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

Trans, queer immigrants demand ICE release LGBTQ detainees - About two dozen 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 ...


Upcoming-Music-for-Matthew-Trans-adult-queer-film-events-Lollapalooza

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 ...


Workshops-look-at-legal-systems-treatment-of-trans-individuals

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 ...


Camp-Aranutiq-A-place-for-transgender-and-gender-variant-youth

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 ...


TELEVISION-New-Girls-on-the-Block-trans-focused-series-examines-trans-issues

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 ...


DoJ-moves-against-university-for-discriminating-against-trans-employee

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 ...


Trans-100-celebrated-in-Chicago

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 ...


Texas-prison-agrees-to-put-Lambda-transgender-client-in-safekeeping-

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 ...


Windy-City-Times-writer-nominated-for-Lisagor-award

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 ...


Williams-Institute-to-do-first-of-its-kind-study-of-transgender-population-

Williams Institute to do first-of-its-kind study of transgender population - From a press release - Researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health are launching a first-of-its-kind study of the transgender population in the United States that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender individuals. The study, which is being led by Ilan H. Meyer, ...


Lake-View-voice-lab-helps-trans-clients-find-their-voices

Lake View voice lab helps trans clients find their voices - Jackson Voice Lab sits unassumingly in the basement of St. Peter's Episcopal Church near Broadway and Belmont Avenue. But once inside, the space swells voices, making it perfect for vocal training. Owner Liz Jackson finds Lakeview a great spot to attract young, artistic professionals, and as Jackson Voice Lab offers services to trans individuals looking to help their voice compliment ...


Transgender-community-members-demonstrate-demand-recognition

Transgender community members demonstrate, demand recognition - Video coveraage - Declaring a State of Emergency for transgender people of color, around 50 members of the Chicago chapter of the Trans Latin@ Coalition and their allies gathered at the Daley Center on March 20 for a Trans Lives Matter Mobilization. The rally came in the wake of the murders of eight transgender women in 2015 along with alleged incidents of abuse ...


NC-trans-activist-18-commits-suicide-

N.C. trans activist, 18, commits suicide - In Charlotte, North Carolina, friends and community members mourned the passing of a local transgender youth activist Blake Brockington, who committed suicide, QNotes reported. Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School. Last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student after winning a fundraising competition and drawing in thousands of ...


DePaul-forum-looks-at-19th-century-transgender-labor

DePaul forum looks at 19th-century transgender labor - "History is an awesome major or class to take for gender and women's studies people or people who are political because we need you to study this history," said Jen Manion, assistant professor of history and director of the LGBTQ resource center at Connecticut College. This was the primary message that Manion conveyed during the Q&A following the lecture—entitled "To ...


Upcoming-UChicago-LGBTQ-Creating-Change-Latin-week-Trans-pres-appointee-

Upcoming: UChicago LGBTQ; Creating Change; Latin@ week; Trans pres appointee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life By Jonathan Jones From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a ...


World-Lesbian-tennis-player-restroom-situation-IKEA-website-

World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


Navys-top-enlisted-sailor-supports-open-service-by-transgender-troops

Navy's top enlisted sailor supports open service by transgender troops - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the report by the Navy Times that the senior enlisted sailor of the U.S. Navy - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy ( AW/NAC ) Mike Stevens - would support open and honest service by transgender troops ...


Davis-extremely-proud-of-time-at-Transgender-Law-Center

Davis 'extremely proud' of time at Transgender Law Center - Kris Hayashi moves from deputy director to executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) on Feb. 1, replacing Masen Davis, who left the organization Feb. 15. Davis, 43, has been with TLC for more than seven years and said he wants to "remain in the movement," although he first plans to take a break, travel ...


-Jan-9-murder-of-Papi-Edwards-confirmed-as-trans-related

Jan. 9 murder of Papi Edwards confirmed as trans-related - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Papi Edwards, a transgender woman of color, in Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot to death at the Fern Valley Motel on January 9, 2015. Early police and media accounts consistently misnamed and misgendered the victim, and only now are we learning that, according to BuzzFeed ...


-National-roundup-Supreme-Court-and-marriage-trans-inmate-motion

National roundup: Supreme Court and marriage; trans-inmate motion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign announced that more than 200,000 people from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality, according to a press release. Authored by attorney Roberta Kaplan—who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of ...


Group-offers-tools-to-end-trans-domestic-violence-murder-

Group offers tools to end trans domestic violence murder - From a FORGE press release - Already in the first few months of this year, an unconscionable and seemingly growing number of transwomen, especially trans women of color, have been murdered in the U.S., a fact that is deeply - and rightfully - upsetting to our community. Circumstance behind a number of these murders seem to be rooted in domestic or intimate partner violence. At least ...


Study-Discrimination-by-law-enforcement-toward-LGBTs-pervasive-

Study: Discrimination by law enforcement toward LGBTs pervasive - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals. To address such discrimination and to improve effective policing more generally in the United States, President Obama's Task Force on ...


Participants-named-for-Natl-LGBTQ-Task-Force-trans-leadership-event-

Participants named for Nat'l LGBTQ Task Force trans leadership event - From a press release - The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced the individuals selected to participate in this year's Transgender Leadership Exchange, a unique six-month leadership development program for transgender and gender non-conforming community leaders. The program will by facilitated by Chicagoan Angelica Ross and Jakob Hero. "Since 1973, the National LGBTQ Task Force has helped nurture and develop thousands of LGBTQ activists who ...


CA-wont-do-business-with-companies-discriminating-against-trans-employees

CA won't do business with companies discriminating against trans employees - From a press release - SACRAMENTO - The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), Equality California ( EQCA ), and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) applaud the introduction of a California Bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by denying transgender workers the same benefits and healthcare coverage they ...


VIEWS-The-second-coming-of-the-man-who-would-be-queen

VIEWS The second coming of the man who would be queen - There are times when you read an article that's nothing more than a screed, a scream of resentment, in this case on behalf of a man who has slid into irrelevancy. In what appears to me to be an attempt to capitalize on the alleged Jenner transition, win some plaudits from reactionary fellow travelers, and prepare the ground to promote ...


Parenting-teaching-conference-focuses-on-trans-youth

Parenting/teaching conference focuses on trans youth - About 200 teachers, principals, support staff, social workers, healthcare professionals and parents gathered for a day-long conference "A Day in the Life of Transgender Students: Creative Approaches to Teaching and Parenting Elementary, Middle and High School Youth" at BMO Harris Bank in Naperville, Illinois, on Feb. 27. The conference—which the Naperville Community Network: Professionals Supporting LGBTQ Youth and the Illinois ...


KY-Senate-passes-Bathroom-Bully-Bill-Republicans-join-opposition

KY Senate passes "Bathroom Bully Bill", Republicans join opposition - From a press release - ( Frankfort, KY ) After a rare double committee vote—one virtually in secret—the Kentucky Senate passed Senator C.B. Embry's anti-transgender "Bathroom Bully Bill" Senate Bill 76 with a vote of 27-9 after lengthy debate. Three Republicans joined Senate Democrats opposing the bill, including Senator Jared Carpenter ( Berea ), Senator John Schickel ( Union ), and Senator Julie Raque Adams ...


At-the-heart-of-Mama-Gloria-Allen

At the heart of 'Mama' Gloria Allen - It was Gloria Allen's mother Alma, grandmother Mildred Johnson, great-aunt Fannie Hearn and actress Sophia Loren whom she has said were the most inspirational in the past and present development, sensibilities and unshakable determination of a woman so beloved by all the souls she has touched that they call her "mama" without a moment's hesitation or doubt of kindred familiarity. ...


The-Skew-explores-trans-identity-topics-through-satire

'The Skew' explores trans-identity topics through satire - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television has so refined the model of caddy woman-centric talk shows that nearly every major network has one. The "by women for women" panels of hostesses typically include a stand-up comedian, an African-American woman ( or two ), an A-list headliner and a lesbian. Then there's the wildcard: likely to be Asian or Republican, possibly both. Discussion points run the ...


National-Pol-and-trans-granddaughter-suicide-FBI-and-Fred-Phelps

National: Pol and trans granddaughter; suicide; FBI and Fred Phelps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) has opened up about his transgender granddaughter, according to a Huffington Post column by Marsha Aizumi. Honda discussed his grandchild in a video at Courageous Conversation, a one-day symposium for superintendents and school leaders that focuses on how to make schools safer for their students. In addition, he posted a photo of both ...


-Pritzkers-foundation-funds-trans-oral-history-project

Pritzker's foundation funds trans oral history project - From a press release - MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL—Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has generously awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest. This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours ...


Defense-Secretary-Ashton-Carter-comments-on-transgender-service

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comments on transgender service - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, at a town hall in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter answered a question concerning service by transgender people, saying "I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them." The American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the statement with a call to action urging the ...


2015-Trans-100-set-to-debut-under-new-management

2015 Trans 100 set to debut under new management - The profound sadness and somber commemoration of the names of those transgender individuals who have fallen over the past year and are the focal point of the annual Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ) takes place one month before the onset of a season renowned for darkness and bitter cold. In the comparably short span of three ...


US-murders-of-trans-and-gender-exploring-people-continue

U.S. murders of trans and gender-exploring people continue - Following the Feb. 10 murder of transgender woman Penny Proud in New Orleans, the community nationwide was stunned as two more trans and gender-exploring individuals were slain in the United States within the span of five days. On Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio, 22-year-old Brian Golec was stabbed to death by Golec's father who is now in police custody under ...


SPLC-suit-demands-healthcare-for-transgender-inmate-in-Georgia-prison

SPLC suit demands healthcare for transgender inmate in Georgia prison - From a press release - MACON, Ga. — The Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender woman who has been denied medically necessary treatment and sexually assaulted by other inmates while held at a men's prison. WATCH: Ashley made secret video inside the prison to tell her story - ...


HUD-tells-homeless-shelters-to-respect-self-identified-gender

HUD tells homeless shelters to respect self-identified gender - From the National Center for Transgender Equality - Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) released long-awaited guidance to ensure equal access for transgender people in homeless shelters. The guidance, issued to shelters and transitional housing programs across the country, call for access to shelter and programs to be based on a person's self-identified gender. This follows similar guidance issued by the Department of ...


Epidemic-Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-largely-ignored

Epidemic: Murders of trans women of color largely ignored - [Originally posted Feb. 15 at Windy City Times] Shortly after Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time magazine last year, the media worldwide erupted with stories and opinions concerning the Transgender Tipping Point. Attempting to discern what it really meant, a June 24, 2014 editorial in the New Statesman declared that "something enormous is happening in our culture. In ...


Two-reports-detail-wide-discrimination-against-transgender-Americans-

Two reports detail wide discrimination against transgender Americans - - When the Supreme Court of the United States rules on the issue of same-sex marriage later this year, many of the advocacy organizations and groups nationwide that have fought for a resolution to the issue are hopeful that LGBTQ equality will take a giant leap forward. However two reports released February 18 by the Denver-based LGBT think tank The Movement ...


Rep-Honda-speaks-about-transgender-granddaughter

Rep. Honda speaks about transgender granddaughter - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — PFLAG National and The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) have issued the following joint note of support to Congressman Mike Honda ( CA-17 ), who at today's Courageous Conversation symposium in Los Angeles, CA, shared that he has a beloved transgender granddaughter: On behalf of the many API and LGBTQ families across this ...


Army-considers-change-in-policy-on-transgender-soldiers

Army considers change in policy on transgender soldiers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) released the following statement today in response to the news that the Army is considering a policy change regarding dismissal of transgender service members, who are still prohibited from serving openly. According to documents obtained by USA Today, any decision to discharge a transgender service member will soon need ...


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Army approves hormone treatment for Manning - The U.S. Army has approved hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking national-security secrets to Wikileaks, according to NBC News. Manning revealed her gender identity as a transgender female after being convicted and sentenced to 35 years in military prison at Fort Leavenworth in July 2013. Chase Strangio—attorney with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & HIV ...


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VIEWS The case of Bruce Jenner, and our transphobia - What happens when the voracious 24/7 news cycle clashes with the personal journey of a bold-faced name who appears to be coming into their own as transgender? You get a wave of what many people are interpreting as transphobic coverage. It began on the retouched cover of InTouch, stretched across social media, and landed on the front-page of Saturday's New ...


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Laverne Cox to co-star on CBS pilot - Laverne Cox already made history, becoming the first openly transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination for her breakout role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. However, she is now looking to break more ground with the first transgender series regular character on broadcast TV played by a transgender actor, according to Deadline. Cox is set to co-star ...


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Kim Gordon; MCA trans* forum; Women, Work, and Gender exhibit; Driehaus jewelry - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


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MCA hosting trans* forum on Feb. 18 - The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., is hosting "Zackary Drucker, The Skew" Wed., Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. Drucker, an artist, presents a program that combines performance with discussion to explore issues of transgender representation and gender equality. Playing with the idea and structure of the diversity talk, Drucker will present a panel discussion that closely follows ...


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MBLGTACC confab Feb. 13-15; Laverne Cox to speak - The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) 2015 will take place Feb. 13-15 at Illinois State University. Transgender actress/activist Laverne Cox is slated to be the featured speaker. Among others scheduled to appear are bisexual activist Robyn Ochs, slam poet Kit Yan and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Bianca del Rio. A different Midwest college or ...


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Lecture about trans labor in 19th century March 10 - The lecture "To Work As a Man: Transgender Narratives and Labor in Early Nineteenth-Century America" will take place Tuesday, March 10, 1-2:30 p.m., at Richardson Library 300, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. Jen Manion, assistant professor of history and director of the LGBTQ center at Connecticut College, will be the keynote speaker. Manion co-edited Taking Back The Academy: History of Activism, ...


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Ariz. Superior Court overturns Jones conviction - In a rare happy ending for a transgender individual caught up in the legal system, the ACLU reported on January 26 that the Superior Court of Arizona has overturned Phoenix social-studies student and activist Monica Jones's April 2014 misdemeanor conviction of manifesting intent to solicit prostitution. The case hinged on the May 2013 arrest of Jones under the Phoenix ordinance ...







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