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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 ...


Empowerment-from-loss-at-the-Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance

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 ...


Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance-LGBTQA-activism-exhibit-PFLAG

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 ...


AOL-True-Trans-concludes-first-season

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 ...


Angela-Bassett-on-Horror-Story-and-playing-intersex

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 ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

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, ...


Lambda-Legal-observes-Transgender-Awareness-Week

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 ...


Trans-activist-Monica-James-to-address-UN-on-police-violence

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 ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-Sacred-not-to-be-misappropriated

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 ...


Kate-Bornstein-part-of-UChicago-event-on-trans-representation-

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 ...


PFLAG-Council-meeting-heralds-change-and-high-emotion

PFLAG Council meeting heralds change and high emotion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The PFLAG ( formerly Parents Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays ) Council of Northern Illinois meeting held at the Countryside Unitarian Church in Palatine, Illinois, Nov. 8, was a day in which emotions ran the gamut from tears to laughter. An audience composed of more than 80 people representing an estimated 14 Northern Illinois chapters shared stories about ...


Project-Fierce-holds-successful-fundraiser

Project Fierce holds successful fundraiser - Project Fierce Chicago ( PFC ) packed downtown Irish pub Celtic Crossings, 751 N. Clark St., for its first in-person fundraiser, "Breakfast 'N' Beds," on Nov. 9. PFC is a grassroots initiative made up of social workers, housing advocates and young people, and its mission is to "reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness by providing transitional housing and support services" outside of ...


Elton-John-AIDS-Foundation-to-fund-transgender-HIV-project

Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund transgender HIV project - Transgender Law Center announced a new partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the development of a constituent-driven strategy to reduce structural inequities that drive high rates of HIV incidents in transgender communities. The funding is for one year and will enable Transgender Law Center to form a diverse national advisory board of eight to ten trans people living ...


Laverne-Cox-among-Glamours-Women-of-the-Year

Laverne Cox among Glamour's Women of the Year - From a press release - Laverne Cox has become the face of one of the biggest equality stories of 2014. Her empathetic portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black has made her the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy—and landed her on the cover of Time magazine. She's producing a documentary on CeCe McDonald, ...


Global-network-demands-justice-for-murdered-transgender-woman

Global network demands justice for murdered transgender woman - In an Oct. 15 article on the social-news network Rappler.com, friends and relatives described Jennifer Laude as not only outwardly beautiful but consistently selfless and full of joy. The brutal slaying of the Filipina transgender woman in Olongapo City on Oct. 11 and the subsequent arrest of a U.S. Marine—Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was charged with her ...


Discovery-OKs-docu-series-on-group-of-transgender-friends-

Discovery OKs docu-series on group of transgender friends - From a press release - ( Silver Spring, Md. )—As its first original commission, Discovery Life Channel commenced production on the docu-series, Those Girls( wt ). Produced by the newly launched Conveyor Media, Those Girls is a documentary series that offers an authentic look at a group of transgender friends living in Kansas City, Mo. The series will premiere on Discovery Life Channel in March, ...


Trans-woman-of-color-killed-in-Indianapolis

Trans woman of color killed in Indianapolis - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Tajshon Sherman, a transgender woman of color, whose body was discovered on October 26 in the East Indianapolis section of Indianapolis, Indiana. According to local media reports, Tajshon's body was found at the Tudor Park condominiums late Sunday night with bleeding around the head, indicating ...


Aizumi-to-speak-for-transgender-awareness-at-Roosevelt

Aizumi to speak for transgender awareness at Roosevelt - In connection with Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, Marsha Aizumi will speak on awareness of transgender individuals and families on Nov. 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Roosevelt University, Murray-Green Library, 10th Floor, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michican Ave., Chicago Aizumi's book, Two Spirits, One Heart, chronicles the family's experiences as her adopted daughter came out ...


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

Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters - [Originally published here 2014-09-27] 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 ...


Chicago-fundraiser-held-for-film-with-trans-activist

Chicago fundraiser held for film with trans* activist - To raise funds for the upcoming documentary "Alexis" featuring trans* activist Alexis Martinez, Chopin Theater in collaboration with Contexture TV held a fundraiser at the Chopin Theater Oct. 21. The documentary, which Inkspil Films produced, will feature both Martinez's personal life and her activism work. Co-hosted by NIC Kay ( teacher and artist ) and Owen Daniel-McCarter ( attorney and ...


Lambda-sues-Texas-prison-system-over-sexual-abuse-of-trans-woman

Lambda sues Texas prison system over sexual abuse of trans woman - From a press release - Houston, TX ( October 23, 2014 ) - Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star, a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( TDCJ ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ's male facilities. "Ms. ...


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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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