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-Pink-Hat-Run-to-benefit-womens-organizations-Nov-4

Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


Pink-Hat-Run-to-benefit-womens-organizations-Nov-4

Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - CHICAGO—The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


Michael-Johnson-bypasses-trial-is-sentenced-to-10-years-for-hiding-HIV-status-

Michael Johnson bypasses trial, is sentenced to 10 years for hiding HIV status - From a press release - New York, NY, Sept. 21, 2017 — Today, in conclusion to a prosecution short on fairness and riddled with questions about racism and homophobia, Michael Johnson entered a plea in the St. Charles County Circuit Court in Missouri. Earlier this year, a state appeals court vacated his original conviction due to prosecutorial misconduct that, according to the court, made Johnson's ...


Lake-County-raises-cigarette-buying-age-to-21

Lake County raises cigarette buying age to 21 - Lake County is set to become the first area in Illinois to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The ordinance, however, only affects unincorporated regions. It will take effect Jan. 1. Mark Pfister, executive director of the Lake County Health Department, said the ordinance's goal, among other things, is to reduce the ...


TPAN-to-celebrate-30-Years-of-Hope

TPAN to celebrate '30 Years of Hope' - On Sept. 28, Test Positive Awareness Network, or TPAN, will celebrate 30 years of supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. Merrill Kenna, the organization's director of development, spoke with Windy City Times about the celebration as well as the organization's past, present and hopes for the future. TPAN, which began as a grassroots movement, was founded by Chris Clason in 1987 ...


Center-Chief-Program-Officer-addresses-LGBT-suicide-risks-in-current-climate

Center Chief Program Officer addresses LGBT suicide risks in current climate - The United States recently recognized National Suicide Prevention Week, at which time experts noted that recent and continuing events—including those both directly and indirectly affecting the LGBT community—can be taxing to one's mental health. "The stress that the country is going through, and the confusing messages we go through—messages of hate, messages of love—really impact those who are vulnerable and ...


South-Side-Help-Center-to-mark-30-years-honor-leaders-support-hurricane-recovery

South Side Help Center to mark 30 years, honor leaders, support hurricane recovery - From a press release - Chicago, IL September 20, 2017 —South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), a not-for-profit, community-based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving in the Chicago land area, most particularly in the areas of youth mentoring/violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care services, at the historic Parkway Ballroom on Sept. 30, 2017 and will donate a portion of the ...


Indie-film-raises-awareness-of-dangers-of-sex-trafficking

Indie film raises awareness of dangers of sex trafficking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ric Morgan never imagined he would become an actor. He had dabbled in acting in his middle school days, but, in his "previous life," as he calls it, he focused on public health. Morgan worked as in law enforcement, most notably as a bomb technician. "You wouldn't think that art and paramilitary law enforcement would jive," he said. "They seem ...


The-Care-Plan-hosts-Swell-networking-event

The Care Plan hosts 'Swell' networking event - On Sept. 15, The Care Plan—a networking group aimed at health, aging and HIV-care professionals and housing advocates—held South Side Swell, its monthly gathering at The Jeffrey Pub. The event, spearheaded by Care Plan CEO Jacqueline Boyd, is aimed at connecting South Side health and professional service providers face to face so that they may facilitate, partner, collaborate and provide ...


HRC-urges-no-vote-on-Cassidy-Graham-health-care-bill-

HRC urges 'no' vote on Cassidy-Graham health care bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the proposed Cassidy-Graham "health care" proposal in the U.S. Senate. The bill, concocted behind closed doors without any public input, is yet another effort by President Trump and some Senate Republicans to take ...


Trans-Disaster-Relief-Fund-site-launched

Trans Disaster Relief Fund site launched - The TFA Trans Disaster Relief Fund website has been launched to aid trans, intersex and genderqueer community members affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The TransAdvocate's parent organization, the Transgender Foundation of America, has organized a community disaster relief fund. The website provides step-by-step instructions for those needing medical, housing and financial assistance. The site is at http://TDRFund.us . ...


Center-on-Halsted-calls-for-American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-to-consider-intersex-kids

Center on Halsted calls for American Academy of Pediatrics to consider intersex kids - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 14, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted announced that this weekend the American Academy of Pediatrics, a nationwide network of nearly 70,000 pediatricians, will host its annual conference in Chicago. Kim Fountain, Chief Operating Officer at Center on Halsted states, "It's time for the AAP to provide Intersex kids the same protections as LGBTQ youth." The AAP ...


Survey-Diarrhea-important-but-under-reported-complaint-of-HIV-AIDS-patients-

Survey: Diarrhea important but under-reported complaint of HIV/AIDS patients - From a press release - San Francisco, CA — September 12, 2017 — Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( Napo ), a human health company developing and commercializing novel gastrointestinal prescription products from plants used traditionally in rainforest areas, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jaguar Health, Inc. ( NASDAQ: JAGX ) ( Jaguar ), announced today the results of a survey of 271 U.S. board certified gastroenterologists, ...


CFW-releases-update-on-status-of-women-in-Chicago-region

CFW releases update on status of women in Chicago region - From a Chicago Foundation for Women press release - CHICAGO, IL ( September 14, 2017 ) — Today, Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) released a new report on the status of women and girls in the Chicago region. Based on the available data, Chicago ranks the lowest out of the country's ten largest metropolitan areas on key measures of gender equity, and lags behind cities like Milwaukee, ...


Bernie-Brommel-looks-back-at-early-years-of-TPAN

Bernie Brommel looks back at early years of TPAN - As the Test Positive Aware Network prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary as an official agency, and more than that as a group of HIV-positive people gathered for support, one of its original members, Bernie Brommel, is prepared to tell his story. This interview took place in 2008, but Brommel was not yet ready to have his story printed. Now, ...


Local-researchers-seek-subjects-in-smart-PrEP-study

Local researchers seek subjects in "smart-PrEP" study - Researchers with Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are seeking volunteers for a study researching the effectiveness of a "smart-PrEP" capsule intended to help improve patient adherence. The capsule consists of the medication Truvada—the only such medication approved for a PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, intervention—encased within a sensor capsule. When that capsule is ingested and makes contact ...


Howard-Brown-open-house-Sept-27-

Howard Brown open house Sept. 27 - Howard Brown Health will open another facility—this time in Hyde Park at 1525 E. 55th St. There will be an open house on Wed., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with free refreshments and music. RSVP to Events@HowardBrown.org; for more information, visit HowardBrown.org. Also, a special matching challenge grant is available for new or increased gifts to Howard Brown. Every dollar Howard ...


Rauner-signs-opioid-order

Rauner signs opioid order - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Executive Order 17-05, creating the governor's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will co-chair the task force. The task force will look at strategies to prevent expansion of the opioid crisis, treat and promote the recovery ...


Medical-associations-asked-for-moratorium-on-unnecessary-surgery-on-intersex-infants

Medical associations asked for moratorium on unnecessary surgery on intersex infants - From a press release - ( New York, September 7, 2017 ) — Two key medical associations should publicly affirm their support to end medically unnecessary surgery on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said today. The groups sent letters to the medical associations, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Societies for Pediatric Urology, urging them to use their upcoming international medical conferences to ...


Howard-Brown-elects-new-board-leadership-

Howard Brown elects new board leadership - Howard Brown Health has announced new board leadership for 2017-18 with Mario Treto Jr., legal counsel for the City of Evanston, elected chair of its board of directors. Joining Treto are Executive Vice Chair Bethany Pagels-Minor of CARS.COM, Treasurer Mark Hawkins of Columbia University in New York City and Secretary N. Charles Thomas of Northwestern University. Officers at-large include Emily ...


LGBTQ-seniors-sought-for-study

LGBTQ seniors sought for study - Howard Brown Health is looking for subjects to complete a survey on LGBTQ againg as part of the LGBTQ&A: The Aging Project. Subjects need to be at least 50 years old, identify as members of the LGBTQ community and be Cook County residents. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Gift cards of $10 will ...


Governor-Vetoes-Protections-for-People-With-Disabilities-Home-Services-Rationed

Governor Vetoes Protections for People With Disabilities; Home Services Rationed - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the joint statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Terri Harkin and Access Living Director of Advocacy Amber Smock in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Friday veto of legislation to protect people with disabilities in need of overtime hours from their home healthcare providers: "The system of home healthcare for people with disabilities has been built up for ...


Illinois-part-of-465M-EpiPen-settlement

Illinois part of $465M EpiPen settlement - Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Illinois is part of a $465-million settlement between the federal government and other states with Mylan Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mylan Specialty L.P. ( Mylan ). The settlement was reached in the wake of allegations that Mylan knowingly underpaid rebates owed to the Medicaid program for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. ( EpiPen ...


Fighting-Back-Resources-to-fight-racism-and-more

Fighting Back: Resources to fight racism, and more - In response to the white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville and elsewhere, Windy City Times has received requests from readers about where they can support grassroots anti-racist and pro-immigrant Chicago-area groups. There are of course many larger LGBTQ groups that do this work, as well as many in the mainstream. We focus here on a few of the much smaller groups with ...


Messinger-to-give-ISGMH-talk-Sept-7-

Messinger to give ISGMH talk Sept. 7 - Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) will present its next "Current Issues in LGBTQ Health" lecture event on Thursday, Sept. 7, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan St., Suite 1400. Joy Messinger will present "Our Survival Depends on Each Other: The Urgency of Intersectionality to Support the ...


Personal-PAC-Men4Choice-join-fight-to-protect-womens-reproductive-rights

Personal PAC, Men4Choice join fight to protect women's reproductive rights - From a press release - Chicago, IL — On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch "CallBullshit" or "CallBS," a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women's reproductive health rights. The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive ...


Parents-group-holds-first-ever-reunion

Parents' group holds first-ever reunion - The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Parents Group held its first-ever reunion at Sidetrack on July 30. The group formed in the late '70s, a time when gays and lesbians were starting to feel more comfortable coming out, many were in a unique situation: They had previously been married and had children. "Other single gay people didn't always quite get it," ...


AG-Madigan-among-those-urging-protection-of-nursing-home-residents

AG Madigan among those urging protection of nursing home residents - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of state attorneys general and state consumer protection advocates to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS ) urging it maintain its rule prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home and other long-term care contracts. In 2015, Illinois and 15 other states submitted comments to ...


Meet-the-Parkers-A-story-of-love-and-family

Meet the Parkers: A story of love and family - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Molly Sprayeregen - Aubrey and Ellen Parker are proud of their family; it's the reason they tell their story. It's important to them that their two young children grow up knowing that having two moms is something they should feel nothing but happy about. "We're proud of what we have, we're proud of who we are, and we want our kids to grow ...


LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR-Slutwalk-and-symbols

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Slutwalk and symbols - To the Editor: As many of us have tried to move on from the chaos and anger of the Creating Change Conference ( January 2016 ), and the more recent Dyke March in Chicago, it turns out that anti-Semitism does not go away, and is raising its ugly head once again in advance of the upcoming Chicago SlutWalk, scheduled for ...


UHC-drops-additional-Truvada-prior-authorization-requirements

UHC drops additional Truvada prior-authorization requirements - Insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC), on Aug. 3, seemingly dropped controversial pre-authorization requirements it had recently introduced for physicians prescribing the oral medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UHC, on July 1, began requiring physicians to obtain quarterly authorizations for PrEP claims; those authorizations had previously only been required annually. UHC also had required patients use its in-house mail-order ...


POLITICS-Eventful-week-involves-DoJ-ACA-and-transgender-ban

POLITICS Eventful week involves DoJ, ACA and transgender ban - Between developments involving the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA, or "Obamacare" ); the U.S. Department of Justice's ( DoJ's ) ruling regarding workplace discrimination; and President Trump's tweet calling for the ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military, last week was one of the most eventful ( if not chaotic ) so far during ...


Howard-Brown-issues-impact-report

Howard Brown issues impact report - Howard Brown Health, on July 26, issued its 2017 community impact report. The health provider has launched a number of aggressive expansions in recent years, among them new locations in Englewood and Rogers Park, as well as a permanent location for its Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) outreach facility. Among the key findings of the report for Howard Brown ...


World-news-AIDS-milestone-Muslim-activist-ISIS-fighters

World news: AIDS milestone, Muslim activist, ISIS fighters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations revealed in a report called "Ending AIDS" that, for the first time, more than half of people living with HIV are currently on antiretrovirals, Plus Magazine noted. As a result of the growing access to care, AIDS-related deaths are now half of what they were in 2015. However, some experts are wondering why we haven't reached this ...


Trump-Pence-McConnell-Proposal-to-Repeal-ACA-Fails

Trump-Pence-McConnell Proposal to Repeal ACA Fails - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after a repeal of the Affordable Care Act was again halted in the Senate: "We are pleased the latest attempt to strip away health care from millions has hit another roadblock," said Chad Griffin, HRC President. "The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically ...


AFC-anniversary-party-Aug-5-

AFC anniversary party Aug. 5 - The LGBT group Asians & Friends Chicago ( AFC ) will hold its anniversary party Saturday, Aug. 5, at Halsted Hot Tub, 3526 N. Halsted St. DJ Oskar will spin the music of George Michael, Prince and Cyndi Lauper until 10:30 p.m. In addition, the event is BYOB and attendees are asked to bring dishes to share. Regarding business, dues ...


Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-TRUE-LOVE-artwork

Howard Brown Health unveils 'TRUE LOVE' artwork - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Howard Brown Health unveiled interactive TRUE LOVE artwork at a community open house at its Rogers Park clinic on July 21. The installation includes the words "TRUE LOVE" with the word "TRUE" as flat vibrantly colored decals and the word "LOVE" as transparent three-dimensional acrylic boxes on top. In addition to the installation, there are brightly colored note cards right ...


Quigley-continues-push-to-end-FDA-blood-ban

Quigley continues push to end FDA blood ban - Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-5th District ) and 32 colleagues, on July 19, sent a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging officials to further update decades-old rules restricting blood donations from men who have sex with men ( MSM ), according to a statement. Quigley, who is vice chair of the House's ...


Transgender-mental-health-survey-launched

Transgender mental-health survey launched - The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch what is being called the nation's first transgender mental-health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify ...


Senate-Trumpcare-debate-on-ADA-anniversary-rally-in-DC-to-ProtectOurCare-

Senate Trumpcare debate on ADA anniversary, rally in DC to #ProtectOurCare - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Yesterday, 50 Senators and Vice President Pence as the 51st vote pulled a fast one on the public by making a key procedural vote to move forward on a 'mystery bill' intended to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). Today, and over the next few days, Republicans will be trying to insert substance into that bill. Whether ...


World-news-China-backlash-Canada-lawsuit-Chechnya-leader

World news: China backlash, Canada lawsuit, Chechnya leader - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, with many users objecting to a decision to ban content which features same-sex relationships, BBC News reported. The outcry was prompted a decision by Beijing regulators to censor the portrayal of same-sex activity in online videos. Under the ...


US-Surgery-on-intersex-children-unnecessary-risks-lifelong-suffering

US: Surgery on intersex children unnecessary, risks lifelong suffering - From a press release - ( Chicago, July 25, 2017 ) — Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children's gonads, internal sex organs, and genitals when they are too young to ...


Leadership-program-for-LGBTQ-youth-HIV-AIDS-affected-youth-begins-in-Vietnam

Leadership program for LGBTQ youth, HIV/AIDS-affected youth begins in Vietnam - From a press release - Hanoi, 19 July 2017 — Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of ...


Advocates-release-report-on-medically-unnecessary-intersex-surgeries

Advocates release report on medically unnecessary intersex surgeries - New York City-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) and InterACT—a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based advocacy that works on behalf of intersex youth—on July 25 launched a report at Center on Halsted documenting the extent of medically unnecessary surgeries being performed on intersex children. The report was launched in Chicago because associations like the American Medical Association ( AMA ) and the ...


Disability-Pride-parade-is-tribute-to-diversity

Disability Pride parade is tribute to diversity - by Nina Matti - The 14th Annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade attracted hundreds of supporters and celebrators for the July 22 event. Marchers gathered at 401 S. Plymouth Ct. and made their way north to Daley Plaza for post-parade celebrations. The parade was led by this year's three grand marshals: Karen Tamely, Kevin Irvine and their daughter, Dominika. The trio has been involved with ...


Black-Wellness-event-focuses-on-community

'Black Wellness' event focuses on community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Emagin Tanaschuk - Howard Brown Health hosted a second "Black Wellness" event July 17 at Sikia Restaurant to discuss community safety, healing, and how to improve their new Englewood location. The first hour of the event began with food, refreshments, and mingling. Upon arriving, guests received a page-long questionaire with seven questions regarding personal definitions of safety and healing as well as the ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Launches-Transgender-Mental-Health-Survey

National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Transgender Mental Health Survey - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch the nation's first transgender mental health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify as transgender ...


1970s-Gay-Lesbian-Parents-Group-to-reunite-July-30

1970s Gay & Lesbian Parents Group to reunite July 30 - Chicago's Gay & Lesbian Parents Group—which was active from the mid-1970s through the 1990s—will hold a reunion on Sunday, July 30, at 4 p.m. at Sidetrack, 3449 N. Halsted St. The Gay Parents Group was founded in 1976, when a divorced lesbian mother placed an ad in GayLife newspaper announcing the formation of a support group for gay men and ...


LGBTQ-seniors-sought-for-study

LGBTQ seniors sought for study - Howard Brown Health is looking for subjects to complete a survey on LGBTQ aging as part of the LGBTQ&A: The Aging Project. Subjects need to be at least 50 years old, identify as members of the LGBTQ community and be Cook County residents. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Gift cards of $10 will ...


Quigley-leads-32-dems-in-letter-to-FDA-urging-end-of-discriminatory-blood-ban

Quigley leads 32 dems in letter to FDA urging end of discriminatory blood ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, led 32 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging them to update the outdated restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The FDA's current policy for men ...


Jane-Abortion-and-Underground-reading-July-24

Jane: Abortion and Underground reading July 24 - "Jane: Abortion and Underground" will be presented as a reading Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm at the Pride Arts Center, Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. The play by Paula Kamen and will be directed by Iris Sowlat. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the theme "Never Go Back" ( to When America Wasn't So ...


Chicago-Foundation-for-Women-Awarded-1-Million-MacArthur-Foundation-Grant

Chicago Foundation for Women Awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant - From a press release - ( July 17, 2017 ) — Chicago Foundation for Women has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to advance basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls through leadership development, capacity building and community education. "This grant is an investment in the future of CFW," President and CEO K. Sujata ...


HRC-New-Senate-Proposal-Jeopardizes-Health-Coverage-for-Millions-of-Americans

HRC: New Senate Proposal Jeopardizes Health Coverage for Millions of Americans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the latest draft of their so-called "health care" bill. While the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score this version of the legislation, a previous projection estimated the legislation will result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 — with 15 million losing their insurance ...


LGBT-aging-summit-report-July-12-17-

LGBT aging summit report July 12, 17 - Pride Action Tank will host a community report on Wed., July 12, 5-7 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.; and Monday, July 17, 5-7 p.m., at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The organization will report on findings from the recent OUTAging summit and field a discussion about the next steps. RSVP at PrideActionTank@AIDSChicago.org or 312-922-2322, ...


Disability-Pride-July-22-in-the-Loop-

Disability Pride July 22 in the Loop - The 14th Annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade will take place Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., starting at 401 S. Plymouth Ct. Post-Parade festivities will take place at Daley Plaza at 12 p.m. There is no registration fee to participate in the parade, although a donation is suggested. The grand marshals are Karen Tamely, Kevin Irvine and their daughter, Dominika, ...


Drug-treatment-programs-get-federal-funds

Drug-treatment programs get federal funds - Three suburban court programs will get boosts to existing efforts that help drug users, courtesy of a new federal grant. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) awarded $324,811 to the Circuit Court of Cook County Drug Treatment Court programs in the Markham, Maywood and Bridgeview courthouses. The grant ...


Symposium-examines-disconnect-between-LGBTQ-youth-researchers-

Symposium examines disconnect between LGBTQ youth, researchers - Despite disagreements, panelists, youth seek common ground - The second annual "State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing" symposium presented plenty of research on LGBTQ youth. The question now seems to be how—and whether—that research can serve LGBTQ youth. The June 29 symposium—subtitled "Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience," and with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) at Northwestern University ...


LGBTQ-seniors-sought-for-study

LGBTQ seniors sought for study - Howard Brown Health is looking for subjects to complete a survey on LGBTQ aging as part of the LGBTQ&A: The Aging Project. Subjects need to be at least 50 years old, identify as members of the LGBTQ community and be Cook County residents. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Gift cards of $10 will ...


Community-Marketing-Insights-releases-Annual-LGBT-Community-Survey-report-

Community Marketing & Insights releases Annual LGBT Community Survey report - More than 41,000 respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) communities in 131 countries participated in the 11th annual survey. 180+ LGBT media, events and organizations worldwide partnered with CMI in this year's study, helping to gain wide representation from across the community. A sample of 2017 key findings of 17,300 LGBTs living in the United ...


Chicago-Gay-Lesbian-Parents-Group-to-hold-reunion

Chicago Gay & Lesbian Parents Group to hold reunion - Chicago's Gay & Lesbian Parents Group, which was active from the mid-1970s through the 1990s will hold a reunion on Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m. at Sidetrack, 3449 N. Halsted. A founding member who now resides in Fort Lauderdale stated; "Although many of our members have remained close, many have drifted away and this is an opportunity to see ...


Chicago-Foundation-for-Women-makes-grants-of-900K-to-womens-girls-programs-

Chicago Foundation for Women makes grants of $900K+ to women's, girl's programs - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( July 10, 2017 ) — Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) announced 68 grants totaling $913,550 to support access to health, freedom from violence and economic security for women and girls in the Chicago region. The foundation's spring grant cycle focuses on access to health and freedom from violence. Additional grants supporting women's economic security were ...


Walgreens-clinics-in-select-markets-to-begin-PrEP-prescriptions-

Walgreens clinics in select markets to begin PrEP prescriptions - Deerfield-based Walgreens announced on July 10 that providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in select markets would soon be able to provide patients with consultations and prescriptions for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Chicago is currently not among the markets in question, which include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus ( Ohio ), Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, ...


New-Report-UN-must-address-health-and-well-being-of-LGBTIs

New Report: UN must address health and well-being of LGBTIs - From a press release - A new report released July 5 ( https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/agenda-2030-lgbti-health-and-well-being ) by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV ( MSMGF ) and OutRight Action International in collaboration with the Global Platform ( theinternationalgayandlesbianhrc.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d9%2c48%3b%26JDG%3c%3a9%3d3%3c4%3c%26SDG%3c90%3a.&RE=MC&RI=4551210&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=11187&Action=Follow+Link ) to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men argues for a global health and development approach that is inclusive of lesbian, ...


LGBT-Country-Profiles-Track-Advances-Challenges-

LGBT Country Profiles Track Advances, Challenges - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( New York, June 23, 2017 ) — Human Rights Watch has published during Pride Month a compilation of the records of 63 countries in recognizing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people. The country profiles include research on LGBT rights from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report and other sources to ...


Psychologist-talks-sexual-orientation-LGBQ-affirmative-therapy

Psychologist talks sexual orientation, LGBQ-affirmative therapy - Richard H. Reams, Ph.D., is a teacher, psychologist and associate director of counseling services at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has worked since 1994. He specializes in sexual orientation and the development of sexual identity, teaching undergraduate, predoctoral, and doctoral students and providing guidance for individuals struggling with these issues. In June 2013, Dr. Reams launched an ...


Youth-Outlook-to-honor-Garofalo

Youth Outlook to honor Garofalo - Youth Outlook has announced that Dr. Robert Garafalo—division head of Adolescent Medicine and director of the Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago—will be honored with the Lorrie Lane Brenneman Lifetime Achievement Award at the agency's gala, "Dare to Dream," on Saturday, Oct. 21. In an unprecedented move, the Leadership Committee of the Youth Outlook Board ...


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Health experts call for better management during drug shortage - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) released a policy brief documenting the public health emergency created by a shortage of injectable estrogen, and calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to be more proactive in resolving the crisis. The 10-page report, "Resolving the Current Injectable ...


-Johnson-among-Gilead-recipients

Johnson among Gilead recipients - Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program—a fund totaling more than $22 million that will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. Among those receiving grants is CURE HIV, a community-academic partnership among AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University. Amy Johnson is the point ...


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Social worker to be honored as leader - Sarah Buino is being honored as the 2017 Emerging Leader awardee by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter ( NASW-IL ). She is one of three social workers being honored by this chapter. Buino ( MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW; CADC; CDWF ) is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions ...


-Howard-Brown-expands-program-for-assault-survivors

Howard Brown expands program for assault survivors - Howard Brown Health has launched a sexual-harm response project called in.power* to better assist survivors of sexual assault in gaining access to needed medical, behavioral health, legal, and support services. The program is designed to serve all people who experience sexual harm, including LGBTQ people. It is believed to be the first LGBTQ-specific sexual-assault support program of its kind, and ...


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John Hassey rises up for the role of a lifetime - Director of Economic Policy John Hassey's specific focus with the non-partisan organization Rise is to achieve market efficiency in sectors that are not functioning normally, which include health care, tech disruptions and low-skill labor outsourcing to foreign markets. Rise is different than a think tank or political action committee because the organization's policy initiatives are just that—initiatives. "Rather than doing ...


TPAN-returns-to-Edgewater-location

TPAN returns to Edgewater location - U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky ( D-9 ) and Ald. Ariel Reboyras ( 30th ), on June 19, were among those who joined Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) for a ribbon-cutting of its new location at 5755 North Broadway. The organization was for several years housed at the Edgewater location, so the event marked a homecoming of sorts. TPAN ...


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Kathy Bates to headline Oct. 2 event - Kathy Bates, an Academy Award-winning actress ( Misery ) and two-time cancer survivor, will headline the 2017 Fall Benefit Luncheon hosted by the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation ( LSCRF ). The event will be Monday, Oct. 2, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, visit LynnSage.org/event/fall-benefit-luncheon. Proceeds will ...


UIC-launches-injectable-PrEP-study

UIC launches injectable PrEP study - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), on June 16, announced that it will begin recruiting participants for a clinical trial to compare the efficacy of a newly developed injectable drug to prevent new infections of the HIV virus with that of the oral medication Truvada. In a statement, Richard Novak, chief of infectious disease in the UIC ...


FAIRY-GARDENER-planning-and-surprises

FAIRY GARDENER, planning and surprises - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Everything I ordered from catalogs is now planted: astranias, astilbes, ( so-called ) hardy gladiolas. The first two were bareroot and, as one is supposed to do I soaked them in warm water a couple of hours before planting them. I also mixed three kinds of viola seeds ( including Johnny-jump-ups ) and planted them on the edges of various ...







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