LGBT Health. The campaign seeks to inspire current smokers to kick the habit and to prevent future smokers from starting by raising awareness about the negative impacts ...


-New-data-shows-widespread-LGBT-tobacco-use

New data shows widespread LGBT tobacco use - Figures from a Jan. 17 report illustrate that tobacco products are still widely used by LGBT Americans. According to the data, released by the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based CenterLink Network for Health Equity, the LGBT community spends almost $7.9 billion annually on cigarettes and other tobacco products, roughly 65 times what is spent on funding LGBT organizations each year. Data was ...


Anti-gay-prejudice-kills-straights-too

Anti-gay prejudice kills straights too - Antigay prejudice is bad for heterosexuals' health, decreasing life expectancy by about two and a half years, according to a new study[i] published in the American Journal of Public Health. The analysis was based upon 20,226 detailed interviews from the General Social Survey, conducted between 1998 and 2008, and cross-linked with the National Death Index. The findings on decreased life ...


LGBTs-spend-65x-more-on-smoking-than-all-funding-to-LGBT-issues-

LGBTs spend 65x more on smoking than all funding to LGBT issues - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL -Jan. 17, 2014— The Surgeon General's Health Consequence of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress report shows the impact of tobacco is even larger than previously known on health. In conjunction with this release, CenterLink's Network for LGBT Health Equity has released information about 50 years of impact of smoking on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. ...


Your-winter-blues-Seasonal-Affective-Disorder-SAD

Your winter blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If you feel lethargic and depressed in the fall, and those feelings persist into winter, you may be experiencing more than the winter blues. You may be struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder ( SAD ). The good news is that it's treatable. You don't have to "tough it out" every year. SAD is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, usually ...


Medical-marijuana-patients-still-in-for-a-wait

Medical marijuana patients still in for a wait - Legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana in Illinois took effect Jan. 1, which many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups see as good news, but the state has yet to iron out many specific plans for the law's full implementation. Consequently, marijuana won't be available for patient use until well into 2014 or later, according to state officials. "We ask that ...


HBHC-could-see-new-director-soon

HBHC could see new director soon - Howard Brown Health Center is due to make significant changes in the following weeks, including possibly hiring a new leader, according to sources contacted by Windy City Times Founded in 1974, the health center has been rocked by scandals and significant changes in leadership and key employees. Following the departure of its last president and CEO, Jamal Edwards in August ...


Illinois-medical-marijuana-law-to-go-into-effect-Jan-1

Illinois medical marijuana law to go into effect Jan. 1 - From a press release - State agencies will begin establishing system of regulated medical marijuana cultivation and distribution to individuals with serious illnesses; patients will NOT be protected from arrest until registry is established by Dept. of Public Health SPRINGFIELD — Legislation adopted this year to establish a state-regulated medical marijuana program will go into effect Wednesday. Licensed medical marijuana cultivation and distribution facilities are ...


Cultivating-a-successful-winter-container-garden

Cultivating a successful winter container garden - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Many people garden exclusively in pots and some keep hardy trees, shrubs and perennials in containers year-round as a way to provide winter interest during Chicago's cold, and often gray, winter season. Container gardening in winter depends on a lot of controllable factors, but realistic expectations are important and success begins with smart plant and container choices. Check the labels ...


Study-of-NIH-research-05-of-portfolio-mentions-LGBT

Study of NIH research: 0.5% of portfolio mentions LGBT - 82% of LGBT Studies Focus on HIV or Sexual Health - From a press release Ft. Lauderdale, FL - December 17, 2013— American Journal of Public Health just released a preview of a study highlighting the national gaps in LGBT health research. The study, "Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations" by Coulter, Kenst, Bowen, and Scout, analyzes the prevalence ...


Edgewater-couple-makes-sustainably-queer-living

Edgewater couple makes 'sustainably queer' living - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the lentil soup was cooking on the stove, Rachel Schipull and her partner, Kristi Yuen, went into the dining room of their Edgewater home to practice their choir music. After all, the two met while singing with Aria, a choir within the Windy City Performing Arts. But they soon forgot the soup, which ultimately was burnt and almost inedible, ...


Homosexuality-removed-from-the-DSM-40-years-ago

Homosexuality removed from the DSM 40 years ago - From a press release - GLMA President Henry Ng, MD, MPH, and GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement today: In a move that would forever change the landscape for LGBT people, nearly 40 years ago to today, the board of the American Psychiatric Association ( APA ) voted to declassify "homosexuality" as a mental disorder. The removal of "homosexuality" from the ...


Tis-the-season-for-vaccinations

'Tis the season for vaccinations - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's the time of year to get vigilant about germs, and the Chicago Public Health Department ( CPHD ) wants to see everyone get a flu shot, including everyone in the LGBT community. "For all people throughout the U.S. at this time of year influenza vaccine is a really important thing that they should be doing to keep themselves healthy," ...


Ghosts-in-Our-Machine-film-Empathy-Gene-and-Tofu-

Ghosts in Our Machine film: 'Empathy Gene and Tofu' - Someone should do a survey; to actually see how many queer vegetarian/vegan women are out there. I suspect a very large percentage. Ever since I came out in the early 90s, I have noticed the trend in queer women's spaces for hummus and veggies and tofu scramble, ( thankfully the veg world has exploded in recent years and there are ...


Hospital-CEO-is-gay-partnered-and-ready-to-marry

Hospital CEO is gay, partnered and ready to marry - The joy Alan Eaks now experiences as an out gay man with a partner of 12 years and two adopted children certainly overshadows the issues he endured years ago. Eaks, 56, is the CEO of Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, a position he has held for close to 13 years—and he is admittedly "completely comfortable as an openly gay man in this ...


Health-wellness-fair-Dec-3-at-Center

Health/wellness fair Dec. 3 at Center - On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals. To register for the event and to see a list of vendors, sponsors and demos, visit https://community.centeronhalsted.org/FeelGoodAtt. For more information about how to become a vendor, call 773-661-0957. ...


POZ-Magazine-honors-Garofalo-Menard-Schoettes

POZ Magazine honors Garofalo, Menard, Schoettes - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Division Head of Adolescent Medicine Robert Garofalo; AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Vice President of Operations Tom Menard; and Lambda Legal HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes are among the individuals named to POZ magazine's fourth annual "POZ 100" list. POZ is a print and online brand for people living with and ...


Conference-focuses-on-LGBT-health-issues

Conference focuses on LGBT health issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Health and wellness across the lifespan was the theme of the second annual Chicago LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Feinberg Pavilion Nov. 20. About 200 professors, students and community members gathered to hear the latest in LGBT health research as well as proposals for future avenues of study. IMPACT, the LGBT Health and Development Program at ...


Talk-at-health-conference-looks-at-family-romance

Talk at health conference looks at family, romance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 100 people attended the family and romantic relationships research session during the second annual Chicago LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Feinberg Pavilion Nov. 20. The conference also featured research sessions on substance abuse; youth stress, discrimination and victimization; and adult mental and physical health. Emma Sterrett from the University of Louisville gave a presentation on ...


Chicagoan-recalls-battle-with-cancer

Chicagoan recalls battle with cancer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rick Kasprzak has been on an emotional two-year roller-coaster that, not a minute too soon, is finally slowing down. The saga started during the summer of 2011 when the 55-year-old Chicago resident saw his primary care physician for an annual physical exam, including a blood test for prostate cancer—and those results, he learned, were higher than normal. However, the situation ...


Gay-Chicagoan-tells-personal-tale-about-blood-donation

Gay Chicagoan tells personal tale about blood donation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zach Huelsing went to Washington, D.C., in late July as part of a delegation of LGBT people from Illinois, to offer opinions from the gay community, particularly about marriage legislation and the repeal of DOMA. They met with representatives from the White House, the Treasury Department, as well as senators and congressmen, and others. The trip turned quite personal for ...


Phill-Wilson-to-be-honored-trans-womans-killer-gets-life-

Phill Wilson to be honored; trans woman's killer gets life - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced it will commemorate World AIDS Day with two days of events honoring leaders instrumental in the fight against AIDS, according to Business Wire. Tim Hanlon, President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, will receive the 2013 Lifetime of Commitment Award during the annual Light in the Grove event; during World AIDS Day ceremonies at the ...


HOPE-Act-passes-AFC-lauds-development

HOPE Act passes; AFC lauds development - The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity ( HOPE ) Act, a measure that allows individuals with HIV to receive organs from other HIV-positive donors, according to The Plain Dealer. In June, the Senate passed the act, which eliminates longstanding regulations prohibiting the procurement of organs from HIV-positive people. President Barack Obama is expected to ...


Bill-may-allow-research-into-organ-donations-between-HIV-patients

Bill may allow research into organ donations between HIV+ patients - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer ( D-CA ) and Tom Coburn ( R-OK ) today praised the House's passage of the HOPE Act ( HIV Organ Policy Equity Act ), legislation that would end the federal ban on research into organ donations from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. The bipartisan Boxer-Coburn legislation passed the Senate in June. The ...


Confab-examines-STIs-and-HIV-among-youth

Confab examines STIs and HIV among youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - University of Chicago's STI/HIV Intervention Network ( SHINE ) held its third annual conference focusing on prevention and reduction of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. The daylong event, titled "Building Bold, Innovative Partnerships to Prevent and Reduce STIs/HIV Among Youth," took place Friday, Nov. 8 at Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. Alida Bouris, co-principal investigator for SHINE, ...


Mayor-announces-free-mammography-services-

Mayor announces free mammography services - Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced a new expansion that will provide free mammography services to an approximately 1,500 additional uninsured Chicago women at Roseland Community Hospital. In addition to maintaining funding for the city's existing mammography-screening clinics, including the clinic in Roseland, a new $200,000 investment in Roseland Community Hospital to expand mammography services will allow nearly 5,000 women in ...


Court-upholds-NJ-law-against-therapists-trying-to-change-orientation

Court upholds NJ law against therapists trying to change orientation - From a press release - ( Trenton, NJ, November 8, 2013 )—Today, Judge Freda Wolfson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld a 2013 New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of a patient under 18 years old. The ruling dismissed a legal challenge to the law filed ...


TWO-launches-site-to-debunk-anti-gay-junk-science-

TWO launches site to debunk anti-gay junk science - From a press release - CHICAGO - Truth Wins Out launched a new website today, LGBTScience.org, to counter the anti-gay junk science industry's frequent distortions about the origins of homosexuality. This ongoing project explores the latest research findings and videotapes interviews key scientists. "The researchers that we have interviewed have produced landmark peer-reviewed research, and can articulate the challenging concepts presented in a way that's ...


GLSEN-Decries-NFL-Culture-of-Be-a-Man

GLSEN Decries NFL Culture of 'Be a Man' - From a press release - NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2013 — GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is calling on the NFL, its teams, its players and its analysts to denounce the harmful notions of what it means to "be a man" that are being expressed in reaction to the alleged Miami Dolphins bullying case, including reports that the Dolphins' general manager told ...


Advocates-provide-guidance-to-hospitals-treating-trans-patients

Advocates provide guidance to hospitals treating trans patients - From a press release - "This first-ever guide to transgender-affirming health care will enable U.S. hospitals to provide equitable, competent care to transgender people, reducing the serious health risks and disparities they face." ( New York, NY, November 5, 2013 ) —Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC Foundation ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro ...


Northwestern-Center-on-Halsted-host-LGBTQ-health-conference

Northwestern, Center on Halsted host LGBTQ health conference - From a press release - The second Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference will take place Nov. 19-20. The interdisciplinary event is intended to foster the application of research into practice by providing a forum for presenting LGBTQ health research, to provide networking opportunities and share resources. The conference is co-organized by the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute ...


Dr-Phoenix-Matthews-Helping-to-kick-LGBTQ-smoking-in-the-butt

Dr. Phoenix Matthews: Helping to kick LGBTQ smoking in the butt - There are the calming effect, the pleasurable feeling, the cool and rebellious look of it, the weight maintenance, and the addiction are some of the reasons given that make smoking a "bitch to quit." While interacting with LGBTQ smokers in Howard Brown Health Center's ( HBHC ) Bitch To Quit, the only LGBTQ smoking-cessation study in Chicago, Dr. Phoenix Matthews, ...


World-news-

World news - An Australian health organization is backing Intersex Awareness Day, according to Gay Star News. The National LGBTI Health Alliance—a coalition of organizations across Australia that work toward the improvement of health services for LGBTI people—has publicly shown support for the day, which sees intersex activists from across the world raise awareness of important issues that affect intersex people. Intersex Awareness ...


APA-makes-statement-on-DSM-5-Pedophilic-disorder-text-error

APA makes statement on DSM-5 Pedophilic disorder text error - From a press release - The American Psychiatric Association's ( APA ) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition ( DSM-5 ) has recently been published after a comprehensive multi-year research and review of all of its diagnostic categories. In the case of pedophilic disorder, the diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR. Only the disorder name was changed from "pedophilia" ...


-Passages-Hospice-offering-benefits-to-same-sex-couples

Passages Hospice offering benefits to same-sex couples - Passages Hospice will soon offer health benefits to same-sex couples in a legal marriage or civil union, according to a press release. In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million patients received services from hospices; this number is expected to increase as the parents of baby boomers age. According to the hospital, it is the first facility of its kind in the ...


Margot-Weiss-talks-BDSM-and-sexuality

Margot Weiss talks BDSM and sexuality - BOOKS - Margot Weiss' book, Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality ( Duke University Press, 2011 ) has become a fixture in several ongoing conversations about the BDSM community. It received the 2012 Ruth Benedict Book Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. The sexual practices reflected in BDSM have long been the site of deeply ...







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