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2nd-Annual-TransReelization-opens-hearts-and-unlocks-doors-

2nd Annual TransReelization opens hearts and unlocks doors - Award-winning filmmaker Lana Wachowski opened her art and the Chicago studio that forges it to more than 170 people on Aug. 29. Those who attended the second annual TransReelization event held at Kinowerks Studio not only received an intimate tour through the boundless imagination of Wachowski and her brother Andy but three of the stars from their critically-acclaimed Netflix series ...


Chicago-panel-calls-for-awareness-action-for-murdered-Black-trans-women

Chicago panel calls for awareness, action for murdered Black trans women - Just as the Aug. 25 sun began to set outside the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Social Justice Initiative's Pop Up JUST Art (PUJA) center on South Halsted Street, activist Monica James read off the names of the 18 transgender women of color murdered in 2015. James asked the more than 100 people who gathered in solidarity with the ...


Trans-led-documentary-series-launching-soon

Trans-led documentary series launching soon - From a press release - The Trans Oral History Project ( TOHP ), the oldest transgender-led organization dedicated to sharing trans stories, announced it's launching a new documentary web series. America in Transition ( AIT ) [ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/america-in-transition#/story ] will highlight social issues and positive role models from underrepresented trans communities across the US. "America in Transition is inspired by my experience coming out and ...


Report-Militarys-transgender-ban-could-end-by-May-2016

Report: Military's transgender ban could end by May 2016 - From press releases - Washington — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, responded to a report by USA Today that the military could officially lift its ban on transgender service by May of 2016. "For far too long, transgender service members and their families have been ...


Transgender-murders-in-Aurora-IL-and-Kansas-City-MO-

Transgender murders in Aurora, IL and Kansas City, MO - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Jasmine Collins of Kansas City, MO, and Keyshia Blige of Aurora, IL. These are the 18th and 19th reported homicides of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2015. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jasmine Collins, a Black transgender woman who was killed ...


Project-Fierce-buys-building-for-LGBTQ-youth-housing

Project Fierce buys building for LGBTQ youth housing - Chicago, IL —Project Fierce Chicago purchased a four-flat building on Chicago's Southwest side last week, that will eventually be home to LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. The group, comprised of independent advocates, social workers and community members, launched in 2013; the purchase of the building is the culmination of collective organizing and fundraising by dedicated volunteers. Renovation to prepare the ...


Homeland-Security-raids-Rentboycom-offices-in-New-York-

Homeland Security raids Rentboy.com offices in New York - From press releases - Transgender Law Center condemns Rentboy.com raid Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly raided the offices of Rentboy.com in New York, which has been operating in public view for 18 years, and arrested several staff on charges of racketeering and promoting prostitution. This bust comes at a time when human rights advocates globally are uniting around a call to decriminalize ...


Caitlyn-Jenner-to-headline-Nov-12-Chicago-House-luncheon-

Caitlyn Jenner to headline Nov. 12 Chicago House luncheon - Chicago House and Social Services Center announced, on Aug. 24, that Caitlyn Jenner will give the keynote address at Chicago House's 2015 Speaker Series luncheon Nov. 12. Windy City Times reported the news two weeks ago, but the agency confirmed details Aug. 24. Jenner, a former Olympian and a winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, made headlines earlier ...


Caitlyn-Jenner-to-headline-Chicago-House-Speaker-Series-

Caitlyn Jenner to headline Chicago House Speaker Series - From a press release - ( August 24, 2015/Chicago, IL ) — It was announced today that Caitlyn Jenner, Olympian and recent winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 7th annual Chicago House Speaker Series luncheon, being held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30 am ...


Trans-Liberation-and-Black-Lives-Matter-Tuesday-5-30pm-1255-S-Halsted-

Trans Liberation and Black Lives Matter, Tuesday, 5:30pm, 1255 S. Halsted - From a press release - NATIONWIDE — On Tuesday, August 25th, in cities around the country, Black Lives Matter and organizers will stand against the violence facing black transgender women, saying once and for all that Black Trans Lives Matter. In Chicago Black Trans Lives + Labor will gather at 5:30pm at 1255 S Halsted. From Washington DC, to Columbus, Ohio, organizers will #SayHerName, acknowledging ...


Upcoming-events-TransReelization-Rodeo-Round-Town

Upcoming events: TransReelization; Rodeo Round Town - TransReelization fest Aug. 29 The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the ...


NCAVP-mourns-deaths-across-the-nation

NCAVP mourns deaths across the nation - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Kandis Capri of Phoenix, AZ; Elisha Walker of Rowan County, NC; and Tamara Dominguez in Kansas City, MO. This spike in violence now brings the total number of reported homicides against transgender or gender non-conforming people to 17. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Kandis Capri, ...


LGBTQs-in-LA-protest-homicides-targeting-transgender-people

LGBTQs in LA protest homicides targeting transgender people - Today, Tuesday, August 18 in Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m., LGBTQ activists and community leaders will be holding a rally to call for an end to the continued violence and homicides targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people taking place throughout the country. Supported by the National LGBTQ Task Force, the rally is organized by TransLatin@ Coalition, FAMILIA: Trans and Queer ...


NCTE-policy-advisor-is-first-openly-trans-White-House-official

NCTE policy advisor is first openly trans White House official - The White House has hired its first transgender official. National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Freedman-Gurspan previously served as NCTE's policy advisor for the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. In a statement, NCTE Executive Director Mara ...


Chelsea-Manning-found-guilty-of-breaking-prison-rules-

Chelsea Manning found guilty of breaking prison rules - Chelsea Manning was found guilty on four charges of breaking prison rules and will receive 21 days of restrictions on recreation as punishment, although she did not receive indefinite isolation. After the hearing, she tweeted, "I was found guilty of all 4 charges @ today's board; I am receiving 21 days of restrictions on recreation—no gym, library or outdoors," according ...


Chicago-researcher-among-recipients-of-transgender-health-grant

Chicago researcher among recipients of transgender-health grant - The National Institutes of Health ( NIH ) announced, on Aug. 14, that it has awarded $5.7 million for a five-year study that will evaluate the long-term outcomes of medical treatment for transgender youth. Among the co-investigators in the study is Dr. Robert Garofalo, division chief of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and ...


-APA-adopts-trans-GNC-guidelines

APA adopts trans, GNC guidelines - During the American Psychological Association's ( APA's ) 123rd Annual Convention, new practice guidelines were adopted that involve gender. The 16 recommendations state that psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming ( GNC ) people should seek to provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about their clients' gender identities or gender expressions. For example, one guideline explains ...


Guide-for-helping-trans-students-released

Guide for helping trans students released - Five national organizations have introduced "Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools," a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all transgender students, kindergarten through 12th grade. The lead authors are Asaf Orr, the Transgender Youth Project staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian ...


Trans-immigrants-in-custody-are-subject-of-US-House-briefing

Trans immigrants in custody are subject of U.S. House briefing - U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, hosted a briefing on transgender immigrants in custody Aug. 5 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. The briefing, which was open to congressional staff and members, comes on the heels of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's ( ICE ) announcement this past June of new guidance concerning transgender detainees. Prior to the release ...


TransReelization-fest-Aug-29-features-stars-of-Wachowskis-Sense8

TransReelization fest Aug. 29 features stars of Wachowski's Sense8 - The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the production company of siblings ...


13th-trans-woman-murdered-in-US

13th trans woman murdered in U.S. - In Dallas, Shade Schuler, 22, was found dead—making her the 13th transgender woman murdered in the United States this year, according to LoneStarQ.com. This total surpasses the total from all of last year. Schuler's body was actually found July 29. However, it was so badly decomposed that it took authorities nearly two weeks to identify her. In a statement, National ...


New-England-Journal-of-Medicine-Health-costs-minimal-for-trans-military-

New England Journal of Medicine: Health costs minimal for trans military - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A new analysis published today in the prestigious New England Journal čof Medicine finds that the cost of providing transition-related health care for transgender service members will be minimal after the Pentagon lifts its ban. In "Caring for Our Transgender Troops—The Negligible Cost of Transition-Related Care," Dr. Aaron Belkin, Palm Center director and visiting professor at ...


Gov-Christie-vetoes-second-bill-for-transgender-New-Jerseyans

Gov. Christie vetoes second bill for transgender New Jerseyans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — For the second time in two years, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has shamefully vetoed a bill that would have made easier for transgender residents to obtain an appropriate birth certificate reflecting their identity. The bill Christie vetoed ( S1195 ) would have allowed state agencies to change a birth certificate as long as proof was provided that ...


Trans-woman-killed-in-Detroit

Trans woman killed in Detroit - Amber Monroe, a 20-year-old Black trans woman, became the 12th trans woman murdered in the United States this year, according to WXYZ.com. Monroe was a student at Detroit's Wayne State University, and was found shot and killed near 6 Mile and Woodward, WXYZ.com noted. Last August, Detroit police were investigating three hate crimes, including a murder, against transgender people in ...


City-insurance-to-cover-transgender-related-health-services-

City insurance to cover transgender-related health services - Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on Aug. 5, announced that the city of Chicago will remove the exclusion of gender reassignment services from city health care benefits. Under the new rule, the insurance plans of city employees will cover such procedures. According to a release, the change will be implemented for all non-union employees; the city is also working with labor partners ...


Attorney-calls-for-trans-related-legal-challenges

Attorney calls for trans-related legal challenges - Members of the transgender community need to be more aggressive in asserting their rights, especially in the courts, according to attorney Jillian Weiss. That includes striving for legal organizations focused on trans rights, said Weiss, giving the keynote at the 2015 Trans Law Symposium August 7. "We bring a specific kind of understanding to being trans in the world that ...


Conference-to-look-at-HIV-and-the-trans-community-

Conference to look at HIV and the trans community - The Primary Prevention Early Intervention Committee of the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council ( CAHISC ) will be hosting a conference on the structural, institutional and economic realities of HIV within the transgender community, "Transformation Conference," Thursday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. The organizer of the conference is ...


Youth-families-share-their-transTRUTH

Youth & families share their #transTRUTH - From a press release - TRUTH campaign launches to build storytelling movement for trans youth and supportive families Oakland, CA — Today, Transgender Law Center and GSA Network launched TRUTH, a national storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families to share their stories in their own words and in their own way. ...


APA-adopts-guidelines-for-working-with-transgender-gender-nonconforming

APA adopts guidelines for working with transgender, gender-nonconforming - From a press release - TORONTO - Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should seek to provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about their clients' gender identities or gender expressions, according to practice guidelines adopted during the American Psychological Association's 123rd Annual Convention. The "Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People" were adopted by APA's Council of ...


Upcoming-TransReelization-Tiki-Holiday-Kristin-Lems-release-CD

Upcoming: TransReelization; Tiki Holiday; Kristin Lems release CD - TransReelization fest Aug. 29 The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the ...


Mayor-Emanuel-says-city-health-benefits-to-cover-trans-services-

Mayor Emanuel says city health benefits to cover trans services - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the City of Chicago is poised to remove the exclusion of gender reassignment services from city health care benefits; the change will be implemented for all non-union employees, and the city is working with labor partners to also remove the exclusion for union members. The change, which will apply to current city employees and ...


Amanda-Lepore-releases-IAmanda-Lepore-Make-Over-Sessions

Amanda Lepore releases "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions" - From a press release - The world's mega-famous transsexual returns to the dance floor with "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions", her long-awaited double-disc album of remixes and re-edits of classics from her acclaimed debut. Some of the tracks on the new record have been completely overhauled such as the now Giorgio Moroder-inspired Zoned Out update of "Doin' It My Way." A few, including "My Pussy" ...


Seattle-to-host-international-confab-on-trans-gender-nonconforming-topics-

Seattle to host international confab on trans, gender-nonconforming topics - From a press release - Seattle, WA, July 29, 2015….Gender Odyssey, an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming ( GNC ) people, will be held in Seattle, WA from August 19 — 23, 2015. The conference is attended by a diverse set of participants, from practitioners to activists to families to trans and GNC individuals of all ages. packed ...


Torch-carried-by-Jenner-to-be-auctioned

Torch carried by Jenner to be auctioned - The 1984 Summer Olympics torch that Caitlyn Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada ( when she was known as Bruce Jenner ), is being auctioned off, Page Six has noted. The 24-inch torch, which has a brass finish and leather handle, is being offered by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30. Insiders say ...


World-news-Trans-woman-killed-Drag-queens-banned-Rio-prisons

World news: Trans woman killed; Drag queens banned; Rio prisons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Scotland, drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event—with the reason being that they might offend transgender people, The London Evening Standard reported. Organizers of Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an "anti-commercialist" alternative to the Scottish city's main Pride event, have announced the controversial ban. They said, in part, "The decision was taken by ...


Competing-trans-legal-events-set-to-take-place-in-Chicago

Competing trans legal events set to take place in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In order to provide individuals with a cost-effective alternative to the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference—Transgender Law Institute, a number of attorneys who work on trans legal issues got together and created the first-ever Trans Law Symposium. Both events will take place Aug. 7, just blocks away from each other. The symposium will be held at Jenner & ...


Entertainment-Nick-Jonas-Caitlyn-Jenner-Lucy-Lawless-RuPaul

Entertainment: Nick Jonas; Caitlyn Jenner; Lucy Lawless; RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actor Nick Jonas was literally in chains for his performance at G-A-Y at London's Heaven club recently, NewNowNext.com noted. "You know we gotta do something special for the G-A-Y audience," he teased, as drag queens Mary Mac and Baga Chipz put his arms in shackles before moving down to put two more around his ankles. Jonas eventually broke free of ...


Transgender-students-restroom-access-case-is-likely-to-proceed-

Transgender student's restroom access case is likely to proceed - NORFOLK, Va. — A federal court in Virginia today heard arguments in the case of a transgender male student at Gloucester High School who seeks to use communal restrooms that match his gender identity. The case challenges a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. G.G. v. Gloucester County ...


Chaz-Bono-on-stage-in-Down-the-Road-in-LA

Chaz Bono on stage in "Down the Road" in LA - From a press release - Actor, "Down the Road" producer and activist Chaz Bono returns to the stage in a dramatic portrayal in the role of William Reach, a serial killer serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for the mrders of l9 women. His newest victims could be Dan and Irin Henniman, the true-crime writers who are interviewing him for his biography. ...


Queer-trans-man-leaves-impact-at-Northwestern-and-beyond

Queer trans man leaves impact at Northwestern and beyond - Dr. Kai M. Green has crisscrossed the country, having been born and raised in Oakland, California, and then at age 15 moving to Massachusetts to attend an all-girls boarding school and then on to Williams College. Next it was off to Los Angeles to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California. And since last summer, Green has called ...


India-Clarke-a-black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Tampa

India Clarke, a black transgender woman, killed in Tampa - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of India Clarke, a black transgender woman who was found beaten to death on Tuesday, July 21st in a park area of the University Area Community Center in Tampa, Florida. Monica Roberts of TransGriot first accurately identified the victim's name and gender identity, which were inaccurately ...


TransTech-launches-national-tech-and-employment-assessment

TransTech launches national tech and employment assessment - From a press release - ( Chicago, July 20 2015, ) — TransTech Social Enterprises, a creative design firm and training academy announced today they will be conducting a national assessment to connect the trans community directly to employment and educational opportunities. The assessment will act as an application and skills evaluation to guide TransTech's relaunch of their training academy and programming. This fall TransTech ...


Transforming-Gender-The-Train-Station

Transforming Gender: The Train Station - A recurring column - It's about 9:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. I'm at Penn Station in New York waiting for a train home to New Jersey after an evening in Manhattan with a friend. An older woman and her husband are sitting about 30 feet from me. I'm reading a book on my iPad and not really paying close attention until I hear the ...


National-Gay-Catholic-move-Jimmy-Carter-trans-health-app

National: Gay Catholic move; Jimmy Carter; trans health app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Members of the LGBT Catholic organization DignityUSA met in Seattle for the organization's national convention—and voted to begin advocating for equal access to all of the sacraments of the Catholic Church for LGBT people and their families, according to a press release. A unanimously passed resolution states that "DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our ...


Women-Children-hosts-transgender-education-workshop

Women & Children hosts transgender education workshop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 10, the Trans Oral History Project ( TOHP ) brought its "I Live for Trans Education" workshop to Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St. With the help of videos featuring interviews with both well-known and anonymous trans individuals, TOHP representatives handed out activity workbooks and engaged an audience of about 50 people in spirited discussions ...


Pentagon-to-lift-transgender-military-ban

Pentagon to lift transgender military ban - From news releases - From the Palm Center: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Following today's Associated Press report that the Department of Defense is finalizing plans to lift the ban on transgender service members, Palm Center director Aaron Belkin offered the following statement: "The AP report is certainly welcome news, but we need to know full details, based on an official announcement by the ...


-Navy-Marines-make-pro-trans-move

Navy, Marines make pro-trans move - The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have elevated the level of the commander able to decide whether an active-duty service member should be discharged for being transgender, Advocate.com reported. The move follows similar developments in the Army and Air Force. This change, which is effective immediately, does not quash the military's long-standing ban on open military service by transgender U.S. ...


TELEVISION-I-Am-Jazz-series-documents-famed-transgender-girl

TELEVISION 'I Am Jazz' series documents famed transgender girl - Transgender teen Jazz Jennings has always had a strong sense of self and knew—from an early age—that she was a girl trapped in the body of a boy. It has been nine years since her transition and 14-year-old Jennings—along with her family—are set to star in their own TLC docuseries entitled I Am Jazz. Jennings talked to Windy City Times ...


DOJ-supports-transgender-students-right-to-appropriate-restroom-

DOJ supports transgender student's right to appropriate restroom - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. The DOJ filed the statement in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case brought by the American ...


Trans-activist-writes-about-Obama-actions

Trans activist writes about Obama actions - Jennicet Gutierrez—a transgender activist who heckled President Obama and was ejected from a White House LGBT reception—wrote in a June 25 Washington Blade op-ed that she finds the president's actions on transgender immigrants disheartening, The Hill noted. Gutierrez wrote that her protest on June 24 is justified, given what she considers to be Obama's past inaction on helping transgender immigrants. ...


Love-is-Colorful-Make-it-Blu-film-series-launched

Love is Colorful, Make it Blu film series launched - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 30, 2015 ) — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago ( 221 N. Columbus Drive ), launches new video series, "Love is Colorful, Make it Blu," celebrating the diversity of love. Part of an ongoing commitment the hotel has to the LGBT community, the video series follows three couples as they experience the hotel, and each share their ...


ICE-has-new-guidance-on-care-of-transgender-immigrants-in-custody

ICE has new guidance on care of transgender immigrants in custody - - U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has announced updated guidelines concerning the care of transgender immigrants in custody. This announcement comes on the heels of a letter that was sent by 35 members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson calling for limits on the use of ...


Undocumented-transgender-woman-interrupts-President-calls-for-end-to-deportation

Undocumented transgender woman interrupts President, calls for end to deportation - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Just moments ago, Jennicet Gutierrez interrupted the President during the White House pride celebration shouting "President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations." As a transgender woman who is undocumented, Gutierrez said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at ...


Trans-teen-murdered-in-Alabama

Trans teen murdered in Alabama - In Alabama, an investigation into a murder of transgender teen Mercedes Williamson, 17, began when the suspect—a convicted felon and longtime member of the Latin Kings street gang—told his father he had killed someone, SunHerald.com reported. Williamson was born with the name Christopher Wilkins. Josh Brandon Vallum, 28, told his father, Bobby James Vallum, June 1 that Williamson could be ...


OPM-calls-for-ban-of-benefit-exclusions-aimed-at-trans-federal-employees-

OPM calls for ban of benefit exclusions aimed at trans* federal employees - From a press release - Washington DC— Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ) called on all Federal Employee Health Benefits ( FEHB ) plans to ban general exclusions that target transgender federal employees and dependents. The announcement came in the form of an OPM's Carrier Letter to all insurance plans that cover federal workers. Starting in January 2016, insurance plans for ...


Legislation-to-lift-transgender-military-ban-to-be-introduced

Legislation to lift transgender military ban to be introduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to the news that Rep. Jackie Speier ( D-CA ) plans to introduce federal legislation to lift the ban on transgender service members in the military caused by outdated regulations. "It's far past time for this unjust ban that harms our transgender service members and their families ...


National-referral-database-launched-for-trans-and-queer-communities

National referral database launched for trans and queer communities - From a press release - RAD Remedy is pleased to announce the open beta launch of the Referral Aggregator Database ( RAD ), a Yelp-style database designed specifically to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer people to safe, affirming, and comprehensive care nationwide. This project is the first of RAD Remedy's initiatives that address the significant health disparities and care barriers faced by these ...


Trans-teen-to-guest-on-USAs-Royal-Pains

Trans teen to guest on USA's 'Royal Pains' - Transgender teen Nicole Maines makes her acting debut as a guest star in on the June 23 episode of USA Network's Royal Pains at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. She will be on episode 704, "The Prince of Nucleotides." Maines will play Anna, a trans teenage choreographer whom Hank ( played by Mark Feuerstein ) treats. He soon discovers that ...


Local-news-Precious-Davis-in-national-campaign-Dyke-March-planned

Local news: Precious Davis in national campaign; Dyke March planned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicagoan part of gender-identity campaign Chicagoan Precious Davis is just one of the individuals in a new social-justice campaign called Happy Hippie Presents #InstaPride, a collaboration between singer Miley Cyrus and Instagram that launched June 15, according to Time.com. Davis—who sat next to her fiance, transgender man Myles Brady, throughout the shoot—posed in a floor-length sequined gown for the campaign. ...


ACLU-sues-over-discriminatory-transgender-school-restroom-policy-

ACLU sues over discriminatory transgender school restroom policy - From a press release - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. The case was filed on behalf of ...


NU-and-Lurie-program-helps-trans-kids-find-their-voice

NU and Lurie program helps trans kids find their voice - Those transgender individuals with either the financial means or, in some rare cases, coverage through insurance can select a number of medical interventions that will assist in merging their physical appearance with their identities. While a growing number of people state that a transgender individual should not have to acquire society's predeterminations of what is masculine or feminine beauty in ...


Trans-woman-petitions-for-early-release-from-Elgin-facility

Trans woman petitions for early release from Elgin facility - The Elgin Mental Health Center is a sprawling complex of buildings set in the midst of farmland, forest preserves and the gently winding Fox River. Tucked away in a corner of the campus, the entrance to the William White Forensic Unit would be entirely inconspicuous were it not for the high, arching security fence surrounding the buildings. It is within ...


School-districts-issue-pro-trans-protections-

School districts issue pro-trans protections - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Media Matters has collected the pro-transgender measures and developments involving 17 school districts across the nation in an effort to refute what it calls "the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior." Regarding Illinois, the article cites a 2006 development in which the state amended its Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in ...


Trans-attorney-Shannon-Minter-gets-White-House-appointment

Trans attorney Shannon Minter gets White House appointment - President Obama has named people to key administrative posts, including Shannon Price Minter as a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, a press release stated. Minter is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000. He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of ...


AMA-on-transgender-military-service-No-valid-reason-to-block-

AMA on transgender military service: No valid reason to block - The American Medical Association (AMA) passed a historic resolution declaring that "there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals" from U.S. military service. The voting delegates of the 222,000-member AMA urged that transgender service members be provided with necessary medical care "according to the same medical standards that apply to non-transgender personnel." The AMA resolution, which concluded that ...


Gender-bender-scholar-talks-activism-her-arrest-and-race

'Gender-bender' scholar talks activism, her arrest and race - Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest—philosopher, scholar, former professor, poet and artivist performer—was a guest lecturer this past April at Illinois State University ( ISU ) and Southern Illinois University ( SIU ), where she gave a speech entitled, "Peculiar Requests for Peculiar Bodies: Black Lives Matter, [Trans] Gendered Violence, Disability, and Women in the Post-racial, Post-sexist Present." A self-described mixed-blood person, ...


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TELEVISION 'Becoming Us': A real-life 'Transparent' - Evanston teen Ben Lehwald lets television viewers into his world when he introduces us to his family on the ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us, premiering June 8. This is not another family sitcom. Ben's parents divorced only a few years ago. The plot twist came later: when Ben's dad, transitioned from being Charlie Lehwald to Carly Lehwald. The series follows ...


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LGBT homelessness training; Bilingual trans history; Black lesbian history survey - Survey on Black lesbian history Longtime Chicago lesbian activist and historian Melvyna Gaynor is seeking survey respondents for her new history project. She would like people to answer the questions below to help us compile data essential to producing a video documentary on the Black LGBT community in Chicago from 1970 until today. Email awareone7@yahoo.com for more information. Homelessness training ...


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Chicago's TransTech opens office in D.C. at HRC - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that TransTech Social Enterprises ( TTSE ) will maintain an office at HRC national headquarters, giving the Chicago-based company a foothold in the nation's capital to advance its work in providing education, job skills training and workplace connections to transgender people. "TransTech has grown exponentially in the past year, ...


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Jenner on cover of Vanity Fair: Call me 'Caitlyn' - From a press release - NEW YORK, N.Y.—Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. She tells Pulitzer Prize—winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, "That was a ...


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Trans, queer immigrants demand ICE release LGBTQ detainees - More than 50 transgender and queer immigrants rallied in front of Immigration Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) headquarters in Washington D.C. May 27 demanding the release of LGBTQ immigrants from ICE detention centers. The demonstration was part of Operation Break the Cage—a multi-organizational effort to raise awareness of the horrendous psychological and physical abuses suffered by immigrant transgender women currently ...


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Deborah's Place marks 30 years fighting for homeless women - The Old Testament tells a story of a powerful woman of Israel named Deborah who one day saw the terrible oppression of her people and set out to raise an army of 10,000 to combat it. In her song she says that the "villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose—a mother in Israel." When ...


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Girl Scouts include transgender girls - The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is an organization that welcomes transgender girls. The group's guidance on serving transgender girls, on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page, was actually publicized four years ago. The page ( http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith/faqs.asp#a5 ) states: "Q: What is Girl Scouts' position on serving transgender youth? "A: Girl Scouts is proud to be the ...


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Missing Chicago trans woman located - A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry who had been missing since May 6, 2015 has been located according to her father Jerry Nicholas, Sr. However Nicholas believes she remains in an extremely dangerous situation both medically and in terms of her surroundings. Nicholas and family friend Derek Banks said that Berry had undergone brain surgery at Rush University ...


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Conference shows consequences of gender norms - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The consequences of society's inflexible adherence to its perceptions and expectations of gender were the focus of Why Gender Matters—a day-long conference held May 4 at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Public Schools and the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, True Child, the Jewish Women's Foundation and ...







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