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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 ...


Army-approves-hormone-treatment-for-Manning-

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 ...


VIEWS-The-case-of-Bruce-Jenner-and-our-transphobia

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 ...


Laverne-Cox-to-co-star-on-CBS-pilot

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 ...


Kim-Gordon-MCA-trans-forum-Women-Work-and-Gender-exhibit-Driehaus-jewelry

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 ...


MCA-hosting-trans-forum-on-Feb-18

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 ...


MBLGTACC-confab-Feb-13-15-Laverne-Cox-to-speak

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 ...


Lecture-about-trans-labor-in-19th-century-March-10

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, ...


Ariz-Superior-Court-overturns-Jones-conviction

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 ...


LGBTQ-community-outraged-with-ongoing-transgender-homicides

LGBTQ community outraged with ongoing transgender homicides - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2015 —The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ community leaders and activists across the nation in expressing outrage against the ongoing string of homicides targeting transgender women. Just this month, three young black transgender women have been murdered. On January 9, Ms. Edwards was killed in Louisville, Kentucky and Lamia Beard was killed in Norfolk, ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Texas

Transgender woman of color killed in Texas - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Ty Underwood, a transgender woman of color, in Tyler, Texas. According to local media reports, Ty Underwood was found shot to death early Monday morning on January 26th, after a woman called 911 to say a car had hit a telephone pole and that her ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Glovely ( http://www.glove.ly/ ): They not only look stylish—but they're multifunctional. Glovely items not only keep your digits warm, but they help you work with your touch-screen devices. If you're not satisfied, there's also a 60-day return policy. Styles include cozy, solid, classic, rabbit-lined, leather and driver. —Love, Always ( http://transgresspress.org/books/ ): Love, Always is the first collection of writings ...


Saks-withdraws-argument-that-trans-people-not-covered-by-Title-VII

Saks withdraws argument that trans people not covered by Title VII - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the same case affirmatively stating ...


Out-at-CHM-opens-series-with-transgender-resilience-

Out at CHM opens series with transgender resilience - The Chicago History Museum began its 12th annual Out at CHM series on January 22 with Transmopolitan: Transgender Resilience. Trans activist and evangelist Precious Davis led and moderated a panel which represented an ongoing dynasty of transgender history, advocacy and achievement. Speakers included beloved activist and Center on Halsted charm school principal "Mama Gloria" Allen, celebrated and former Miss Continental ...


Lamia-Beard-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Norfolk-

Lamia Beard, transgender woman of color, killed in Norfolk - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Lamia Beard a transgender woman of color, in Norfolk, Virginia. According to local media reports, including the one linked here, which have been consistently misgendering and misnaming Lamia, indicate that she was found suffering from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning, January 17th. She was ...


Chicago-City-Council-prohibits-police-profiling-of-trans-people

Chicago City Council prohibits police profiling of trans* people - By a unanimous vote January 21, the Chicago City Council approved the expansion of an existing city ordinance prohibiting police profiling based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability, military discharge, marital, financial or parental status to include gender identity and national origin. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) was co-sponsor of the ordinance. "It came to the attention of council ...


EI-to-honor-TransLife-Out-at-CHM-presents-Transmopolitan

EI to honor TransLife; Out at CHM presents Transmopolitan - Equality Illinois to honor TransLife Project The TransLife Center of Chicago House is the recipient of the 2015 Equality Illinois Freedom Award for providing critical services to transgender Illinoisans. Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said, "The TransLife Center demonstrates remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for transgender people in Illinois. For transgender individuals ...


Palm-Center-to-Pres-Obama-Address-trans-military-ban-in-State-of-the-Union

Palm Center to Pres Obama: Address trans military ban in State of the Union - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — On the eve of next week's State of the Union speech, Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center, today called on President Barack Obama to address the military's ban on transgender service: "I urge President Obama to address the military's ban on transgender service during his upcoming State of the Union address, and to clarify whether ...


New-Girls-on-the-Block-explores-lives-in-transition-

New Girls on the Block explores lives in transition - From a Discovery Life Channel press release - ( Pasadena, Cal. )—Discovery Life Channel is proud to announce that New Girls on the Block, previously announced under the working title Those Girls, will premiere on April 2. New Girls on the Blockfollows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, Mo. — all friends, some couples — who just happen to be transgender. After years ...


Transparent-very-visible-at-Golden-Globes

'Transparent' very visible at Golden Globes - Amazon's groundbreaking TV series Transparent snagged two awards at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, which aired on NBC Jan. 11. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation made Transparent the first online show to win Best TV Comedy or Musical. Jill Soloway's show—which is about an older man/father who makes the transition into becoming a woman, and the reactions and lives of ...


Study-compares-mental-health-of-trans-non-trans-youth

Study compares mental health of trans, non-trans youth - From a press release - Transgender youth have disparately negative mental health outcomes related to depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, suicide attempt, and self-harm without lethal intent compared to their non-transgender youth counterparts. The finding is detailed in a new study entitled Mental health of transgender youth in care at an adolescent urban community health center: A matched retrospective cohort study published today in the Journal ...


Trans-teens-death-sparks-movement

Trans teen's death sparks movement - The death of a 17-year-old transgender Ohio woman has been called a "Matthew Shepard moment" in the fight for transgender equality. While Shepard was killed by others, and Leelah Alcorn took her own life Dec. 28, she first issued a call to action to make her life have meaning for the transgender community. The community, and mainstream media, have responded ...


India-elects-first-third-gender-mayor

India elects first third-gender mayor - A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ), according to the Huffington Post India. Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. Kinnar, 35, belonged to the Dalit community, and ...


Trans-march-in-Philadelphia

Trans march in Philadelphia - Holding candles and chanting "Trans lives matter," about 60 advocates for Nizah Morris marched through Center City in Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Gay News. The Dec. 22 event marked the 12th anniversary of a Center City "courtesy ride" Philadelphia police gave to Morris. Twelve years ago, onlookers helped an intoxicated Morris inside a police car; instead, the transwoman was transported ...


-Nominations-open-for-2015-Trans-100-

Nominations open for 2015 Trans 100 - According to the Trans 100 website, nominations for inclusion on the 2015 list are open until Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The Trans 100 was started in 2012 by Chicago activist and writer Jen Richards and Antonia E. D'orsay, executive director of This is H.O.W. in Phoenix, Arizona. In a 2014 interview with Windy City Times, Richards stressed that the Trans ...


PASSAGES-Leelah-Alcorn

PASSAGES Leelah Alcorn - A transgender teenager committed suicide in Ohio on Dec. 28, stepping in front of a moving tractor trailer truck. Leelah Alcorn was killed by the passing semitrailer on southbound Interstate 71 in Union Township. Alcorn left a gripping, emotional suicide note on her blog at Tumblr, detailing a troubled life, dominated by Christian parents who rejected their transgender child. "Please ...


VIEWS-Why-Laverne-Cox-should-be-fifth-View-co-host

VIEWS: Why Laverne Cox should be fifth 'View' co-host - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Frank McAlpin - The brilliant and amazingly talented Laverne Cox co-hosted The View recently, and let me just say Ms. Cox was everything! She was a breath of fresh air, keeping it oh so real. I have always been a huge fan of The View, as I love outspoken women discussing current events and pop culture. I mean, what gay man doesn't? However, ...


Detroit-LGBTQ-community-mourns-passing-of-transgender-man

Detroit LGBTQ community mourns passing of transgender man - The body of a 22-year-old Michigan transgender man Jay Ralko who had been missing for thirteen days was discovered on December 23 in Warren, Michigan. A statement released by Equality Michigan the following day noted that police believe the cause of death to be suicide, pending the results of an autopsy. Ralko's best-friend of five years and college roommate Ashton ...


Elton-John-weds-Trans-series-in-suburbs-Seacrest-producing

Elton John weds; Trans series in suburbs; Seacrest producing - Elton John Sir Elton John officially married David Furnish—exactly nine years after they tied the knot in a civil-partnership ceremony. The "I'm Still Standing" singer married his partner at their Windsor estate in England Dec. 21. John has posted a photo of himself, pen in hand, sitting next to Furnish at a desk, with a piece of paper in front ...


Tech-talk-with-trans-journalist-Ina-Fried

Tech talk with trans journalist Ina Fried - After spending a decade at CNET, where she reported on Microsoft and Apple during the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger period of computing, Re/code's Ina Fried is finally comfortable in her own skin. "I worked as a male for 10 years and I'd been at my job at CNET for three or four years when I transitioned there," Fried revealed. Fried has ...


Michigan-transgender-man-missing-since-Dec-10-found-dead

Michigan transgender man, missing since Dec. 10, found dead - From a Equality Michigan press release - WARREN — On Tuesday, December 23, the body of missing transgender man, Jay Ralko, was found in his truck in a Meijer parking lot at Mound and Thirteen Mile Road in Warren, Michigan. Police believe suicide is the cause of death, though an autopsy is being performed. On December 10, Jay left a note asking his roommate to care for ...


Notes-TransTech-Court-on-inmates-gender-UChicago-Jabour

Notes: TransTech; Court on inmate's gender; UChicago Jabour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TransTech partners with MillerCoors As part of its year-end fundraising efforts, TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ) announced a partnership with MillerCoors to match all donations up to $10,000 from now through Dec. 31. Allied Media Projects fiscally sponsors TransTech, making all donations tax-deductible. The $10,000 matching program will be used to create education and employment opportunities for transgender and ...


ACLU-files-Federal-complaint-School-board-segregates-trans-bathroom-use

ACLU files Federal complaint: School board segregates trans bathroom use - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education against Gloucester County Public Schools ( GCPS ) for adopting a bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from using the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers. The school board adopted the policy ...


DOJ-to-recognize-trans-discrimination-as-sex-discrimination

DOJ to recognize trans discrimination as sex discrimination - The Department of Justice is expanding a civil-rights law to include protections for transgender workers. NPR noted that Attorney General Eric Holder said the law, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, will now ensure that workers who sue over discrimination in the workplace will get fair and consistent treatment. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to this announcement ...


Guide-provides-vital-information-for-transgender-prisoners-

Guide provides vital information for transgender prisoners - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) have released "Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners," a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf ...


-TransTech-announces-donor-matching-program-with-MillerCoors-

TransTech announces donor matching program with MillerCoors - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, December 16th 2014 ) — As part of their year end fundraising efforts, today TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ), announced a partnership with MillerCoors to match all donations up to 10,000 dollars from now through December 31st. TransTech is fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects making all donations tax-deductible. MillerCoors was named by HRC as one ...


National-LGBT-bill-in-Congress-trans-soldiers-blood-ban-

National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Merkley formally announced his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT-rights bill in the next Congress, according to Metro Weekly. During remarks at the Center for American Progress, the Oregon Democrat said he will spearhead efforts to pass federal legislation that would protect LGBT people in nearly every aspect of life, including employment, housing, public accommodations, housing and credit. Merkley ...


Myles-Brady-Howard-Browns-first-transgender-outreach-coordinator

Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator - Myles Brady, a Chicago native from Hyde Park, has been named Howard Brown Health Center's first-ever Transgender Outreach Coordinator. He has taken those first steps to make Howard Brown his home and to reach out to an often marginalized cross-section of the LGBT community. Windy City Times: As a trans man, when did you first know that you were trans? ...


-Marine-charged-with-transgender-womans-murder

Marine charged with transgender woman's murder - Philippine government prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with murder in the killing of a Filipino, according to The Huffington Post. The prosecutors said Pemberton acknowledged attacking the victim, jennifer Laude, after he found out she was transgender. In October, Laude's body was found in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. She had apparently been strangled and drowned in ...


LGBTQ-Task-Force-leader-talks-equality-anti-trans-violence

LGBTQ Task Force leader talks equality, anti-trans violence - Engaging, vocal and passionate about her work and her community, Stacey Long Simmons is the director of public policy and government affairs for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Active in various advocacy groups, including being past chair of the DC Commission for Women, Long Simmons strives to never be a "boring policy wonk." Windy City Times: Tell us about your ...


Ruling-Corrections-can-deny-necessary-surgery-to-trans-prisoner

Ruling: Corrections can deny necessary surgery to trans prisoner - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts today expressed deep disappointment with a ruling from the full First Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the Massachusetts Department of Correction ( DOC ) to deny essential medical care recommended by its own physicians to transgender prisoner Michelle Kosilek. As Judge Thompson recognized in dissent, prejudice against ...


Air-Force-Secretary-supports-lifting-military-ban-on-trans-service-

Air Force Secretary supports lifting military ban on trans service - From American Military Partner Association, Palm Center and ACLU press releases - WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association responded to the news that the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, supports lifting the U.S. military's current ban on service by transgender people. As reported by USA Today, Secretary James said, "From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve." ...


BOOK-REVIEW-I-Am-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW I Am Jazz - By Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, $17.99; Penguin Deal; 32 pages   You are a one-of-a-kind kid. There's nobody else like you. Nobody has eyes like yours, or fingers like yours, or ears that fold like yours. You think for yourself, have your own likes and hates, and people love you just the way you are. ...


Trans-woman-killed-while-seeking-help

Trans woman killed while seeking help - Los Angeles police are searching for the person who shot a transgender woman to death as she banged on the front door of a residence for help, according to The Huffington Post. Deshawnda Bradley, 21—also known as Tata and Deshawnda Sanchez—was shot around 4 a.m. on Dec. 3. Police said they were investigating whether the killing was a hate crime. ...


Murder-of-LA-trans-woman-is-12th-anti-trans-murder-in-2014

Murder of LA trans woman is 12th anti-trans murder in 2014 - From a news release - Los Angeles, CA, December 5, 2014 —The Los Angeles Police Department has announced they are investigating the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez, who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles earlier this week. "The National LGBTQ Task Force is outraged by the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez and the ongoing homicides targeting transgender women of color taking place throughout the nation. ...


News-India-jails-trans-Obama-on-AIDS-2015-aging-confab-here-

News: India jails trans; Obama on AIDS; 2015 aging confab here - Report: India detains 167 trans individuals NLS Queer Alliance reported that some 167 members of the transgender community were detained at least two days in Karnataka state in southwest India, according to 76Crimes.com. The community quickly responded and organized a protest in response at the Town Hall against the illegality of police action against transgender persons. A coalition of several ...


Miami-Dade-County-prohibits-discrimination-gender-expression-

Miami-Dade County prohibits discrimination gender expression - ( December 2, 2014 ) — Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 8 - 3 to amend the existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression. Sponsored by Commissioners Audrey M. Edmonson, Bruno A. Barreiro, Daniella Levine Cava, Sally A. Heyman, Barbara J. Jordan and Dennis C. Moss ...


Trans-Canadian-photographer-part-of-unique-Chicago-event

Trans Canadian photographer part of unique Chicago event - Initially, the focus of Dale M. Reid's photography was related to landscapes ( maritime, urban and seascapes ), along with floral studies and still life. During the past four or five years, her subject material has switched to floral studies and still life shot in the studio. In the still-life category, her recent series is the "Oyster Mushroom." Due to ...


Retired-military-officers-ask-military-to-follow-DOD-rules-on-transgender-

Retired military officers ask military to follow DOD rules on transgender - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three retired General and Flag Officers, including Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, Major General Vance Coleman, and Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, issued a joint statement today to accompany a new report showing that the Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines have failed to comply with new Defense Department ( DOD ) rules on transgender personnel. The retired General ...


VIEWS-Reflections-on-the-Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance

VIEWS Reflections on the Transgender Day of Remembrance - Every Nov. 20, transgender individuals and their allies around the world commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But make no mistake: this is not a holiday, and the ceremonies we hold are certainly not celebrations. Rather, the Day of Remembrance is a solemn time when we can come together and reflect upon the battles we have fought and continue to ...


Groups-to-Hagel-Review-outdated-transgender-policy-

Groups to Hagel: Review outdated transgender policy - From press releases - Washington, DC — SPARTA, the national organization of LGBT members of the U.S. armed forces and their families, commended Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for his service on behalf of lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members and their families, while calling upon him to initiate immediately a promised review of the outdated policy prohibiting transgender Americans from serving. The White ...


Groups-observe-Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance

Groups observe Transgender Day of Remembrance - A number of organizations released statements Nov. 20 in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Project Director M. Dru Levasseur said, "Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event to remember and honor the lives of transgender people who committed suicide or have been killed simply for being who they truly are. Its growing observance ...


Rogers-Park-transgender-woman-her-landlord-both-file-lawsuits

Rogers Park transgender woman, her landlord both file lawsuits - A transgender woman, who has already filed a discrimination complaint against her landlord, alleging that he tried to throw her out of her Rogers Park apartment because of her gender identity and because her fiancé is Black, is now suing the landlord for violating the city's Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. The landlord in turn formally filed to evict the ...


aChurch4Me-observes-Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance-

aChurch4Me observes Transgender Day of Remembrance - Members of aChurch4Me, as well as community members from the transgender community and their friends and loved ones, gathered Nov. 20 at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave., to observe the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance. Rev. Jacki Belile of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, which co-sponsored the event, said the observance was to "remember the ...


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Empowerment from loss at the Transgender Day of Remembrance - Video below - Kandy Hall, 40, Sarito do Sopao, 39, Tiffany Edwards, 28, Thifani, 18, Vitoria, 16, Alex Madeiros, 8, unknown woman … unknown woman. These were just a fraction of the names of murdered transgender people read at the 2014 Trans*gender Day of Remembrance and Resilience held at the Center on Halsted ( COH ) Nov. 20, part of events held around ...


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Transgender Day of Remembrance; LGBTQA activism exhibit; PFLAG - 'Transgender Day of Remembrance' Nov. 20 "Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience" will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be a program of performances, reading of the names of those who have passed, a march around the neighborhood, and an interactive mural to celebrate trans and gender-non-conforming ...


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AOL True Trans concludes first season - By Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer In the late 1990s, America Online's ( AOL's ) chat rooms were havens for transgender people to meet and talk with others secure behind the relative anonymity of a screen name. Within that microcosm, there were still plenty of bullies, a fair amount of intolerance ( depending upon which room one visited ) and predators on ...


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Angela Bassett on 'Horror Story' and playing intersex - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Actress Angela Bassett continues to take on interesting projects in an ever-growing career. She has morphed into real-life people such as Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz, Voletta Wallace, Rosa Parks and Katherine Jackson, portraying them on the big and small screens. The talented Yale alumna continues to be nominated for films such as The Score, Akeelah and the Bee, Meet the ...


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PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


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Lambda Legal observes Transgender Awareness Week - ( New York, NY, November 17, 2014 ) - In observance of National Transgender Awareness Week November 17th to November 21st, Lambda Legal is joining a host of organizations and community organizers from across the country for a week of education and community events including Transgender Day of Action, Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Resilience. "Transgender Awareness ...


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Trans activist Monica James to address UN on police violence - Just four years ago, society had got the best of Monica James. Her more-than-40-year battle to just survive as a transgender woman of color on the streets of Chicago was one that had left her physically broken and mentally depleted. The last of her will to fight was gone and there was absolutely nothing she could scrape up from her ...


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Trans Day of Remembrance: Sacred, not to be misappropriated - Transcending the Blacklist - On Nov. 20, thousands in this country and around the world will hold vigils honoring the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, where the lives of transsexual and transgender people who lost their lives to hate-based violence will be acknowledged, with the high majority of victims on the list being Black and Latina women I volunteer with Black Trans* Women's Lives ...


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Kate Bornstein part of UChicago event on trans* representation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to its website, the "Representing Trans*" symposium held on the campus of the University of Chicago Nov. 8 was designed to "facilitate dialogue between academics, artists and activists working broadly on the politics and practices of trans* representation." Rather than arriving, delivering a speech and making a quick exit, event keynote speaker Kate Bornstein—gender outlaw, playwright, performer, mother, aunt ...







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