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Former-bodybuilder-is-advocate-for-LGBTQ-Asian-Pacific-Islander-youth-

Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...


Sarah-Buino-changes-the-tune-of-therapy

Sarah Buino changes the tune of therapy - Using her head and heart, Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF brings her own colorful touch to the therapy field. As a child growing up in southern Ohio, Buino wanted to be a Broadway star. Singing was her first passion and she considered her school's theater department and show choir life. Over the years, she has moved away from musicals and ...


Center-on-Halsted-gala-marks-10th-anniversary

Center on Halsted gala marks 10th anniversary - Scroll down for videos - According to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Center on Halsted is the "beating heart for the gay and lesbian community of the City of Chicago." Emanuel spoke May 20 at the Center's 10th anniversary Human First gala, held for the second year at the Geraghty on the Near Southwest Side, and reminisced about the organization's impact on the city's LGBT community, ...


TPAN-Moving-to-New-Office-Partnering-with-Howard-Brown-Health

TPAN Moving to New Office, Partnering with Howard Brown Health - From a press release - Chicago, IL. ( May 18, 2017 )—This month, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will move its offices to the Edgewater neighborhood, opening a co-located medical clinic operated by Howard Brown Health. The move returns TPAN to its former storefront location, 5537 N Broadway. According to CEO Patti Capouch. "TPAN has grown in our 30 year history—and the face ...


OutRight-Honors-LGBTIQ-Human-Rights-Defenders-at-United-Nations

OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - From a press release - On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. OutRight's award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. ...


OUTAging-confab-May-23-25-

'OUTAging' confab May 23-25 - "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" will take place May 23-25 in Chicago. With Pride Action Tank hosting, the summit will open with a free reception at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The remainder of the event will take place at AARP Illinois, 222 N. LaSalle St. The summit is being organized by a small, diverse planning committee that ...


Report-LGBTQ-Funding-Surpasses-160-Million-for-the-First-Time

Report: LGBTQ Funding Surpasses $160 Million for the First Time - From a press release - Today, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is publicly releasing The 2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations. This 14th edition of the tracking report finds that LGBTQ grantmaking reached a new record high of $160.7 million! The report notes significant increases in funding for trans communities, grantmaking to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, and ...


Trump-Expands-Global-Gag-Rule-Putting-Millions-at-Risk-Worldwide

Trump Expands "Global Gag Rule" Putting Millions at Risk Worldwide - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the Trump Administration's massive expansion of the so-called "Global Gag Rule" ( GGR ), which stops any U.S. aid to foreign non-governmental organizations ( NGOs ) that provide abortion information, referrals or services — even when they provide those services with their own, non-U.S. funding. The Trump Administration's shameful announcement comes ...


Sessions-war-on-drugs-is-war-on-people-says-National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-

Sessions' "war on drugs" is "war on people" says National LGBTQ Task Force - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2017—In a backward move and a major turnabout from the policies of Obama Administration Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest criminal penalties for those who have been charged with drug crimes. The move is being described by the National LGBTQ Task Force ...


ABA-launches-study-to-expand-opportunities-for-disabled-LGBT-lawyers

ABA launches study to expand opportunities for disabled, LGBT+ lawyers - From an American Bar Association press release - WASHINGTON, May,10, 2017 — The American Bar Association is launching a first-of-its kind nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT+ and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. Preliminary results are expected to be released in September. Diversity and ...


IPV-study-taking-place-at-NU

IPV study taking place at NU - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health ( ISGMH ) at Northwestern University, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, launched a new research study in November 2016. The new research study, FAB 400, focuses on the personal experiences of sexual minority teenagers in Chicago who are assigned female at birth ( AFAB ). Taking place over two years, ...


SAGE-partners-with-AARP-for-LGBT-elders-initiative

SAGE partners with AARP for LGBT elders initiative - The Trump administration is not so quietly moving to wipe out questions about LGBT people in the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ) is putting up a heavy resistance. The survey is a critical endeavor that guides the federal government on how to spend $2 billion each year on ...


Reproductive-rights-measure-heads-to-Rauners-desk

Reproductive rights measure heads to Rauner's desk - A measure ensuring that access to legal abortions remains viable in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned, on May 10, passed the Illinois State Senate and is headed for the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he would veto the legislation. The bill, HB 40, was passed in the Senate in a 33-22 vote. Besides ensuring that ...


OUTAging-early-bird-registration-ends-Friday-May-12

OUTAging early bird registration ends Friday, May 12 - From a Pride Action Tank press release - OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities is fast approaching and we're happy to reveal the schedule, along with an amazing set of speakers. The summit will bring together LGBTQ older adults, service providers, clinicians and advocates from across the nation to talk about the needs of LGBTQ older adults ( 55+ years of age ) in the Chicago region. Participants must ...


House-votes-to-implement-Affordable-Health-Care-Act-

House votes to implement Affordable Health Care Act - From press releases - All seven Republican Illinois Congressional delegates voted May 4 in favor of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation intended to replace components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final vote on the bill, which was quickly introduced and voted on before it was scrutinized by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—or even read by many members—was 217-213. No Democrats ...


Strike-averted-as-nursing-home-workers-owners-reach-tentative-agreement-

Strike averted as nursing home workers, owners reach tentative agreement - From a press release - CHICAGO - Nursing home workers have reached a tentative agreement with nursing home owners for a three-year contract, averting the largest nursing home strike in history. Through this contract, the owners and management teams at the 103 nursing homes of the Illinois Association of Health Care Facilities recognize 10,000 SEIU Healthcare Illinois members as skilled, dedicated, and irreplaceable employees who ...


Trump-administration-to-reconsider-healthcare-protections-for-transgender-people

Trump administration to reconsider healthcare protections for transgender people - From a press release - Los Angeles—In a court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday, the Trump Administration indicated that it plans to reconsider regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that prohibit discrimination in healthcare, which could adversely impact the 1.55 million individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. The regulations, which implement the Affordable ...


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 ...


NU-conference-looks-at-LGBT-health-

NU conference looks at LGBT health - Ilan H. Meyer—the Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA's School of Law—said April 29 that responses to his talks on LGBT-focused research and public policy have changed since the November elections. Wherein, prior to November, Meyer would have to convince audiences that advancing LGBT rights still ...


Workers-to-make-history-with-possible-nursing-home-strike

Workers to make history with possible nursing home strike - From a press release - CHICAGO — At 6AM Thursday thousands of nursing home workers will walk off the job at more than a dozen nursing homes across Chicagoland. It is the first wave of a strike that will swell to 5,000 nursing home workers across more than 50 facilities in Illinois by Saturday, making it the largest nursing home strike in U.S. history. See ...


Deadline-looms-for-response-to-LGBT-elders-survey-omission

Deadline looms for response to LGBT elders survey omission - Center on Halsted, among other LGBT-rights advocates, have called on individuals to register public comments on the upcoming National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants ( NSOAAP ). The deadline for comments is May 12, 2017. Issues with the new version of NSOAAP came to the fore in March, when a Federal Register notice indicated that questions pertaining to LGBT ...


House-Health-Care-Bill-Would-Have-a-Negative-Impact-on-LGBT-People

House Health Care Bill Would Have a Negative Impact on LGBT People - From a press release - Los Angeles—The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would repeal important elements of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and replace the ACA with The American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). In addition to scaling back federal subsidies that make health insurance more affordable and cutting federal funds for Medicaid, the latest version of the House ...


Federal-Court-certifies-lawsuit-charging-unconstitutional-prison-healthcare

Federal Court certifies lawsuit charging unconstitutional prison healthcare - From a press release - CHICAGO — In a decision with wide-ranging implications for prisoners across Illinois, a federal judge ruled last week that long-standing problems with the medical and dental care provided in Illinois's state prisons must be addressed systemically, rather than relying on individual challenges from prisoners. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso has held that the lawsuit, Lippert v. Baldwin, can move ...


Chicago-Childrens-Museum-to-host-Family-Equality-Day-celebrating-LGBTQ-families

Chicago Children's Museum to host Family Equality Day celebrating LGBTQ families - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, April 27, 2017— Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ community with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) on Sunday, May 7, 2017. As a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to create an inclusive environment for all, LGBTQ families and more will enjoy a day ...


ManKind-group-invites-GBTQQ-men-to-training

ManKind group invites GBTQQ men to training - Chicago-area men who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning ( GBTQQ ) have the opportunity to experience The ManKind Project's ( MKP's ) New Warrior Training Adventure ( NWTA ) this summer. The GBTQQ-specific version of the three-decade-old men's training, based on the narrative of the "hero's journey"—in which the hero separates himself from the outside world and ...


HB40-clears-its-first-hurdle-with-House-passage

HB40 clears its first hurdle with House passage - House Bill 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ) that would, among other components, eliminate a 42-year-old "trigger law" that would go into effect should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the United State Supreme Court, was passed by the House on April 25 with a vote of 62-55-0. The bill now goes to the state ...


PFLAG-Northern-Illinois-ready-with-Kisses-from-Mom

PFLAG Northern Illinois ready with Kisses from Mom - From a press release - . . . and hugs, back slapping, and good feelings too at the PFLAG "Kisses from Mom" event on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 from 3-9 p.m. in front of Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago. About two dozen PFLAG moms will give back this Mother's Day by rotating shifts throughout the event. John Hickey, PFLAG Northern Illinois Council President ...


Renee-Wsol-From-Planned-Parenthood-patient-to-advocate

Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate - It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the ...


Howard-Brown-hosts-transgender-focused-A-Call-to-Action

Howard Brown hosts transgender-focused 'A Call to Action' - With eight reported deaths of transgender women of color throughout the country so far in 2017—including 24-year-old Keke Collier of Englewood in February—Howard Brown Health is aiming to bring together Chicago's transgender community, particularly transgender women of color. As part of this effort, the organization hosted "True Voices: A Call to Action," a town hall discussion at its Sheridan site ...


Platform-for-LGBTQ-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-launches

Platform for LGBTQ people with intellectual disabilities launches - The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has partnered up with Neumann Family Services to offer a one-of-a-kind platform for LGBTQ people in Cook County with intellectual/developmental disabilities ( IDD ). Proud & Included is an ambitious project to marry community and inclusion for people with IDD. The initiative will deliver ongoing peer support, education and self-advocacy training for adults with ...


Garden-of-Eve-to-celebrate-womens-health

'Garden of Eve' to celebrate women's health - Howard Brown Health celebrates queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health at "Garden of Eve: Forward" on Friday, April 28, at Venue SIX10. "Garden of Eve is one of our signature events that brings together Chicago's LGBT women and allies to celebrate queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health," said Lia Taylor Stokes, lead research assistant with Special ...


Personal-PAC-CEO-decries-Rauner-HB-40-reversal

Personal PAC CEO decries Rauner HB 40 reversal - Terry Cosgrove, CEO of Personal PAC, on April 19, publicly released the candidate's questionnaire then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner filled out in 2014 that said Rauner would respect womens' reproductive healthcare and access to safe and legal abortions. Rauner said, however, on April 14, that he would veto HB 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ), that ...


Statewide-Healthcare-Day-of-Action-seeks-pledges-to-preserve-benefits-of-ACA

Statewide Healthcare Day of Action seeks pledges to preserve benefits of ACA - From a press release - CHICAGO-As Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans try to resuscitate their efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) in order to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy households, insurance companies and drug manufacturers, 1.3 million Illinoisans are at risk of losing insurance coverage. A coalition of groups are planning a statewide day of action Tuesday, April 18th, ...


LGBTQ-aging-summit-to-address-advocacy-and-service-needs-in-Chicago

LGBTQ aging summit to address advocacy and service needs in Chicago - From a press release - Pride Action Tank, AARP and Affinity Community Services will host OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities, including an opening reception, on May 23-25. The summit will bring together LGBTQ older adults, service providers, clinicians and advocates from across the nation to talk about the needs of LGBTQ older adults ( 55+ years of age ) in the Chicago region. OUTAging will ...


Book-on-LGBTQ-hospice-care-to-be-published

Book on LGBTQ hospice care to be published - The book LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, is slated to be released in April. According to a press release, "This is the only handbook for hospice and palliative care professionals looking to enhance their care delivery or their programs with LGBTQ-inclusive care. Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in clear, easy-to-understand language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice ...


Panel-examines-concerns-for-prospective-parents-considering-surrogacy

Panel examines concerns for prospective parents considering surrogacy - If one is considering surrogacy as a means of having children, it might help to consider having a surrogate mother breast-feed the child, wanting to have a relationship with the surrogate mother once the child is born, or pondering what to do if she's carrying twins—or more. If these issues haven't come up yet, they will. And the earlier that ...


Blue-Man-teams-with-Autism-Speaks

Blue Man teams with Autism Speaks - Blue Man Group is teaming up with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year and will be hosting autism-friendly performances suitable for individuals and families affected by autism in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando. Tickets for these special performances in New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando will be discounted, and $5 from each ticket will be donated ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children-Part-Two

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part Two - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - In the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, a family has been raising their transgender daughter Amy ( alias ) in an affirming home. According to the mother Donna ( alias ), Amy started presenting at 18 months of age. Donna began her conversation with Windy City Times describing her daughter with a proud energy and laughed as she talked about ...


Extreme-Ice-presents-cold-hard-facts-about-global-warming

'Extreme Ice' presents cold, hard facts about global warming - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there's a message with the new Museum of Science and Industry exhibit "Extreme Ice" ( which launched March 23 ), it's that global warming is real. In the exhibit, photographer James Balog has captured thought-provoking ( and jaw-dropping ) images over a multi-year period that showcase the dramatic extent of melting glaciers around the world. Through photographic documentation and ...


AFC-campaign-Smart-sex-is-sexy

AFC campaign: Smart sex is sexy - In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( which was observed April 10 ), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) launched "Sexperts Slay," a celebration of those who own good sex practices and are ready to listen and lead others. The campaign focuses on a few key elements, such as an online quiz that tests a sexpert-in-training's ...


New-social-campaign-tells-youth-smart-sex-is-sexy

New social campaign tells youth smart sex is sexy - From a press release - Sexperts: they're the people in your life who you turn to for helping navigating the good, the bad and the uncomfy in your sex life. In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, April 10, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching Sexperts Slay, a celebration of those wise warriors in our lives who own good sex practices ...


Asian-Human-Services-pushed-for-Hepatitis-B-screenings-vaccines

Asian Human Services pushed for Hepatitis B screenings, vaccines - From a press release - Winter has become synonymous with cold, fever, and of course the flu. The current flu season is seeing a high number of young people getting the flu and many dying from it. Getting vaccinated has become imperative to protect oneself from getting the flu but also from spreading it. Vaccinations in general have become the main way to fight many ...


New-Howard-Brown-Health-Program-expands-support-for-survivors-of-sexual-assault

New Howard Brown Health Program expands support for survivors of sexual assault - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 10, 2017 ) — Howard Brown Health has launched an innovative 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 inclusive of diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ...


European-court-bans-sterilization

European court bans sterilization - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that requiring sterilization of individuals seeking a change in their legal gender recognition violates human rights. Almost two dozen countries in Europe currently still require sterilization to access gender-identity recognition. This decision mandates that these countries amend their laws to reflect this ruling. While forced sterilization has been deemed a human-rights violation, ...


Advocates-brace-for-long-term-ACA-fight

Advocates brace for long-term ACA fight - The GOP's disastrous rollout of the Affordable Health Care Act ( ACHA ) legislation may have offered hope to Americans relying on the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), as well as advocates working on their behalf, but Ramon Gardenhire, vice-president of policy for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), warned that celebration is premature. Speaking at a March ...


Men-Having-Babies-Midwest-Surrogacy-Conference-Gay-Parenting-Expo-April-8-9

Men Having Babies Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo April 8-9 - From a press release - Men Having Babies (MHB) is a non-profit organization, led by parents and surrogates, that been helping thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents since 2012. It offers 6 annual conferences worldwide and provides financial assistance to prospective parents form more than a dozen countries. Following the successful collaboration with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center in ...


GLAAD-20-percent-of-millennials-identify-as-LGBTQ

GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD has unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. ...


WEB-New-YouTube-series-tackles-less-romantic-aspects-of-sex

WEB New YouTube series tackles less romantic aspects of sex - By Molly Sprayregen - When Shae Spence set out to write Sex, Work—a new web series on YouTube that chronicles the personal and professional lives of a group of sex education workers in Chicago—his goal was to fill a gap. "I felt that there was a sort of void in the entertainment market for stories that portrayed sex as sometimes not sexy [sometimes it's ...


Social-worker-to-be-honored-as-leader

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 ...


How-important-is-age-in-transitioning

How important is age in transitioning? - By A. J. Smuskiewicz - Robert Garofalo, MD, is well known to Windy City Times readers as one of the nation's foremost physicians specializing in adolescent medicine and treatment related to gender identity, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. With his base of patient care at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Garofalo treats hundreds of transgender patients, putting his extensive knowledge of the ...


-Howard-Brown-Health-unveils-strategic-plan

Howard Brown Health unveils strategic plan - Howard Brown Health unveiled its three-year strategic plan entitled Pursuing Excellence. Developed with community and patient input, the plan lays out organizational goals through 2020 in all areas of Howard Brown's work, including initiatives to expand care access, patient engagement and available services. In late 2016, Howard Brown Health conducted focus groups and asked community supporters and patients to fill ...


New-report-Cycle-of-Risk-Intersection-of-Poverty-Violence-Trauma

New report: Cycle of Risk, Intersection of Poverty, Violence, Trauma - Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has released "Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma," its report detailing poverty throughout Illinois. Among other things, the report found: —Poverty continues to pose barriers to a substantial number of Illinoisans. More than one-third of Illinoisans and nearly half of Chicagoans are considered low-income or living in poverty. The number of poor people ...


Gildas-Club-holds-lecture-on-cancer-and-LGBTQ-community

Gilda's Club holds lecture on cancer and LGBTQ community - Gilda's Club Chicago held a lecture and discussion surrounding the LGBTQIA+ and cancer communities on March 22. "There were a lot of ideas and a lot of great energy around the idea of forming a group that can address the needs of the LGBT communities that are impacted by cancer and one of our goals at Gilda's Club is to ...


Proud-Included-for-adults-with-IDD-who-identify-as-LGBTQ

Proud & Included for adults with IDD who identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - Chicago, IL, March 28, 2017 — Neumann Family Services, in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, announces the launch of a new Initiative — Proud & Included. Proud & Included is a project to develop community and inclusion for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities ( IDD ) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning ( LGBTQ ...


Emotion-regulation-vital-to-HIV-STI-prevention-in-Black-teens-with-mental-illness

Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( March 27, 2017 ) — Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it's estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a ...


Famed-psychotherapist-George-Weinberg-dies

Famed psychotherapist George Weinberg dies - Dr. George Henry Weinberg—a famed psychotherapist who coined the term "homophobia"—has died of cancer at age 87. Weinberg started using the term in the mid-1960s, saying in 1998, "It was a fear of homosexuals which seemed to be associated with a fear of contagion, a fear of reducing the things one fought for—home and family. It was a religious fear, ...


PRCC-hosts-panel-discussion-featuring-queer-Cuban-leaders

PRCC hosts panel discussion featuring queer Cuban leaders - Trans Cuba National Coordinator Malu Cano and Cuban National Center for Sex Education Department of Community Relations Director Andy Aquino were the featured speakers at a panel discussion that the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ) hosted March 25. The discussion zeroed in on the work their organizations do to elevate LGBTQ people and issues, especially those that affect ...


AHCA-pulled-from-vote-ACLU-and-HRC-applaud-the-outcome

AHCA pulled from vote, ACLU and HRC applaud the outcome - From a press release - From the ACLU WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today decided not to vote on the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir issued the following statement: "Democracy triumphed today. President Trump made the best move of his presidency so far by telling Speaker Ryan not to hold a vote on ...


-In-loss-for-Trump-House-pulls-legislation-to-repeal-Obamacare

In loss for Trump, House pulls legislation to repeal Obamacare - In a loss for President Trump, the U.S. House withdrew legislation set for a vote March 24 to repeal Obamacare after near certain defeat of the bill was imminent. Moments before the vote was scheduled in the later afternoon, the Republican-controlled House cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act, a measure crafted by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan ...


Budget-blueprint-threatens-research-essential-to-end-epidemics-of-HIV-AIDS-

Budget blueprint threatens research essential to end epidemics of HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) releases this statement in strong opposition to the President's 2018 budget blueprint. The blueprint threatens research essential to ending the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis ( TB ), and hepatitis C virus ( HCV ) in the United States and globally by cutting funding and eliminating programs. Massive and disruptive cuts to the National Institutes ...


National-LGBTQ-Health-Conference-Bridging-Research-and-Practice

National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and The Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute at Center on Halsted are pleased to host the 5th annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice. This is the nation's only research conference that brings together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve ...


Aging-in-America-advocates-discuss-aging-issues-feds-erasure-threat

Aging in America, advocates discuss aging issues, feds' 'erasure' threat - Even as awareness of issues surrounding LGBT aging becomes more prevalent, numerous challenges remain for seniors in the LGBT community. One of the newest challenges, according to many presenters at the National Forum on LGBT Aging, held March 22 in conjunction with the Aging in America ASA ( American Society on Aging ) Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, emerged ...


Affordable-Care-Act-before-House-March-23-actions-planned

Affordable Care Act before House March 23, actions planned - From Illinois Protect Our Care Coalition - The Affordable Care Act repeal goes before the US House on Thursday, March 23. Phone actions are planned for Tuesday, March 21, social media for Wednesday, March 22, and street action on Thursday, March 23. urging our Representatives to vote No on Repeal. Tuesday, March 21st ACA events: Phone Banks: Springfield at Schnucks 4:30-7:30pm 2801 Chatham Road, Springfield, ...


AHCA-would-harm-LGBTs-people-with-HIV-per-Fenway-Institute-analysis

AHCA would harm LGBTs, people with HIV per Fenway Institute analysis - From a press release - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief titled What the American Health Care Act means for LGBT people and people living with HIV, outlining how the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ), the Trump Administration's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), could impact LGBT people, people living with HIV ( PLWH ), ...


Trumps-budget-would-hurt-HIV-and-STDs-response-national-non-partisan-health-groups-say

Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this ...


Chicago-has-an-opioid-epidemic-local-agencies-battle-growing-crisis

Chicago has an opioid epidemic, local agencies battle growing crisis - High-profile opioid-related deaths in recent years, including the singer Prince, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Glee's Cory Monteith have focused widespread attention on an epidemic affecting cities across the nation, including Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office found that in 2015, Cook County had 609 opioid-related overdose deaths, 403 of which were in Chicago. Though heroin is often blamed, ...


AIDS-care-nurses-life-is-rendered-in-comic-book-form

AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...


Center-relaunches-therapy-group-for-LGBT-violence-survivors

Center relaunches therapy group for LGBT violence survivors - The Anti-Violence Project ( AVP ) at the Center on Halsted "empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy." the Center states. Windy City Times spoke with Rachel L. Tillman, a licensed clinical professional counselor who runs the AVP, about ...


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Report Calls for Fighting Poverty, Treating Trauma as Solutions to Violence - From a press release - We are experiencing a surge of lethal violence in Chicago, and staggering rates of poverty in Chicago and across Illinois. Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma, a report released today, argues that addressing Illinois's violence crisis requires investing in reducing poverty and treating trauma. This latest report on Illinois poverty from Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research ...


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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 ...


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DHS overtime policy passed, disabled and caregivers face uncertainty - From a press release - Springfield — In a vote along party lines, republican members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules ( JCAR ) voted to approve Governor Bruce Rauner's DHS Overtime Policy. Over the last year, people with disabilities, their caregivers, and advocates have warned about the devastating affects this misguided policy would have on the lives of consumers and workers in the ...


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NUNN ON ONE 'Fitness Marshall' weighs in on boyfriend, Britney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new fitness expert in town and his name is Caleb Marshall. Now known as The Fitness Marshall, he began with a YouTube channel that exploded in popularity. The openly gay social-media celebrity has more than 800,000 subscribers and been watched more than 124 million times. Marshall is ready to start a revolution combining large group classes with a ...


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Groups comment on Congress' first steps to repeal Obamacare - From press releases - From the ACLU via press release: WASHINGTON — Two congressional committees are advancing legislation today to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is the first concrete step Congress is taking to not only repeal the ACA but to defund Planned Parenthood and fundamentally restructure the Medicaid program. The legislation, which was only made public Monday evening ...


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LGBTs and people living with HIV have much at stake in ACA reform debate - From a press release - BOSTON, March 7, 2017 - Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefited from the Affordable ...


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LGBT ally Cepek suffers brain injury - A GoFundMe page has been set up for John Cepek, an LGBT ally ( through the group PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ) who suffered a brain injury Feb. 27 while traveling in Croatia with his wife Char, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) item. John, who retired ...







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