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Report-States-failing-trans-gender-expansive-gender-nonconforming-youth-

Report: States failing trans, gender-expansive, gender-nonconforming youth - From a press release - ( New York, April 24, 2017 ) — A new report published today, Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommend Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care, offers the first comprehensive analysis of the troubling lack of explicit laws and policies in most states to protect transgender, gender expansive and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) youth ...


Champions-for-transgender-equity-honored-at-Natl-Trans-HIV-Testing-Day-event

Champions for transgender equity honored at Nat'l Trans HIV Testing Day event - From a press release - Chicago, IL — April 21, 2017 —. : South Side Help Center, Affinity Community Services and Coalition for Justice & Respect collaborated to host an event to commemorate April 18, National Transgender HIV Testing Day, by honoring individuals who have advocated for the well-being of those in the transgender community. The program included presenting them with customized awards and an ...


Film-with-trans-teen-gets-restricted-R-rating-from-MPAA-petition-launched

Film with trans teen gets restricted 'R' rating from MPAA, petition launched - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today continued calls for the Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ) to reconsider its decision to give the upcoming transgender-inclusive film '3 Generations' a restricted 'R' rating. GLAAD also announced a Change.org petition launched by Blair Durkee, a transgender woman in South Carolina, which also urges the ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Final Part of a 3-Part Series LGBTQ activist Dee McCord has spent her adult life engaged in ensuring equality for all while building her four Chicago businesses with a comparable pride for the history of the city. In the summer of 2015, McCord leased and renovated the 102-year-old Alvin Theatre on Chicago's West Side, transforming it into The Shapiro Ballroom. ...


Trans-advocacy-groups-demand-DCFS-stop-stealing-trans-kids

Trans-advocacy groups demand DCFS stop stealing trans kids - Motivated by the case of a transgender child that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) seized from an affirming home, members of the Chicago-based Trans Liberation Collective, the Chicago BTGNC Collective and the Chicago Two Spirit Society have organized themselves under the hashtag #StopStealingTransKids. A press conference held in front of the DCFS Thompson Center ...


Howard-Brown-hosts-transgender-focused-A-Call-to-Action

Howard Brown hosts transgender-focused 'A Call to Action' - With eight reported deaths of transgender women of color throughout the country so far in 2017—including 24-year-old Keke Collier of Englewood in February—Howard Brown Health is aiming to bring together Chicago's transgender community, particularly transgender women of color. As part of this effort, the organization hosted "True Voices: A Call to Action," a town hall discussion at its Sheridan site ...


TransWorks-Program-publishes-open-letter-to-LGBTQ-friendly-businesses

TransWorks Program publishes open letter to LGBTQ-friendly businesses - From a press release - Chicago, IL, April 17, 2017 — Chicago House's TransWorks Program sent an open letter to over 40 businesses that are located in Chicago and/or have a history of supporting and advertising to the LGBTQ community. While many have already demonstrated commitment to inclusive practices, this letter addresses the reality of discrimination and unemployment in 2017 for people who are transgender ...


Five-Worth-Finding-

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indie Cafe: This casual restaurant ( 5951 N. Broadway; IndieCafe.us ) specializes in Asian cuisine—and offers an impressive array of food. Some of the offerings includes miso udon or soba soup, robota grill skewers ( such as coconut shrimp ), sushi and nigiri, various versions of maki, noodle dishes and entrees such as the very delicious Indie Ocean ( a ...


District-113-passes-trans-inclusive-policy-revisions-

District 113 passes trans-inclusive policy revisions - The board of Township High School District 113—a district composed of Highland Park and Deerfield high schools—on April 12 unanimously voted to add language to school policies clarifying that no student would be denied access to programs, activities or services based on their gender expression. "This is something that we do not take lightly, and this is something we've worked ...


Trump-administration-dismisses-HB2-lawsuit

Trump administration dismisses HB2 lawsuit - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and ACLU of North Carolina condemned the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, according to a joint press release. The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal have worked on Carcano v. McCrory, a federal court challenge to HB 2, ...


ACLU-releases-statement-on-Governor-Rauners-opposition-to-HB40-

ACLU releases statement on Governor Rauner's opposition to HB40 - From a press release - Statement of Lorie Chaiten, Director Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois on Governor Rauner's announced opposition to HB40: We are disappointed and dismayed that Governor Rauner has turned his back on the health care needs of women in Illinois by announcing his opposition to House Bill 40. This measure — which had strong support in the House of Representatives — ...


Pride-Films-Trans-Play-Contest-underway

Pride Films' 'Trans* Play Contest' underway - Chicago-based performing-arts company Pride Films and Plays has launched The Great Trans* Play Contest. The competition is open to playwrights who are transgender, genderqueer, gender-fluid, non-binary or of other gender nonconforming identities. Specific benefits to the winning submission will include a cash award, and further development in a week-long rehearsal workshop under the direction of PFP company member and trans* ...


BUSINESS-Trans-owned-bakery-finds-niche-in-Lake-View

BUSINESS Trans-owned bakery finds niche in Lake View - Jennivee's Bakery has found a following in Lake View. Offering a selection of Philippine- and American-influenced cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and other sweets, this bakery is unique in that it is opened during the late afternoon and evenings. "People love sweets late at night," bakery owner and founder Jenne Vailoces, who is transgender. Located at the corner of Sheffield Avenue ...


New-Nevada-law-Child-welfare-juvenile-justice-agencies-must-respect-gender-identity-

New Nevada law: Child welfare, juvenile justice agencies must respect gender identity - From a press release - ( Carson City, NV — April 11, 2017 ) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 99, a bill that requires child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in Nevada to treat transgender children in their care in accordance with their gender identity. The law also requires child welfare agency and juvenile justice staff as well as foster parents ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children-Part-Two

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part Two - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - In the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, a family has been raising their transgender daughter Amy ( alias ) in an affirming home. According to the mother Donna ( alias ), Amy started presenting at 18 months of age. Donna began her conversation with Windy City Times describing her daughter with a proud energy and laughed as she talked about ...


World-news-Grindr-arrest-Chinese-boy-band-trans-murder

World news: Grindr arrest, Chinese 'boy band,' trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found on gay-hookup site Grindr, PinkNews reported. The men—Torsu Stephen, 23, and Aikins Atitsogbe, 21—were arrested in the capital Accra after an unnamed victim reported they threatened to post naked photos of him on the internet if he did not pay them. Some commenters ...


Melissa-Etheridge-lends-anthem-Giant-to-the-McGregor-campaign

Melissa Etheridge lends anthem "Giant" to the McGregor campaign - From a press release - SEATTLE — Former Seattle City Commissioner Mac McGregor is one of 11 transgender candidates running for office in the U.S. in 2017. If elected, Mac would become the first transgender person to hold a seat on Seattle City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in Washington state. McGregor is a former women's world martial arts champion and ...


National-Trans-lawsuit-gay-Alaska-politicians-Glamour-honors-trans-woman

National: Trans lawsuit, gay Alaska politicians, Glamour honors trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT-rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates, a press release stated. The suit—filed on behalf of three transgender women and one transgender man as well as ...


Transgender-Youth-Face-Major-Barriers-to-Fertility-Preservation

Transgender Youth Face Major Barriers to Fertility Preservation - From a press release - Few transgender adolescents opted to pursue fertility preservation, according to a report from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. While all patients were counseled about available options for fertility preservation prior to initiating hormones for medical transition, only 12 percent chose to see a fertility specialist and less than 5 ...


Lambda-Legal-Sues-Puerto-Rico-for-Anti-Trans-Birth-Certificate-Policy

Lambda Legal Sues Puerto Rico for Anti-Trans Birth Certificate Policy - From a press release - ( San Juan, PR, April 6, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates. "Puerto Rico categorically prohibits changes to the gender ...


Glamour-names-trans-activist-environmentalist-bball-champ-Women-of-the-Year-

Glamour names trans activist, environmentalist, b'ball champ Women of the Year - From a press release - For six decades Glamour has honored trailblazing women who have pushed our culture forward, and the brand's 2017 class of campus changemakers is no exception. This year's winners include a transgender rights activist, an environmentalist, and a two-time NCAA Division I women's basketball champion. All 10 honorees are featured in Glamour's May issue, on national newsstands April 11. They will ...


National-Anti-LGBTQ-Groups-Hate-Slate-Rejected-by-Voters-in-Suburban-Chicago-

National Anti-LGBTQ Group's "Hate Slate" Rejected by Voters in Suburban Chicago - From a press release - PALATINE, IL — Today, Trans United Fund, a national trans-led advocacy group, in partnership with local parents and trans youth in Illinois School District 211, announced a decisive and historic victory against a slate of candidates aligned with the Alliance Defending Freedom ( ADF ), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. Trans United Fund, ...


Court-Rules-Boulder-County-Landlord-Discriminated-Against-LGBT-Family

Court Rules Boulder County Landlord Discriminated Against LGBT Family - From a press release - ( Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 ) — A federal district court judge today ruled that a Boulder County property owner violated both the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when she refused to rent a housing unit to Lambda Legal clients Rachel and Tonya Smith, a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children, ...


MUSIC-Xavier-Rizi-Timane-Love-Is-All-We-Need

MUSIC Xavier Rizi Timane: 'Love Is All We Need' - Xavier Rizi Timane's video "Love Is All We Need" has more than 1 million YouTube views since it was published in late February. Filmed outside Los Angeles, the video promotes love, strength, tolerance and unity amid President Donald Trump's divisive policies and rhetoric, and features a diverse group of people representative of United States society, including immigrants, LGBT people and ...


Can-the-Child-Welfare-System-Handle-Trans-Children

Can the Child Welfare System Handle Trans Children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Part One of a Series On Nov. 8, 1978, the United States Congress enacted a law that would "establish standards for the placement of Indian children in foster or adoptive homes, to prevent the breakup of Indian families, and for other purposes." The Indian Child Welfare Act was the result of hearings which began four years earlier. In their ...


Vives-Q-holds-Latinx-LGBTQ-panel-and-discussion

Vives Q! holds Latinx LGBTQ panel and discussion - On March 26, Vives Q! held "Trans Liberation Now" as part of the Vives Q! Lab monthly discussion event. The event is an ongoing monthly panel and discussion presentation for community-building and skill-sharing for the trans community. Hosted by Emmanuel Garcia, the panel discussion featured speakers and activists Reyna Ortiz, Alexis Martinez and Tanya Cordova and focused on pending transgender ...


Actress-reflects-on-transitioning-Marilyn-Monroe-connection

Actress reflects on transitioning, Marilyn Monroe connection - Born in Erwin, Tennessee, transsexual actress Aleshia Brevard knew that she wanted to be a female from an early age, and began her transitioning in the late 1950s. She also knew she wanted to be a star—and eventually embarked on a journey that involving acting, modeling and teaching. Brevard talked with Windy City Times about her life—and the time she ...


Lambda-Legal-Missouri-Must-Provide-Health-Care-for-Incarcerated-Transgender-Woman

Lambda Legal: Missouri Must Provide Health Care for Incarcerated Transgender Woman - From a press release - ( St. Louis, MO, April 5 2017 ) — Yesterday, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to order the Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) and Corizon LLC ( Corizon ), which MDOC contracts to provide healthcare at its facilities, to provide medically necessary, doctor-recommended health care for the treatment of gender dysphoria for Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old ...


NCAA-to-return-to-NC-HRC-Equality-NC-ACLU-NCLR-respond

NCAA to return to N.C.: HRC, Equality NC, ACLU, NCLR respond - The NCAA announced on April 4 that it will return to North Carolina for championship events after the state, on March 30, reached a compromised repeal of HB2—the controversial statute that came to be known as "the bathroom bill." LGBTQ groups were initially quick to criticize the compromise, which they said still allows for discrimination. Among other things, said compromise ...


World-Trans-model-on-GQ-cover-Dutch-attack-Quebecs-pro-LGBT-move

World: Trans model on GQ cover, Dutch attack, Quebec's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - International model Andreja Pejic has landed a double cover of GQ Portugal April issue, making history as the first transgender model to cover the popular and well-respected men's magazine, a press release noted. Pejic was also the first transgender model to be awarded "Female Model of the Year" at the GQ Portugal Awards last October in Lisbon. "To be honest, ...


LGBTs-post-several-wins-in-municipal-elections-Palatine-school-board-victory-

LGBTs post several wins in municipal elections, Palatine school board victory - LGBT candidates, and supporters of LGBT issues, had strong showings in municipal elections throughout suburban Cook and collar counties on April 4. As of Wednesday afternoon, the results were as follows: Palatine: A slate consisting of candidates who had supported policies allowing transgender students access to the public accommodations of the gender with which they identify—Edward Yung, Robert LeFevre and ...


NC-Gov-Roy-Coopers-HB2-Betrayal-What-Theyre-Saying

NC Gov. Roy Cooper's HB2 Betrayal: What They're Saying - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - On the eve of Transgender Day of Visibility, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore shamefully attempted to pass off to the public an egregious so-called "deal" that doubles down on the state's HB2-like discrimination against LGBTQ people — particularly transgender people. Over the past several days, civil rights groups including ...


North-Carolina-HB2-repeal-passed-remains-discriminatory-

North Carolina HB2 "repeal" passed, remains discriminatory - From press releases - ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn 'Fake' Repeal of HB 2 RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is delivering a letter to Gov. Roy ...


Unicorn-Ball-to-be-hosted-by-Trans-Liberation-April-29

Unicorn Ball to be hosted by Trans Liberation April 29 - Trans Liberation Collective hosts its Official Coming Out Party, Unicorn Ball, Saturday, April 29, 2017, Shapiro Ballroom, 1612 W. Chicago Ave., 6 p.m.-Midnight. The Unicorn Ball will feature a night of performance, storytelling, dancing, silent auctions and the best and brightest of the Chicago trans community. "As we endeavor to create new spaces, like the first-ever trans-run LGBT Center in ...


TransCare-holding-vigil-April-4

TransCare holding vigil April 4 - On Tuesday, April 4, Heartland Health Outreach's TransCare Committee will host a vigil that will aim to honor the lives of transgender women who have been killed in 2017. At 4:30 p.m., attendees will gather at the viaduct at Lawrence Avenue and Marine Drive, with the vigil starting at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a community meet-up ...


How-important-is-age-in-transitioning

How important is age in transitioning? - By A. J. Smuskiewicz - Robert Garofalo, MD, is well known to Windy City Times readers as one of the nation's foremost physicians specializing in adolescent medicine and treatment related to gender identity, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. With his base of patient care at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Garofalo treats hundreds of transgender patients, putting his extensive knowledge of the ...


Chicago-House-offering-free-career-counseling

Chicago House offering free career counseling - Chicago House & Social Services Agency has announced that it is offering free career counseling to all LGBTQ adults. The organization's employment-services program recently broadened its reach; previously, it served only individuals who are HIV -positive and people with documented disabilities. Now, the program offers free and confidential services to any person identifying as LGBTQ who is 18 years of ...


Appellate-judges-hear-Kenosha-transgender-related-case

Appellate judges hear Kenosha transgender-related case - Justices from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on March 29, heard an appeal from a Wisconsin school district that had been ordered to make accommodations for a transgender boy wishing to use the boys' washroom. Ash Whitaker, in 2016, sued his Kenosha school after he was prevented from using the boys' washroom. A judge in September ordered an injunction ...


Protection-rescinded-from-LGBT-employees-of-companies-working-with-government

Protection rescinded from LGBT employees of companies working with government - From press releases - Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. on the Trump Administration's Quiet Take-Down of Federal Protections Against LGBT Employment Discrimination Federal government no longer required to weigh a history of LGBT employment discrimination against a company when deciding with which companies to do business (March 28, 2017 San Francisco)—Yesterday, the Trump Administration quietly issued an ...


National-Anti-LGBT-bills-Larry-Kramer-Grindr-mag-trans-groups-message

National: Anti-LGBT bills, Larry Kramer, Grindr mag, trans group's message - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill that allows student groups at high schools and public universities to bar LGBT people from their organizations on religious grounds, according to an Advocate.com item that cited The Washington Blade. Senate Bill 1 came in response to a school's deletion of a Bible verse from a student production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. ...


2017-Truth-Awards-honor-African-Americans-in-the-LGBTQ-community

2017 Truth Awards honor African Americans in the LGBTQ community - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — In the spirit of awards season, African Americans in the LGBTQ community took their bows and trophies at the third annual Truth Awards Gala on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. The black-tie affair honored African-American, trailblazing men and women whose personal and professional accomplishments have positively impacted the perception and ...


Alphonza-Watson-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Baltimore

Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore, Maryland on March 22nd, 2017. According to media reports, she was shot to death in the early morning hours and two men were witnessed fleeing the scene. Alphonza's mother, Peggy Watson, called her the "the sunshine of our ...


Anti-trans-forces-try-to-influence-April-4-Palatine-area-school-board-election

Anti-trans forces try to influence April 4 Palatine-area school board election - As April 4 general elections loom in suburban Cook and collar county municipalities, few local school board races will be watched more closely than that of Township High School District 211, in the Northwest suburbs including Palatine, where board members have long been grappling with public accommodations rules for its transgender students. Some local parents formed a coalition with both ...


Virginia-Gov-Terry-McAuliffe-vetoes-anti-LGBTQ-License-to-Discriminate-bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes anti-LGBTQ "License to Discriminate" bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, praised Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's veto of Senate Bill ( SB 1324 ) and House Bill ( HB ) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate ...


NC-GOP-refuses-to-allow-clean-up-or-down-vote-on-full-HB2-repeal

NC GOP refuses to allow clean up or down vote on full HB2 repeal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — On March 22 the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina slammed North Carolina's Republican leadership for their continued refusal to allow a clean up or down vote on the full repeal of HB2. Signed into law a year ago tomorrow by former Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his bid for re-election over that ...


130-congregations-to-participate-in-Natl-Weekend-of-Prayer-for-Trans-Justice-

130 congregations to participate in Nat'l Weekend of Prayer for Trans Justice - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 130 congregations in more than 30 states will participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, dedicating their weekly services and/or holding special events to support transgender people across America who continue to lack full legal protection, face unequal treatment, and experience disproportionate ...


Trans-advocate-Wade-honored-by-state-Comptroller-Mendoza

Trans advocate Wade honored by state Comptroller Mendoza - Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza honored several individuals for women's history month, including Chicago-based trans advocate LaSaia Wade. The ceremony was March 24 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Wade is pictured here ( second from right ) with Mendoza ( middle ) and other honorees. Photo courtesy of Wade ...


Trans-veteran-running-for-board-position-at-Illinois-college

Trans veteran running for board position at Illinois college - During his Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago, President Barack Obama suggested, "If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself." For the transgender community, seeking a leadership role in government of any kind has become essential ...


More-Than-a-Letter-Picnic-present-queer-voices-this-spring

'More Than a Letter,' Picnic present queer voices this spring - Internationally acclaimed and award-winning transgender pianist Sara Davis Buechner is more than happy to be a part of the Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming concerts of "More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists." Buechner came aboard at the invitation of guest conductor Michael Morgan, who is music director of the Oakland Symphony and a former assistant conductor of the Chicago ...


PFLAG-official-talks-transgender-workplace-support

PFLAG official talks transgender workplace support - Jean-Marie Navetta, director of learning and inclusion for PFLAG National, led a March 16 workshop on being a supportive and respectful ally to transgender people in the workplace. Among the issues Navetta addressed were pronoun usage, disclosure etiquette and gender-based stereotyping. About 80 people attended. Navetta's talk was presented under the auspices of PFLAG's Straight for Equality Project, a national ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-pushes-to-strengthen-Illinois-hate-crimes-law

Attorney General Madigan pushes to strengthen Illinois hate crimes law - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged members of the Illinois House to pass legislation to strengthen Illinois' hate crimes law. House Bill 3711 better protects Illinois residents from escalating incidents of hatred and bias. House Bill 3711, sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace and Sen. Omar Aquino, passed out of the House Judiciary — Criminal Committee by a ...


National-Trans-inclusive-sorority-agender-activist-Athlete-Ally

National: Trans-inclusive sorority, agender activist, Athlete Ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A sorority has become the first in the country to welcome transgender women into all of its chapters nationwide, according to NewNowNext.com. On Feb. 17, the national headquarters for Alpha Chi Omega, a 132-year-old Greek formed at Indiana's DePauw University, announced it was lifting its ban on transgender women. "We want everyone to feel included and feel like they're being ...


South-Side-trans-woman-reported-missing

South Side trans woman reported missing - A South Side transgender woman Sherry Nicholas ( AKA Sherry Berry ) has been reported missing for the second time since her first disappearance in April 2015. According to the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), Berry was last seen in the area of 7900 S. Marquette Ave. on March 9 and may need medical treatment. Her father, Jerry Nicholas, ...


Evanston-High-School-committee-to-send-locker-room-policy-to-full-board-

Evanston High School committee to send locker room policy to full board - Officials from Evanston Township High School Board of Education Policy Committee, on March 16, said they would draft a policy permitting trans students to use the locker room facilities designated for the gender for which they identify; that policy will go before the full board at its meeting next month. ETHS already has robust diversity policies in place, but the ...


Transgender-Women-of-Color-to-Rally-on-National-Day-of-Action-to-End-Violence

Transgender Women of Color to Rally on National Day of Action to End Violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ advocates in a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color. Since the beginning of the year, seven transgender women of color have been murdered across the country. In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, hate crimes targeting transgender women have skyrocketed since the election ...


Committee-sends-transgender-ID-marker-bill-to-House

Committee sends transgender ID-marker bill to House - Legislation easing requirements for transgender Illinoisans wishing to change the gender-marker on their state-issued identification, on March 15, cleared the House Human Services committee by a vote of 7-4. HB 1785, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Harris ( D-Chicago ), would allow transgender individuals wishing to change their ID gender-marker to do so with proof of clinically appropriate treatment. The ...


Comptroller-to-honor-trans-woman-of-color

Comptroller to honor trans woman of color - On Friday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., African-American transgender activist LaSaia Wade will be among those Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza will recognize for Women's History Month. In a letter to Wade, Mendoza wrote, in part, "As we honor the trailblazers of the past whose impact through grassroots efforts and struggles ...


National-roundup-ProtectTransWomen-Black-AIDS-Institute-soccer-incident

National roundup: #ProtectTransWomen, Black AIDS Institute, soccer incident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike, a press release noted. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Entertainment-Laverne-Cox-Katy-Perry-Justin-Hartley-Womens-Day-backers

Entertainment: Laverne Cox, Katy Perry, Justin Hartley, Women's Day backers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox has been tapped as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in ABC's The Trustee, Deadline noted. The show is a comedic one-hour pilot from the Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Cox is coming off CBS' midseason legal drama Doubt, in ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-endorses-in-District-211-School-Board-Races

Equality Illinois PAC endorses in District 211 School Board Races - From a press release - Palatine-based Township High School District 211 has become a flash point recently in the fight to protect the civil rights of transgender students. That's why the Equality Illinois PAC ( EI PAC ) believes it is important to weigh in on the school board election there with the endorsements of three candidates: Anna Klimkowicz, Robert LeFevre, and Edward Yung. These ...


Iowa-House-Passes-Voter-ID-Bill-Disenfranchising-Transgender-Voters

Iowa House Passes Voter ID Bill Disenfranchising Transgender Voters - From a press release - [Des Moines]— On Thursday, March 9, the Iowa House passed HF 516, a bill that requires voters to present photo identification documents at the polls. The bill passed with a 59-41 vote. One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement on the bill's passage. "This bill disenfranchises many Iowa voters who may be members of the LGBTQ community like ...


Cast-of-Amazon-Series-Transparent-Releases-PSA-Urging-Support-for-Gavin-Grimm

Cast of Amazon Series 'Transparent' Releases PSA Urging Support for Gavin Grimm - From a press release - NEW YORK — The cast and crew of the award-winning Amazon series "Transparent" today released a Public Service Announcement urging support for Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose lawsuit against his school board over its refusal to allow him to use the boys' restroom helped bring the fight for transgender rights to the national stage. The American Civil ...


Community-supports-suburban-trans-students

Community supports suburban trans students - Members of the organization Progress for D15 & D211, on March 8, gathered at Walter R. Sundling, Jr., High School in suburban Palatine to support transgender students and District 15 school board members who have likewise supported transgender rights. In late 2015, a transgender girl in suburban High School District 211 sued for the right to change in an isolated ...


TGNCLGBTSQ-coalition-calls-for-Day-of-Action-to-protect-trans-women-femmes

TGNCLGBTSQ coalition calls for Day of Action to protect trans women, femmes - From a press release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, a group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Lambda-Legal-looks-ahead-to-Title-VII-decisions

Lambda Legal looks ahead to Title VII decisions - An appellate court's acceptance of the idea that Title VII anti-discrimination rules—which give federal protections against gender-bias in the workplace—also apply to cases of anti-LGBT discrimination would be a "remarkable sea-change in the law as we know it," said Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal in a Feb. 28 conference call. The legal advocacy group is waiting to hear the decisions ...


World-news-Gay-Games-trans-killings-Italian-partner-ruling

World news: Gay Games, trans killings, Italian partner ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 2022 Gay Games XI host city shortlist vote by the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) General Assembly took place Feb. 28, one year after the bid process was announced, an organizational press release noted. The shortlisted host cities are Guadalajara, Mexico; Hong Kong; and Washington, D.C. Site inspections are the next steps in the bid process, and ...


Parents-of-trans-child-fight-DCFS-for-custody

Parents of trans child fight DCFS for custody - The parents of a transgender child presently in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) had a March 7 custody hearing in front of Cook County Juvenile Justice And Child Protection Division Judge Robert Balanoff March 7. Present at the proceedings were the child's parents, their attorneys and family friends some of whom ...


SCOTUS-sends-Grimm-case-back-to-lower-court

SCOTUS sends Grimm case back to lower court - The United States Supreme Court, on March 6, sent a closely-watched case involving a trans student back to a lower court. The court was scheduled to hear the Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. March 28, but remanded the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, asking the appellate court to reconsider the case ...


Grimm-vows-to-keep-fighting-in-court

Grimm vows to keep fighting in court - Gavin Grimm and his ACLU attorney, on March 6, spoke with reporters on a conference call just hours after the United States Supreme Court announced that they would remand Grimm's case to a lower appellate court. Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his Virginia school district after officials required him to use an isolated washroom, away from other facilities. The Supreme ...


DCFS-Advocate-accused-of-misgendering-trans-child

DCFS, Advocate accused of misgendering trans child - A Chicago woman and parent of a transgender child Kathy Blazer-Williams has leveled charges against both Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) that they have not only seized the transgender child of a friend but are misgendering her, referring to her with a male name and forcing her ...


March-for-transgender-rights-and-liberation-makes-history-in-Chicago

March for transgender rights and liberation makes history in Chicago - Video below - In what organizers called "one of the largest and most diverse mobilizations for trans equality and equity to ever take place in the Midwest," well over 1,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals gathered alongside cisgender allies March 3 for the Trans March for Liberation in downtown Chicago. Beginning with a rally set against the backdrop of Trump Tower at Wacker and ...


101-transgender-Americans-voice-support-as-Gavin-Grimms-case-heads-to-Supreme-Court-

101 transgender Americans voice support as Gavin Grimm's case heads to Supreme Court - From a press release - New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a friend-of-the court brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the Gloucester County School Board's discriminatory policy that prohibits transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. His lawsuit, brought by ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-files-amicus-brief-in-Supreme-Court-in-trans-rights-case

Attorney General Madigan files amicus brief in Supreme Court in trans rights case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a transgender student — known as G.G. — who is suing the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for its policy prohibiting transgender boys and girls from using restrooms that match their gender identity. The attorneys general argue the policy discriminates ...


Yelp-helps-find-gender-neutral-restrooms-joins-amicus-brief-supporting-Grimm

Yelp helps find gender neutral restrooms, joins amicus brief supporting Grimm - From a press release - Yelp has begun rolling out a new business attribute that helps users identify businesses that offer gender neutral restrooms to patrons. Gender neutral restrooms are those that are accessible to persons of any gender and are a locking, single-stall bathroom. On desktop and mobile versions of Yelp, users will be able to see whether or not a business offers gender ...


Natl-leaders-groups-individuals-file-briefs-in-Supreme-Court-supporting-trans-rights

Nat'l leaders, groups, individuals file briefs in Supreme Court supporting trans rights - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, individuals and institutions from across the country representing a diverse and extraordinary cross-section of interests, perspectives, and concerns filed friend-of-court briefs in support of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old high school student from Virginia whose case against his school board over their refusal to allow him access to the boys' restroom at school because he is transgender will ...







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