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More-than-100-attend-Chicago-LGBTQ-Job-Fair

More than 100 attend Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair - More than 100 young and older adults attended Work!, the first Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair Oct. 22 at Center on Halsted. The event was sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity and the Center on Halsted. The free event featured job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the ...


Cuomos-AIDS-task-force-drag-queen-comment-Jazz-Jennings

Cuomo's AIDS task force; 'drag queen' comment; Jazz Jennings - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the End of AIDS Task Force to implement his bold plan to end new HIV infections in the Empire State by 2020, according to a press release. Members of the task force include longstanding AIDS activists, HIV-services providers and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Over the last decade, New York state has ...


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Cece McDonald speaks at UChicago of the trans revolution - Transgender activist Cece McDonald garnered laughter, snaps and spontaneous applause at the University of Chicago's Law School Auditorium Oct. 15 while delivering the lecture "A Trans Revolution." In the words of UChicago Ph.D. student Amanda Michelle Jones, who introduced McDonald, she became a "global icon" of the LGBTQ community when she was arrested in Minnesota following an altercation with white ...


Trans-entrepreneur-Kinley-Preston-lives-her-truth

Trans entrepreneur Kinley Preston lives her truth - A self-made U.S. billionaire and co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair care products and Patron Tequila, John Paul DeJoria once advised people, "Remember that, once something good happens for you, success unshared is failure." In 2009, he heard the story of Kinley Preston—the only transgender woman in one of the first classes at the then-newly opened Paul Mitchell ...


Trans-musician-to-appear-at-documentary-screening

Trans musician to appear at documentary screening - Jennifer Leitham, the renowned transgender jazz bass virtuoso, will be in Oak Park on Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the special screening of I STAND CORRECTED—the true story of Leitham, who transitioned publicly during the height of her career. Formerly known as John Leitham, the artist played with such top acts as The Tonight Show All-Stars, Mel Tormé and ...


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NY Appeals Court holds hearing on Lateisha Green hate crime conviction - From an Empire State Pride Agenda press release - The following can be attributed to Empire State Pride Agenda's Transgender Rights Organizer EÃ"ghann Renfroe: "We stand with our community in support of Lateisha Green, a young woman who was taken from us too soon, and whom the justice system has utterly failed. This young transgender woman of color was shot and killed in Syracuse, New York in 2008 by ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Workplace-fairness

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Workplace fairness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, My partner and I live in Indiana and we are thinking about getting married here ( finally! ). I'm worried though because I'm not out at work and don't know what they'd do if they found out. What are my rights? In a surprise decision by the Supreme Court of the United States denying review of ...


-Laverne-Cox-talks-about-The-T-Word

Laverne Cox talks about 'The T Word' - From a press release - MTV and Logo TV have joined forces to simultaneously premiere Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on Oct. 17. The 60-minute documentary highlights seven transgender youths from varying walks of life with one of the world's most famous trans icons in the center of it all—Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox. The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she ...


-Rogers-Park-trans-woman-alleges-landlord-discrimination

Rogers Park trans woman alleges landlord discrimination - A Rogers Park woman has filed a complaint with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, alleging that her landlord is trying to illegally evict her from her apartment because she is transgender and her fiance is Black. Michelle Roberts, 6413 N. Glenwood Ave., was allegedly informed by representatives of her landlord, Zoran Knezev, in mid-September that Knezev was unable to ...


HRC-calls-for-action-and-protection-of-transgender-women

HRC calls for action and protection of transgender women - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In response to the brutal murder of a transgender woman in East Hollywood last week, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has called for increased action to protect transgender people, particularly transgender women of color. The fatal altercation, which was caught on tape and is still under investigation, is being referred to as a botched robbery by ...


Chicago-House-Speaker-Series-to-tackle-LGBTQ-poverty

Chicago House Speaker Series to tackle LGBTQ poverty - In June 2013, the Williams Institute—a national think tank based at the University of California Los Angeles ( UCLA ) School of Law— released a groundbreaking study that examined poverty in the LGBT community, comparing their rates and patterns to those of heterosexual people nationwide. The results were sobering and, according to the study, would "debunk the persistent stereotype of ...


Do-Ask-Do-Tell-symposium-features-Kristin-Beck

'Do Ask, Do Tell' symposium features Kristin Beck - On Oct. 4, a long stretch of the South 5th Avenue entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration ( VA Hospital was lined on both sides with Pride flags that welcomed LGBTQ veterans, their families, allies and health care providers to the 3rd Annual Operation Do Ask, Do Tell. The symposium, which focused on health needs and resources, was ...


News-notes-Local-entertainment-events

News notes: Local entertainment, events - Trans* activist McDonald delivering lecture At the University of Chicago (UChicago), LGBTQ Student Life's 2014 OUTober keynote speaker will be trans* activist CeCe McDonald, who will address racism, transphobia and incarceration that transgender women of color face. The keynote will take place at a free event at the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6 ...


Influential-LGBTs-in-media-marriage-news-anti-trans-ad

Influential LGBTs in media; marriage news; anti-trans ad - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Advocate has come up with its list of the 50 most influential LGBT individuals working in mainstream media. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and TMZ creator/managing editor Harvey Levin tied for the top spot, with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, CNN's Anderson Cooper and The Intercept Editor Glenn Greenwald completing the top five. Others on the list include activist Dan Savage, ...


One-night-in-the-area-of-Austin

One night in the area of Austin - Part Two - It was around 12:30 in the morning of Sept. 13 when I joined social worker Channyn Lynne Parker for a drive through the small radius of Austin and West Garfield Park. There—on March 28, 2012—Eisha Love ( then 22 ) defended herself from an attack by two men and was subsequently charged with attempted murder in the first degree. Within ...


CARS-brings-STI-testing-to-young-women-transwomen-of-color

CARS brings STI testing to young women, transwomen of color - From a press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has announced a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS). This partnership is with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of ...


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Forward-toward male volunteer Lenny Earl: fests, transition - Robin Tyler was the first woman to marry her same-sex partner, Diane Olson, in Los Angeles in 2008. She has been coined a "lesbian feminist" by the media throughout the years; a visionary breaking new ground to aid in the LGBT community's expansive pursuit of equality. Tyler also produced of the West Coast Women's Music and Comedy Festival—a trans-inclusive women's ...


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Precious Davis reflects on Center, excited for Columbia - Precious Davis is leaving her "labor of love and the place where I found myself" in favor of a full circle journey back to Columbia College. Davis, 28, who lives in Lakeview announced in late September that she resigned her position at the Center on Halsted, where she has worked for the past three years as the youth outreach coordinator. ...


Transman-to-open-restaurant-in-Rogers-Park

Transman to open restaurant in Rogers Park - Two years ago, Brandon Byxbe was the line cook at The Flipside Cafe, one of three working at the small, seasonal, restaurant along North Damen Avenue. When the two others planned to take a week-long vacation, the plan was to close for the period—until Byxbe said he'd keep the restaurant open and run things. Sure, no problem, he was told. ...


Strict-ID-laws-could-hinder-trans-voters-

Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters - A new study by a California-based think tank found that strict voter identification laws in 10 states might cause problems for transgender voters this fall, possibly disenfranchising more than 24,000 of them on Election Day. Illinois is not one of the states. And yet the states include Arkansas, Georgia and Kansas, where the outcome of key U.S. Senate races could ...


EEOC-sues-in-two-cases-of-discrimination-against-trans-people

EEOC sues in two cases of discrimination against trans* people - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) has filed two historic lawsuits challenging cases of discrimination against two transgender people in two states. "The lawsuits filed today by the EEOC are historic and a giant step toward ensuring American workers are judged based on the work they do, and not their gender identity," said Sarah Warbelow, HRC's ...


A-tale-of-two-murders-Connected-or-not

A tale of two murders: Connected or not? - Part One - Fewer than six miles west of the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Chicago's City Hall sits the corner of West Madison Street and North Kilbourn Avenue. It is part of the neighborhood of Austin—a disregarded, neglected backyard obscured by the magnificent opulence of the Chicago loop and kept quietly hidden from the marveling eyes of the record 46.2 million ...


Ben-Jerrys-stand-Mary-Cheneys-case-Chelsea-Manning

Ben & Jerry's stand; Mary Cheney's case; Chelsea Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ben & Jerry's has made a stand in defense of same-sex marriage, The Huffington Post reported. The Vermont-based ice cream giant has signed an employers' amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review pending marriage equality ban cases in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. Other corporations to sign the brief reportedly include Amazon, Target and Viacom. Ben & Jerry's has ...


MTV-LOGO-TV-to-premiere-Laverne-Cox-Presents-The-T-Word

MTV, LOGO TV to premiere "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" - Documentary explores the lives of transgenderyouth - From a Press Release New York, NY, September 18, 2014 — MTV and Logo TV today announced plans to simultaneously premiere "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox, the one-hour documentary will take viewers inside the lives of seven transgender ...


Trans-woman-claims-self-defense-in-case

Trans* woman claims self-defense in case - Like any 22-year-old growing up in a country that has historically prided itself on opportunities available to all, Eisha Love had dreams. On a website, she showcased photographs of herself, saying she was looking to get a start in life. "I am a hard worker and a fast learner," she wrote. "I know I was born to model." But as ...


Mother-of-Eisha-Love-Heartbreak-and-courage

Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage - Novelist and poet Barbara Kingsolver once wrote that "sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." For one Chicago mother raising a large family alone in the West Side neighborhood of Austin, her strength was tested without remission every single day. In the two-and-a-half years since she received a panicked call from her eldest daughter on the morning ...


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Performances, appearances and releases - Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride's 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


Deidre-McCloskey-on-family-and-trans-battles-to-be-won

Deidre McCloskey on family and trans* battles to be won - Role models in the transgender community are becoming increasingly more prolific, not solely because they are trans* but because their accomplishments in a vast range of arenas from the arts to business are speaking for themselves. The curriculum vitae of Deirdre McCloskey is a portrait of distinction in academia. Her life is a profile in scholarship—the "eye that watched before ...


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Pastor/CTS student in trans* documentary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - Rev. Kevin Downer, a doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary ( CTS ), will be featured as a religious expert in the upcoming documentary TRANSit. This film has been produced by and about trans* activist and filmmaker Rachel Lauren Clark. Clark included Downer to be a voice from the religious community to give merit to trans* experience and identity. Downer ...


In-apology-to-trans-community-HRC-to-push-for-LGBT-bill

In apology to trans community, HRC to push for LGBT bill - In a surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation. "I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, ...


-ILGA-2014-World-Conference-in-Mexico-City

ILGA 2014 World Conference in Mexico City - The International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association, the largest international association of its kind defending the rights of LGBTI people, is issuing a last call for registration for its bi-annual World Conference to be held this year in Mexico City Oct. 27-31. ILGA's 27th World Conference, "De-colonizing our bodies," is the second conference to take place in Latin ...


ID-laws-could-disenfranchise-trans-voters-in-ten-states

ID laws could disenfranchise trans* voters in ten states - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Ten states' strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, "The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election," authored by the Williams Institute's Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., Peter J. Cooper Public ...


Trans-activist-Jones-headlines-release-party

Trans* activist Jones headlines release party - The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois ( TJLP ) celebrated the publication of Hidden Expressions, vol. 2 with a release party featuring trans* activist Monica Jones at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Sept. 6. The Hidden Expressions zine is, according to the TJLP's website, "a publication created exclusively with the contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming ...


Suspect-arrested-in-murder-of-trans-woman

Suspect arrested in murder of trans woman - Transgender woman Alejandra Leos was murdered just steps away from her home in north Memphis, Tennessee, on Sept. 5—and a suspect has been arrested according to WREG.com. Marshall Pegues, 21, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder of Leos, 41. A police report showed that Leos had an argument with Pegues at their home prior to the incident. A Facebook ...


Trans-activist-Miss-Major-celebrates-Jane-Addams-birthday-

Trans* activist Miss Major celebrates Jane Addams birthday - Students, advocacy group representatives and activists covering a broad spectrum of age, race, gender and gender identity crammed into the Resident's Dining Hall of the 125-year-old Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC's campus Sept. 4 for a conversation with Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Co-sponsored by UIC's Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality Center, Institute for Research of Race ...


-Trans-woman-wins-halfway-house-victory

Trans woman wins halfway house victory - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, September 4, 2014 ) - Today, Lambda Legal released a video documenting Donisha McShan's successful fight to be treated as a woman while at The H Group, the Marion, Ill., halfway house where she was receiving substance abuse counseling. Lambda Legal sent a demand letter to The H Group after Ms. McShan contacted Lambda Legal's Help Desk. ...


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True Trans with Laura Jane Grace on AOL Oct. 10 - From a press release - Today AOL Originals announced "TRUE TRANS WITH LAURA JANE GRACE," a 10-episode series following transgender pioneer and lead singer of the punk band Against Me! who publicly came out as a transgender woman at the height of her music career in 2012. "True Trans" shares the remarkable journey of Laura and other transgender individuals across the country. The series explores ...


Trans-woman-others-allege-bias-at-Lakeview-diner

Trans woman, others allege bias at Lakeview diner - A transgender woman posted a video to Facebook over Labor Day weekend, saying that she and her friends were unfairly denied entrance to Clarke's Diner, 930 W. Belmont Ave., because they were trans and gay. Other individuals responded to the posting, saying that they too had not been let in to the late-night diner for any legitimate reason. Sara Andrews, ...


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Queen pardons Turing; trans woman's death in Ireland - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queen of England has granted a royal pardon for internationally acclaimed British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, PrideSource.com reported. Turing took his own life in 1954 after being convicted two years prior of having consensual sex with a 19-year-old male. The pardon comes a decade after gay activists and straight allies lobbied the British government for a posthumous ...


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TransTech launches 15K fundraising campaign - From a press release - A committee of 15 Leaders, Allies and Activists are making it their goal to raise $15,000 in 15 days to jump start TransTech Graphic Design and Web Coding Academy. "We believe that trans people deserve a safe and affirming place to grow their skills and not feel alone in the workplace. Trans people are twice as likely to be unemployed ...


StoryCorps-Chicago-Out-Loud-launch

StoryCorps Chicago Out Loud launch - From a press release - Party with a purpose as StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago, an initiative to record and preserve the experiences of LGBTQ communities, is launched on Thursday, Sept.18 6:30pm-9pm. RSVP now to Chicago@storycorps.net . La Tony of The Gay Agenda will emcee the evening while you listen to select stories, watch wonderful performances by Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) and Saya ...


Global-trans-group-holds-fundraiser

Global trans* group holds fundraiser - Members of WPATH ( World Professional Association for Transgender Health ) met at the J.W Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., on Aug. 24. This global organization, the only organization uniting healthcare professionals, in seeking raised awareness and better option for transgender health care, celebrated the continued success of the seventh edition of the Standards of Care the organization publishes. These ...


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Retired Generals: Military ready for transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three retired US military General Officers, including the former chief medical officer of the US Army, issued a joint statement today concluding that the military's ban on transgender service could be eliminated in a straightforward manner that is consistent with military readiness and core values. Their statement accompanies the release of a new study, "Report of ...


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GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative, according to a press release. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through Sept. 29. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days that began Aug. ...


Detroit-police-investigate-anti-trans-hate-crimes

Detroit police investigate anti-trans hate crimes - Authorities look for connections between park shootings - Detroit police are not ruling out a connection in the shootings of three city residents, at least two of whom may have been transgender women, in the Palmer Park area. Police have not yet revealed the names and identities of the victims. The situation has sown much confusion since police and local media initially reported that three "transgender men" had ...


Palm-Centers-Belkin-seeks-to-end-military-trans-ban

Palm Center's Belkin seeks to end military trans* ban - One of the many LGBTQ pioneers celebrated by the Legacy Project is Dr. Michael Dillon—noted by the Chicago outdoor museum and youth education program's plaque as "the first person known to have transitioned both hormonally and surgically from female to male." A skilled doctor, he joined the British Merchant Navy in the early fifties. He was outed a few years ...


22-of-workforce-protected-from-Gender-Identity-Discrimination

22% of workforce protected from Gender Identity Discrimination - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — 22% of U.S. workers will be covered by the Department of Labor's announcement today that it will interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in Executive Order 11246 ( EO 11246 ) to include discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status. As a result, federal contractors must take steps to protect transgender and other workers from gender identity ...


Trans-woman-McShan-wins-right-to-be-herself

Trans* woman McShan wins right to be herself - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed with men and, so, subjected to rape and violent assault from fellow inmates while prison staff have looked the other way; denial of hormone ...


Angelica-Ross-Using-tech-to-empower-the-trans-community

Angelica Ross: Using tech to empower the trans* community - Angelica Ross says that she's all about helping her trans sisters and brothers "up their game." Speaking at a July 20 workshop at Center on Halsted, where she introduced community members to the concepts behind her new organization, TransTech, Ross said, "It's expensive to live the life that we live. It's not about judging, it's about improving your game." Ross, ...


Supermodel-comes-out-as-transgender

Supermodel comes out as transgender - Earlier this year, androgynous male model Andrej Pejic underwent gender-reassignment surgery. As part of that transition, Pejic modified her name from Andrej to Andreja. She has been the toast of the modeling industry for the past four years, gracing the covers of Elle, i-D, Out and New York magazines. Pejic has been on international shows modeling haute couture, and has ...


Trian-Alexander-aims-to-promote-trans-visibility

Trian Alexander aims to promote trans* visibility - Trian Alexander isn't really someone who lives for the now. "Something that someone told me a while ago is that everything is a moment in time. Like the good and the bad, nothing ever truly stays very long, and I think that's kind of important," said Alexander, a member of the Chicago LGBT community and a recent Windy City Times ...


World-news-South-African-murder-police-apologize-for-raid

World news: South African murder; police apologize for raid - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In South Africa, a self-confessed drug addict admitted in the High Court in Pretoria that he had beaten his gay friend to death with a knobkerrie ( a short stick with a knobbed head ) after losing his temper because of the man's sexual advances, Iol.co.za reported. Juda Joseph Plekenpol, 31, was convicted by Judge Tshifiwa Maumela on charges of ...


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LGBTQ, immigrant rights groups urge trans woman's release - From a press release - A coalition of LGBTQ and immigrant rights organizations are calling on the Department of Homeland Security today to immediately release Marichuy Leal Gamino, a transgender woman who was sexually assaulted last week at Eloy Detention Center, a for-profit private immigration detention facility in Arizona. Marichuy, who has been housed with men at Eloy for over a year, was sexually assaulted ...


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Wachowskis host TransLife Center benefit at film studio - The award-winning sibling filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski held a very unique benefit, TransReelization, for Chicago House's TransLife Center Aug. 2. The event took place in their North Side Chicago film studio, Kinowerks. Additional photospread at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-08-03&AGALLERY=TransLife . On display were props and representations from their many films, including the Matrix series ( guests could sit in ...


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 ...


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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 ...


GLSEN-calls-for-further-guidance-on-gender-identity-protections-

GLSEN calls for further guidance on gender identity protections - From a GLSEN press release - July 25, 2014—As reported today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has granted religious exemptions under Title IX to Simpson University in California and Spring Arbor University in Michigan that allow the colleges to discriminate against transgender students. This news comes a few weeks after an identical exemption to George Fox University was made public. In the ...


-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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


Discussion-to-focus-on-transgender-military-service

Discussion to focus on transgender 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. ...







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