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LETTER-Ban-on-the-run

LETTER Ban on the run - The Honorable James N. Mattis Secretary Department of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Mattis: On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the American Medical Association ( AMA ), I am writing to express our concern about the new policy recently approved by President Trump imposing limits on transgender individuals serving in the military. ...


Non-binary-support-group-to-meet-May-23

Non-binary support group to meet May 23 - Two nonbinary community members are facilitating a support group for adults who identify as nonbinary and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning May 23. The group will be held Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1147 S. Wabash Ave. Facilitators are asking for a $10 suggested donation to pay for snacks. The group is for ...


Court-Strikes-Unlawful-Policy-That-Denied-Health-Care-to-Incarcerated-Transgender-Woman

Court Strikes Unlawful Policy That Denied Health Care to Incarcerated Transgender Woman - From a news release - ( St. Louis, MO, May 23, 2018 ) —A federal district court has struck down a Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) policy as cruel and unusual punishment because it denies vital health care to transgender people, including Lambda Legal client Jessica Hicklin, a transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point. The court's order requires ...


HRC-Lawyers-Committee-seek-investigation-of-anti-transgender-Incident-in-California-

HRC, Lawyers' Committee seek investigation of anti-transgender Incident in California - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation's premier racial justice organizations, released a letter requesting that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra conduct a thorough review and investigation into a recent anti-transgender incident ...


Pakistan-Enacts-Legislation-Protecting-Transgender-People-from-Discrimination-

Pakistan Enacts Legislation Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, congratulated transgender advocates and allies in Pakistan for their historic victory in achieving nationwide non-discrimination protections for transgender people. After being passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, the "Transgender Persons ( Protection of Rights ...


NATIONAL-Black-queer-pol-anti-trans-action-Laura-Aguilar

NATIONAL Black queer pol, anti-trans action, Laura Aguilar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Malcolm Kenyatta made history recently in the face of anti-gay attacks during the wee hours of his campaign, IntoMore.com reported. The 27-year-old won the primary for Pennsylvania's 181st District, making him the first queer man of color to receive the Democratic nomination in the Philadelphia district. Kenyatta faced off against Alex Deering, who is also Black and gay, in the ...


Federal-Court-Backs-Gavin-Grimm-Affirming-Federal-Law-Protects-Transgender-Students

Federal Court Backs Gavin Grimm, Affirming Federal Law Protects Transgender Students - From news releases - From ACLU: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A federal court today denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss a case brought by former student Gavin Grimm, holding that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being excluded from the common restrooms that align with their gender identity. The court directed the parties to schedule a settlement conference ...


-TELEVISION-Series-continues-to-examine-transgender-peoples-lives

TELEVISION Series continues to examine transgender people's lives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2004, Dr. Bruce Hensel hosted and co-directed The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story and The Opposite Sex: Jamie's Story—two series that looked at two trransgender individuals' quests to undergo their long-awaited gender-confirmation surgeries.  Fast-forward to 2018, and Hensel is back with Showtime's Beyond the Opposite Sex, which look at Rene Pena's and Jamie Alter's continuing journeys. Windy City Times: How ...


ACLU-asking-court-to-reverse-allowing-group-to-intervene-in-transgender-student-case

ACLU asking court to reverse allowing group to intervene in transgender student case - From a news release - CHICAGO — In November 2017, Nova Maday and the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Township High School District 211 in Palatine for denying Nova the use of the girls' locker room during physical education class and isolating her from other students because she is transgender. The goal of the suit is a ...


Trans-military-persons-file-in-Trump-ban-case

Trans military persons file in Trump ban case - NCLR, GLAD file to permanently stop ban - Transgender military-ban plaintiffs in Doe v. Trump—the first lawsuit to challenge the Trump-Pence ban—filed a cross-motion for summary judgment May 11 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, with assistance from the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ). The plaintiffs' motion asserts that facts show the ban, ...


Obama-era-guidance-protecting-safety-of-transgender-prisoners-now-rolled-back

Obama-era guidance protecting safety of transgender prisoners now rolled back - From news releases - From the Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to news that the Trump-Pence Administration has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to use "biological sex" in determining how transgender prisoners are assigned housing, putting them at significant risk ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Transgender-actor-Marquise-Vilson-talks-pivotal-SVU-episode

NUNN ON ONE TV Transgender actor Marquise Vilson talks pivotal 'SVU' episode - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit recently introduced a storyline surrounding transgender people serving in the military. Titled "Service," the episode involved a trial about an escort who is allegedly raped in a hotel room. One of the reluctant witnesses in the case was soldier named Jim Preston ( who later reveals he is transgender ), played by Marquise Vilson. ...


The-Tea-debuts-at-the-Center

'The Tea' debuts at the Center - On April 29, the Center on Halsted presented the first installment of The Tea, a panel discussion in a talk-show format. Lucky Stiff and Trannika Rex moderated the event, which featured guests Bambi Banks and Alexis Bevels. The show kicked off with panel members discussing how long they had been doing drag performance as a profession and the differing experiences ...


NATIONAL-Trans-protections-Dykes-on-Bikes-death-leather-district-

NATIONAL Trans protections, Dykes on Bikes death, leather district - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New Hampshire state Senate passed a bill that would create legal protections for transgender people in the state, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. The bill—which earlier passed in the House, and in the Senate by a vote of 14-10—would add gender identity to the state's existing anti-discrimination laws. The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Sununu, who is expected ...


Crunch-Fitness-Gym-Sued-for-Denying-Transgender-Womans-Use-of-Womens-Locker-Room

Crunch Fitness Gym Sued for Denying Transgender Woman's Use of Women's Locker Room - From a news release - SAN DIEGO — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California; ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties; and law firm Nixon Peabody LLP today moved to join a state lawsuit on behalf of Christynne Wood, a transgender woman denied use of women's bathrooms and locker rooms at a Crunch Fitness gym in El Cajon. The California Department of Fair Employment ...


Non-binary-support-group-to-meet-May-23

Non-binary support group to meet May 23 - Two nonbinary community members are facilitating a support group for adults who identify as nonbinary and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning May 23. The group will be held Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1147 S. Wabash Ave. Facilitators are asking for a $10 suggested donation to pay for snacks. The group is for ...


NATIONAL-Gus-Kenworthy-Joy-Reid-transgender-troops

NATIONAL Gus Kenworthy, Joy Reid, transgender troops - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following his refusal to attend the Winter Olympian visit at the White House, Gus Kenworthy announced he will attend the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBTQ gala as a "special guest" June 25 in New York City, the DNC announced. Last year, the resources raised from the gala went to critical investments in races and state parties, which ...


Trans-residents-sue-Wisconsin-over-surgeries

Trans residents sue Wisconsin over surgeries - In Wisconsin, two transgender residents—Cody Flack and Sara Ann Makenzie—are suing the state's health department, alleging discrimination because the state's Medicaid program does not cover their desired gender-reassignment surgery, The Hill reported. Flack, a transgender man, and Makenzie, a transgender woman, are battling a 1997 Wisconsin regulation that bans the state's Medicaid program from covering what it refers to as ...


New-campaign-brings-trans-people-living-with-HIV-into-health-care-conversation

New campaign brings trans people living with HIV into health care conversation - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — Transgender Law Center's Positively Trans project today launched #ACApositive, a campaign to shift the conversation about health care and the Affordable Care Act towards a focus on the life-or-death stakes for transgender people living with HIV. Launching just a week after news broke that the Trump administration plans to attack the Affordable Care Act's protections ...


Chicago-based-LGBTQ-webseries-set-to-launch

Chicago-based LGBTQ webseries set to launch - Award-winning writer, filmmaker, performer and producer Bea Cordelia and Jeff Award-nominated actor, singer, writer and curator Daniel Kyri's upcoming Chicago-based webseries, "the T," is the culmination of their desire to bring more intersectional LGBTQ-focus stories to the small screen. They co-produced, co-wrote, co-directed and played the lead roles in the series which is set to premiere on June 18. Cordelia ...


Free-10-Week-nonbinary-support-group-launches-on-May-23-in-South-Loop

Free 10-Week nonbinary support group launches on May 23 in South Loop - Chicago, IL, April 26, 2018 — Two nonbinary community members are facilitating a support group for anybody 18+ who identities as nonbinary and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every Wednesday for 10 weeks. The group will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at 1147 S Wabash. Facilitators are asking for a $10 suggested donation to pay ...


Trans-show-part-of-Fashion-Week

Trans show part of Fashion Week - A transgender-themed show will be part of Chicago Fashion Week, which is taking place through April 30. Among the events is "Trans, Media and Fashion," which will take place Sunday, April 29, 4-8 p.m., at EvolveHer, 358 W. Ontario St. The show will feature designs by Angela Wang. Some of the other events include "Student Showcasing Fashion Installation" ( April ...


Trans-author-activist-Reyna-Ortiz-talks-work-new-publishing-company

Trans author/activist Reyna Ortiz talks work, new publishing company - Ever since the release of trans activist Reyna Ortiz's book, T: Stands for Truth: In search of the Queen, last fall, her life has been a whirlwind of new experiences. Ortiz—who was born in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and raised in Cicero, Illinois—has been advocating for the trans community since she was a teenager. "There have been so many great ...


11th-Annual-Esteem-Awards-to-honor-Chicagoans

11th Annual Esteem Awards to honor Chicagoans - Chicago, April 24, 2018 — PrideIndex.com has announced the seven organizations and 12 individuals that have been selected to be honored at the 11th Annual Esteem Awards. The honorees were selected by a committee of past honorees who reviewed an array of nominations. This year's cocktail reception will take place in Chicago on Saturday, June 30 at Sidetrack 3349 N. ...


Trans-show-part-of-Chicago-Fashion-Week

Trans show part of Chicago Fashion Week - A transgender-themed show will be part of Chicago Fashion Week, which will take place April 23-30. ( FashionBar is presenting the weeks' events. ) Among the events is "Trans, Media and Fashion," which will take place Sunday, April 29, 4-8 p.m., at EvolveHer, 358 W. Ontario St. The show will feature designs by Angela Wang. Some of the other events ...


Judge-rules-lawsuit-over-anti-trans-Trump-ban-will-go-to-trial

Judge rules lawsuit over anti-trans Trump ban will go to trial - A federal judge in Seattle rejected the Trump administration's claim that its "new" plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services is different from its 2017 directive, Bloomberg reported. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled that the two anti-transgender initiatives are basically the same, and decided that a lawsuit connected to the newer order must ...


NATIONAL-Military-ban-Joy-Reid-Sen-Doug-Jones

NATIONAL Military ban, Joy Reid, Sen. Doug Jones - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, several anonymous White House officials told Slate and Think Progress that hate-group activists were behind the transgender military ban—and, now, LGBT organizations are asking a court to force them to turn over their communications in the legal challenge to the ban, LGBTQ Nation reported. A motion filed in NCLR's and GLAD's challenge to Donald Trump's transgender military ban is ...


Lambda-Legal-Challenge-to-Military-Trans-Ban-on-Course-to-Proceed-to-Trial

Lambda Legal Challenge to Military Trans Ban on Course to Proceed to Trial - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, April 13, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle rejected the Trump Administration's claim that its "new" discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services passes muster. Instead, the court found that the implementation plan the Administration issued in late March was not a new policy but rather threatens the ...


New-Data-Analysis-Casts-Doubt-on-Pentagon-Claims-about-Unfitness-of-Transgender-Troops-

New Data Analysis Casts Doubt on Pentagon Claims about Unfitness of Transgender Troops - From a What We Know Project news release - Ithaca, NY - A new analysis conducted by researchers at the What We Know Project, an initiative of Cornell University's Center for the Study of Inequality, reviewed more than twenty-five years of scholarship on transgender mental health and found a strong consensus that undergoing gender transition can improve transgender well-being. The year-long review screened over 4,000 studies and identified 56 ...


Bolder-Than-Out-ball-April-6

'Bolder Than Out' ball April 6 - In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) and Chicago State University ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) will participate in the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) Conference: Bridging the Gap by hosting the "Bolder Than Out" ball on campus at 9501 S. King Dr. on Friday, April 6, at ...


Concert-event-spotlights-Trans-Day-of-Visibility

Concert event spotlights Trans Day of Visibility - On March 31, The Center on Halsted, in partnership with The Art Music Project ( AMP ) and Lurie Children's Hospital, presented "Rattle the Walls," a concert celebrating The Trans Day of Visibility. The event—which featured a wide range of musical styles performed or composed by trans, LGBTQ individuals and allies—marked the eighth year that Center on Halsted has marked ...


ValuesVisionMissionChange-announces-launch

Values+Vision+Mission=Change announces launch - The brainchild of former Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( The Alliance ) Executive Director and Transformative Justice Law Project Illinois ( TJLP ) Co-Founder Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq. and former The Alliance Associate Director Alexia Rice-Henry, Values+Vision+Mission=Change has launched with a mission to create systemic change and transformation for its clients through services and nationwide college lectures. For both Daniel-McCarter and ...


AMA-disputes-transgender-military-policy-in-letter-to-Sec-Def-Mattis-

AMA disputes transgender military policy in letter to Sec. Def. Mattis - From news releases - Palm Center Statement on American Medical Association Letter of Criticism to Defense Secretary Mattis: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement in response to today's American Medical Association letter disputing the rationale for President Trump's transgender ban. "Today's AMA statement that 'there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from military service' ...


WORLD-Costa-Rica-election-couple-attacked-transgender-reporter

WORLD Costa Rica election, couple attacked, transgender reporter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Polls opened on Easter Sunday for a vote on whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz could capture Costa Rica's presidency—a result that would have marked a sharp turn from the current government's embrace of gay rights, Reuters reported. Best known for religious dance songs and ballads, the former TV journalist faced the center-left ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada ...


Report-Before-Intl-Trans-Day-of-Visibility-Shows-Need-for-Paid-Family-and-Medical-Leave

Report Before Int'l Trans Day of Visibility Shows Need for Paid Family and Medical Leave - From a HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released a groundbreaking report underscoring the urgent need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave for transgender and non-binary workers. The report, which reveals the unique barriers faced by these ...


26-Retired-General-Flag-Officers-Oppose-Trump-Transgender-Military-Ban

26 Retired General, Flag Officers Oppose Trump Transgender Military Ban - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Following the American Psychological Association's statement—yesterday expressing alarm over the Trump—Administration's "misuse of psychological science to stigmatize transgender Americans and justify limiting their ability to serve in uniform and access medically necessary health care," the Palm Center today released the following statement by 26 retired General and Flag Officers: "The Administration's announcement on the treatment of ...


GLAAD-Report-Calls-on-Journalists-to-Shift-Narrative-on-Transgender-Homicides-

GLAAD Report Calls on Journalists to Shift Narrative on Transgender Homicides - From a press release - NEW YORK — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the report, More Than a Number: Shifting the Media Narrative on Transgender Homicides, a new resource for reporters and activists. The report outlines the importance of moving away from focusing solely on the number of victims lost in a given year, documents the epidemic of anti-trans violence ...


Palm-Center-Memo-on-Trump-Trans-Military-Ban-Analyzes-Latest-DOD-Announcement-

Palm Center Memo on Trump Trans Military Ban Analyzes Latest DOD Announcement - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center today released the below short memo describing the impact and status of the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. "Breaking Down the March 23, 2018 Transgender Military Ban" outlines what the Pentagon and White House released on Friday; explains the impact of these documents given the status of current litigation blocking any ...


Medical-civil-rights-student-groups-ask-court-to-back-trans-student-rights

Medical, civil rights, student groups ask court to back trans student rights - From a press release - CHICAGO — A range of experts from Illinois and beyond — with expertise in civil rights, medical care, and the struggles for acceptance as a transgender student — are asking the state appellate court to reverse a decision to single out and limit a female student's use of the girls' locker room because she is transgender. This support for Nova ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-Want-Trans-Military-Ban-in-the-Dustbin-of-History

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN Want Trans Military Ban in the Dustbin of History - From a news release - ( Seattle, WA, March 27, 2018 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today argued before a federal district court that the Trump Administration's plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services is so clearly unconstitutional that it should be permanently blocked. It was the first such argument among the four lawsuits challenging the ban and ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-Urge-District-Court-to-Block-Transgender-Military-Ban

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN Urge District Court to Block Transgender Military Ban - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( SEATTLE, March 25, 2018 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, together with the State of Washington, will appear March 26 before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to urge the court to block for good implementation of the Trump Administration's effort to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Tuesday's argument ...


Trump-issues-transgender-military-ban

Trump issues transgender military ban - Over 15,000 Transgender People Currently Serving in the US Armed Forces - President Trump issued orders March 23 to bar most transgender troops who need surgery or significant medical treatment from serving in the U.S. military. [NOTE: Continuing coverage posted at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gaynewsarticles.php?k=National . ] The memo followed a pledge he made last year to ban such troops, a change the Pentagon has been reviewing, and that has been fought out in the ...


More-Anti-LGBTQ-Talk-from-Ben-Carson-shows-discriminatory-stance

More Anti-LGBTQ Talk from Ben Carson shows discriminatory stance - From a People For the American Way news release - Washington, DC —When questioned about a decision to remove HUD training materials involving equal access for transgender homeless people during a congressional committee hearing yesterday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson expressed concerns about transgender people in homeless shelters, saying that some people were made uncomfortable by their presence. In response to this news, People For the American Way ...


Highly-gender-nonconforming-teens-at-greater-risk-of-bullying-and-violence-study-finds

Highly gender nonconforming teens at greater risk of bullying and violence, study finds - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — A new study investigating gender expression and victimization of youth ages 13-18 found that the most gender nonconforming students reported higher levels of being bullied and were more likely to report missing school than their more gender-conforming peers because they felt unsafe. They were also the most likely to report being victimized with a weapon on school ...


Vanessa-Sheridan-helps-trans-community-at-Center-on-Halsted

Vanessa Sheridan helps trans community at Center on Halsted - Vanessa Sheridan is a woman of many talents. She's an author and a musician, a veteran and an advocate. She was a transgender inclusion consultant for businesses like McKinsey and Company, Mayo Clinic, Best Buy and the Human Rights Campaign, and agencies like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She was also the first person to write a book on ...


Board-shutters-ground-breaking-gender-defying-American-Theater-Company

Board shutters ground-breaking, gender-defying American Theater Company - The country's only trans* artistic director of a midsize regional theater lost his job Friday. With the board's decision to shutter the American Theater Company (ATC), Will Davis—the theater's charismatic, ground-breaking, binary-defying artistic director of roughly two years—was out. Chicago lost a company known for adventurous, inclusive works that broke with centuries of tradition. "Goodbyes are always hard but this ...


NATIONAL-Pro-trans-ruling-nightclub-incidents-HIV-outbreak

NATIONAL Pro-trans ruling, nightclub incidents, HIV outbreak - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Michigan, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a woman who said she was illegally fired by a Garden City funeral home after disclosing she was transitioning from male to female and dressed as a woman, The Detroit Free Press noted. The court stated that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home discriminated against director Aimee ...


Transgender-Woman-Seeks-Immediate-Protection-from-IDOC-Guards

Transgender Woman Seeks Immediate Protection from IDOC Guards - From a MacArthur Justice Center new release - Illinois — A transgender woman has filed a third lawsuit in federal court seeking immediate action to protect her from ongoing harassment and abuse at the hands of Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) guards. Strawberry Hampton ( incarcerated under the name Deon Hampton ) is a 27-year old transgender woman currently incarcerated at Lawrence Correctional Center, a medium-security ...


New-Hampshire-House-Passes-Transgender-Nondiscrimination-Bill

New Hampshire House Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Bill - From a press release - CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed HB 1319, legislation that would update the state's laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces to explicitly include the state's transgender residents. HB 1319 was approved by a bipartisan vote of 195-129 and now heads to the New Hampshire Senate. "Today's bipartisan vote to pass HB 1319 demonstrates ...


ELECTIONS-Jill-Rose-Quinn-trans-attorney-runs-for-Cook-Co-Court-Suriano-vacancy

ELECTIONS Jill Rose Quinn, trans attorney, runs for Cook Co. Court, Suriano vacancy - Video below - Jill Rose Quinn is aiming for a place in history. Should she win her primary- and general-election races, Quinn would be the first transgender judge in Illinois—ever. Quinn's private practice experience includes working at general legal practices in Chicago, Bloomington, Lombard, Glen Ellyn and Franklin Park, where she has handled a wide variety of case types. In addition, Quinn is ...


Storytelling-class-for-women-of-color-

Storytelling class for women of color - Feminine Comique ( Fem Com ) is a Chicago-based class that provides opportunities for cisgender and transgender women of color to use comedy to share and convey their unique stories in an all-female supported environment: CDPH and FemCom are piloting a free six-week project at the end of March to make the art of storytelling available to a wider audience. ...


LGBT-military-groups-celebrate-first-out-trans-recruit-joining-the-Armed-Forces-

LGBT military groups celebrate first out trans recruit joining the Armed Forces - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the nation's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military organizations, OutServe-SLDN, the American Military Partner Association, and SPARTA issued statements responding to the news that the first out transgender recruit has signed up to join the U.S. Armed Forces. As first reported by CNN's Ryan Browne yesterday, "The Pentagon confirmed Monday that the first ...


NATIONAL-Pro-trans-ad-Points-honors-Vegas-shooting

NATIONAL Pro-trans ad, Point's honors, Vegas shooting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN, American Military Partner Association and Gender Justice League published a full-page USA Today ad featuring leading military, national security and bipartisan officials who agree with the majority of Americans that the Trump administration's ban on transgender troops is wrong and hurts military readiness, according to a press release. The ad encourages the vast ...


Full-page-USA-Today-ad-shows-bipartisan-opposition-to-Trumps-trans-military-ban

Full page USA Today ad shows bipartisan opposition to Trump's trans military ban - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN, American Military Partner Association, and Gender Justice League published a full-page USA Today ad featuring leading military, national security and bipartisan officials who agree with the majority of Americans that the Trump-Pence Administration's ban on transgender troops is wrong and hurts military readiness. The ad encourages the vast majority of ...


Storytelling-class-for-women-of-color-

Storytelling class for women of color - Feminine Comique ( Fem Com ) is a Chicago-based class that provides opportunities for cisgender and transgender women of color to use comedy to share and convey their unique stories in an all-female supported environment: CDPH and FemCom are piloting a free six-week project at the end of March to make the art of storytelling available to a wider audience. ...


NATIONAL-Trans-foster-child-bill-Black-queer-artist-breast-feeding-first

NATIONAL Trans foster-child bill, Black queer artist, breast-feeding first - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In California, transgender foster children would be guaranteed access to healthcare specific to their unique needs under a bill announced by San Diego Assemblyman Todd Gloria, KUSI.com reported. The Democrat's bill would amend the list of foster youth rights to include "access to gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming behavioral health services," such as counseling to cope with gender-identity issues or ...


Trans-women-sue-Illinois-Department-of-Corrections

Trans women sue Illinois Department of Corrections - Six transgender women have sued the Illinois Department of Corrections over what they say are the gross inadequacies in the medical treatment provided to prisoners with gender dysphoria, according to a press release from the ACLU of Illinois. The lawsuit says that the plaintiffs suffer extreme harms due to the outright denial of care related to gender dysphoria, long delays ...


NATIONAL-ROUNDUP-Cold-case-trans-activist-gay-official-dies

NATIONAL ROUNDUP Cold case, trans activist, gay official dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Retesting evidence gathered from homicide investigations in the 1970s and early 1980s could help close about 20 cold-case homicides in Salt Lake City, Utah—but the evidence is missing, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The Salt Lake City Police Department has no record of receiving evidence from the University of Utah's Center for Human Toxicology. Detectives discovered that evidence was missing ...


Dept-of-Ed-admits-to-rejecting-civil-rights-complaints-by-transgender-students

Dept. of Ed admits to rejecting civil rights complaints by transgender students - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a shocking admission by the Department of Education regarding their refusal to respond to civil rights complaints filed by transgender students who are barred from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. "While civil rights advocates have suspected that the Department of Education was not acting on ...


Education-dept-to-stop-investigating-trans-restroom-complaints

Education dept. to stop investigating trans restroom complaints - The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Feb. 12 that it will no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students who are barred from school bathrooms that match their gender identity. Transgender students have said this development will subject them to bullying. In 2016, then-President Barack Obama directed public schools to allow students to use bathrooms that align with their ...


ACLU-files-appeal-in-local-trans-students-school-suit

ACLU files appeal in local trans student's school suit - ACLU of Illinois has appealed a Jan. 25 decision by a Cook County judge refusing an injunction that would have allowed a transgender girl to use the girls locker room at her Palatine high school. The appeal was filed Feb. 7. Nova Maday filed her lawsuit in Nov. 2017, maintaining that she has been unlawfully denied access to public accommodations. ...


Of-bombs-and-men-Gender-roles-subverted-in-Were-Gonna-Be-Okay

Of bombs and men: Gender roles subverted in 'We're Gonna Be Okay' - When Hawaii panicked because a government employee accidentally sent out warnings of an impending missile strike, very few considered such a thing unthinkable. Although it was a false alarm, the fact is that we're closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, the topic of American Theatre Company's new play We're Gonna Be Okay. Basil ...


700-parents-sign-letter-condemning-DeVos-failure-to-protect-of-trans-students

700+ parents sign letter condemning DeVos failure to protect of trans students - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, more than 700 parents of transgender children sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos condemning her failure to protect transgender students and calling on her to recognize the basic human and civil rights of transgender young people in our nation's schools. The letter, signed by parents from 47 states and Washington, D.C., was organized by ...


HRC-to-Honor-Texas-Pediatrician-For-Her-Lifesaving-Care-of-Trans-Youth

HRC to Honor Texas Pediatrician For Her Lifesaving Care of Trans Youth - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor Dallas pediatrician Dr. Ximena Lopez, who founded the only clinic in the Southwest specializing in transgender youth, at the organization's fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. She will receive HRC's Upstander Award. "Dr. ...


New-data-released-on-attitudes-toward-transgender-people

New data released on attitudes toward transgender people - From a Williams Institute news release - Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The link to the results can be found here: http://www.ipsos.com/en-us/global-attitudes-toward-transgender-people. The survey was originallly designed by IPSOS, Buzzfeed and the Williams Institute. This is the second time the survey has been implemented. The results show that countries around ...


World-news-Cuban-custody-Gay-Games-Chilean-pro-trans-bill

World news: Cuban custody, Gay Games, Chilean pro-trans bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A woman in Cuba has been granted custody of her late daughter's three children who she is raising with her same-sex partner, The Washington Blade reported. A three-judge panel apparently ruled in favor of Eunice Violeta Cardoso Perez on Oct. 19. Cardoso's daughter, Vioem Karen Diaz Cardoso, gave birth to two girls and a boy when she was married to ...


Transgender-director-makes-Oscar-history-

Transgender director makes Oscar history - Yance Ford has become the first transgender director whose work has been nominated for an Oscar. Ford's movie, Strong Island, has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature. It centers on the death of Ford's brother, William Ford, a high school teacher shot and killed on April 7, 1992. "The very exciting thing for me when I think about history is ...


Judge-denies-motion-by-ACLU-Illinois-for-injunction-in-locker-room-lawsuit-

Judge denies motion by ACLU Illinois for injunction in locker room lawsuit - From an ACLU press release - CHICAGO - In November 2017, Nova Maday and the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Township High School District 211 in Palatine for denying Nova the use of the girls' locker room during physical education class and separating her from other students because she is transgender. The goal of the suit is a ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-ask-for-permanent-block-on-transgender-military-ban

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN ask for permanent block on transgender military ban - From a press release - ( Seattle, WA, January 25, 2018 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today asked a federal district court to permanently block enforcement of the Trump Administration's plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The motion for summary judgment filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington follows four U.S. ...


Biden-Foundation-forms-pro-woman-LGBTQ-advisory-councils

Biden Foundation forms pro-woman, LGBTQ advisory councils - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Biden Foundation—started by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden—announced the formation of two advisory councils that will support its work to end violence against women and advance LGBTQ equality. According to the foundation's website, its areas of focus will involve advancing community colleges, ending violence against women, ensuring LGBTQ equality, protecting children, shaping foreign policy, strengthening the ...


Center-talk-explores-VAs-commitments-to-LGBT-healthcare

Center talk explores VA's commitments to LGBT healthcare - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Even with federal government policy seemingly fluctuating with the whims of the White House, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ) remains committed to administering the healthcare needs of LGBT patients, according to a VA staff member who spoke Jan. 18 at Center on Halsted about the intricacies of that work. Lorry Luscri—who is LGBT veteran-care coordinator at ...


National-roundup-Lambda-Legal-trans-activist-killed-Chelsea-Manning

National roundup: Lambda Legal, trans activist killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Employees at Lambda Legal voted 42-8 in favor of forming a union at the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV, per a press release. Eligible staff in all six regional offices, including lawyers, fundraisers, communication and administrative and support staff will be members of the Washington-Baltimore News ...


Kenosha-school-district-settles-trans-lawsuit

Kenosha school district settles trans lawsuit - A Wisconsin school district will pay $800,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit that transgender former student Ash Whitaker brought, The Hill reported, citing The Kenosha News. The Kenosha Unified School District voted, on Jan. 9, to approve the settlement in the suit from Whitaker, who graduated in June 2017. Whitaker filed the suit in July 2016, alleging that Tremper High ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Kaumakaiwa-Kanakaole-Trans-Hawaiian-singer-on-home-state-final-CD

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole: Trans Hawaiian singer on home state, final CD - Transgender Hawaiian performer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole is making a rare appearance in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show will combine ancestral chants, singing, and hula practice. Having been on stage since she could walk has now earned her five Hawaiian Grammy Awards and also awarded the 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & ...


Illinois-LGBTQ-Laws-Rated-in-HRCs-Annual-State-Equality-Index

Illinois' LGBTQ Laws Rated in HRC's Annual State Equality Index - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its fourth annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBTQ equality across America and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws. Illinois falls into the category, ...







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