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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 ) ...


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. ...


Howard-Brown-Health-to-take-over-Englewood-clinic

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. ...


Criticisms-follow-Clinton-comments-on-Reagans-and-AIDS

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 ...


Howard-Brown-Health-announces-new-clinic-in-Englewood-neighborhood-

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 ...


Northwestern-launches-new-institute-for-LGBT-health-research

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 ...


Chicago-man-files-discrimination-suit-against-Chicago-Archdiocese

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 ...


Dash-for-Detection-Walk-Run-April-17

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 ...


Staying-in-the-closet-Five-ways-it-damages-mental-physical-health

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 ...


BOOKS-Book-addresses-meths-effect-on-gay-men-and-lust

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 ...


New-Northwestern-Institute-commits-to-improving-LGBT-health

New Northwestern Institute commits to improving LGBT health - From a press release - Northwestern University has launched the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ), the first research institute in the United States established university-wide that is focused exclusively on LGBT health. Brian Mustanski, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences, will serve as director of the new institute. Sexual and gender minorities include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...


National-groups-target-conversion-therapy-quacks-with-federal-consumer-fraud-complaint-

National groups target conversion therapy quacks with federal consumer fraud complaint - From a press release from NCLR, HRC and SPLC - ( Washington D.C., February 24, 2016 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) filed a federal consumer fraud complaint ( http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FTC-Conversion-Therapy-Complaint.pdf . ) against People Can Change, an organization that preys on vulnerable LGBT people and families by using damaging and ...


The-dreams-of-Gene-Davis

The dreams of Gene Davis - Gene Davis is a slight, dapper man with a calm, measured presence and a big smile. It belies the challenges he's had to face. Davis is a hearing-impaired gay Black man whose disability has often altered the course of his life. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1954, Davis' childhood was marred by health issues, including hearing that just kept getting ...


CDC-MSM-still-at-increased-risk-for-HIV-diagnoses

CDC: MSM still at increased risk for HIV diagnoses - If current HIV diagnoses rates continue at the same levels, one in two Black men in the United States who have sex with men ( MSM ) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, as will one in four Latino MSM in the U.S., according to researchers. Those figures were among those released February 23 in a Centers for ...


AFC-stages-die-in-at-Illinois-Statehouse

AFC stages die-in at Illinois Statehouse - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on Feb. 17, held a 250-person rally and die-in at the Illinois Statehouse in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to HIV programs and social services in the new state budget. In a statement, AFC said that Rauner's proposal for fiscal year ( FY ) 2017 "contained an $18 million appropriation ...


Lambda-to-Court-Religious-belief-should-not-block-equal-health-care-

Lambda to Court: Religious belief should not block equal health care - From a press release - ( Washington D. C., February 18, 2016 ) —Yesterday, Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell and six related cases urging the Court to reject arguments made by religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations who argue that it burdens their religious beliefs simply to notify the federal government that they are opting out of ...


Burgess-honorary-president-of-pharmacists-association

Burgess honorary president of pharmacists' association - Lifelong pharmacist Phillip Burgess ( RPh, DPh, MBA ) and longtime LGBT activist has been named honorary president of the American Pharmacist Association ( APhA ). Burgess will be inducted as honorary president at the March 2017 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco. "The term runs for one year and is a lifetime achievement award position acknowledging the ...


Event-celebrates-PrEP4Love-launch

Event celebrates #PrEP4Love launch - About 75 community members gathered Feb. 8 as the Chicago PrEP Working Group celebrated the launch of its #PrEP4Love campaign with a reception at West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The campaign aims to raise awareness of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, among young gay Black men, as well as cisgender and transgender Black women, among others, ...


Hollendoner-leaving-for-San-Francisco

Hollendoner leaving for San Francisco - Joe Hollendoner, MSW—who was most recently the first deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH )—has been appointed CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, effective May 2. Hollendoner, a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree, managed the CDPH's operations and strategic initiatives to advance the city's public health agenda and improve the health of ...


Studies-show-positive-psychological-effects-of-hormones-for-trans-individuals

Studies show positive psychological effects of hormones for trans individuals - From a press release - New Rochelle, NY, February 9, 2016—Transgender individuals may experience significant improvement in psychological functioning after as little as 3—6 months of hormone therapy, with improved quality of life reported within 12 months of initiating therapy by both female-to-male and male-to-female transgender individuals, according to an article published in Transgender Health, a new peer-reviewed open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, ...


Book-on-gay-men-and-meth-offers-recovery-solutions

Book on gay men and meth offers recovery solutions - A new book provides an innovative roadmap for healthcare professionals treating gay men for methamphetamine addiction and sexual compulsion: Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery ( Healing Path Press ). Lust, Men and Meth is written by David M. Fawcett, a Florida-based psychotherapist, addiction specialist and sex therapist who specializes in mental health and ...


HIV-Care-Connect-reworks-education-on-HIV-mental-health

HIV Care Connect reworks education on HIV, mental health - Among the questions on Illinois HIV Care Connect's HIV and Mental Health Quiz is 'people living with HIV and a mental health condition have a more difficult time achieving viral suppression: True or False?" According to Illinois Health Association Assistant Director for Programs and Compliance Jeffery M. Erdman, his colleague/HIV Project Manager Michael Maginn and Illinois HIV Care Connect Communications ...


Racisms-Toll-Research-Center-lays-bare-the-moral-human-and-economic-cost-

Racism's Toll: Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost - From a press release - Poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and people of color fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty, "Racism's Toll," Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out ...


Howard-Brown-meeting-March-30

Howard Brown meeting March 30 - Howard Brown Health will hold its annual meeting Wed., March 30, 6-8 p.m., at the Brown Elephant Andersonville, 5404 N. Clark St. According to a news release, Howard Brown will "share highlights of 2015, discuss our goals for the future, and honor community members who have gone above and beyond to support our mission of improving LGBTQ healthcare." Afterward, there ...


News-briefs

News briefs - Quigley hosts advisory council On Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, hosted his annual LGBTQ Advisory Council meeting with LGBTQ non-profit and community leaders, activists and advocates for an update on the status of issues facing the community locally and nationally. Quigley talked about issues such as the effect of Illinois' budget impact ...


TPP-signing-undercuts-US-commitment-to-LGBTQ-equality-HIV-AIDS-fight

TPP signing undercuts U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality, HIV/AIDS fight - From a Pride at Work press release - Washington — Today, in Auckland, New Zealand, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, and an unclear path for passage in the US Congress. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response: "Though ...


Report-Trans-youth-more-likely-to-have-Aspergers

Report: Trans youth more likely to have Asperger's - Nearly a quarter of young persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or transgender, screened positive for Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, according to a new paper in the academic journal LGBT Health. The study was a small retrospective review of intake files of 39 children at Boston Children's Hospital. Lead author Daniel E. Shumer explained, "We found that 23 percent ...


PrEP4Love-campaign-launched

'PrEP4Love' campaign launched - The Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ) launched PrEP4Love, a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Photography with the tagline "One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV." is displayed in ads throughout Chicago on CTA trains and buses, as well as in ...


AFC-criticizes-Rauner-speech

AFC criticizes Rauner speech - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) issued a statement about Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's most recent State of the State speech, saying he omitted important issues. Among said issues: —Help for Illinoisans who need vital human services: AFC said Rauner failed to note "the human suffering playing out across the state as the seven-month budget impasse between himself ...


Local-mental-health-group-provides-safe-space-shared-experience

Local mental-health group provides safe space, shared experience - By Skylar Baker-Jordan - Following a large number of clinic closures and record budget cuts, the state of mental health in Chicago has made national headlines over the past year. In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed half the city's mental health clinics, and budget cuts at the state level coupled with often high deductibles found on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange have left ...


Rush-Center-first-to-provide-trans-health-care-benefits-

Rush Center first to provide trans health-care benefits - Chicago's Rush University Medical Center will provide comprehensive transgender health care benefits to all employees enrolled in the organization's health care plan. Rush announced the move in a Jan. 16 press release that stated that transgender care benefits will include "counseling, hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and all other treatments related to gender transition." It is the first hospital in Illinois ...


Howard-Brown-to-minimize-wait-times-to-hold-meeting-March-30

Howard Brown to minimize wait times; to hold meeting March 30 - Howard Brown aims to minimize wait times Howard Brown Health Center and Healthvana, a patient-engagement platform, announced a partnership to reduce patients' wait times for STI test results. Patients of Howard Brown walk-in clinic, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., can electronically receive their test results as soon as they are available, and schedule future testing reminders, using its Healthvana app. ...


New-research-released-Spatial-Stigma-Health-in-Post-Industrial-Detroit

New research released: Spatial Stigma, Health in Post-Industrial Detroit - From a press release - DETROIT, MI, February 1, 2016……Detroit Youth Passages ( DYP ), a project dedicated to understanding how young peoples' life circumstances impact their lives and promoting positive change, has published a groundbreaking research paper in the most recent issue of The International Quarterly of Community Health Education ( IQCH ) entitled "Spatial Stigma and Health in Post-Industrial Detroit." Louis Graham, a ...


Presidential-candidates-answer-survey-on-plans-to-end-HIV-and-AIDS-epidemic

Presidential candidates answer survey on plans to end HIV and AIDS epidemic - From a Gay Men's Health Crisis press release - New York, NY: Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) - the world's first and leading HIV and AIDS service organization - sent all of the candidates running for president a survey asking about their plans to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic on December 3, 2015. The purpose of the survey was not to endorse a candidate, but rather ...


Report-reflects-increasing-bisexuality

Report reflects increasing bisexuality - A Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) report on sexual behavior, attraction and identity among adults in the United States reveals that men and women younger than 45 are more likely to identify as bisexual today than they were earlier this decade. More than 9,000 adults ages 18 to 44 were interviewed for the CDC's 2011-2013 National Survey of ...


Planned-Parenthood-event-marks-43rd-anniversary-of-Roe-v-Wade

Planned Parenthood event marks 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 21, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. More than 600 guests attended the fundraiser held at City Winery. Illlinois state Sen. Daniel ...


Creating-Change-plenary-addresses-HIV-AIDS-in-trans-women-Black-men-

Creating Change plenary addresses HIV/AIDS in trans women, Black men - Videos below article - Health officials and advocates discussed the successes and gaps in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS at a plenary talk at the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 23. Phill Wilson opened by recalling the day when he was told that he had HIV. "When I was diagnosed with HIV, my doctors told me to go home, get my affairs in order, ...


SlutTalk-to-raise-awareness-of-slut-shaming-sexual-assault

"SlutTalk" to raise awareness of slut shaming, sexual assault - From a press release - If you grew up in America you've probably been called a slut...or called someone a slut. If you're a girl, it was probably both. "Slutiness" is practically a rite of passage in all of our lives from adolescence to adulthood and it is women who are most often the target of slut shaming and sexual judgment that often leads to ...


Protestors-drown-out-anti-choice-rally

Protestors drown out anti-choice rally - Neither the subzero wind chills nor a steadily gathering crowd of anti-abortion demonstrators deterred an impassioned group of nearly 400 counter-protestors from taking to the opposite side of the street from a March for Life rally held at the Federal Court house in downtown Chicago Jan. 17. Although March for Life organizers boasted a considerable set-up of loudspeakers, it was ...


-Rush-first-in-state-to-offer-coverage-for-transgender-health-services

Rush first in state to offer coverage for transgender health services - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — Rush University Medical Center continues to lead the way in providing the highest-quality health care to all by being the first hospital in Illinois to offer comprehensive transgender health benefits to Rush employees and beneficiaries who are insured under the Rush health plan. The benefits, which were effective on Jan. 1, include counseling, hormone therapy, gender ...


Rep-Kelly-Cassidy-issues-statement-on-AFSCME-negotiations

Rep. Kelly Cassidy issues statement on AFSCME negotiations - From a press release - Statement by Rep. Kelly Cassidy: This morning, Governor Rauner declared an impasse in negotiations with AFSCME, the union that represents over 38,000 child protection workers, nursing aides, correctional officers, human service workers and other state employees. Prior to this week, there was no indication negotiations would be broken off, and AFSCME has expressed their willingness to continue to bargain and ...


WXRTs-Hemmert-to-have-cancer-surgery

WXRT's Hemmert to have cancer surgery - WXRT-FM/93XRT personality Terri Hemmert—a strong supporter of the LGBT community—will be off the air and away from the radio station for at least a month to have cancer removed. Hemmert had previously missed many weeks in the summer of 2014, with that absence caused by her having knee-replacement surgery. On her midday show, Hemmert said after having polyps removed last ...


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Fullerton Foundation board members to be homeless Jan. 22 - Explaining that many people are just two missed paychecks away from becoming homeless, board members of the 530 Fullerton Foundation are planning to leave their own homes on the night of Friday, Jan. 22. The night of homelessness is intended to raise awareness of the issues facing the 140,000 people who are homeless in Chicago as well as raise funds ...


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World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...


Foundation-board-members-to-become-homeless-to-raise-awareness-and-funds

Foundation board members to become homeless to raise awareness and funds - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 5, 2016 ) Explaining that many Americans are just two missed pay checks away from becoming homeless, members of the Board of the 530 Fullerton Foundation are planning to leave their own homes on the night of January 22. The night of homelessness — scheduled on a date when the average Chicago temperature is a snowy 16 ...


Counter-protest-set-for-Jan-17-anti-choice-event-

Counter-protest set for Jan. 17 anti-choice event - Chicagoans are gearing up to host a counter-protest to national anti-choice events this month. The Chicago events are timed right after a "March for Life" Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C. In Chicago there is an anti-choice event Sunday, Jan. 17, 2-4 p.m. at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams. Among the slated speakers are Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Roman Catholic ...


Policy-brief-Bathroom-bills-threaten-trans-peoples-health-opportunities

Policy brief: "Bathroom bills" threaten trans people's health, opportunities - From a Center for American Progress press release - Washington, D.C. — A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines controversial state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of these spaces by ...


Affordable-Care-Act-press-conference-focuses-on-LGBT-community

Affordable Care Act press conference focuses on LGBT community - Local, state and federal officials held a press conference focused on LGBT Chicagoans and the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) Jan. 5 at the Howard Brown Health Center. Among the speakers were David Ernesto Munar ( president and CEO of Howard Brown Health ), U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus ), Kathleen Falk ( ...


Natl-LGBT-racial-health-groups-file-amicus-brief-with-high-court-on-abortion-

Nat'l LGBT, racial, health groups file amicus brief with high court on abortion - From a NCLR press release - ( Washington, D.C., January 5, 2016 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 ...







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