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CDC-educates-on-dangers-of-smoking-for-HIV

CDC educates on dangers of smoking for HIV+ - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; July 16, 2014-The CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign marks a historic partnership between the CDC's tobacco and HIV divisions to spread the news about the synergistic bad effects of smoking while HIV+. CDC has been hosting national webinars with all of their tobacco grantees, all of their HIV grantees, and directly with HIV community based organizations ...


Program-to-look-at-fertility-options-for-lesbians

Program to look at fertility options for lesbians - From a press release - The American Fertility Association ( The AFA ) is hosting a free, educational event about pregnancy and family-building options for lesbians in Chicago. Gay Women's Gathering will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6::30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago. Faculty for the event include Dr. Laurence Jacobs of Fertility Centers of Illinois, Scott Brown of ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Sex-reassignment-surgery-and-Medicare

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Sex-reassignment surgery and Medicare - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I am transgender woman in my late 60s. I only recently came out and I'm not sure what type of transition-related medical care I need yet. What is covered by my Medicare plan for people like me? A: Congratulations on coming out! There have been some recent changes in coverage for transgender people who have Medicare, and thankfully the ...


Howard-Brown-takes-part-in-gay-blood-drive

Howard Brown takes part in gay blood drive - Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., took part in the National Gay Blood Drive, a nationwide event calling attention to the FDA ban on gay men donating blood, on July 11. Gay or bisexual men came to HBHC along with a surrogate who donated blood on their behalf, and both participants then signed a petition asking the Obama ...


Child-with-HIV-once-thought-cured-shows-re-infection-signs

Child with HIV, once thought cured, shows re-infection signs - A Mississippi child, previously thought to have been in remission from HIV, has once again shown signs of the infection, researchers say. Doctors had announced in March 2013 that the child seemed to have been cured, following an aggressive treatment of antiretroviral drugs that were begun just a few days after their birth. It was the second widely known case ...


Howard-Brown-to-host-gay-blood-drive-July-11

Howard Brown to host gay blood drive July 11 - Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., will take part in the National Gay Blood Drive July 11. Gay and bisexual men are asked to come into HBHC along with a surrogate who will donate blood on their behalf, and both will then sign a petition asking that the FDA ban on blood donations from men who have sex ...


Study-Children-of-same-sex-parents-are-healthier

Study: Children of same-sex parents are healthier - In Australia, a University of Melbourne study shows that children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, CNBC reported. The research was based on data from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, which involved input from 315 same-sex parents ( out of 390 ) and a total of 500 children. Of these participating families, 80 ...


Study-Religious-counseling-associated-with-suicide-tries

Study: Religious counseling associated with suicide tries - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new study finds that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals ( LGB ) who sought mental health treatment from health care providers were no less likely to attempt suicide than LGB people who did not seek any treatment at all, but seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt. The study, ...


HBHCs-HEALE-program-Educating-nurses-about-LGBTQ-elders

HBHC's HEALE program: Educating nurses about LGBTQ elders - by Liz Baudler - "When a person's getting older and they're faced with the prospect of going into long-term care, they're being taken out of their home environment. Gay or straight: no one wants to do that," said Cecilia Hardacker, geriatric trainer at the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Hardacker is one of the trainers of the HEALE ( Health Education about ...


Bisexual-Research-Collaborative-On-Health-formed-

Bisexual Research Collaborative On Health formed - From a press release - Leading bisexual health researchers and community activists from across the country agreed to form the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health ( BiRCH ) at a meeting hosted by The Fenway Institute in Boston on June 26. BiRCH will continue high-level discussions of bisexual health research, plan a national conference, and look for ways to raise public awareness of bi health ...


Supreme-Court-lets-stand-CAs-ban-on-ex-gay-therapy-

Supreme Court lets stand CA's ban on ex-gay therapy - From a press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out is pleased today that the Supreme Court denied cert to a challenge to California's ban on harmful, ineffective "ex-gay" therapy for minors. California's law, S.B. 1172, was signed in 2012 and has been challenged in higher courts, the law being upheld each time. The Supreme Court's decision to let the law stand protects California minors ...


Surgeon-General-video-warns-on-high-LGBT-smoking-rates-

Surgeon General video warns on high LGBT smoking rates - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the Office of the Surgeon General and CDC's Office of Smoking and Health have launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities. Featuring Dr. Scout from CenterLink's Network for LGBT Health Equity, "Smoking Within the LGBT Community" examines tobacco industry targeting and the importance of LGBT inclusion in the ...


HBHC-town-hall-tackles-youth-health-issues

HBHC town hall tackles youth health issues - Educating about health, respecting patient confidentiality and breaking down information silos were just some of the topics addressed in a town hall meeting about the health needs of LGBT youths that was sponsored by Howard Brown Health Center June 16. No LGBT youth attended the meeting, where attendance was sparse, but participants did speak with HBHC officials about some issues ...


AMA-adopts-new-policy-on-gender-change-requirements

AMA adopts new policy on gender-change requirements - In a sweeping move, the American Medical Association ( AMA ) has rejected gender-affirmation surgery as a requirement for transgender individuals to update their birth certificates. This announcement comes on the heels of the World Health Organization issuing a similar ruling regarding birth certificates and such surgery. The AMA House of Delegates ( the AMA's primary policy-making body of the ...


Medicare-lifts-ban-on-trans-surgical-procedures

Medicare lifts ban on trans surgical procedures - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board ( DAB ) announced it has overturned the Medicare policy of categorically excluding coverage for gender transition—related surgical procedures that are medically necessary for many transgender people, according to ThinkProgress.org. The DAB, an independent administrative entity within HHS, ruled that the ban is unreasonable and contrary to contemporary science ...


Two-Lake-View-events-focus-on-LBTQ-health

Two Lake View events focus on LBTQ health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two events with the aim of openly discussing health issues that affect the Chicago lesbian, queer and trans* communities took place last week. On June 9, the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) held the penultimate in its series of town-hall meetings at the soon to be relocating Brown Elephant in Lake View. Hosted by HBHC Manager of Transgender ...


Federal-employee-health-plans-to-include-transition-related-care

Federal employee health plans to include transition-related care - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ) announced it was removing the exclusion of transition-related health services for Federal Employee Health Benefits plans ( FEHB ). Today's announcement is a crucial step towards ensuring that medically necessary healthcare is available to every federal worker, regardless of their gender identity. This announcement is also consistent with an ...


Howard-Brown-Health-Center-establishes-advisory-board

Howard Brown Health Center establishes advisory board - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) has established its newest community advisory board ( CAB ), which provides feedback on the center's current programs and advises the organization on its future developments. The new members include Jesse Gauger-Kiraly, Kenneth Humphrey, Andy McCrea, Armando Ramirez, Rich Scinteie, Ron Sy, Ginger Tanton and Joseph R. Varisco. Returning members include Riley Johnson, ...


Marriage-Equality-Symposium-at-Advocate-Illinois-Masonic-

Marriage Equality Symposium at Advocate Illinois Masonic - From a news release - What Does Marriage Equality Mean for My Health Care? Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will offer a free Marriage Equality Symposium to learn about health care rights in light of Illinois marriage equality. This important event brings together legal and health care experts to answer all your questions regarding the history and future of health, access and equality. Expert panelists ...


-Anti-bi-discrimination-becomes-focus-of-HBHC-town-hall

Anti-bi discrimination becomes focus of HBHC town hall - Howard Brown Health Center on June 2 convened another in its series of town hall meetings engaging community members in dialogue about health topics, with this session centering on gay, bisexual and queer men's health. Dr. Alfred Torrence, a staff physician at HBHC, and Serette B. King, HBHC's manager of Outreach Services, ran the session. Facilitators stressed that participants would ...


Step-Up-Get-Tested-aims-to-test-5000-for-HIV

'Step Up. Get Tested' aims to test 5,000 for HIV - Neighborhoods across Chicagoland will play host to free HIV testing this summer as part of the third annual "Step Up. Get Tested." campaign. This year's goal is to test 5,000 individuals for HIV between June 5 and July 4. The campaign kicks off Thursday, June 5 at 10 a.m., with testing events taking place simultaneously on the city's North, South ...


Mosier-receives-professional-honor

Mosier receives professional honor - Claudia Mosier, Psy.D., former director of mental health at the Center on Halsted, received the Supervisor of the Year award from Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern McGaw Medical, Center for graduate medical education May 28. The award was for her supervision of the interns in the LGBTQ internship program. This is the first APA approved LGBTQ psychology internship in the ...


Gareth-Thomas-in-Cinderella-South-Africa-drops-blood-ban

Gareth Thomas in Cinderella; South Africa drops blood ban - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas will tackle a new challenge this Christmas—as he stars in a pantomime of Cinderella, according to Wales Online. Thomas will join fellow cast members Lee Mead, Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones and Sam Kane in the show at New Theatre in Cardiff. Thomas, who will star as Dandini, is considered one of ...


Houston-expands-pro-LGBT-measure-change-in-HIV-statute

Houston expands pro-LGBT measure; change in HIV statute - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston, Texas, has approved an ordinance expanding anti-bias protections for its LGBT residents, The Washington Post reported. The Houston City Council voted 11 to six in favor of the ordinance May 28 after listening to more than 200 people discuss the measure. Most spoke in favor of it during a public hearing that lasted more than seven hours. Supporters of ...


Retired-doctor-reflects-on-his-90-years-in-new-book

Retired doctor reflects on his 90 years in new book - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Quentin Young offers his take on a variety of topics, including people, politics and policies, in his new book: Everybody In, Nobody Out: Memoirs of a Rebel Without a Pause. Young certainly speaks from experience. He celebrated his 90th birthday last September. Born and raised in Chicago, and still calling the Hyde Park area home, Young is now in Southern ...


Howard-Brown-announces-expansion-plans-new-board-members-

Howard Brown announces expansion plans, new board members - Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) officials and staff met May 29 with community members for the organization's 2014 annual meeting in the new location of their flagship Brown Elephant store at 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. HBHC President/CEO David Munar discussed plans for the organization's 40th anniversary, which it celebrates this year, as well as an expansion of their main facility ...


HBHC-forum-looks-at-aging-in-LGBT-community-

HBHC forum looks at aging in LGBT community - Guest column - The third of five community town-hall meetings that Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) will host this spring will focus on the health needs of Chicago's aging LGBTQ community. We welcome the participation of gay, bisexual, and queer ( GBQ ) men of all colors and ages interested in discussing the concerns and health needs of the community. The ...


Groups-present-forum-on-LGBT-health-care-curriculum

Groups present forum on LGBT health care curriculum - By Margo Anderson - On May 21, the Adler School of Professional Psychology, the Chicago Department of Public Health and University of Illinois at Chicago presented a panel discussion of LGBT issues in the health-care curriculum that streamed live on the Internet. Bechara Choucair, MD, MS, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, addressed the need to include LGBT issues in health-care coursework. ...


HBHC-officials-meet-about-LBT-womens-health-needs

HBHC officials meet about LBT women's health needs - Officials from Howard Brown Health Center met May 19 as part of their Town Hall series focusing on the health of specific populations within the LGBT community. Turnout for the public meeting, which focused on health concerns for lesbian, bisexual and trans women, was very low, with only a few community members attending. HBHC President David Munar said that pointed ...


International-study-on-homophobia-launches

International study on homophobia launches - International study on homophobia launches The first international study on homophobia in sport aims shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field, according to a press release from organizers of the Bingham Cup. Researchers will also, gather "national data" for the United States and the compare the United States ...


International-sports-study-Obama-talks-IDAHOT

International sports study; Obama talks IDAHOT - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Out on the Fields"—the first international study on homophobia in sport—aims shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field, according to a press release from organizers of the Bingham Cup. The research team working on the study, called "Out on the Fields" includes experts on homophobia from six universities, ...


Campaign-distributing-safe-sex-kits

Campaign distributing safe-sex kits - As the exclusive lubricant sponsor of the Chicagoland HIV Testing Collaborative's ( CHTC ) "Step Up. Get Tested." campaign, WET personal lubricant is distributing 100,000 safe-sex kits containing a condom and Wet Platinum lubricant. The campaign begins on June 5 with mobile HIV testing all across the Chicago area, culminating July 4. The citywide event has the support of 30 ...


New-CDC-campaign-inspires-HIV-conversations

New CDC campaign inspires HIV conversations - From a press release - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched Start Talking. Stop HIV. www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/index.html , a new national communication campaign encouraging gay and bisexual men to talk openly with their sexual partners about HIV risk and prevention strategies. Although research suggests that open communication leads to behaviors that can help reduce risk, such as HIV testing and status disclosure, studies ...


Step-Up-Get-Tested-month-long-campaign-for-HIV-testing-

Step Up, Get Tested, month-long campaign for HIV testing - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 1, 2014 )—More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV, and over 200,000 don't even know it, according to CDC estimates. As the exclusive lubricant sponsor of the Chicagoland HIV Testing Collaborative's ( CHTC ) Step Up. Get Tested. campaign, WET® personal lubricant is distributing 100,000 Safe Sex Kits containing a condom and ...


CDC-issues-PrEP-guidelines-for-health-providers

CDC issues PrEP guidelines for health providers - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 14 issued guidelines suggesting that healthcare providers prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for persons who are at high risk for HIV. According to a statement, the new guidelines offer providers information on identifying who might be eligible for PrEP, providing monitoring and support as patients take the medication, and counseling patients ...


Inside-Luries-Gender-and-Sex-Development-Program

Inside Lurie's Gender and Sex Development Program - Part three: The families - Now in its second year of full-time operation, Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender & Sex Development Program currently serves 80 transgender, gender questioning, gender queer and disorders of sex development ( DSD ) children and their families. Dr. Rob Garofalo, MD, MPG, is the co-director and founder of the program that is in an ongoing evolution and is on the cutting ...


VIEWS-LBQ-women-invited-to-join-town-hall-

VIEWS: LBQ women invited to join town hall - We know that lesbian, bisexual and queer women ( LBQ ) experience significant health disparities compared to the general population—and they require dedicated attention to properly address. For example, lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of breast cancer compared to their heterosexual counterparts, and they are less likely to receive routine health care, including breast and cervical cancer screening. ...


Chris-Varona-Hair-transplant-doctor-who-is-also-a-client

Chris Varona: Hair-transplant doctor who is also a client - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sy Sperling was a TV commercial sensation who long promoted his business with his famous tagline, "Remember, I'm not only the Hair Club president, but I'm also a client"—and he always showed a photo of himself pre-hair transplant surgery. Sperling founded Hair Club in 1976 and he has since faded into commercial lore. But Chris Varona can relate. Varona, 41, ...


Inside-Luries-Gender-Sex-Development-Program-Part-two-

Inside Lurie's Gender & Sex Development Program, Part two - The Sex Development Clinic - According to the Intersex Society of North America, the number of times a child is "born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, comes out to about 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 2,000 births." However, the society also notes that some children can be born with "subtler forms of sex-anatomy ...


UIC-delves-into-trans-health-care-policy-with-film

UIC delves into trans* health care policy with film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Trans*Health @ UIC" was the topic brought under the microscope at the community discussion the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy's ( IRRPP ) Race, Sexuality and Violence Series hosted April 9 on campus. The purpose of "Trans*Health @ UIC" was ...


HBHC-celebrates-past-future-at-annual-meeting-

HBHC celebrates past, future at annual meeting - From a press release - Howard Brown Health Center Celebrates its Past and Future at Annual Meeting Chicago, IL — May 2, 2014 — Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) has stood as a beacon for LGBTQ equality for 40 years, and our services only grow more vital in today's changing healthcare landscape. To commemorate past accomplishments and unfold plans for the year ahead, ...


Iowa-House-passes-HIV-bill-unanimously

Iowa House passes HIV bill unanimously - From a press release - DES MOINES—After a series of negotiations, a historic bill passed through the Iowa House early this morning that will modernize Iowa's discriminatory HIV law. Iowa's current law, 709c, is based on outdated science and beliefs that actually discourages testing and disclosure because of severe penalties associated with simply knowing one's status. The new bill, Senate File 2297 ( SF2297 ), ...


Inside-Lurie-Childrens-gender-sex-program-Part-1-of-3

Inside Lurie Children's gender/sex program, Part 1 of 3 - The Gender Development Clinic - Christie and Rob are the proud parents of Elexa. The family lives in Kalamazoo, Mich. When she was around 16 months old, Christie and Rob noticed that Elexa preferred the colors pink and purple. She also liked to play dress up and found joy in all things sparkly. Last summer—at the age of six— she told her parents that she ...


-HBHC-hosting-town-hall-meetings

HBHC hosting town-hall meetings - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) is inviting community members to participate in a series of town-hall meetings to discuss the health and wellness needs of Chicago's diverse LGBTQ community. HBHC will rely on the community needs assessment for planning and quality improvement initiatives. The center plans to share results to spur public awareness and support for LGBTQ health-promotion ...


Femelle-Beauty-Collective-to-hold-Sex-Kiki-Forum-

Femelle Beauty Collective to hold Sex Kiki Forum - From a press release - Femelle Beauty Collective will hold its first Sex Kiki Forum on May 17, 2014 between 8pm and 11pm for all female identifying adults, this includes: transgender, male bodied, and cisgender individuals to appreciate the full spectrum of female energy. This intimate Wine Mixer which will be held in Pilsen, explores flirting do's and don'ts, with Flirtatious Etiquette as the topic ...


AFC-forum-features-first-man-cured-of-HIV

AFC forum features first man cured of HIV - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Timothy Ray Brown, known to many as the Berlin Patient, marked the seven-year anniversary of being cured of HIV by sharing his story at a community forum hosted on April 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center's Cassidy Auditorium. The event, which the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine coordinated, also highlighted key ...


Rainbow-flag-tops-Ugandan-peak-Quebec-OKs-surrogacy-claim

Rainbow flag tops Ugandan peak; Quebec OKs surrogacy claim - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A California activist and business owner literally has taken LGBT pride to new heights, Advocate.com noted. Neal Gottlieb, the founder and owner of Three Twins Ice Cream, planted a rainbow flag atop Uganda's highest peak to protest the African country's recent passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Gottlieb, a former Peace Corps volunteer and graduate of Cornell University, published the photo ...


Fat-Blossom-Farm-supports-sustainable-agriculture-fun

Fat Blossom Farm supports sustainable agriculture, fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fat Blossom Farm—located in Allegan, Mich., about 150 miles from Chicago—is a small, family-run place committed to practicing sustainable agriculture. Jacob Ruth Quincy and his wife, Liz Ruth Quincy, were living in Washington state and wanted to start a farm in the Midwest to be closer to their families. His mother, Laurie Smith, also is passionate about nature and organic ...


AIDS-groups-criticize-HIV-transmission-case

AIDS groups criticize HIV transmission case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Officials from local AIDS organizations spoke against an announcement April 24 that a Chicago man was being charged with criminal transmission of HIV. According to Cook County prosecutors, Johanson Little, of the 4400 block of South State Street, dated a Cook County woman from June 2012 to June 2013. She later tested positive for HIV and said that Little was ...


HHS-announces-Medicare-info-for-same-sex-marriages

HHS announces Medicare info for same-sex marriages - The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B special enrollment periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages, according to a news release. While ...


87M-grant-for-young-MSM-and-HIV-study

$8.7M grant for young MSM and HIV study - Thanks to an $8.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Drug Abuse, the largest comprehensive study of young men who sleep with men ( MSM ) recently launched. The multidisciplinary study, "Multilevel Influences on HIV and Substance use in a YMSM Cohort," will include psychologists, physicians, virologists, developmentalists, network scientists and statisticians from Northwestern University, Oxford University ...


Doctor-sheds-light-on-cosmetic-surgery

Doctor sheds light on cosmetic surgery - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. David Shifrin specialized in cosmetic surgery because, he said, of his perceptive nature, love of geometry and creative desire. While he does some medical reconstructive work, "100 percent of the clients in his Chicago office are cosmetic patients", and he kindly spoke to the Windy City Times about considerations a patient might have before undergoing cosmetic, or plastic surgery. ...


HBHC-to-host-community-town-hall-meetings

HBHC to host community town-hall meetings - Howard Brown Health Center Hosts Community Town-Hall Meetings CHICAGO ( April 21, 2014 ) — Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) invites community members to participate in a series of town-hall meetings to discuss the health and wellness needs of Chicago's diverse LGBTQ community. The sessions are part of HBHC's community needs assessment, conducted every five years to gauge ...


Lambda-sues-for-denial-of-care-to-Illinois-trans-woman-

Lambda sues for denial of care to Illinois trans woman - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Urbana, IL, April 16, 2014 ) - Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy. The lawsuit alleges a violation of the ACA's non-discrimination provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis ...


UIC-delves-into-trans-healthcare-policy-with-film

UIC delves into trans* healthcare policy with film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Trans*Health @ UIC" was the topic brought under the microscope at the community discussion the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy's ( IRRPP ) Race, Sexuality and Violence Series hosted April 9 on campus. The purpose of "Trans*Health @ UIC" was ...


Conversion-therapy-bill-falls-in-state-House

Conversion therapy bill falls in state House - Only 44 Illinois House members voted for HB5569 April 10, the bill that would ban controversial conversion therapy for minors in the state. Fifty-one voted no, leaving 22 absent for the vote. This was on the same day an anti-bullying billed passed with 64 votes in the House. This also means that many Democrats voted against the bill or were ...


Fourth-Circuit-looks-at-rights-of-intersex-child

Fourth Circuit looks at rights of intersex child - From a press release - New York, April 9, 2014—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should protect the right of an intersex child to recover damages from doctors who authorized and performed irreversible and unnecessary cosmetic genital surgery on him during infancy, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today. The ...


Area-officials-monitoring-LA-meningitis-scare

Area officials monitoring L.A. meningitis scare - Chicago health officials are closely monitoring several cases of meningitis that have recently broken out in the Los Angeles area, but say that for now there is no evidence that any widespread outbreak has spread to the Chicago region. Eight Los Angeles County residents, four of whom were gay or bisexual men, have come down with meningitis in 2014. Three ...


HHS-Some-same-sex-couples-now-equal-status-for-Medicare

HHS: Some same-sex couples now equal status for Medicare - From a press release - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS ...


As-Munar-leaves-John-Peller-discusses-taking-over-AFC

As Munar leaves, John Peller discusses taking over AFC - On April 1, David Munar began a new chapter at Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), as president and CEO, taking over an organization rocked by scandal for the past many years. His entrance is a marked and, for many in the city, hopeful change; he will be its first leader in many years to actually have any experience ...


Quigley-speaks-on-blood-ban

Quigley speaks on blood ban - On March 31, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley spoke to OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students at the University of Chicago Law School, about re-evaluating the FDA's criteria that prohibits men who have sex with men ( MSM ) from donating blood. MSM are currently prohibited from donating blood for life based on their sexual orientation rather than their level of ...


Extreme-Weight-Loss-looking-for-couples-

'Extreme Weight Loss' looking for couples - The ABC show Extreme Weight Loss, now in its fifth season, is looking for couples. The series is ideally looking for couples who would like to lose weight ( at least 75 pounds ) together, or those who may feel their weight are holding them back from proposing. Trainer Chris Powell will work with contestants over the course of one ...


-Center-on-Halsted-marks-LGBT-Health-Week-with-forum

Center on Halsted marks LGBT Health Week with forum - In celebration of LGBT Health Week, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) hosted a community discussion on HIV and sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) in Chicago's LGBT community on March 28. The event, at Center on Halsted in Lakeview, included an overview of CDPH's 2013 HIV/STI Surveillance Report and a panel discussion where local leaders outlined ...


Report-highlights-less-documented-LGB-health-risks-

Report highlights less documented LGB health risks - A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT youth are at higher risk of being bullied and considering ...


-Budget-bite-Dental-care-Medicaid-and-HIV

Budget bite: Dental care, Medicaid and HIV - Most Americans—and by extension, their policy makers—view dental care as either being about receiving superfluous cosmetic procedures or getting relief from tooth pain, said Dr. Mona Van Kanegan, DDS. Rarely do they think of it as an integral part of their overall health. "Your mouth is the first part of your digestive system, and it's what most people use to ...


-Outgoing-ALCC-director-reflects-on-life-in-public-service

Outgoing ALCC director reflects on life in public service - Liz Baudler - "A life in public service is the key to personal happiness," Ann Hilton Fisher said in an interview a few years ago. And as the outgoing executive director of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ), she should know. One would think a multi-decade career in legal advocacy for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens might burn ...


Conversion-therapy-ban-advances-to-House-floor

Conversion therapy ban advances to House floor - The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which prohibits therapy claiming to 'cure' homosexuality for minors, passed the House Human Services Committee March 26 by a vote of 9-6 and is on its way to the House floor. HB5569, introduced in the House Feb. 14 by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, forbids mental health providers from engaging in practices aimed at changing ...


Sebelius-on-LGBT-Health-Awareness-Week

Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week - From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services News Division - A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to bring attention to the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans and to highlight the progress we've made in our work to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans, especially through implementation of ...


Tissue-is-the-issue

Tissue is the issue - The following is an excerpt from the late Chicago writer Jon-Henri Damski's 1997 anthology dead/ queer/proud ( Firetap Press ). To be healthy you must have the courage to be insane. On Friday, my doctors are going to put me to sleep. For an hour or two, my life will be in their hands. With this interruption, I am not ...


HIV-medication-guide-for-med-plans-available-

HIV-medication guide for med plans available - Monday, March 31, is the deadline to enroll in a plan on the Illinois health marketplace. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has gone through the available Illinois marketplace plans and put together a guide on the cost of HIV medications for each plan. For those who qualify for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program ( ADAP ), and ...


AFC-offers-guide-to-HIV-meds-in-Marketplace-Plans-

AFC offers guide to HIV meds in Marketplace Plans - From The AIDS Foundation of Chicago - Monday, March 31 is the deadline to enroll in a plan on the Illinois health marketplace and it's crucial that people living with HIV/AIDS have all the information they need to choose a plan that works for them. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has combed through the available Illinois marketplace plans and put together a guide on ...


Radio-service-for-the-disabled-includes-LGBT-news

Radio service for the disabled includes LGBT news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Internet has a wealth of information ready and waiting for consumption. News articles populate Twitter. Interesting links are posted on Facebook, and heartwarming pictures shared via Flickr. Along with all the vast quantity of mainstream resources there also lies specialized sources to obtain news and vignettes to people with disabilities, including people whom are blind or visually impaired. One ...


Eating-disorders-more-likely-to-affect-LGBTs

Eating disorders more likely to affect LGBTs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental illnesses and LGBTQ persons are at a remarkably high risk for these disorders and no one is talking about it," said Chase Bannister. Bannister is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and a certified eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is also vice ...


Arizona-lawmaker-comes-out-mag-gets-HIV-AIDS-patient-lists

Arizona lawmaker comes out; mag gets HIV/AIDS patient lists - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A veteran Arizona lawmaker who was a vocal critic of a bill that touched off a national debate over discrimination came out as gay, saying, ''I wanted to let everyone know I am gay, I'm a Latino and I'm a state senator and it's OK," the Associated Press reported. State Sen. Steve Gallardo said he felt the need to come ...


Get-Covered-Illinois-brings-tour-to-Humboldt-Park

Get Covered Illinois brings tour to Humboldt Park - The Get Covered Illinois Road 2 Coverage statewide mobile tour made a stop at the Erie Family Health Center in Humboldt Park on March 6. Nearly 50 people showed up for help with enrollment, and nearly half successfully completed enrollment at the event. Featuring a branded Get Covered Illinois recreational vehicle ( RV ), the tour provides ways to reach ...







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