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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, ...


TELEVISION-Becoming-Us-A-real-life-Transparent-

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 ...


LGBT-homelessness-training-Bilingual-trans-history-Black-lesbian-history-survey

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 ...


Chicagos-TransTech-opens-office-in-DC-at-HRC

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, ...


Jenner-on-cover-of-Vanity-Fair-Call-me-Caitlyn

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 ...


Trans-queer-immigrants-demand-ICE-release-LGBTQ-detainees-

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 ...


Deborahs-Place-marks-30-years-fighting-for-homeless-women

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 ...


Girl-Scouts-include-transgender-girls-

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 ...


Missing-Chicago-trans-woman-located

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 ...


Conference-shows-consequences-of-gender-norms

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 ...


-HRC-Gender-Proud-work-for-visibility-of-Philippine-trans-community

HRC, Gender Proud work for visibility of Philippine trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Gender Proud, a transgender advocacy and awareness organization, announced a three-city public education campaign to inform the public about, and destigmatize the lives of, transgender people in the Philippines. In conjunction with a three-city speaking tour headlined by Gender Proud Founder Geena Rocero, HRC will help support and organize ...


-Windy-City-Times-reporter-wins-Lisagor-Award

Windy City Times reporter wins Lisagor Award - Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a senior staff reporter for Windy City Times, won a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club for her four-part series on violence against transgender women on Chicago's West Side. The category was in-depth reporting in community media. The first part of the series looked at the case of Eisha Love, a transgender woman sitting in ...


-Transgender-employee-takes-action-against-Barnes-Noble-

Transgender employee takes action against Barnes & Noble - From a press release - May 6, 2015 — Today, Transgender Law Center, Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP, and the Law Offices of G. Samuel Cleaver filed suit against Barnes & Noble, Inc. for its discriminatory treatment of a transgender employee, Victoria Ramirez, who worked for six years at two Barnes & Noble stores in Orange County, California. When Ms. Ramirez informed management that she ...


Trans-student-petitions-for-gender-neutral-accommodations

Trans student petitions for gender-neutral accommodations - Round Lake High School student Jonas Valentine—who came out as transgender earlier this year—has lobbied for more gender-neutral accommodations at the school, The Chicago Tribune reported. "What happened was, when I came out [as male], they pretty much isolated me off to the teachers' locker room to get changed for gym and to use the restroom. It's just for the ...


Rainbow-Train-on-track-to-childrens-gender-expression

'Rainbow Train' on track to children's gender expression - Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter and music educator Chana Rothman may look like she lives a mainstream life with a male partner, her 4 and 2 year-old sons and a baby on the way. However, she plays an unconventional tune, which has gone into her first children's album, Rainbow Train. Rothman grew up in Toronto, Canada. Her musical track began at 14, when ...


VIEWS-Peeing-in-Peace

VIEWS: Peeing in Peace - I've been around a long time as an out and proud trans woman, almost 18 years now. I thought I'd seen it all—misrepresentations, out-and-out lies, double-dealing, betrayed promises—the very worst of American politics in regard to the basic civil rights of trans people. I was wrong. It can get worse, and in fact, it already is. It used to be ...


In-the-Life-Erin-Sanders

In the Life: Erin Sanders - Erin Sanders leaves her suburban home at about 9:20 p.m., every night. She starts work at 10, and is on the road driving shortly thereafter. Her destination? Toledo, Ohio. And she does it nightly, five nights a week. It's 550 miles every night; 2,750 miles per week. On a good night, her drive time is nine to nine-and-a-half hours. In ...


Rogers-Park-trans-woman-and-landlord-settle-for-now

Rogers Park trans woman and landlord settle-for now - A transgender woman who has, for many months, been embroiled in litigation against her landlord—who she alleges tried to evict her because of her gender identity and because her fiance is African-American—has settled with the landlord in court on other related lawsuits. But a discrimination complaint against the landlord that the woman filed with the city is still pending, she ...


Out-diver-at-Kremlin-pope-nixes-ambassador-trans-person-attacked

Out diver at Kremlin; pope nixes ambassador; trans person attacked - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out gay Olympic diver Tom Daley has been praised for posting a photo of himself in front of the Kremlin in Moscow, Pink News noted. Russia passed a law in 2013, banning the "promotion of non-traditional" sexual orientations, and has been widely condemned since, including calls to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics last year. Daley—a Brit who's dating Oscar-winning screenwriter ...


National-Biden-at-HRC-event-Little-Rock-trans-gamers-suicide

National: Biden at HRC event; Little Rock; trans gamer's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 2, according to a press release. HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "For years, she has spoken out on LGBT issues from youth well-being, to anti-bullying efforts, to ensuring that ...


Jenner-ABC-interview-sparks-debate-Chicago-trans-women-respond-

Jenner ABC interview sparks debate, Chicago trans women respond - [Updated April 27] When a former Olympic champion and reality television celebrity who asked for the present to be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns described growing up and living as a transgender individual during an April 24 prime-time 20/20 special on ABC estimates placed viewership at close to 17 million people. The Hollywood Reporter called it ...


Striking-increase-in-Americans-who-know-trans-people

'Striking' increase in Americans who know trans people - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Results from a new national survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reveal a significant uptick in the number of Americans who say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and a corresponding increase in favorable feelings toward transgender people. The data, collected for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows that ...


The-Baton-becomes-Transformative

The Baton becomes 'Transformative' - Chicago's Baton Show Lounge has entertained crowds for more than 46 years with female impersonators. Now the producers of a new endeavor called Transformative are hoping to capture that success in a unique way. Tibsen Entertainment Productions and 47th Street Studios have collaborated on a new project that aims to not only entertain but inform people on the daily life ...


National-Finance-Company-sued-for-firing-transgender-employee-

National Finance Company sued for firing transgender employee - From a press release - Civil Rights Groups Sue National Finance Company for Illegally Firing Transgender Employee ( New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2015 )—A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates. Tristan Broussard, 21, was hired by Tower ...


Life-at-80-Renee-Richards-on-and-off-the-tennis-court-

Life at 80: Renee Richards on and off the tennis court - She truly is a pioneer, now 80, who has left her three-fold mark worldwide—as a professional tennis player, a still-practicing ophthalmologist, and an early pioneer for the LGBT community, particularly the transgender part of the rainbow. Pick a term to tag Renee Richards: icon, legend, role model … or all of the above. But Richards now mostly just concerns herself ...


Talk-show-on-lives-of-transgender-individuals-casting-April-18

Talk show on lives of transgender individuals casting April 18 - From a press release - Tibsen Entertainment Productions along with 47th Street Studios is searching to cast for a talk show based onthe lives of Transgender individuals. This show will look into the personal lives of women that are not seen as typical among society standards, giving the audience an inside look into their lives. The goal is to dispel and eventually change the ideas ...


Briefs-Trans-soldier-Obama-against-conversion-therapy-blood-donation

Briefs: Trans soldier; Obama against conversion therapy: blood donation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Military has first openly trans soldier Army Sgt. Shane Ortega has become the first openly transgender individual in the military, according to a Washington Post item. Ortega is a helicopter crew chief in the Army's 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. Having him serve the rest of his career as a man would require a significant change in Pentagon rules, which ...


Southern-Poverty-Law-Center-statement-on-Ashley-Diamond-case-

Southern Poverty Law Center statement on Ashley Diamond case - From a press release - The following statement was issued by SPLC Deputy Legal Director David Dinielli following the disclosure that the Georgia Department of Corrections has changed its policy relating to the provision of hormone therapy to transgender prisoners. "We are pleased to learn that the Georgia Department of Corrections has rescinded its prior, unconstitutional policy. We currently are reviewing the new policy to ...


Center-marks-ITQI-Day-of-Visibility

Center marks ITQI Day of Visibility - For the Center on Halsted's first International Trans, Queer, Intersex ( ITQI ) Day of Visibility celebration on April 4, the stage and stadium seating of the Hoover-Leppen Theatre had been removed and replaced by an array of sofas and candlelit tables. Two DJs provided the music as transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and intersex individuals of all ages and backgrounds ...


Transforming-Gender-The-Edge-of-the-Knife

Transforming Gender: The Edge of the Knife - A recurring column - Before I came out and began living as a woman almost 18 years ago, I never really gave much serious thought to whether or not I wanted Gender Realignment Surgery ( GRS ). I was working in retail and getting by, but not so well that coming up with $20,000 or more to get my genitalia refurbished seemed like a ...


EEOC-to-ensure-restroom-access-for-transgender-employees

EEOC to ensure restroom access for transgender employees - From an NCLR press release - ( San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, ruled that an employer's refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII. The decision addressed a charge filed ...


Film-about-transgender-teacher-in-Hawaii-on-PBS-May-4

Film about transgender teacher in Hawaii on PBS May 4 - From a press release - ( San Francisco ) - At a time when transgender and gender nonconforming people across the U.S. and around the world have achieved unprecedented visibility in popular culture, but continue to suffer extreme violence, harassment, discrimination, and isolation, Independent Lens presents Kumu Hina, a moving film from Hawaii that offers a bold new perspective on gender diversity and inclusion through ...


Open-group-letter-on-2015-violence-against-LGBTQs-trans-women-of-color-

Open group letter on 2015 violence against LGBTQs, trans women of color - From a press release - This is an open letter from LGBTQ organizations in the United States regarding the epidemic violence that LGBTQ people, particularly transgender women of color, have experienced in 2015. We appear to be in a moment of crisis in LGBTQ communities. Unfortunately, this is not new: our movement was born out of a response to violence and police raids, and ...


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Upcoming: Music for Matthew; Trans, adult, queer film events; Lollapalooza - and more - Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst April 2 Journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan will present "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage" on Thursday, April 2, at Elmhurst College. Sullivan's talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. Through his blog The Dish—which began in 2000 and ended in February—Sullivan chronicled major political and cultural moments, reaching ...


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Workshops look at legal system's treatment of trans individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reports such as the 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality- and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-authored "Injustice at Every Turn," along with the February 2015 Movement Advancement Project study entitled "Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans" have both detailed extensive discrimination against members of the transgender community by the criminal-justice system. Workshops for attorneys and judges designed to educate them ...


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Camp Aranu'tiq: A place for transgender and gender-variant youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times byMarissa Novel - For many, sleepaway camps are a childhood tradition. Some, however, were excluded from this custom because of their gender identity until 2010. Nick Teich, a 31-year-old transgender man, has attended conventional summer camps since 1993. While working as a volunteer in 2009, he decided to transition. "When I announced I would be transitioning genders, they told me I was no ...


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TELEVISION 'New Girls on the Block' trans-focused series examines trans issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new trans-focused television series, New Girls on the Block, is set to premiere Thursday, April 11 at 9 p.m.CT on the Discovery Life Channel. The show sets out to follow a group friends from Kansas City, Missouri, showcasing some of their past struggles with gender identity and how they navigate daily struggles and successes now. Caroline Gibbs, a licensed ...


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DoJ moves against university for discriminating against trans employee - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University ( Southeastern ) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma ( RUSO ) for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of her sex and retaliating against her when she complained ...


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Trans 100 celebrated in Chicago - The annual Trans 100 event recognized individuals from across the country March 29 at The Mayne Stage in Chicago. The standing-room-only audience was comprised of allies and an empowered transgender, gender non-conforming and genderqueer community. The evening's co-hosts were community ambassador and trans evangelist Precious Davis and advocate Myles Brady. They were still soaring from both their recent engagement and ...


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Texas prison agrees to put Lambda transgender client in safekeeping - From a press release - Houston, TX ( March 30, 2015 ) — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( "TDCJ" ) announced that today it will place Lambda Legal client Passion Star in Safekeeping as had been requested in an emergency motion filed earlier this month to protect her from further sexual assault and threats to her life. Passion Star is a transgender woman ...


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Windy City Times' writer nominated for Lisagor award - Windy City Times' writer Gretchen Rachel Hammond has been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for a Peter Lisagor award in the category of non-daily, best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper. The award recognizes work done by local journalists last year. Hammond is the author of a series on transgender women targeted on Chicago's West Side, beginning with A ...







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