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Experts-recommend-providing-gender-affirmation-treatment

Experts recommend providing gender-affirmation treatment - From The Endocrine Society - Washington, DC—The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline on the treatment for gender-dysphoric/gender-incongruent people, commonly referred to as transgender, to develop the physical characteristics of the affirmed gender. The guideline, entitled "Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline," was published online and will appear in the November 2017 print issue of the Journal of ...


LGBTQ-focused-oSTEM-holds-seventh-annual-conference

LGBTQ-focused oSTEM holds seventh annual conference - Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Inc. ( oSTEM ) held its seventh annual conference, "Finding Unity in Community," Nov. 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. This was the second time the conference has been held in Chicago. oSTEM is, according to its website, "a professional society focused on LGBTQ people in the STEM community. With more than 75 ...


Polar-Plunge-on-Jan-20

'Polar Plunge' on Jan. 20 - Chicago Polar Bear Club ( CPBC, formerly the Lakeview Polar Bear Club ) will hold its 17th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 20, at noon at Oak Street Beach. Each year, the Chicago Polar Bear Club raises funds from hundreds of plunge'rs and their family and friends to support local families challenged by difficult circumstances. Since its first fundraising ...


Families-of-Chicago-banquet-Dec-10

Families of Chicago banquet Dec. 10 - Families of Chicago ( FOC ) will host its second annual FOC Banquet Sunday, Dec. 10, an invitation-only affair at Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. FOC is an organization whose mission statement is "to provide support, guidance and development for members of FOC as they navigate and persevere through the obstacles of life that come along with ...


MoCP-exhibit-looks-at-gender-sexuality-

MoCP exhibit looks at gender, sexuality - The Museum of Contemporary Photography ( MoCP ), 600 S. Michigan Ave., will host the exhibition "Disruptive Perspectives" through Friday, Dec. 22. "Perspectives," according to the museum's website, "explores gender, sexuality, and identity. The artists included use photography to articulate an expansive range of identities that cannot be sufficiently characterized using simplistic binaries. "Rather than rendering identity as fixed, the ...


Vibrators-and-Vino-event-Dec-12-

'Vibrators and Vino' event Dec. 12 - "Vibrators and Vino: A Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation" will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at Early to Bed, 5044 N. Clark St. The reading/discussion will center around Lynn Comella's book Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. In Vibrator Nation, Comella tells the history of how sex-toy stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the ...


Getting-to-Zero-town-halls-Dec-13-16

'Getting to Zero' town halls Dec. 13, 16 - Over the next year, the Getting to Zero project will be engaging communities across Illinois to gather ideas and write a plan to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the state. To that end, town halls will take place Wed., Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Room 1108, Hall A; and in Park Forest on ...


Coming-to-a-vending-machine-near-you-Activewear

Coming to a vending machine near you: Activewear - What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about vending machines? Guilty-pleasure snacks filled with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sodium and saturated fat? They're convenience and instant gratification at their best. But a local Chicago company is putting a spin on vending machines and offering a more healthful alternative: activewear. Arnab Majumbar and James Stewart, ...


LGBTs-among-leaders-at-HealthConnect-One

LGBTs among leaders at HealthConnect One - Community health and early parenting non-profit organization HealthConnect One features a culturally diverse staff, the majority of whom are women, that includes both longtime advocates RoiAnn Phillips, a lesbian who is also a mother, and Gilberto "Gil" Zamora, who is gay. Although HealthConnect One is not an LGBTQ-focused agency, both Phillips and Zamora are working to incorporate the LGBTQ community's ...


Suicide-prevention-org-throws-fashion-gala

Suicide-prevention org throws fashion gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 19, Live Out Loud presented it's eighth annual fashion gala benefit in front of a SRO crowd in the ballroom of The Palmer House Hilton. The event—which shines a spotlight on suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and emotional support—featured an all-star cast of designers including Anjara Misra, Mario Humberto, Garrida Pugo and Jorge Diaz, Abraham Garcia Designs, Shear Gold Fashions, ...


CDPH-New-HIV-cases-in-monumental-decline-but-disparities-remain

CDPH: New HIV cases in "monumental decline" but disparities remain - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) released new HIV/AIDS-related statistics on Dec. 1. The numbers show that there were 839 new HIV cases in 2016, which the agency said is the fewest number of new cases in 15 years and represent a 55 percent overall decrease in new cases since 2001. In her introduction to the report, CDPH ...


Trump-Pence-tax-scheme-including-attack-on-health-care-access-passes-Senate

Trump-Pence tax scheme, including attack on health care access, passes Senate - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement after Senate Republicans passed legislation carefully crafted to undermine the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and other vital health care programs. "With thoughtless disregard for their constituents, 51 Senate Republicans just voted for reckless legislation disguised as 'tax reform' that threatens millions of Americans' health care and programs ...


HRC-Marks-World-AIDS-Day-On-Its-30th-Anniversary

HRC Marks World AIDS Day On Its 30th Anniversary - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement in observance of World AIDS Day: "On World AIDS Day, we pause to remember those we have lost to AIDS-related illness, and recommit ourselves to ending the HIV epidemic and combating HIV-related stigma," said Peter Cruz, Associate Director of the HIV and Health Equity Program. "We must keep ...


-Vibrators-and-Vino-Feminist-Evening-with-Vibrator-Nation-author-Lynn-Comella

Vibrators and Vino: Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella - From an Eary to Bed press release - The Chicago book launch for author Lynn Comella's new book Vibrator Nation, detailing the fascinating history of how stores like Early to Bed set the sex-toy industry abuzz, will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at 5044 N Clark St. The event is free. Come mingle, drink wine, and take part in a lively Q&A about how sex-positive stores changed ...


Trans-people-of-color-speak-out-for-World-AIDS-Day-TLC-releases-three-powerful-videos

Trans people of color speak out for World AIDS Day, TLC releases three powerful videos - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017, Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) is releasing three new videos created by trans people of color living with HIV. The videos from Positively Trans members Aryah Lester, Arianna Lint, and Marcus Ecks, developed at Story Center workshops, provide a more personal look at the ...


Physician-speaks-on-anal-cancer-risks-screenings

Physician speaks on anal-cancer risks, screenings - Anal cancer is a condition about which individuals from numerous demographics should be concerned. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), there are about 3,400 new cases of human papilloma virus ( HPV )-associated anal cancers diagnosed every year in women, and about 1,800 new cases in men. Being HIV-positive significantly increases the risk, said ...


Miss-Trans-Israel-talks-about-title-work

Miss Trans Israel talks about title, work - Talleen Abu Hanna said that she was inspired to compete to be Miss Trans Israel by a love for being on the stage. "I'm a dancer," Abu Hanna said during a recent visit to Chicago. "I dance and I teach dancing. I love the stage; the stage is my life. When I saw that this was the first [such] competition ...


For-World-AIDS-Day-Illinois-HIV-Care-Connect-introduces-new-content-quiz

For World AIDS Day, Illinois HIV Care Connect introduces new content, quiz - From a press release - Springfield, Ill. — Nov. 29, 2017 — Due to treatment as prevention advancements, getting to zero HIV cases in Illinois is now an achievable goal. To encourage people living with HIV to follow treatment as prevention care regimens, Illinois HIV Care Connect introduced new text and video content on its website for World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ). People ...


Lambda-urges-reverse-of-decree-giving-anonymous-sperm-donor-parental-rights-

Lambda urges reverse of decree giving anonymous sperm donor parental rights - From a press release - ( Jackson, November 29, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal, with the support of local counsel Dianne Ellis, argued before the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Chris Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage of the children she and her former-wife planned for and raised together, including their 7 year-old who was born during their marriage. The case ...


Santa-Speedo-Run-in-Boystown-to-benefit-Center-on-Halsted

Santa Speedo Run in Boystown to benefit Center on Halsted - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( November 27, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted is kicking off the holiday season with the 7th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boystown at 2:00pm this Saturday, December 2, 2017. More than 200 Speedo-clad Santas dressed in holiday cheer will merrily sing "Jingle Balls" before they take to the streets and bravely run one-mile in the cold, ...


Fla-rehab-center-is-LGBT-focused

Fla. rehab center is LGBT-focused - Inspire Recovery—located in West Palm Beach, Florida—is one of only three addiction-treatment centers in the nation focused on LGBTQ people in the recovery community, according to Admissions Coordinator George Lydon, via a press release. The center says that prejudice, discrimination, and trauma relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, indicates that members of the LGBTQ community can be more likely ...


Family-Acceptance-Project-15-years-building-family-support-for-LGBTQ-kids

Family Acceptance Project, 15 years building family support for LGBTQ kids - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) — November 17, 2017 - Family Acceptance Project ( FAP ) - the world's first research, intervention, education and policy initiative that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children to prevent serious health risks and promote well-being is proud to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary. Founded by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and Dr. Rafael Diaz ...


Dr-Tom-Klein-talks-upcoming-award-HIV-AIDS-work

Dr. Tom Klein talks upcoming award, HIV/AIDS work - Longtime advocate and community leader Dr. Tom Klein is set to receive Heartland Health Outreach's ( HHO ) Food For Life award at the organization's annual holiday brunch Sunday, Dec. 3. HHO is honoring Klein for his long history of advancing the health and well-being of Chicago's LGBTQ community. Klein was born in Detroit and hospitalized when he was 4 ...


Aldermen-sponsor-resolution-calling-for-end-to-gay-blood-ban

Aldermen sponsor resolution calling for end to gay blood-ban - The five members of the Chicago City Council's LGBT Caucus, as well as two other alderman, introduced a resolution on Nov. 21 calling for the end of the ban on blood donations from gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ). The ban was implemented in the '80s at the height of the AIDS crisis, ...


Eating-disorders-represent-serious-struggles-for-many

Eating disorders represent serious struggles for many - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Binge. To many of us, the word is used casually and, in some cases, humorously. But to millions of people—many of them gay—that word is terrifying. This is not a Netflix binge. This is not gym bunnies eating brunch and joking that they binged on cinnamon rolls. Binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia are life-threatening eating disorders that disproportionately ...


Oncofertility-confab-features-gender-sex-diversity-workshop-

Oncofertility confab features gender-, sex-diversity workshop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Oncofertility Consortium hosted its annual conference, "Research and Translational Medicine: Meeting the Needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors," Nov. 14-16 at Prentice Women's Hospital. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Dr. Teresa Woodruff coined the term "oncofertility" in 2006. In 2006, the Oncofertility Consortium was founded and is, according to its website, "a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore ...


pregnantish-magazine-hosts-Vegas-Baby-screening-talk

pregnantish magazine hosts 'Vegas Baby' screening, talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The magazine pregnantish hosted a screening of Amanda Micheli's film, Vegas Baby, and discussion on infertility Nov. 14 at theWit Chicago. Vegas Baby is an award-winning documentary following the lives of aspiring parents of all orientations who are struggling with infertility issues and the costs associated with those treatments. The documentary follows a single lesbian woman ( Athena Reich—a Lady ...


Jussie-Smolletts-film-90-DAYS-commemorates-World-AIDS-Day-with-Harle-event-

Jussie Smollett's film, 90 DAYS commemorates World AIDS Day with Harle event - From a press release - ( November 16, 2017 - New York, NY ) — On Friday, December 1, 2017, World AIDS Day, the HIV STOPS WITH ME Campaign presents the African Academy Award and multiple award-winning film, 90 DAYS from writer/co-director, Nathan Hale Williams, co-director, Jennia Fredrique Aponte, and executive producer, Jussie Smollett ( Empire ). The film, which tells the story of a ...


Rev-Jesse-L-Jackson-announces-Parkinsons-diagnosis

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson announces Parkinson's diagnosis - From a news release - The following is a letter from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Dear Friends and Supporters, On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that ...


Planned-Parenthood-of-Illinois-Marks-Transgender-Awareness-Week

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Marks Transgender Awareness Week - From a press release - [Chicago] — Nov. 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Illinois is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood of ...


-AMA-Adopts-New-Public-Health-Policies-to-Improve-the-Health-of-the-Nation

AMA Adopts New Public Health Policies to Improve the Health of the Nation - From a press release - HONOLULU — The American Medical Association ( AMA ), the premier national physician organization in the country, voted this week to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the nation. The new policies were approved during the voting session of the AMA's Interim Meeting. The policies adopted by the House of Delegates include: Backing Paid Leave for ...


HIV-AIDS-advocates-AmfAR-chair-Kenneth-Cole-should-resign-

HIV/AIDS advocates: AmfAR chair Kenneth Cole should resign - From a press release - More than 60 people living with HIV ( PLHIV ), PLHIV networks and HIV/AIDS community leaders today called on Kenneth Cole to resign or be replaced as Board Chair of amfAR. Signees to the letter include people living with HIV/AIDS, advocates, former amfAR board members, non-profit groups, donor organizations and others. Those signing the letter include a number of nationally-recognized ...


Movember-Bringing-back-the-mustache-for-a-cause

Movember: Bringing back the mustache for a cause - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's November. In Chicago, that can either mean people all freeze to death from an arctic blast or that individuals dodge tourists from Indiana who just have to get a glimpse of the Marshall Field's windows this year. For many men, it also means sporting a mustache. This is not a new fashion trend started by Tom Ford to increase ...


Free-Lakeview-gift-cards-on-Nov-17

Free Lakeview gift cards on Nov. 17 - To celebrate the season, Santa's helpers will be handing out free Lakeview gift cards on Friday, Nov. 17 from 7-9 a.m. at the Southport CTA brown line station. Lucky commuters and passerby will receive a surprise gift card, with values ranging from $5 - $100, which can be used at more than 80 local shops and restaurants throughout the Lakeview ...


Annual-oSTEM-confab-Nov-16-19-

Annual oSTEM confab Nov. 16-19 - oSTEM—a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics ) fields—will host its seventh annual conference, "Finding Unity in Community," Nov. 16-19 in Chicago. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The 2016 conference had more than 550 students and professionals in attendance. Among other ...


Elton-John-AIDS-Foundations-gala-celebrates-25-years-honors-founder

Elton John AIDS Foundation's gala celebrates 25 years, honors founder - From a press release - NEW YORK, NEW YORK ( November 8, 2017 ) — Last night, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) raised more than $4.3 million at its 2017 annual New York Fall Gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean. American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert ...


Puerto-Rican-veterans-demand-federal-hurricane-relief-for-Puerto-Rico

Puerto Rican veterans demand federal hurricane relief for Puerto Rico - From a press release - CHICAGO — During Veterans Day week, Puerto Rican U.S. veterans—including a Purple Heart and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient as well as Chicago Alds. Milly Santiago ( 31st ), a former Army Reservist, and Gilbert Villegas ( 36th ), a former Marine and chair of the City Council's Latino and Veteran caucuses—joined community allies Thursday morning at Federal Plaza. They ...


OSchool-aims-to-teach-women-about-pleasure

O.School aims to teach women about pleasure - Backed with $800,000 in Silicon Valley venture capital, a queer woman from Oakland is launching a national online platform focused on pleasure education for women and gender diverse people. On Nov. 3, technology entrepreneur Andrea Barrica, 27, launched her latest startup, O.School ( https://www.o.school/ ), with five daily livestreams of sex education for college-aged and older adults. The programming will ...


Care-Plan-marks-two-years-

Care Plan marks two years - The Care Plan, an LGBTQ-focused business helping people navigate aging and related issues, celebrated its second anniversary Nov. 5 at Affinity Community Services. Pictured is Care Plan founder Jacqueline Boyd ( far left ) with staff and volunteers, from left: Jackson Stacy, Nina Szidon, Tinuade Oyelowo, Blue Roth and in front, Jazmyn Boyd and Vic Motherwell. Photo by Tracy Baim ...


AFC-conference-focuses-on-bisexual-health

AFC conference focuses on bisexual health - Dr. H. Sharif Williams, otherwise known as Dr. Herukhuti, ( Center for Culture Sexuality and Spirituality founder, Goddard College professor of interdisciplinary studies and CUNY School of Professional Studies adjunct associate professor of applied theater ) gave the keynote address—"No Homo|No Hetero: Black Bisexual Masculinities and the Search for Sociocultural Health"—at the Nov. 2 AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ...


Open-enrollment-for-ACA-insurance-has-begun

Open enrollment for ACA insurance has begun - Despite logistical stumbling-blocks introduced by the Trump administration this year, including an especially abbreviated enrollment period, Chicagoans seeking insurance coverage through Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) plans can still obtain assistance in the signup process for 2018 coverage. Howard Brown Health is among the organizations offering such help. ACA enrollment began Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 15. "Because ...


Jorge-Bezerra-to-opens-new-namesake-gym-Bezz-Training-in-Edgewater

Jorge Bezerra to opens new "namesake" gym, Bezz Training, in Edgewater - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — November 7, 2017 — Jorge Bezerra, Bezz Training, popular fitness coach and personal trainer, today announced plans for a grand opening event on Saturday, November 18, to showcase his new, namesake studio at 6033 N. Sheridan Road ( in the Malibu East Condominium Building ). As part of the grand opening, free group classes will be held ...


SC-philanthropist-talks-aging-caring-in-LGBT-community-at-event

S.C. philanthropist talks aging, caring in LGBT community at event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While delivering a keynote Oct. 30 at the 2017 Worldwide Prime Timers Convention, held at the Doubletree Chicago downtown, South Carolina activist/philanthropist Linda Ketner said she refused to descend into the "Trump trough"—letting the talk devolve into kvetching about the current president and the state of affairs in Washington, D.C. As she has gotten older, Ketner said, she found herself ...


Live-Out-Loud-Charity-Fashion-Show-and-benefit-for-suicide-prevention

Live Out Loud Charity Fashion Show and benefit for suicide prevention - From a press release - Sherrie Gearheart, the founder of Live Out Loud Charity ( LOLC ), is hosting a fashion show to raise funds for suicide prevention and anti-bullying. International and Chicago based fashion designers will showcase their collections on stage at one of Chicago's premier venues; the Palmer House. Models of all demographics will be represented: child, teen, adult, plus sized, all ethnicities, ...


Lin-Manuel-Miranda-featured-speaker-at-Puerto-Rico-relief-event

Lin-Manuel Miranda featured speaker at Puerto Rico relief event - Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was the featured speaker at a Puerto Rican hurricane relief event Nov. 1 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture ( NMPRAC ). NMPRAC Director Billy Ocasio spoke about Chicago's hurricane relief efforts from NMPRAC's partner organizations—Hispanic Federation, New Life Covenant Church, Humboldt Park's Norwegian American Hospital, Puerto Rican Agenda, Puerto Rican Parade ...


Brown-Elephants-Best-of-Nov-4-5

Brown Elephant's 'Best of' Nov. 4-5 - On Nov. 4-5, the Brown Elephant, 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. will host its 5th "Best of" event, offering a curated selection of vintage and high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories from all three of its Chicago-area stores. The event will take palace Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It will feature designers such as ...


Black-Treatment-Advocate-Network-Chicago-hosts-open-house

Black Treatment Advocate Network Chicago hosts open house - On Oct. 24, The Black Treatment Advocate Network Chicago ( BTAN Chicago ) hosted an afternoon party and open house aimed at broadening its network of caregivers and to engage members of the LGBTQ African American community to mingle, network and engage with one another. Spearheading the event—which took place at the coach house behind Storyographers at 4740 S. Drexel ...


EI-to-honor-Bennett-Planned-Parenthood

EI to honor Bennett, Planned Parenthood - For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ-rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois ( EI ) Gala. United Airlines is the presenting sponsor of the gala, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Tables and individual tickets for ...


Intersex-Activists-Demand-End-to-Unnecessary-Surgeries

Intersex Activists Demand End to Unnecessary Surgeries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sydney Boles - Three Intersex activists of color spoke on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Center on Halsted, announcing that their request to end genital surgeries on intersex children was becoming a demand. Intersex people are born with reproductive or sexual systems that don't easily fit traditional categories of male or female, and they number 0.5-1.7 percent of the population. That's the same ...


Chicagoans-protest-Intersex-surgery-

Chicagoans protest Intersex surgery - On Oct. 26 (Intersex Awareness Day), Chicago intersex activist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis led a protest rally to speak against unnecessary surgeries in front of Lurie Children's Hospital at 225 E. Chicago Ave. Pagonis—a survivor of numerous medical procedures described as "corrective" during her childhood—was joined in the protest by intersex activists Sean Saifa Wall (of Intersex People of Color) ...


US-Doctors-Need-Intersex-Care-Standards

US: Doctors Need Intersex Care Standards - From a press release - ( New York, October 26, 2017 ) — Medical professional associations should enact standards of care for intersex children that rule out medically unnecessary surgery before patients are old enough to consent, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. After decades of controversy in the medical community over the procedures, the lack of centralized care standards ...


Executives-talk-facts-about-breast-cancer

Executives talk facts about breast cancer - Breast-cancer awareness is highlighted in October, but if you ask any health center, breast health is important to pay attention to all year round. Connie Oliver, vice president of communications and marketing at Solis Mammography, said October is the busiest month of the year for mammograms, with November running a close second. Solis Mammography specializes in breast imaging services and ...


Rule-Madison-priests-may-deny-funerals-to-LGBT-people

Rule: Madison priests may deny funerals to LGBT people - New guidelines sent to the diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, say that a Catholic funeral may be denied to LGBT people to avoid "public scandal of the faithful," the National Catholic Reporter noted. The communication, from vicar general Fr. James Bartylla, is entitled "Consideration of Funeral Rites for a Person in a Homosexual Civil or Notorious Union." The Pray Tell blog ...


Event-focuses-on-LGBTQ-individuals-with-intellectual-disabilities

Event focuses on LGBTQ individuals with intellectual disabilities - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 18, Proud and Included presented a "meet and mingle" event as a forum to introduce, work with and include adults with intellectual developmental disabilities ( IDD ) who identify as LGBTQ into the larger LGBTQ community. The event, which took place at The Center on Halsted, sought to educate organizations and individuals who provide resources and services in ...


Chicago-Intersex-activists-protest-at-Lurie-Oct-26-

Chicago Intersex activists protest at Lurie Oct. 26 - From a press release - Chicago Intersex activist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis, a national leader in the fight for intersex rights, is a survivor of numerous medical procedures described as "corrective" measures, performed at Children's Memorial Hospital ( now Lurie ) during their childhood. Pagonis is leading a protest Thursday, Oct. 26, noon at Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave ( live stream will ...


Howard-Brown-Health-to-conduct-womens-health-survey

Howard Brown Health to conduct women's health survey - Howard Brown Health will launch a community survey focusing on women's health needs among LGBT Chicagoans, officials said. The survey is scheduled to go live Oct. 23. The survey, which will be available both online at Howard Brown Health website as well as in paper formats at various community events, assesses both healthcare priorities for women and factors that may ...


Nine-Illinois-cities-in-municipal-index

Nine Illinois cities in municipal index - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation—the educational arm of the LGBTQ organization—in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including nine in Illinois. The average score for cities in Illinois is 69 out of 100 points, which falls above the ...


-Rep-Schneider-Announces-Legislation-to-Stop-Blocking-of-LGBTQ-Resources

Rep. Schneider Announces Legislation to Stop Blocking of LGBTQ Resources - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Brad Schneider ( Illinois' 10th District ) announced legislation he will introduce to ensure critical LGBTQ resources are not blocked at public schools and libraries. Currently, public schools and libraries that receive discounted telecommunications and internet rates through the Federal Communication Commission ( FCC ) E-Rate program must enforce an internet safety policy that in ...


Calderon-on-Chicago-Board-of-Health

Calderon on Chicago Board of Health - Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Juan M. Calderon to serve as a member of the Chicago Board of Health. The City Council approved the mayor's appointment Sept. 6. CalderÃ"n joins the Board of Health filling the vacancy that Carl C. Bell, M.D., left. The Chicago Board of Health is composed of nine individuals who advise the mayor and the public ...


Global-Medical-Body-Condemns-Forced-Anal-Exams-Homosexuality-Tests

Global Medical Body Condemns Forced Anal Exams, Homosexuality Tests - From a press release - ( Nairobi, October 17, 2017 ) — Doctors, medical professionals, and national medical associations should heed the World Medical Association's October 2017 resolution to end forced anal examinations on people accused of homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. The General Assembly of the World Medical Association ( WMA ), an international organization consisting of national medical associations from 111 ...


Kathy-Bates-gets-personal-at-Lynn-Sage-event

Kathy Bates gets personal at Lynn Sage event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Kathy Bates was the guest speaker at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's 32nd annual luncheon on Oct. 2 at the Hilton Chicago. Earlier in the day, the Purse-Sue The Cure purse auction filled the ballroom with items, including more than 200 handbags. During the luncheon, Bates described hearing the news of her cancer and concerns of lumina ( ...


Grand-marshals-named-for-Nov-4-Pink-Hat-Run

Grand marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Chicago's South Loop. Both women represent the area in ...


New-Study-Attitudes-toward-gays-lesbians-changing-in-developing-world

New Study: Attitudes toward gays, lesbians changing in developing world - From a press release - Washington — Today, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Charles Kenny and Researcher Dev Patel released a new studythat finds that just as social attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed rapidly in the developed world, these attitudes are also changing in the developing world. The study also suggests that the changes in social attitudes often follow and are caused ...


Citywide-Pride-event-focuses-on-bisexual-perspectives

Citywide Pride event focuses on bisexual perspectives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BP Pride and Out and Equal Chicagoland hosted Bisexual Queer Alliance's ( BQAC )'s "Bi Visibility: Not a Silent Partner for Equality" at BP's downtown office on Oct. 10. "The bi community is often unserved and sometimes ill served by myths, misinformation and bias," said Jim Huberty, Chair of Out & Equal Chicagoland. "Our constituents [LGBTQ and HR/Diversity & Inclusion ...


Grand-Marshals-named-for-Nov-4-Pink-Hat-Run-Walk-and-Roll

Grand Marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. Both women represent the area ...


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PFLAG, HRC call out Trump/Pence hanging "joke" - From press releases - PFLAG National ED Jaime Grant Calls Out Trump/Pence Hanging "Joke" WASHINGTON, D.C.—PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—released the following statement from Executive Director Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D.: "There is no such thing as a 'joke' that puts the lives of people at ...


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Callen-Lorde, LGBTQ healthcare leader, sending medical team to Puerto Rico - From a press release - New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announced that it is sending an emergency medical response team to provide medical relief to Puerto Rico as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort. The team is comprised of Spanish-speaking medical providers and nurses with experience in emergency response, and will be led by Dana Delgardo, a ...


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Task Force: Trump is Trying to Single-Handedly Sabotage Health Care - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Today, President Trump signed an executive order that will decimate access to care for those who need it most. The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force: "Trump's executive order undermines key protections provided by the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) that prevent discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. ...


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Affinity hosts Coming Out Day event - National Coming Out Day, held every year on Oct. 11, was celebrated at "Our Stories, Our Voices," which featured social mingling and a program of speakers sharing their coming out stories at the Near South Side offices of Affinity Community Services. Throughout history, Black LGBTQ and same-gender-loving people have been faced with adversity and many of those stories were never ...


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MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Professor talks bisexual research - Howard Brown's Center for Education, Research and Advocacy hosted the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Oct. 7 at the JW Marriott Chicago. The symposium featured healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and advocates speaking on the theme, "Breaking the Stigma." Dr. Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH ( University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Health Systems Science Department associate professor ) kicked off ...


MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM	-Symposium-addresses-HIV-treatment-prevention-and-elimination

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Symposium addresses HIV treatment, prevention and elimination - Delivering the kickoff speech at Howard Brown Health's 2017 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Oct. 7, Richard Elion, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, said, "There has never been a time when it's been more important to make progress as a society." Elion—a prominent advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Washington, D.C.—was speaking about ...


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Club Industry moves to yet another venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The annual fitness event known as Club Industry took place in Chicago on Oct. 4-6—in yet another venue. In a sign that this particular event has been getting smaller over the years, Chicago's Club Industry has moved from McCormick Place to the Hyatt Regency to this year's spot: the Hilton Chicago. While the hotel itself is not small at all, ...


CA-Gov-Signs-Bill-Modernizing-state-HIV-Laws

CA Gov Signs Bill Modernizing state HIV Laws - From a press release - ( Sacramento, CA — Oct. 6, 2017 )—Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law landmark legislation to reform outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV. Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and Asm. Todd Gloria ( D-San Diego ) and cosponsored by Lambda Legal, Equality California, ...


Pope-denounces-gender-confirmation-technologies-DignityUSA-responds

Pope denounces gender confirmation technologies, DignityUSA responds - From press release - "Pope Francis' statement denouncing technologies that support gender confirmation demonstrates the Pontiff's tragic ignorance on the challenges faced by transgender people, and puts this population at risk of increased discrimination and violence," according to DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Catholic Church and society. The group noted that transgender ...


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Kenny Fries and Susan Nussbaum at Access Living Oct. 12 - Access Living hosts "A Reading by Kenny Fries and Conversation with Susan Nussbaum" Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., 115 W. Chicago Ave. Kenny Fries will read from his new memoir In the Province of the Gods, IN and talk with Susan R. Nussbaum, author of Good Kings Bad Kings, at Access Living of Metro Chicago. Kenny Fries is the author ...







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