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Activists-Reach-out-to-senators-on-conversion-therapy-bill-

Activists: Reach out to senators on conversion therapy bill - Members of Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) have started an online petition for Illinoisans who support state legislation that would prohibit anti-gay conversion therapy. The legislation, HB 217, which has already passed the state House of Representatives, is likely to be voted on in the state Senate this week. It is sponsored there by state Sen. Daniel Biss and ...


Local-Step-Up-Get-Tested-CTA-proposal-new-Northalsted-initiative

Local: "Step Up. Get Tested'; CTA proposal; new Northalsted initiative - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Step Up. Get Tested' campaign expands The scope of the 2015 "Step Up. Get Tested." ( SUGT ) campaign for June has been enhanced by a new partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The SUGT campaign, developed by the Chicagoland HIV Testing Collaborative ( CHTC ), will now include both HIV and ...


Marijuana-possession-bill-passes-Illinois-Senate

Marijuana possession bill passes Illinois Senate - A bill that removes the criminal penalties for marijuana possession—replacing the prospect of jail-time for a small amount with a $125 ticket—was, on May 21, passed through the state Senate and will go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto. HB 218 provides a statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $125 fine for possession of 15 ...


Illinois-Senate-bill-would-removes-criminal-penalties-for-marijuana-possession-

Illinois Senate bill would removes criminal penalties for marijuana possession - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate approved a bill 37-19 Thursday to remove criminal penalties for possession of a small amount of marijuana. The measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives in April, will now be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner ( R ) for his signature. HB 218, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Michael Noland ( D-Elgin ...


Therapeutic-Fraud-Prevention-Act-introduced-to-block-conversion-therapy

Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act introduced to block conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, May 19, 2015 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) applauds U.S. Congressman Ted W. Lieu's introduction of the Therapeutic Fraud Act, the first nationwide bill that would protect LGBT people from the dangers of conversion therapy. Lieu announced the bill this morning at a press conference attended by survivors of conversion therapy, members of ...


Impact-of-state-cuts-dire-private-philanthropy-will-not-fill-hole

Impact of state cuts dire; private philanthropy will not fill hole - From a press release - ( Chicago, Illinois ) — Foundation executives held a press conference today to draw a firm boundary around the extent to which Illinois government can expect private philanthropy to fill the large state budget hole, by now projected to be $6.6 billion. Foundation leaders said those looking to philanthropy for a magic bullet to make the budget hole go away ...


Conversion-therapy-ban-passes-House

Conversion therapy ban passes House - The Illinois House, on May 19, passed legislation 68-43 that protects minors from anti-gay "conversion therapy." The bill, HB 217, or the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and now moves to the state Senate, where it is sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Biss. Sixty-one Democrats and seven Republicans voted in ...


Health-news-HIV-AIDS-column-HIV-AIDS-Response-Act-HBHC-seeks-boardmembers-

Health news: HIV/AIDS column; HIV/AIDS Response Act; HBHC seeks boardmembers - HBHC seeks advisory board applicants As part of its ongoing community engagement mission, Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) calls for new applicants for its Community Advisory Board ( CAB ), a board that provides feedback on HBHC's community health programs. Like HBHC's client base, the seven to 15 members of the CAB represent the diversity of the community. ...


Lambda-Legal-responds-to-proposed-change-in-blood-donation-policy-

Lambda Legal responds to proposed change in blood donation policy - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., May 12, 2015 ) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) today announced proposed guidelines for blood donations that change the current lifetime ban for men who have sex with men ( MSM ) to a one year ban. In addition, the proposed guidance addresses the application of the MSM policy to transgender people, ...


-World-Gay-premier-in-PEI-Australian-lawmakers-hookup-apps-STIs

World: Gay premier in PEI; Australian lawmakers; hookup apps, STIs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Canada's Prince Edward Island, the Liberals won their third consecutive election in Prince Edward Island on May 4, Straight.com reported. Wade MacLauchlan, who became Liberal leader on February 21, is the province's 32nd premier, taking over from Robert Ghiz. MacLauchlan will also make history as the province's first elected openly gay premier. MacLauchlan will also serve as the minister ...


HBHC-ALCC-and-LAF-open-joint-clinic

HBHC, ALCC and LAF open joint clinic - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), LAF ( formerly Legal Assistance Foundation ) and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ) have announced the debut of their joint medical/legal clinic. Held at Howard Brown Health Center's 4025. N. Sheridan Rd. location, this clinic aims at providing civil legal assistance for HBHC clients and patients who make an appointment ...


President-Obama-speaks-on-National-Foster-Care-Month

President Obama speaks on National Foster Care Month - NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, 2015 A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA /B> At the heart of the American story is the simple truth that all children should have a fair chance at success, no matter who they are or where they come from. Central to this promise of opportunity are the love and support of ...


Gay-student-battles-cancer-but-set-to-graduate-college

Gay student battles cancer but set to graduate college - Roy Lucas Coker was "frozen in disbelief" when he heard the news, which came as complete shock. Doctors, on Dec. 17, 2013, told Coker that he had a mass in his liver, colon and possibly his kidney. A few days later, after some test results came back, his kidney was not an issue. But Coker learned he had a 60-percent ...


CDPH-reopens-Austin-area-STI-clinic

CDPH reopens Austin-area STI clinic - Chicago Department of Public Health has moved its Austin-area STI Specialty Clinic to a new location, which is now open for business three days a week. The new facility is located at 4909 W. Division St., Suite 411. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone ( 312 ) 746-4871. Among the ...


Center-on-Halsted-Northwestern-U-launch-LGBT-Health-Research-Center

Center on Halsted, Northwestern U launch LGBT Health Research Center - Center on Halsted and IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University on April 23 launched a new LGBT health research center located at the Center. It is the first LGBT health research facility in the nation that is housed in an LGBT community center. According to a press release, the health center at Center on Halsted, with a ...


Chicagoan-involved-in-PETA-contest

Chicagoan involved in PETA contest - Gay Chicago resident Shane Devins is in the running to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' ( PETA's ) Sexiest Vegan Next Door, according to LGBT Weekly. Devins, 27, beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the United States to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can ...


Chicagoan-loses-225-pounds-needs-financial-help-for-surgeries

Chicagoan loses 225 pounds, needs financial help for surgeries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At rock bottom—which was his heaviest, and just about six years ago—Robert Klein weighed 475 pounds. He wasn't an emotional roller coaster. Rather, he was an emotional roller coaster that had lost control and its railings collapsed. He was distraught, without confidence, happiness or friends. Every day he would just go through the motions and look forward to it ending ...


ADA-25-Chicago-holds-launch-event

ADA 25 Chicago holds launch event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), more than 200 people including elected officials, civic leaders, business leaders and members of disability organizations gathered to launch "ADA 25 Chicago: Greater > Together" April 17 at Motorola Mobility's headquarters in Chicago. ADA 25 Chicago is a network of public, private and nonprofit partners who ...


ADA-25-Chicago-launches-calls-for-improved-access

ADA 25 Chicago launches, calls for improved access - From a press release - CHICAGO—April 17, 2015—This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) — a civil rights milestone being celebrated in cities nationwide. On Friday, elected officials, civic leaders, business executives and disability organizations gathered at Motorola Mobility's headquarters for the official launch of ADA 25 Chicago — a network of public and ...


Resolution-asks-states-to-protect-LGBT-youth-from-conversion-therapy

Resolution asks states to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy - From an NCLR press release - ( San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2015 )—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier ( CA-14th ) introduced the "Stop Harming Our Kids" ( SHOK ) Resolution of 2015, calling on states to pass laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity. Congresswoman ...


BornPerfect-event-raises-awareness-of-conversion-therapy-

#BornPerfect event raises awareness of conversion therapy - About 125 people attended a rally calling for an end to conversion therapy practices on LGBT minors in Illinois April 9 at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). The "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy in Illinois" rally sprung from the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) #BornPerfect campaign that was launched in June 2014. ...


Surgeon-General-supports-protecting-LGBT-youth-from-conversion-therapy

Surgeon General supports protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, April 10, 2015 )—Today, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., the United States Surgeon General, joined a growing chorus of high-profile advocates looking to support LGBT youth and put an end to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. His statement comes two days after the White House released a statement in response to a petition ...


CDC-targets-LGBTs-with-Tips-From-Former-Smokers-Campaign-

CDC targets LGBTs with Tips From Former Smokers Campaign - From a press release - This month CDC is launching its 4th annual wave of the popular and effective "Tips From Former Smokers ( Tips )" campaign, with its largest ever LGBT media outreach component. CDC is promoting Tips ads to LGBT communities across the country to supplement exposure to ads airing nationally. "LGBT people spend an estimated $7.9 billion dollars each year on smoking, ...


Center-hosts-BornPerfect-rally-to-ban-conversion-therapy-in-IL

Center hosts #BornPerfect rally to ban conversion therapy in IL - From a press release - On Thursday, April 9th, 2015 Center on Halsted is hosting #BornPerfect: The Campaign to Ban Conversion Therapy in Illinois from 6:00 — 9:00 p.m. in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted St. #BornPerfect is the nation-wide campaign by the National Center for Lesbian Rights to ban conversion therapy, practices designed to change someone's sexual orientation and/or ...


Study-Changes-to-more-same-sex-identity-leads-to-depression-stability-in-LGB-identity-is-protective

Study: Changes to more same-sex identity leads to depression, stability in LGB identity is protective - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 31, the University of Chicago at Illinois released the results of the study "Sexual Orientation Identity Change and and Depressive Symptoms." The study shows that adults who became more same-sex-oriented experienced more symptoms of depression than those whose orientation remained stable or changed in the opposite direction. The author of the study, Univesity of Illinois at Chicago ( ...


Shift-to-LGB-identity-in-early-adulthood-tied-to-depressive-symptoms-

Shift to LGB identity in early adulthood tied to depressive symptoms - From a UIC press release - People whose sexual identities changed toward same-sex attraction in early adulthood reported more symptoms of depression in a nationwide survey than those whose sexual orientations did not change or changed in the opposite direction, according to a new study by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist. "Sexual Orientation Identity Change and Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Analysis," published in the ...


AFC-forum-at-Center-to-deal-with-Rauner-budget-

AFC forum at Center to deal with Rauner budget - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago presents an opportunity to hear from elected officials and community leaders about how Governor Rauner's proposed budget will impact the Medicaid program and prevention, care, treatment, housing and other services for the HIV community. WHAT: The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Rauner's proposed ...


Excellence-in-Care-recipients-announced-

'Excellence in Care' recipients announced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 25 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, DIFFA/Chicago ( Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ) held an event honoring the recipients of this year's Excellence in Care Awards. The panel looked specifically for programs and projects that stood out as innovative within their area of service and showed past or expected impact in the stated areas of focus. The following ...


Lambda-packaging-company-HIV-positive-employee-posed-no-safety-risk

Lambda, packaging company: HIV-positive employee posed no safety risk - From a press release - ( Atlanta, March 26, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal and Gregory Packaging, Inc. today jointly announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Chanse Cox, who was dismissed from his job as a machine operator at Gregory Packaging's Suncup juice manufacturing facility in Georgia after reporting he has HIV. In addition to $125,000 compensation for Cox, Gregory Packaging ...


Study-Most-children-with-HIV-low-immune-cells-rebound-after-treatment-

Study: Most children with HIV, low immune cells, rebound after treatment - From a press release - NIH-funded study finds T-cell level returns to normal with time Most children with HIV who have low levels of a key immune cell eventually recover levels of this cell after beginning treatment, according to a study by researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Failure of CD4+ T cells, a major target of HIV, to rebound after the virus ...


Research-ranks-LGBT-numbers-in-metro-areas

Research ranks LGBT numbers in metro areas - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — For two decades, residents in San Francisco, Austin, Texas, and Seattle have been among the most likely in the country to report that they are part of a same-sex couple or are LGBT, according to two new studies released today by Gallup and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. But growing social acceptance of LGBT ...


Senates-advocates-decry-state-budget-cuts

Senates, advocates decry state budget cuts - A standing-room only crowd filled the hearing chambers at the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., as the Illinois Senate Appropriations Human Services Committee met to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Acting Human Services Secretary Gregory Bassi testified about the importance of the cuts, and faced grilling from some committee members, while service providers and their clients urged ...


Anti-conversion-therapy-bill-passes-out-of-committee

Anti-conversion therapy bill passes out of committee - The Illinois House Juvenile Justice Committee, on March 17, voted to send HB 217, a bill that prohibits so-called "conversion therapy" for Illinoisans under the age of 18, to a vote in the full House. The bill's chief House sponsor is state Rep. Kelly Cassidy. Largely discredited amongst mental health practitioners and organizations, conversion therapy purportedly changes the sexual orientation ...


Study-looks-at-human-services-for-low-income-at-risk-LGBT-groups

Study looks at human services for low-income, at-risk LGBT groups - From a press release - Review identifies gaps in knowledge base, identifies areas for future. Despite social and legal progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people in the United States, much about low-income and at-risk LGBT individuals and their participation in federal human service programs remains unknown. In fact, data suggest LGBT people may be disproportionately at risk of poor outcomes ...


-Illinois-youth-leaders-lobby-on-conversion-therapy-ban

Illinois youth leaders lobby on conversion therapy ban - From a press release - Youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health will be meeting with their legislators in Springfield March 24 to advocate for the rights and health of young people, regardless of identity. Specifically, the youth leaders, ages 16-24, are standing in opposition to conversion therapy and asking for a repeal of the dangerous Parental Notification of Abortion Law in Illinois. ...


Coalition-launches-anti-conversion-therapy-petition-online

Coalition launches anti-conversion therapy petition online - A coalition of advocacy organizations has joined forces to urge state officials to pass a bill banning so-called "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth. On March 6, the coalition launched an online petition so Illinoisans can let legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner know that they back the legislation. The petition backs the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act introduced as House Bill 217 ...


Illinois-Masonic-among-hundred-top-hospitals-in-nation-

Illinois Masonic among hundred top hospitals in nation - From a press release - Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for a sixth consecutive year. The 100 Top Hospitals program recognizes organizations that have achieved excellence in several areas, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. Only nine other Illinois hospitals were named to the list ...


Portal-looks-at-gay-parenting-conversion-therapy

Portal looks at gay parenting, conversion therapy - A new research portal focused on public policy issues has chosen gay parenting and conversion therapy as its first topics of interest. Nathaniel Frank, one of the What We Know portal's founders, worked for a decade at the Palm Center doing research advocacy work on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and he said he saw first hand the part research advocacy ...


Shigellosis-increase-traced-to-North-Side-gay-bi-individuals

Shigellosis increase traced to North Side gay, bi individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In recent months the gay and bisexual male community in Chicago, especially in the Lake View and Uptown neighborhoods, has seen an uptick in the number of shigellosis ( shigella infection ) cases—many of whom are HIV-positive, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) has reported. A number of those infected have had to be hospitalized. To combat ...


Lambda-Legal-urges-Supreme-Court-to-protect-ACA-healthcare-subsidies

Lambda Legal urges Supreme Court to protect ACA healthcare subsidies - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY January 29, 2015 ) — Today in the United States Supreme Court, Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of nine national HIV advocacy organizations in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). The brief focuses on the disparate impact that an adverse decision will ...


Equality-Illinois-introduces-Growing-Your-Family-series

Equality Illinois introduces 'Growing Your Family' series - Equality Illinois ( EQIL ) introduced a new talk series, Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents, on Jan. 13 with co-host Cradle; local adoption agency. Rosemary Mulryan of EQIL and Dori Fujii of Cradle teamed together to inform the group of approximately 50 prospective parents about the adoption process. In addition to the launch of Growing ...


Local-LGBT-branch-of-Mensa-to-relaunch

Local LGBT branch of Mensa to relaunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After nine years of dormancy, Chicago's LGBT Mensa group is in the process of reactivating with a new name—the LGBT and Allies Special Interest Group ( SIG ) of Chicago Area Mensa, part of American Mensa, Ltd. The group, originally known as Gay SIG, was founded in 1978 by Dick Stein. Sixteen local area Mensa members met on Dec. 20 ...


Open-Door-Clinics-Dr-Constance-Pachucki-talks-AIDS-patients-career

Open Door Clinic's Dr. Constance Pachucki talks AIDS patients, career - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Constance Pachucki has spent her entire professional life with HIV/AIDS patients, including three decades at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago. She most recently has become the medical director at Open Door Clinic in Aurora/Elgin. When Pachucki, a straight ally, entered medical school there weren't that many women doctors but that didn't ...


Fertility-doctor-helps-lesbian-couple-become-mothers

Fertility doctor helps lesbian couple become mothers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For Dr. Laurence Jacobs, helping people become parents has been his life's work. One couple who benefitted from his expertise in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility is Dana and Kira Crosby. The Crosbys met in late 2004 while they were living in Boston and developed a friendship that later turned into a romance. The romance blossomed, and in ...


Get-Covered-Illinois-hosts-discussion-for-LGBT-stakeholders

Get Covered Illinois hosts discussion for LGBT stakeholders - With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) ending Feb. 15, Get Covered Illinois ( GCI ) hosted an LGBT stakeholders discussion at the Center on Halsted Jan. 7. About 30 LGBT community leaders, GCI officials and healthcare navigators attended. GCI ( the official health insurance marketplace for Illinois residents ) also launched an ad featuring Illinois ...


LGBT-Chicago-Area-Mensa-reactivates

LGBT Chicago Area Mensa reactivates - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — The LGBT and Allies Special Interest Group ( SIG ) of Chicago Area Mensa, part of American Mensa, Ltd., announces its reactivation. Sixteen local area Mensa members who showed an interest in reactivating the group met on December 20 at Ann Sather Restaurant on Belmont to formulate the next steps and develop target communities for outreach. ...


LGBT-HealthLink-grades-states-on-LGBT-tobacco-integration

LGBT HealthLink grades states on LGBT tobacco integration - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - December 10, 2014 - LGBT HealthLink today announced the first ever grades for state tobacco programs' LGBT inclusion practices. The grades, based on a survey of best practices originally conducted in 2013 and updated this fall, represent an assessment of the overall progress each state has made in addressing inclusion, including policies, training, data collection, and ...


National-LGBT-bill-in-Congress-trans-soldiers-blood-ban-

National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Merkley formally announced his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT-rights bill in the next Congress, according to Metro Weekly. During remarks at the Center for American Progress, the Oregon Democrat said he will spearhead efforts to pass federal legislation that would protect LGBT people in nearly every aspect of life, including employment, housing, public accommodations, housing and credit. Merkley ...


March-vigil-stress-that-sex-workers-lives-matter-too-

March, vigil stress that sex workers' lives matter, too - Sex workers and their allies gathered to celebrate life and remember lives lost on Dec. 17. Sex Workers Outreach Project ( SWOP )-Chicago began commemorating the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers with a march in downtown Chicago. A program and candlelight vigil at Jane Addams-Hull House followed. "It's important to remember the people we've lost this year ...


Choucair-steps-down-as-CDPH-head

Choucair steps down as CDPH head - Chicago officials announced Dec. 11 that Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) Commissioner Bechara Choucair will step down from his post at the end of December. He is to be replaced by CDPH Chief Medical Officer Julie Morita, pending City Council approval. Choucair will be joining Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health as that organization's senior vice president for safety ...


Vaccinate-Illinois-Week-CDPH-offers-flu-vaccine-clinics

Vaccinate Illinois Week: CDPH offers flu vaccine clinics - From a press release - CHICAGO -The Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) is once again teaming up with health departments and healthcare organizations throughout Illinois to encourage residents to get a flu shot during Vaccinate Illinois Week ( VIW ), December 7 through 13. VIW is a statewide observance focused on educating the public about the importance of getting a flu vaccine ...


Report-ACA-has-led-to-fewer-uninsured-LGBTs

Report: ACA has led to fewer uninsured LGBTs - A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that the uninsured rate among low- and middle-income LGBT residents has fallen by a quarter since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a media release. The report report relies on two surveys of LGBT Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line ( about $44,000 ...


New-study-suggests-gay-genetic-link

New study suggests gay genetic link - A recent study of 409 gay brothers suggests that gay people are born that way, according to researchers. The study appeared in the online edition of Psychological Medicine Nov. 17 and was led by Alan Sanders of NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston. Among the co-authors of the study was Northwestern University's J. Michael Bailey, whose research on the ...


Congresswomans-trans-son-HRC-co-founder-arrested-

Congresswoman's trans son; HRC co-founder arrested - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Miami television station aired Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's first interview with her transgender son, The Washington Blade reported. Rodrigo Lehtinen spoke at length about his decision to tell his parents in 2007 that he is trans. Rodrigo, whose birth name is Amanda, came out as gay while in high school. "As parents, we wanted to make sure that Rigo ...


GLMA-adds-LGBT-nurses-section

GLMA adds LGBT nurses' section - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This past August, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality ( previously known as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ) formed the organization's first-ever sector—the GLMA Nursing Section. It was created to be a professional home for LGBT nurses and provide a focal point for advocacy on LGBT nursing issues. Founded in 1981 by gay and lesbian physicians ( as ...


Gay-environmentalist-wants-to-create-a-fabulous-planet

Gay environmentalist wants to create a 'fabulous planet' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT runners and avid readers don't find it too difficult to locate groups that pair personal interests with their identities. However, when Gerod Rody was coming out in 2004, he said it was hard for him to find other gay men—or any members of the LGBTQ community, for that matter—who shared his common interest in environmental sustainability. "I was looking—there's ...


-Blood-safety-panel-recommends-change-to-gay-donation-ban

Blood safety panel recommends change to gay donation ban - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability voted 16-2 on Nov. 13 to recommend that the blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men be switched from a lifetime deferral—meaning that any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 be excluded ...


UN-committee-on-torture-concerned-about-LGBT-conversion-therapy

UN committee on torture concerned about LGBT conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 12, 2014 )—For the first time in its history, today the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States. This historic development comes a day after leaders from the National Center for Lesbian Rights' ( NCLR ...


Howard-Browns-Garden-of-Eve-Pride-XL-embraces-40-years-

Howard Brown's "Garden of Eve Pride XL" embraces 40 years - Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) hosted its 40th birthday party, "Garden of Eve Pride XL," Nov. 7 at Venue One in Chicago's West Loop. "Social justice is hard work," said HBHC President and CEO David Ernesto Munar. "We need points in time to gather, reflect, rejoice and recount the past and look toward the future." The annual "Garden of Eve" ...


AFC-congratulates-the-governor-elect-urges-policy-funding-continuity-

AFC congratulates the governor-elect, urges policy, funding continuity - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) congratulates Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner on his victory last night. We and the community of HIV advocates stand ready to assist the governor-elect's transition team as they plan for the new administration. HIV and public health are not partisan issues. Every HIV infection averted through strong prevention programs saves the ...


UChicagos-Ci3-Center-Different-angle-on-LGBTQ-health

UChicago's Ci3 Center: Different angle on LGBTQ health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Brandon Hill, executive director at the University of Chicago's Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health ( Ci3 ), described the center's objective as "to really give voice to racial and sexual minorities, with the goal of policy implications." Two recent projects within Ci3, just founded in 2012, have been LGBTQ-focused—and could impact people around ...


VIEWS-Echoes-of-the-AIDS-hysteria-as-we-battle-Ebola

VIEWS Echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola - Exactly a decade ago this month, I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS." "Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt," Johnson wrote. "Therefore, some of us youths ...


Doctor-Eduardo-Dolhun-reinvents-oral-rehydration

Doctor Eduardo Dolhun reinvents oral rehydration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The subject of dehydration has been one of the top issues in western medicine for about 100 years, and oral rehydration therapy has been studied for at least 50 years. New products surface rapidly in the marketplace with the ever-growing trend of athletic endurance and supplemental health "cures" and "remedies," but the art of rehydration has been very rarely understood ...


After-18-years-lesbian-moms-happy-with-donor-choices

After 18 years, lesbian moms happy with donor choices - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — Eighteen years after conceiving their sons or daughters through donor insemination, 77.5 percent of lesbian mothers were satisfied with their choice of a known, open-identity, or unknown sperm donor, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute. "Although heterosexual couples utilizing donor insemination services generally choose unknown donors, prospective lesbian mothers consider donors ...


Health-HRC-scores-healthcare-AFC-reaches-out-to-Mexican-men-

Health: HRC scores healthcare; AFC reaches out to Mexican men - HRC releases health care equality index The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its annual Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ), with some significant changes from last year. For example, the Health and Aging Program team proactively researched hospitals that chose not to participate, numbering 640 facilities. Another new feature of this year's HEI is a Google Maps lookup feature that ...


LOCAL-AFC-partners-to-reduce-STDs-Panel-on-state-fiscal-crisis-

LOCAL: AFC partners to reduce STDs; Panel on state fiscal crisis - AFC announces new community partnership The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ( CDC's ) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases ( CARS ). This partnership is with the Chicago Department of Public Health ( ...


Howard-Brown-Health-Center-expands-exam-rooms

Howard Brown Health Center expands exam rooms - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 22 to celebrate the completion of its exam room expansion. The Sheridan location exam room has now doubled its capacity by adding four new rooms, increasing from nine to 13. A press release stated, "In addition to cutting down patient wait times, this expansion ...


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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical named leader in LGBT health - From a press release - Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center was today named a leader in providing equal health care services for the LGBT community for 2014 by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation's Health Care Equality Index ( HEI ) report for a sixth consecutive year. The first Chicago-area hospital to have been recognized by the HEI in 2008, Advocate Illinois Masonic ...


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HRC releases health care equality index - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its annual Healthcare Equality Index ( HEI ), with some significant changes from last year. For example, the Health and Aging Program team proactively researched hospitals that chose not to participate, numbering 640 facilities. Another new feature of this year's HEI is a Google Maps lookup feature that allows people to search for HEI-rated ...


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TALK TO THE DOC Trans people and hormone therapy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: When you see a transgender patient and prescribe hormone therapy, what do you tell that person's insurance company you're treating them for? What is the diagnosis? As a doctor, I'm always amazed how much emotion is involved in giving a diagnosis to a patient. When things are organized and categorized, they feel more manageable, more approachable. Giving a diagnosis ...


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Rev. Marti Scott: Battling homophobia, racism--and climate change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How does anti-gay sentiment relate to other global problems like racism and climate change? If one thinks the link is tenuous, Rev. Marti Scott, a pastor at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, may persuade people to think again. Scott sees these challenges as interconnected through the idea of "social holiness," a principle of Methodist theology. According to ...


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CDC releases numbers about HIV care, treatment - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) report says that, among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a White House press release. Overall, among MSM ( men who have sex with men ) diagnosed with HIV, three-quarters ...


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Current of Tampa Bay offers free laundry day Oct. 16 - From a press release - Chicago, IL. — ( Oct. 16, 2014 ) — Current of Tampa Bay, Inc. is hosting its Laundry Project for local Chicago residents Thursday, October 16. The Project, which was created to assist low-income families by providing the necessary items needed to wash clothes, will take place at Wash & Relax Laundry, located at 1153 W 69th St., from 3 ...


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Lesbian couple sues area clinic after sperm mix-up - An Ohio lesbian recently filed a lawsuit against a Downers Grove, Illinois, fertility clinic, alleging that it sent an incorrect specimen, leading to her inadvertently giving birth to a biracial child. According to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, engaged Midwest Sperm Bank in 2011 to provide sperm so that she and her ...


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CARS brings STI testing to young women, transwomen of color - From a press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has announced a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS). This partnership is with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of ...







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