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HRC-Foundation-Whitman-Walker-Health-release-Transgender-Sexual-Health-Guide

HRC Foundation, Whitman-Walker Health release Transgender Sexual Health Guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center with special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV-related care, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender ...


Health-director-keynotes-inaugural-LGBT-health-symposium

Health director keynotes inaugural LGBT health symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since Northwestern University launched its Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing—described as "the first university-wide institute in the country focused on LGBTQ health"—in February of this year, its vision ( "To be an international leader in research that fosters understanding of the development and experiences of sexual and gender minority ( SGM ) individuals and improves the ...


Public-interest-groups-to-Walgreens-Medical-service-over-religious-doctrine

Public interest groups to Walgreens: Medical service over religious doctrine - From a press release - Washington - Walgreens must assure its customers seeking health care services that its in-store clinic provider, Catholic-sponsored SSM Health Medical Group, which adheres to religious directives, will not limit access to reproductive health services, information and referrals, say four public interest groups. In letters to Walgreens' chief medical officer and SSM Health's regional president, the ACLU of Illinois, ACLU of ...


Howard-Brown-Health-releases-impact-report

Howard Brown Health releases impact report - Howard Brown Health, on Aug. 18, released a new report illustrating its impact on the community. "It's a summary of our clinical services, and something we're pledging to do on an annual basis, said CEO and President David Munar. "It's broken up into three sections—reports on our patients, health benefits that patients are gaining from our system of care and ...


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SlutWalk 2016 defies police to take back Chicago streets - SlutWalk collective member Red Schulte described it as a "tug of war" with officers of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) when more than 700 participants of SlutWalk Chicago 2016 set out to reclaim the streets of the Magnificent Mile Aug. 20. At stake was each SlutWalkers' right to turn those streets into an inclusive space that echoed with ...


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Howard Brown Health issues Community Impact Report - Howard Brown Health today published its first Community Impact Report, highlighting patient and community outcomes resulting from its integrated healthcare delivery system. The progress report uses infographics and text to illustrate how Howard Brown's individualized approach to healthcare improves the lives of patients, supports the communities of LGBTQ people and allies, and improves overall public health in Chicago. The report ...


State-of-LGBT-Health-Symposium-Aug-18

'State of LGBT Health Symposium' Aug. 18 - The inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium will take place Thursday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m., at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law's Aspen Hall, 375 E. Chicago Ave. This symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Karen L. Parker, director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office of the National Institutes of Health, followed by a panel discussion with ...


Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-new-sliding-scale-fees

Howard Brown Health unveils new sliding-scale fees - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, August 15, 2016 ) — Howard Brown Health today unveiled a new sliding-scale fee for all patients as part of its efforts to increase the accessibility of its wide range of health and wellness services. Charges under the new sliding scale start at $5 for patients whose self-reported income is at or below 100% of federal poverty ...


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Walgreens and HRC release LGBTQ pharmacy guide - From a press release - HRC, in partnership with Walgreens, has released a resource guide that helps pharmacists better understand the needs of LGBTQ customers and patients. The guide, which is being distributed by the pharmacy giant to more than 70,000 health care professionals across the country, provides pharmacists and pharmacy staff with information on LGBTQ identities and terminology, as well as the health disparities ...


Band-together-Illinois-AIDS-Run-Walk-Chicago-to-unite-the-HIV-community-Oct-1

Band together, Illinois: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to unite the HIV community Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO, July 28 — This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, emphasizing the importance of unity and partnership in responding to health crises, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, at Chicago's Soldier Field. Inspired by the kaleidoscopic effect of last year's athletes donning COLORbands ( elastic bands that can be worn by participants in a number ...


Land-of-Lincoln-ACA-insurance-plans-to-end-

Land of Lincoln ACA insurance plans to end - The Land of Lincoln insurance co-op will no longer be offering plans through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage ends for policyholders Oct. 1 but they will have special enrollment periods available to them in order to ensure at least a minimal gap in coverage. Enrolled individuals who switch plans between Aug. 2-Sept. 30 should see no gap, according to ...


Advocates-State-puts-persons-with-hep-C-and-Medicaid-at-risk

Advocates: State puts persons with hep C and Medicaid at risk - While the treatment and detection of hepatitis C have become significantly less difficult in recent years, the state of Illinois Medicaid system won't cover treatment for the disease until patients reach Stage 4, when their liver becomes cirrhotic, according to advocates and healthcare providers. "It's heartbreaking, and it's not why I signed up to be at County," said Oluwatoyin Adeyemi, ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-sex-positive-discussion

Center on Halsted hosts sex-positive discussion - The latest installment of the Center on Halsted Chats, a monthly series of conversations hosted by leaders in the LGBTQ community to address relevant issues, was held last Wednesday and led to a lively discussion of sex parties and BDSM clubs in Chicago. Sky Cotton, founder of Vespertine, and Harry Cross, co-founder of Men's Room, were the evening's guests. Despite ...


Health-guide-released-for-uninsured-underinsured

Health guide released for uninsured, underinsured - The Chicago Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured was unveiled at a July 12 press briefing with health care and community leaders during the 41st Annual Conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses ( NAHN ), held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. NAHN, the National Black Nurses Association, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Pfizer RxPathways presented ...


-Center-on-Halsted-still-waiting-on-testing-payments

Center on Halsted still waiting on testing payments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Among the numerous social-service agencies still waiting for payment from the state of Illinois for services they've rendered is Center on Halsted, which has yet to receive about $200,000 for HIV testing services it offered in the previous fiscal year. The General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget June 30 that funded PreK-12 education and transportation ...


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Chicago Women's Health Center 4th Revolutionary Healthcare Fundraiser - Chicago Women's Health Center ( CWHC ) is celebrating its 4th Annual Revolutionary Health Care fundraiser on Monday, July 18th from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. at Revolution Brewing Brewpub. This year's annual fundraising event features music from DJ Black Gold and raffle prizes from local favorites such as Ravinia, The Second City, Lillstreet Art Center, The Logan Theater, and more. ...


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Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series It's a Privilege to Pee July 11 - From a press release - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: produce an evening of performance where 100% of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. It ...


Pols-push-to-end-blood-donation-policy

Pols push to end blood-donation policy - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), Jared Polis ( CO-02 ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz ( FL-23 ), Diana DeGette ( CO-01 ) and Alcee Hastings ( FL-20 ) led a bipartisan letter signed by more than 100 House colleagues calling on Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ...


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FAMILIES OF CHOICE SERIES Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles - Age: 51 Relationship Status: Married Neighborhood: Printer's Row Activities: Director of Community Health Sciences University of Illinois, School of Public Health; author of Queer Aging, LGBT Aging Issues Network ( LAIN ) Windy City Times: What does family of choice mean in your personal life? Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles: Friends, family, my closest friends. I have family of choice in Mexico ...


Lurie-Gender-and-Sex-program-receives-Pritzker-500K-matching-gift-

Lurie Gender and Sex program receives Pritzker $500K matching gift - According to co-director of Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender and Sex Development Program Rob Garofalo MD/MPH, the Midwest initiative offering a wide range of services for transgender and gender nonconforming youth began in 2013 with about a dozen patients. "Last week we saw out 400th patient," he told Windy City Times. "We see about 15 new patients a month and we ...


LGBT-Advocates-Issue-New-Guidelines-for-Hospitals-Treating-Trans-Patients-

LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


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Panel examines gender and psychoanalysis - While the panel at the American Psychoanalytic Association ( APsaA ) was titled "What is Gender Anyway", Orlando still occupied space in the minds of many on the morning of June 17. Speaking to the crowd at the Palmer House Hilton, both newly elected APsaA President Harriet Wolfe and panel moderator Ethan Grumbach commented on the shooting's effect and the ...


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Groups host 'Black and Brown Town Hall' - Joining with the Lighthouse Church, United Latino Project ( ULP ) hosted a Black and Brown Town Hall on June 6. The town hall, held at Central States SER, 3948 W. 26th St., was a chance to bring the two groups together to talk about shared issues. Pastor Jamie Frazier of Lighthouse said he feels there's been interest in intersectional ...


Hinde-reflects-as-she-prepares-to-exit-Heartland-Health

Hinde reflects as she prepares to exit Heartland Health - Debbie Hinde, chief development officer for Heartland Health Outreach ( HHO ), remembers that people "were in fighting mode" in 1996, when she first went to work for Open Hand Chicago, the food-delivery organization for persons with HIV/AIDS that would, years later, merge into HHO. "The sense of urgency around AIDS at that time was still extremely strong," Hinde said. ...


Chicagoan-among-pharmacists-groups-newest-officers

Chicagoan among pharmacists' group's newest officers - The American Pharmacists Association ( APhA ) announced the election of Nicki L. Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as 2017—2018 APhA president-elect. Hilliard will succeed Nancy A. Alvarez, of Lake Forest, California, to the office of APhA president on March 19, 2018, at the end of the 2018 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville. In ...


Match-website-surveys-LGBTQ-singles

Match website surveys LGBTQ singles - From a press release - Match, the world's largest relationship company, today debuted LGBTQ in America, the largest nationally-representative study of American singles who identify as LGBTQ. Conducted by Research Now in association with evolutionary biologist and gender studies professor, Dr. Justin R. Garcia of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, the data reveals new social commentary into the evolving attitudes, behaviors and challenges of ...


Psychology-grad-conducts-research-on-gay-mens-body-image

Psychology grad conducts research on gay men's body image - Psychology is a relatively new career for Dan Flave-Novak. The recent Roosevelt University doctoral graduate had been involved in politics as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's ( D-Ohio ) LGBT aide around the time Brown was working on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( DADT ). Even though his efforts were fruitful—Flave-Novak helped write Brown's "It Gets Better" Senate speech and ...


Experts-discuss-online-hookups-at-Out-at-CHM

Experts discuss online hookups at 'Out at CHM' - For the final entry in Chicago History Museum's 2015-2016 "Out at CHM" discussion series, researchers and others gathered to discuss the phenomenon of online hookups via apps such as Grindr and Scruff. Brian Mustanski, director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, moderated the discussion. He said that he began researching gay men meeting ...


Event-to-look-at-NY-LGBTQ-youth-and-survival-sex

Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


Group-launches-LGBTQ-ads-targeting-Asian-Pacific-Islander-families

Group launches LGBTQ ads targeting Asian/Pacific Islander families - The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to foster family acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. Covering 20 different Asiatic languages, the ads were screened at a press conference on May 19,at Dechert, LLP in New York City. According to NQAPIA Executive Director Glenn Magpantay, the ads are the ...


Enduring-Love-gay-couple-copes-with-Alzheimers

Enduring Love, gay couple copes with Alzheimer's - On Oct. 19, 2000 Michael A. Horvich and Gregory Lee Maire stood before a Justice of the Peace against the stunning backdrop of Stowe, Vermont, for their civil union ceremony. Surrounded by the magnificence of the Green Mountains and Worcester Range, they expressed their love for each other in words and in the unspoken, peaceful elation unique to the moment ...


Court-Confirms-No-Cost-Contraceptive-without-Deciding-Religion-Questions-

Court Confirms No-Cost Contraceptive without Deciding Religion Questions - ( New York, May 16, 2016 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion sending Zubik v. Burwell, the second major challenge to the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit, back to the lower courts for further proceedings. The Court declined to resolve key legal questions. Lambda Legal had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Zubik and the six ...


Clinton-meets-with-HIV-AIDS-activists

Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on May 12, met with a coalition of 20 HIV/AIDS leaders and experts, according to a statement. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Among the policies that Clinton has outlined during her campaign are capping out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for people with HIV/AIDS; protecting those with HIV/AIDS from ...


HHS-confirms-ban-on-healthcare-and-insurance-bias-against-LGBT-People-

HHS confirms ban on healthcare and insurance bias against LGBT People - From press releases - ( May 13, 2016, New York, NY ) — The United States Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) today finalized new rules confirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people are protected against health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in ...


CDPH-unveils-Health-Chicago-20-details

CDPH unveils Health Chicago 2.0 details - The Chicago Department of Public Health, on May 4, held the first of its meetings to connect service providers and community members with its Healthy Chicago 2.0 initiative for 2016-2020, a date-driven plan that identifies health disparities across the city, which was officially announced in late March. The meeting was held at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., and ...


FDA-launches-LGBT-anti-smoking-campaign

FDA launches LGBT anti-smoking campaign - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ), on May 3, launched an extensive health campaign calling attention to smoking amongst young adults—defined in this case as persons ages 18-24—in the LGBT community. Rhode Island-based activist Dr. Scout, a former Chicagoan, called the program the "biggest LGBT health initiative in history. I've been working in LGBT health for years and ...


A-Sisters-Hope-Takes-a-Swing-at-Breast-Cancer

A Sister's Hope Takes a Swing at Breast Cancer - From a press release - Making a difference in the fight against cancer can be fun and invigorating. A Sister's Hope, the Chicago-based charity that has placed more than $6 million since 2007 into breast cancer researchers' laboratories, is holding its annual "Take a Swing at Breast Cancer" golf tournament Friday, July 29, at Highland Park Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. Golfers can participate ...


Howard-Brown-benefit-show-May-16

Howard Brown benefit show May 16 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Award nominee and HIV-positive director/producer Christopher Pazdernik returns with the second annual "Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest," a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, on Monday, May 16, 8 p.m., at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Featuring award-winning musical-theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be co-music directed by Dustin Struhall and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Benham. Tickets are $20; call ...


FDA-Launches-LGBT-Anti-Tobacco-Campaign

FDA Launches LGBT Anti-Tobacco Campaign - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) is launching the first ever anti-tobacco campaign aimed at LGBT "occasional user" young adults, ages 18 to 24. The education and prevention program is the fourth effort to target groups within the US population that are at higher risk for smoking. The "This Free Life" campaign will make extensive use of print, ...


Your-Voice-Your-Health-researches-recruits-for-better-healthcare-

'Your Voice! Your Health!' researches, recruits for better healthcare - University of Chicago and Morten Group, LLC work together to encourage LGBTQ people of color to speak up about their healthcare with the research study "Your Voice! Your Health!" ( YVYH ) In 2014, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ( AHRQ ). Scott Cook, Ph.D.—the deputy director ...


Upcoming-Tegan-and-Sara-Childrens-museum-Garden-of-Eve-Personal-PAC-panel

Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


NU-student-group-presents-QueertopiaQueergasim-

NU student group presents 'Queertopia,''Queergasim' - On April 16, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association presented Queertopia 2016 at the Graduate Commons on the Evanston campus. For this ninth edition of the event, titled "Troubling Queerness: New Directions in Queer of Color Critique," the conference addressed the separation of queerness and race, with an emphasis on the anti-Black movement. The event—co-sponsored by the Northwestern ...


Engendering-Change-keynote-focuses-on-intersectional-activism

Engendering Change keynote focuses on intersectional activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "You've all heard the story. One day a group of drag queens in New York got sick and tired of being sick and tired—sick of police harassment, tired of legalized homophobia. And that's how we got the Stonewall riots. But … Sylvia Rivera, the co-founder [with Black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson] of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries ( STAR ) ...


Chris-Birthday-Belt-Fest-concert-benefits-Howard-Brown-Health-May-16

Chris' Birthday Belt Fest concert benefits Howard Brown Health May 16 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago, IL — Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik returns with the second annual Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health on Monday, May 16, 8:00 PM at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be co-music directed by Dustin Struhall and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Benham. ...


HIV-to-HIV-organ-transplants-performed

HIV-to-HIV organ transplants performed - In what some have called a groundbreaking development, Johns Hopkins University surgeons performed liver and kidney transplants from an HIV-positive donor to HIV-positive recipients. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act—which President Obama signed into law in 2013—allows HIV-positive donors to donate organs to patients infected with the AIDS-causing virus, Dr. Dorry Segev said. Segev—a professor of surgery and director of ...


Communication-is-key-to-minority-LGBT-health-research-says

Communication is key to minority LGBT health, research says - New research highlights the need for LGBT patients—particularly those with intersecting minority identities—to be collaborative with their health providers in making medical decisions. LGBT patients experience numerous health disparities, and are frequently more reticent to access care, due to a lack of understanding of LGBT issues among health providers, among other issues. That problem is frequently compounded when the patient ...


Archivist-talks-documenting-leather-SM-and-fetishism-history

Archivist talks documenting leather, S&M and fetishism history - For more than four decades, Gayle Rubin has been uncovering documents and artifacts pertaining to leather, S&M and fetishism culture, ensuring this important piece of history isn't lost to time. Rubin—who is an archivist and associate professor of anthropology and women's studies at the University of Michigan—didn't set out to become one of the country's top archivists of these materials. ...


News-notes-Emanuel-CDPH-unveil-health-plan-Rutherford-in-travel-

News notes: Emanuel, CDPH unveil health plan, Rutherford in travel - Emanuel, CDPH unveil health plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced a new four-year plan that aims to improve the health and well-being of Chicagoans. Healthy Chicago 2.0 is composed of strategies for CDPH and its partners to address health disparities facing some neighborhoods and communities. Building on 2011's Healthy Chicago plan, ...


Pediatricians-health-professionals-speak-against-legislation-targeting-trans-youth

Pediatricians, health professionals speak against legislation targeting trans youth - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign has released a new video highlighting health care professionals who are speaking out against dangerous and appalling legislation targeting transgender students — including bills currently pending in Tennessee and South Carolina. As anti-equality activists across the country push for laws targeting transgender youth and adults, these experts — including pediatricians, a social worker, therapist, ...


Two-more-Chicago-meningitis-cases-reported

Two more Chicago meningitis cases reported - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) officials announced, on April 12, that two more cases of meningococcal meningitis have been identified in the Chicago area, and are asking that gay and bisexual men get vaccinated against the infection. The two infected individuals were linked to the same serogroup that infected seven other people between May and July of ...


CatalystCon-holds-first-ever-Midwest-conference

CatalystCon holds first-ever Midwest conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sexuality-focused event known as CatalystCon took place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, April 1-3. This was the first time the conference has visited the Midwest since it began in 2012. CatalystCon is, according to its website, "a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It's about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create ...


Senators-bring-bipartisan-bill-for-strategic-planning-representation-in-NIH-research-

Senators bring bipartisan bill for strategic planning, representation in NIH research - From a press release - Washington, DC - Yesterday, United States Senators Susan Collins ( R-Maine ), Elizabeth Warren ( D-Mass. ), Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ), Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis. ), Chairman Lamar Alexander ( R-Tenn. ), and Ranking Member Patty Murray ( D-Wash. ) introduced the Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and Representation in Medical Research Act. The legislation will advance a number of ...


Personal-PAC-to-hold-Reproductive-Rights-Politics-of-Race-Class-Gender-panel

Personal PAC to hold "Reproductive Rights: Politics of Race, Class, Gender" panel - Terry Cosgrove, CEO of Personal PAC, will be moderating the panel discussion "Reproductive Rights: The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender". The diverse panel will talk about the intersections of race, class and gender in the fight for reproductive rights and how the right-wing is using religion to discriminate widely against women and LGBTQ people. The free panel will be ...


Webinar-addresses-stigmatization-of-health-issues

Webinar addresses stigmatization of health issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 29, the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HealthHIV conducted a webinar entitled "OUTcompetent: Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STDs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health." The webinar consisted of four panelists who discussed their experiences with stigma. The panelists spoke on the impact that stigma has on access and adherence to care. Damon Jacobs, licensed family therapist and ...


Activist-diagnosed-with-brain-cancer-seeks-assistance

Activist diagnosed with brain cancer, seeks assistance - Local LGBT activist, social worker and artist Ian Harris Schroeder has been diagnosed with brain stem glioma—cancerous tumors in and around the brain stem. A few months ago, Schroeder began experiencing dizziness, nausea, and blurred and double vision that doctors first diagnosed as an inner-ear virus. They said Schroeder's virus was psychosomatic and a side effect of their testosterone hormone ...


Research-Communication-is-key-to-minority-LGBT-health

Research: Communication is key to minority LGBT health - New research highlights the need for LGBT patients—particularly those with intersecting minority identities—to be collaborative with their health providers in making medical decisions. LGBT patients experience numerous health disparities, and are frequently more reticent to access care, due to a lack of understanding of LGBT issues among health providers, among other issues. That problem is frequently compounded when the patient ...


LGBT-Community-Fund-grants-support-collaborations-in-health-housing-services

LGBT Community Fund grants support collaborations in health, housing services - From a The Chicago Community Trust press release - The LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust is pleased to announce three Transformational Grants, supporting projects to significantly advance Chicago's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community towards a better quality of life. Each project selected for support represents a collaboration of two organizations dedicated to meeting health and human services needs for LGBT individuals in the Chicago ...


HRC-releases-healthcare-index

HRC releases healthcare index - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released its Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ) 2016, an annual survey that evaluates inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. More than 2,000 healthcare facilities were evaluated—with 496 being designated "2016 Leaders in LGBT Healthcare." Four states—Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma and Wyoming—do not have Equality Leaders this year. ...


Lurie-Hospital-becomes-first-in-US-to-adopt-trans-inclusive-policy

Lurie Hospital becomes first in U.S. to adopt trans-inclusive policy - In another trailblazing move that has become synonymous with the organization, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago became the first of its kind in the United States to adopt a program and policy initiative safeguarding the civil rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. Announced March 16, the initiative recognizes the "increased risk of physical, emotional and ...


Advocates-call-for-Clinton-to-make-HIV-AIDS-a-priority

Advocates call for Clinton to make HIV/AIDS a priority - On the heels of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's recent inaccurate statement at Nancy Reagan's funeral that the first lady and husband President Ronald Reagan started "a national conversation" about HIV/AIDS, a group of 70 HIV/AIDS advocates sent a letter to Clinton. "[A]t Nancy Reagan's funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans' record on HIV and AIDS," Clinton ...


Chaplains-advocate-for-trans-patients

Chaplains advocate for trans patients - Chaplains from around the world recently engaged in a dialogue on the Pediatric Chaplains Network's ( PCN's ) discussion board about providing spiritual care for transgender patients and their parents. The Association of Professional Chaplains and Pediatric Chaplains Network approached local chaplains the Rev. Lavender Kelley of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ( and president-elect of ...


AFC-AIDS-Institute-announce-more-HIV-medication-coverage

AFC, AIDS Institute announce more HIV medication coverage - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and The AIDS Institute issued a joint press release stating that through their joint advocacy, national health insurance provider Ambetter Health has agreed to expand the list of medications it covers to include life-saving daily treatments for people living with HIV. Over the past two years, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and ...


Map-shows-movements-of-demographic-groups

Map shows movements of demographic groups - ConsumerAffairs.com analyzed data from the Census Bureau and Gallup to create an interactive map that shows the movement of different demographic groups over the past decade. It looks at groups such as millennials, retirees, families with kids, single/married people and the LGBT community. Readable and interactive version at the link: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/movers/#moving-trends-lgbt . With LGBT, highlights included: —Of the 20 ...


Worlds-largest-psychiatric-association-condemns-conversion-therapy

World's largest psychiatric association condemns conversion therapy - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2016 )—Today, the world's largest organization of mental health professionals—representing more than 200,000 people in 118 countries—called for an end to the discredited practice of "conversion therapy," which is linked to serious harms, including depression, substance abuse, and suicide. In a statement issued today, the World Psychiatric Association ( WPA ) says: "WPA believes ...


Advocate-Illinois-Masonic-Medical-Center-named-LGBT-Healthcare-Equality-leader-

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center named LGBT Healthcare Equality leader - Chicago, Ill. — Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization. The findings were part of HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey ...


Weitzman-Institute-launches-national-program-to-improve-LGBT-primary-care

Weitzman Institute launches national program to improve LGBT primary care - From a press release - Washington, D.C., March 16, 2016: The Weitzman Institute, the innovation and research arm of Community Health Center, Inc., is launching a national program this week to improve health outcomes for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) patients by increasing the availability of culturally responsible, comprehensive primary care. Providers from ten community health centers gathered in Washington, D.C. to ...


Lurie-Childrens-Hospital-first-to-adopt-policy-on-transgender-youth

Lurie Children's Hospital first to adopt policy on transgender youth - Chicago…..Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago recently adopted a policy and program initiative that protects the civil rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. In 1994, Lurie Children's established the Public Policy Committee of the Board to recommend institutional positions on legislation and regulation that enable the hospital to enhance the health and well-being of all children. ...


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Howard Brown Health to take over Englewood clinic - Howard Brown Health, on March 10, announced that it would be taking over management of the HIV practice formerly operated by the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) at a clinic at 641 W. 63rd St. The new operation will be Howard Brown's fifth facility in the city and should be open by May, according to officials. Dr. ...


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Criticisms follow Clinton comments on Reagans and AIDS - Activists, pundits and others were quick to decry March 11 comments by presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton suggesting that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were positive forces for change in the war against HIV/AIDS, despite well-documented historical evidence to the contrary. Clinton initially issued a brief apology for the remarks March 11 via Twitter, then a more extensive statement at medium.com ...


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Howard Brown Health announces new clinic in Englewood neighborhood - From a press release - Today, Howard Brown Health, along with the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), announced plans to expand Howard Brown's healthcare services to a clinic formerly operated by CDPH at 641 W. 63rd Street. Howard Brown also announced Dr. Maya Green as the Site Medical Director for its new 63rd Street clinic, slated to launch in May. As part ...


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Northwestern launches new institute for LGBT health research - Northwestern University officials announced, on Feb. 29, that they've launched the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, which will be the first university-wide research institute in the U.S. focused on LGBT Health. The mission of the institute is to connect scholars across disciplines to create collaborations and stimulate new research that will improve the health of LGBT ...


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Chicago man files discrimination suit against Chicago Archdiocese - A Chicago man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, claiming that he was unlawfully fired from his position at an Inverness church because he married his same-sex partner. The suit was filed March 7 in the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division. Colin Collette was employed at Holy Family Parish, also named in the suit, for ...


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Dash for Detection Walk/Run April 17 - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and The Lustgarten Foundation have joined forces once again to present DASH FOR DETECTION 5K Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research on Sunday, April 17 at Soldier Field. All proceeds will be dedicated to early detection pancreatic cancer research. DATE: Sunday, April 17, 2016— Rain or Shine TIME: Registration opens ...


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Staying in the closet: Five ways it damages mental, physical health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While a major hurdle for LGBT rights in the Western Hemisphere has finally been overcome in the past few years ( legalization of gay marriage in both the United States and the United Kingdom ), it looks less and less hopeful that same tolerance can be achieved globally. In former communist bloc countries, the period for modest LGBT freedoms was ...


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BOOKS Book addresses meth's effect on gay men and lust - Methamphetamine use, risky behavior and sexual desire—Dr. David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W., puts more than a decade of clinical experience and research on these linked issues into his book Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery. Fawcett is a substance abuse expert, certified sex therapist and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Ft. Lauderdale specializing ...







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