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Wachowskis-to-open-studio-to-benefit-TransLife-Center

Wachowskis to open studio to benefit TransLife Center - Andy and Lana Wachowski ( the award-winning directors and producers of films such as Cloud Atlas, the Matrix series and V for Vendetta ) are offering the chance to join them at their private, 20,000-square-foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater—all to benefit Chicago House's TransLife Center. The inaugural event, "TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio," will give ...


Illinois-takes-step-to-end-trans-insurance-bias-

Illinois takes step to end trans insurance bias - From a press release - CHICAGO — Several Illinois-based advocacy groups joined together today to praise the Illinois Department of Insurance for taking a crucial first step in addressing discrimination against transgender Illinoisans in insurance coverage. The groups — the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Lambda Legal and the TransLife Center of Chicago House & Social Service Agency — ...


Equality-Michigan-takes-on-MichFest-trans-ban

Equality Michigan takes on MichFest trans ban - From a press release - DETROIT — In 1991, Nancy Burkholder was first thrown out of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for being transgender. Since that time, several more transgender people have been asked to leave the event out of respect for its "womyn-born-womyn intention" which discourages transgender women from participating in the music festival held annually in Michigan and attended by women from across ...


TransPride-beach-party-draws-more-than-400

TransPride beach party draws more than 400 - The 400-plus trans* people and their allies, friends, spouses, partners and children who gathered July 27 at Ardmore Hollywood Beach in Edgewater were a living, joyful testament to how much has changed in such a short period of time. The first Chicago TransPride beach party was celebrated fewer than three miles from Montrose Harbor where the body of Selma Diaz—a ...


-Chicago-Trans-Pride-takes-to-the-beach-July-27

Chicago Trans* Pride takes to the beach July 27 - On July 27, Trans Pride will celebrate the broad spectrum of transgender identity and demonstrate trans* visibility with a potluck picnic at Chicago's Ardmore Hollywood Beach. The event was planned and announced by a group of independent Chicago community members. As beaches are traditionally not trans*-affirming or body-positive spaces, the gathering will stake claim in public space and join together ...


MUSIC-Trans-singer-Ty-Nic-releases-Who-I-Am

MUSIC Trans singer Ty Nic releases 'Who I Am' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Nic isn't your typical college student. Currently studying business at the College of DuPage, Nic plans on earning a certificate in audio engineering after graduation. But his aspirations aren't what make Nic atypical; he is a 20-year-old transgender singer who just released his first single "Who I Am" off his freshman studio album, My Journey. Since his junior year ...


Hobby-Lobby-still-fighting-to-deny-trans-womans-rights

Hobby Lobby still fighting to deny trans* woman's rights - In a June 30 ruling in favor of the religious beliefs of national chain Hobby Lobby superseding contraceptive care for its female employees, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito determined that "corporations are people." "When rights, whether constitutional or statutory, are extended to corporations, the purpose is to protect the rights of these people," he said. Yet there is one ...


-NCLR-applauds-USDA-trans-non-bias-rule-

NCLR applauds USDA trans non-bias rule - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., July 16, 2014 )—Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) released a final rule that extends crucial non-discrimination protections to transgender and gender non-conforming participants in many USDA services and programs. The rule amends the existing USDA non-discrimination rule, 7 C.F.R. 15( d ), to add "gender identity" as a prohibited basis for discrimination in ...


Laverne-Cox-on-FREE-CECE-kids-and-uniting-LGBTs

Laverne Cox on 'FREE CECE,' kids and uniting LGBTs - Laverne Cox has changed the world as the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time Magazine this past June. Portraying Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has brought her into the computers and living rooms of people everywhere. Cox's latest endeavor is a documentary currently in production called FREE CECE, in which she ...


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 ...


-Chicago-Trans-Pride-July-27

Chicago Trans* Pride July 27 - On July 27 a gathering will take place at Chicago's Ardmore Hollywood Beach to demonstrate trans* visibility. A group of independent Chicago community members announced a beach-side pride event for the transgender community. Trans Pride will be celebrate the broad spectrum of transgender identity with a potluck picnic. The group stated: "Trans Pride is one more way to increase trans ...


Wachowskis-to-open-studio-for-TransLife-Center-benefit-

Wachowskis to open studio for TransLife Center benefit - CHICAGO — The Matrix series. V for Vendetta. Cloud Atlas. For years, Andy and Lana Wachowski, the award-winning directors and producers of these films, have kept their Hollywood secrets hidden from the general public. But on Saturday, Aug. 2, the sibling duo is thrilled to offer an exclusive opportunity to join them at their private, 20,000-square foot industrial movie production ...


ISU-to-make-all-gender-restrooms-available-on-campus-

ISU to make 'all-gender' restrooms available on campus - Single-stall restrooms, or "family" restrooms, as they had been known, will now be known as "all-gender" restrooms in signage on the Illinois State University campus in Normal. The change was voluntary, and implemented after officials noticed the signage was being used on other college campuses, videtteonline.com reported July 1. Only a handful of restrooms are affected by the change, as ...


WGCI-host-tweets-anti-trans-slur-then-apologizes

WGCI host tweets anti-trans slur, then apologizes - On July 10, The Advocate's Parker Molloy published a story concerning Chicago station WGCI's use of an anti-trans slur about Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox on its Twitter account. The hip-hop and R&B station was tweeting about the John Legend video "You & I ( Nobody in the World )" in which women of all races, ages and body types stare ...


UN-committee-Chile-see-gaps-in-trans-intersex-protection-

UN committee, Chile see gaps in trans, intersex protection - From a press release - ( Geneva—8 July 2014 ) The United Nations Human Rights Committee ended its dialogue with the Chilean government today about the country's fulfillment of its human rights obligations in areas related to civil rights, political participation, and judicial guarantees. The committee, which monitors implementation of the key human rights convention on civil and political rights, spent one and a half ...


-TransTech-launches-tech-focused-training-program

TransTech launches tech-focused training program - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, July 8th 2014 ) — Today TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ), announced the launch of their tech-focused training and apprenticeship program for the LGBTQIA community with a focus on trans identified individuals. Led by Executive Director / CEO Angelica Ross, TransTech will have two main programs addressing unemployment in the transgender community: 1. ) The Training ...


Wade-to-step-down-as-TransLife-director

Wade to step down as TransLife director - Chicago House announced July 8 that Bonn Wade, director of the organization's TransLife Center in Edgewater, will be stepping down from their position at the end of July. Wade has not announced their future plans. "When Chicago House opened up the TransLife Center over a year ago, there was just one person we wanted to be the founding Director, and ...


Gay-team-makes-history-Laverne-Cox-tops-world-list

Gay team makes history; Laverne Cox tops world list - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia's first gay rugby union team ( the Sydney Convicts ) made history July 6 when it become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match, according to a press release. The Convicts beat Macquarie University ahead of the game between the NSW Waratahs ( AUS ) and the Highlanders ( NZ ...


Em-VanderLinden-on-social-justice-gender-expression

Em VanderLinden on social justice, gender expression - Em VanderLinden, away from xir work at Center On Halsted, is pretty similar to how xe is at the Center, which has been xir home away from home since July 2013 in Princeton University's Project 55 fellowship. ( Note: "Xe" and "xir" are the gender-neutral pronouns that VanderLinden prefers. "These pronouns stand in contrast to a binarist system of identification. ...


Event-to-focus-on-trans-military-service

Event to focus on trans military service - "We Have Waited Long Enough: Open Transgender Service in the U.S. Military," a discussion with Aaron Belkin of The Palm Center, will take place Wed., Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m. at The Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago. After Belkin's talk there will be a book-signing by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall, authors of Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders. ...


Trans-billboard-campaign-launches-in-Chicago

Trans* billboard campaign launches in Chicago - Chicago groups took the lead in highlighting the profiling and misconception of transgender communities nationwide through a first-of-its-kind advertising campaign unveiled July 2 in West Garfield Park. Representatives of the TransLife Center at the Chicago House and Camp Firebelly—a 10-day workshop for designers seeking to combine their ability with idealism—were on hand as the cover was gradually pulled away from ...


TransLife-Center-Firebelly-launch-transgender-billboards

TransLife Center, Firebelly launch transgender billboards - Art meets advocacy. Thanks to a partnership between Chicago House and Firebelly Design, Chicagoans are about to see some eye-catching new billboards pop up around Chicago. Each year, Firebelly Design hosts Camp Firebelly, an intensive 10-day immersion experience that invites talented young designers from around the world to occupy the studio, Camp Firebelly challenges students to address social issues through ...


Chicago-salutes-the-service-of-LGBT-veterans

Chicago salutes the service of LGBT veterans - "Whereas throughout the history of America, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans of diverse yet convergent backgrounds have fearlessly defended the principals of the declaration of independence and the constitution of these United States through their service in the United States Armed Forces side-by-side with their heterosexual counterparts." So began Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proclamation declaring June 30, 2014 Lesbian, Gay, ...


Rabbi-speaks-on-transgender-issues-at-Skokie-congregation

Rabbi speaks on transgender issues at Skokie congregation - Making a Jewish community more welcoming for transgender members or visitors was the topic of a talk given by Rabbi Cindy Enger June 26 at Ezra-Habonim, Niles Township Jewish Congregation ( EHNT ), 4500 W. Dempster St., in Skokie. Enger, who is a part-time rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash in Chicago, gave an overview about medical and psychological issues that ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-found-shot-to-death-in-Ohio

Transgender woman of color found shot to death in Ohio - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Tiff Edwards who was found shot to death in Walnut Hills, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, on Thursday, June 26th. According to local media reports she was discovered by a sanitation worker and her body was lying in the middle of the road. NCAVP has responded to ...


PASSAGES-Naya-Taylor

PASSAGES Naya Taylor - Windy City Times received word from Lambda Legal that Naya Taylor passed away June 20 unexpectedly passed away after complications from a heart attack. Lambda Legal was representing Taylor, a transgender woman, in an unrelated federal discrimination lawsuit because she had been denied medical care that is routinely provided to non-transgender patients. The WCT profile below is one of the ...


Upcoming-event-focuses-on-trans-military-service

Upcoming event focuses on trans military service - "We Have Waited Long Enough: Open Transgender Service in the U.S. Military," a discussion with Aaron Belkin of The Palm Center, will take place Wed., Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m. at The Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago. After Belkin's talk there will be a book-signing by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall, authors of Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders. ...


BOOKS-Laura-Erickson-Schroths-work-looks-at-the-trans-self-

BOOKS Laura Erickson-Schroth's work looks at the trans* self - Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Laura Erickson-Schroth wanted to play sports with boys, wear masculine clothing and benefit from all the opportunities that had been given to her male friends simply as awards for their gender. At home, her mother kept a copy of the Boston Women's Health Collective's groundbreaking 1971 book Our Bodies Ourselves—a publication that has been ...


Queerly-Beloved-A-Love-Story-Across-Genders

Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders - BOOK REVIEW - By Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall $16.95; Bold Strokes Books; 235 pages Why do you stay with the one you love? You can count the ways: he makes you laugh. She's tender, kind and generous. You love being in his arms. He's a good dancer. She's hot. There a million reasons to love, each as individual as the lovers. But ...


Kokumo-Kinetic-reported-missing-reportedly-found

Kokumo Kinetic reported missing; reportedly found - Update below - This story has been updated; Kokumo has reportedly been found and she is safe. Transgender artist-performer Kokumo Kinetic has been found after she was reported missing June 20. Kinetic, who is based in Chicago, had last been seen in a Baltimore, Maryland, Motel 6 on June 19, when she reportedly seemed "confused," said commentator TransGriot on her Facebook page. The ...


Reyes-Another-trans-woman-of-color-murdered-

Reyes: Another trans woman of color murdered - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply concerned about the death of Zoraida Reyes, a transgender woman of color in Anaheim, California. Zoraida was a well-known and well-loved transgender rights and immigrant rights activist who worked with numerous organizations including community groups such as the Orange County Dream Team, DeColores Queer Orange County and Familia. According ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-A-Unique-interview-with-Alex-Newell-

NUNN ON ONE: TV A 'Unique' interview with Alex Newell - Alex Newell entered the limelight during auditions for The Glee Project on the Oxygen Network. The show surrounded a group of hopefuls competing to replace cast members on the successful musical television show Glee. Newell was one of several winners earning a guest shot for two episodes. To his surprise, his character, Wade Adams—also known at Unique—garnered such popularity that ...


Belkin-in-Chicago-to-discuss-transgender-military-service

Belkin in Chicago to discuss transgender military service - Plus: Booksigning by Diane, Jacob Anderson-Minshall - "We Have Waited Long Enough: Open Transgender Service in the U.S. Military," a discussion with Aaron Belkin of The Palm Center, will take place Wed., Aug. 20, 2014, 6-8 p.m. at The Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago. After Belkin's talk there will be a booksigning by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall, authors of Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across ...


-Trans-GOP-candidate-prevails-in-Nevada

Trans GOP candidate prevails in Nevada - An openly transgender woman claimed the Republican nomination in her bid to represent Nevada in the state legislature, The Washington Blade reported. Lauren Scott, who's transgender and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, won the Republican primary election for Nevada Assembly District 30 in a contest against Adam Khan by taking 58 percent of the vote. The district—which includes ...


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 ...


Pritzkers-company-buys-Gold-Coast-houses

Pritzker's company buys Gold Coast houses - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Col. Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises has followed purchasing vintage homes in Evanston and Rogers Park by buying two 19th-century homes in Chicago's Gold Coast area, according to ChicagoBusiness.com. One property is a four-story limestone row house on State Street, purchased May 2 for $1.75 million. The other is a red brick Italianate row house built in 1882 on Chestnut Street; ...


PASSAGES-Zoraida-Reyes-transgender-Latina-activist-

PASSAGES: Zoraida Reyes, transgender Latina activist - From an ALMA press release - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) stands in solidarity with all LGBT Latino/as mourning the death of transgender Latina activist, Zoraida Reyes from Orange County, CA. Zoraida began her activism by advocating for the federal DREAM Act, which would have granted undocumented youth a path to citizenship. She continued her activism to push for immigration reform, most ...


Lambda-transgender-woman-celebrate-a-win-against-discrimination-

Lambda, transgender woman celebrate a win against discrimination - From a news release - "No one should be stripped of their dignity because they are incarcerated or in transitional housing." ( Marion, IL, June 10, 2014 ) — Today, Donisha McShan leaves The H Group, the Marion, Illinois, halfway house where she was receiving substance abuse counseling, as a proud transgender woman who successfully fought for her right to be treated as a woman ...


Jacob-and-Diane-Anderson-Minshall-talk-Queerly-Beloved-

Jacob and Diane Anderson-Minshall talk 'Queerly Beloved' - BOOKS Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Diane Anderson-Minshall is no stranger to the LGBT literary world. She began her career at in 1990 at Crescent City Star, a weekly LGBT newspaper in New Orleans before joining the lesbian erotic magazine On Our Backs three years later. From there, she co-founded Girlfriends magazine with her partner, Susannah "Suzy" Minshall, and helmed popular publications such as Curve and ...


Laverne-Cox-to-be-on-Katie-Couric-show-June-10

Laverne Cox to be on Katie Couric show June 10 - From a press release - Katie Couric will sit down for a live interview with actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox for her nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "Katie." In this all new episode, Couric will talk to Laverne Cox about her Time Magazine cover story and the new season of the Netflix original hit "Orange Is The New Black." Cox first appeared on the ...


Transgender-violinist-vocalist-to-play-Carnegie-Hall

Transgender violinist, vocalist to play Carnegie Hall - From a news release - NEW YORK CITY, NY ( June 4, 2014 ) History will be made at New York City's world-famous Carnegie Hall, when accomplished violinist and vocalist, Tona Brown, becomes the first African-American transgender woman to perform at the storied Weill Recital Hall at 7:30 PM, on Wednesday, June 25, during LGBT Pride Week. Ms. Brown, whose notable achievements include singing the ...


Sun-Times-removes-anti-trans-commentary

Sun-Times removes anti-trans commentary - Chicago Sun-Times on June 3 removed an editorial that suggested that actor Laverne Cox, who recently appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, "is not a woman." The article, published May 30 in the Sun-Times, was written by Kevin D. Williamson and originally appeared in the conservative publication National Review. Besides questioning Cox's gender identity, the piece also posited that ...


Activists-GLAAD-blast-Sun-Times-commentary-on-Laverne-Cox

Activists, GLAAD blast Sun-Times commentary on Laverne Cox - Update below: Chicago Sun-Times removes op-ed, apologizes - Activists and community organizations are taking aim at an column reprinted in Chicago Sun-Times that suggested that actor Laverne Cox, who recently appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, "is not a woman." The column, published May 30 by the Sun-Times, was written by Kevin D. Williamson and originally appeared in the conservative publication National Review. Besides questioning Cox's gender ...


Transgender-man-denied-use-of-locker-room-sues-NYC-Parks-Dept

Transgender man denied use of locker room, sues NYC Parks Dep't - From a press release - New York, NY - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund ( TLDEF ), with pro bono co-counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, today announced that it has filed suit against the New York City Parks and Recreation Department on behalf of a 24-year-old transgender man who was targeted for discrimination last summer at a public pool in Staten ...


Federal-Board-overturns-Medicare-exclusion-of-transition-care-

Federal Board overturns Medicare exclusion of transition care - From a press release - Washington, DC - An independent board within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today ruled that a Medicare policy from 1989 that categorically excluded transition-related medical procedures, regardless of medical need, is unreasonable and invalid based on today's medical science. Learn more about how this ruling affects transgender people in our Fact Sheet on Medicare Coverage of Transition-Related ...


Time-transgender-cover-story-features-Laverne-Cox

Time transgender cover story features Laverne Cox - Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox is the cover woman for the newest issue of Time magazine, a feature on "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's next civil rights frontier." The article reads in part: "The transgender revolution still has a long way to go. Trans people are significantly more likely to be impoverished, unemployed and suicidal than other ...


Maritxa-Vidal-The-mayor-of-Division-Street

Maritxa Vidal: The 'mayor' of Division Street - by Erika L. Sanchez - The first thing one notices about Maritxa Vidal, 57, is a warmth and openness that make you feel immediately at ease. Everyone on Division Street seems to know Vidal. "They call me the mayor or la princesa del paseo," Vidal joked. With a black flowy dress, impeccably styled short brown hair and a friendly face, passersby can't help but be ...


Research-150000-transgender-persons-with-military-service

Research: 150,000 transgender persons with military service - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— New research conducted by scholars at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, estimates that nearly 150,000 transgender individuals have served in the U.S. armed forces, or are currently on active duty. Study co-author and Williams Distinguished Scholar, Gary J. Gates stated, "As Americans spend this Memorial Day weekend honoring the memory of the men and women who ...


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 ...


Jennifer-Pritzker-to-be-honored-by-Bar-association-

Jennifer Pritzker to be honored by Bar association - The National LGBT Bar Association announced that retired Army Lt. Col. Jennifer Pritzker will receive the Frank Kameny Award during the organization's 2014 Lavender Law Conference, to be held Aug. 21-23 in New York City. Pritzker is the chair and founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library; president and Founder of the Tawani Foundation; and president and CEO of ...


Chicagoan-writes-nationally-from-the-T-perspective

Chicagoan writes nationally from the T perspective - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - So often, when Parker Marie Molloy read stories impacting transgender individuals, they would be botched, she said. Even LGBT media outlets weren't immune to basic mistakes, confusing pronouns, names, and using outdated information on topics like trans healthcare and policy reform. And, a number of important trans issues were going largely ignored by the media, she said. "I saw a ...


Hagel-on-trans-in-military-Clay-Aikens-dramatic-win-

Hagel on trans* in military; Clay Aiken's dramatic win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In response to a question asked by Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that medical regulations barring transgender people from serving in the military "continually should be reviewed," according to a press release from the pro-LGBT military group SPART*A. SPART*A Policy Director and former Army Captain Allyson Robinson expressed thanks for Hagel's ...


Hagel-Military-regs-barring-trans-service-should-be-reviewed

Hagel: Military regs barring trans* service should be reviewed - From press releases - From SPART*A Washington, DC — In response to a question asked by Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that medical regulations barring transgender people from serving in the military "continually should be reviewed." "We appreciate that Secretary Hagel recognizes that these medical regulations are over thirty years old, are inconsistent ...


Gender-Fusions-marks-10-years-

Gender Fusions marks 10 years - On April 24, Columbia College Chicago held its 10th-anniversary performance of Gender Fusions at the Center on Halsted. Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Kelly was on hand to greet guests on the outdoor roof terrace prior to the event. Amongst the social chatter in the spring afternoon sunshine, people were invited to make their own recycled paper. Additional photos ...


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 ...


-Bar-association-to-honor-Jennifer-Pritzker

Bar association to honor Jennifer Pritzker - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National LGBT Bar Association announced that retired Army Lt. Col. Jennifer Pritzker will receive the Frank Kameny Award during the organization's 2014 Lavender Law Conference, to be held Aug. 21-23 in New York City. Pritzker is the chair and founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library; president and Founder of the Tawani Foundation; and president and CEO of ...


Transgender-Europe-release-murder-stats

Transgender Europe release murder stats - From a press release - On May 17th, The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia ( IDAHOT ) is being held in more than 120 countries around the world. The IDAHOT is meant to raise awareness regarding the ongoing discrimination and violence committed by states, societies and individuals against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people on various scales, from homo- and transphobic legislations and ...


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 ...


Navy-promotes-then-discharges-trans-sailor

Navy promotes, then discharges trans* sailor - On its website, the U.S. Navy advises people considering joining to "Think about it. As long as you have the drive to make a difference in the world—and in your own life—there will be a place for you in America's Navy. In fact, the Navy experience can shape your future through outstanding financial benefits, unparalleled career potential, and the lifestyle ...


US-Dept-of-Education-Title-IX-protects-trans-students

US Dept. of Education: Title IX protects trans students - From a press release - Washington, DC - The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ) welcomes guidance issued today by the U.S. Department of Education which makes clear that federal Title IX law prohibits discrimination against transgender students. The guidance, from the Department's Office for Civil Rights ( OCR ), states: "Title IX's sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on ...


New-DoD-Charter-disappoints-trans-advocates

New DoD Charter disappoints trans advocates - From press releases - WASHINGTON, DC — The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's premier organization for LGBT military spouses and their families, released the following statement today in response to the signing of the new Human Goals Charter by Department of Defense officials. For the first time, sexual orientation was included with the goal to make military service in the ...


Judge-approves-Chelsea-Manning-name-change

Judge approves Chelsea Manning name change - A judge in Kansas approved a name change for the Army private who made worldwide news by releasing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, USA Today reported. "Today is an exciting day," Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, formerly known as Bradley Edward Manning, said in a statement. "I've been working for months for this change, and waiting for ...


Houston-mayors-anti-bias-law-stunning-trans-report

Houston mayor's anti-bias law; stunning trans report - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker has proposed an ordinance that would ban discrimination regarding workplaces, public businesses, housing, city employment and city contracting, The Beaumont Enterprise reported. The ordinance would ban discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age and disability, as federal and state laws do; however, the proposal would also cover veterans as well as LGBT ...


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 ...


Transgender-military-veterans-rRequest-corrected-records

Transgender military veterans rRequest corrected records - From a press release - Washington, DC — Three transgender veterans of the U.S. armed forces have filed requests with the Board for the Correction of Military Records ( BCMR ) asking that their DD214 discharge paperwork be re-issued identifying their correct gender. Their request follows a November report from The National LGBT Bar Association's Military Law Working Group, outlining clear legal precedent for allowing ...


Soccer-movie-spotlights-team-players-identity-

Soccer movie spotlights team, player's identity - One of the main storylines for the upcoming soccer documentary, Next Goal Wins, centers around Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa's third gender ( fa'afafine ), who identifies as a woman and is playing on the men's team. The film follows the American Samoa soccer team, including head coach Thomas Rongen, who promoted Saelua into the starting lineup. Saelua then ...


Indian-Supreme-Court-advances-transgender-rights

Indian Supreme Court advances transgender rights - Chicagoans react - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


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Tom of Finland stamps launch; Evans cleared of charges - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including male drawings by Tom of Finland—a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late 20th-century gay culture, according to an LGBTQ Nation item. Finland's Postal Museum will also debut an exhibition titled "Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of ...


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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 ...


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India court recognizes transgender community - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


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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 ...


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Monica Jones found guilty under prostitution ordinance - According to Monica Jones, she walked into a Phoenix Arizona Municipal Courtroom on April 11 with the cards already stacked against her. Jones was arrested in May 2013 under the city's manifestation of prostitution ordinance that gives police broad discretionary powers in deciding if a woman has intent to commit an act of prostitution. As a transgender woman of color, ...


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Wis. has first trans elected official - In Wisconsin, transgender man Gypsy Vered Meltzer was elected to the Appleton City Council, marking a historic first, the Appleton Post Crescent reported. The advocacy group Fair Wisconsin said that Meltzer is the first openly transgender individual to hold elected office in the state after he defeated Barney Lemanski 295 votes to 199. Meltzer said his dreadlocks, 50-plus tattoos and ...


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GLAAD to honor Laverne Cox; new 'Horror Story' details - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12, when she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, according to a press release. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award; Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out ...


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Transgender veteran cop to run for OK state house - from a press release - Oklahoma City— After 22 years on the Oklahoma City Police Department preceded by a tour in Desert Storm in the U.S. Army, MSgt. Paula Sophia retired April 8 in order to run for House District 88 on the Democratic ticket. State and municipal laws prohibit active police officers to run for state office, therefore Sophia had to retire in order ...







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