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National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Launches-Transgender-Mental-Health-Survey

National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Transgender Mental Health Survey - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch the nation's first transgender mental health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify as transgender ...


Anti-LGBTQs-in-Anchorage-try-to-gut-protections-for-transgender-residents-visitors

Anti-LGBTQs in Anchorage try to gut protections for transgender residents, visitors - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to claims from anti-equality activists that they have submitted 8,500 signatures in an attempt to qualify for a ballot measure in Anchorage, Alaska, aimed at gutting protections for transgender residents and visitors in the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The city clerk must verify that at least 5,753 signatures are ...


GLSEN-responds-as-Sec-of-Education-stonewalls-on-policy-on-LGBTQ-students

GLSEN responds as Sec. of Education stonewalls on policy on LGBTQ students - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) - July 18, 2017 - In a July 11 letter to Senator Patty Murray ( D-WA ), Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, under President Obama, had overly broadened the scope of investigations into discrimination against students, leading to an inability to adequately investigate individual complaints. ...


BOOK-Raising-the-Transgender-Child

BOOK Raising the Transgender Child - By Dr. Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman, $17; Seal Press; 275 pages Your preschooler has always had an active imagination. Flights of fancy and dress-up fill his days. She's rough-and-tumble, a scrapper in her mind. Make-believe has always been a big part in your child's life but now you're hearing something you know in your heart is not pretend—and ...


New-sitcom-stars-transgender-actors

New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


United-State-of-Women-holds-Chicago-summit

United State of Women holds Chicago summit - More than 1,000 women from all walks of life convened at McCormick Place to kick off the United State of Women Galvanize Program on July 15. The two-day Galvanize Program is an outgrowth of former President Barack Obama's Council on Women and Girls ( created in March 2009 ) to improve the lives of women and girls in every Obama ...


Palm-Center-counters-claims-made-to-Armed-Services-Committee-on-transgender-service-

Palm Center counters claims made to Armed Services Committee on transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center responded to General Selva's testimony today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, offered the following response: "The Chiefs are misrepresenting the science about transgender troops in a disingenuous way that reflects the old Pentagon tactic of distorting the data about gays and lesbians under 'don't ask ...


HRC-assails-Paul-Ryan-for-clearing-path-for-anti-transgender-amendment

HRC assails Paul Ryan for clearing path for anti-transgender amendment - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, assailed House Speaker Paul Ryan for clearing a path for a dangerous anti-transgender amendment — and then making false claims about the process to dodge culpability. Ryan made two false claims, both of which were reported by the ...


Anti-trans-defense-budget-amendment-defeated-in-House

Anti-trans defense budget amendment defeated in House - The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The vote followed a day of aggressive lobbying by LGBT advocates and supporters to reject the proposal, which ...


Baker-McKenzie-Implements-Gender-Transition-and-Identity-Guidelines

Baker McKenzie Implements Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines - Chicago, IL, USA, July 12, 2017 — Baker McKenzie has announced the implementation of its North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, joining other leading employers in implementing a policy that addresses the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees. The guidelines reflect best practices shared by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender ...


Series-looks-at-trans-athletes

Series looks at trans athletes - Featuring the inspiring journeys of five transgender athletes and how sport helped them find their true identities, Identify, the new original series from the Olympic Channel, profiles athletes who are making their mark in the sports world. The five-episode docuseries is available worldwide exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform mobile app and at OlympicChannel.com . Athletes Chloe Anderson ( ...


Northwestern-offers-gender-neutral-multi-stall-restroom-

Northwestern offers gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH recently announced that Northwestern University has become the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom. Safe access to restrooms for transgender and gender nonconforming people has been debated across the country. Northwestern University joins more than 150 other universities and colleges in offering a ...


One-Iowa-Condemns-Anti-Transgender-Amendments-to-Defense-Authorization-Bill-

One Iowa Condemns Anti-Transgender Amendments to Defense Authorization Bill - From a press release - [Des Moines]— Rep. Steve King ( R-Iowa ) has proposed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 ( H.R. 2810 ) that directly oppose spending that benefits transgender service members. On Thursday, July 6, Rep. King proposed an amendment to prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds for gender affirmation surgery or to "promote ...


National-roundup-Evangelical-poll-trans-death-Gavin-Grimm-Chick-fil-A

National roundup: Evangelical poll, trans death, Gavin Grimm, Chick-fil-A - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new survey shows a dramatic shift in attitudes toward favoring same-sex marriage among a younger generation of white evangelicals—a group considered to be one of the most conservative on the issue, The Washington Post noted. According to Pew, 47 percent of Generation X/millennial evangelicals ( those born after 1964 ) favor same-sex marriage, compared with 26 percent of boomer ...


DJ-musician-comes-out-as-transgender

DJ/musician comes out as transgender - LCD Soundsystem synth player/technician Gavin Russom, 43, has come out as a transgender woman. Talking with Pitchfork, Russom said, " Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it's on the front burner. Now it's ...


Trans-focused-doc-has-funding-campaign

Trans-focused doc has funding campaign - America in Transition—a documentary series exploring community, family, and faith for trans people of color across the United States—is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign that ends Thursday, July 13. Among the individuals profiled are a veteran-turned-activist, a two-spirit dancer and a model navigating family life. The director, Andre Perez, is a latinx, genderqueer transmasculine person from the South ...


National-roundup-Asian-American-ad-another-trans-death-bribery-trial

National roundup: Asian-American ad, another trans death, bribery trial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time ever, emotionally moving videos of Asian parents of LGBT children appeared as pop-up ads on YouTube, a National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) press release noted. The ads played on YouTube in seven languages—Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Hindi—for Pride Month June 24-30. The ads were part of a comprehensive Asian ...


Ebony-Morgan-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Lynchburg-VA

Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, VA - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman killed in Lynchburg, VA; the 15th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, Virginia on July 2nd, 2017. According to ...


Lambda-urges-Puerto-Rico-to-allow-accurate-birth-certificates-for-transgender-people

Lambda urges Puerto Rico to allow accurate birth certificates for transgender people - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( San Juan, PR, June 26, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed papers urging a federal court to strike down Puerto Rico's policy denying transgender people accurate birth certificates in its case on behalf of three transgender people born in Puerto Rico and the advocacy group Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. "The ability to define and express one's identity, and ...


Pentagon-Delays-New-Transgender-Inclusive-Recruitment-Policy-by-Six-Months-

Pentagon Delays New Transgender-Inclusive Recruitment Policy by Six Months - From press releasees - From a press release: Palm Center Director Concerned by Continuation of Military's Transgender Ban SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to Defense Secretary James Mattis's decision to delay implementing rules allowing transgender applicants to join the military, Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement: "Secretary Mattis's decision to prolong the enlistment ban will have the effect of requiring ...


Trans-teen-Ava-LeRay-Barrin-murdered-14th-known-trans-person-murdered-in-17

Trans teen Ava Le'Ray Barrin murdered, 14th known trans person murdered in '17 - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign said it was "horrified" to learn that a 17-year-old transgender woman, Ava Le'Ray Barrin, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday, June 25. Jalen Breon Brown, 21, has been charged with Barrin's murder, after allegedly shooting her during an altercation in an apartment parking lot. Police say that Barrin and Brown knew one another, ...


Northwestern-U-is-1st-Campus-In-Chicago-to-Offer-Gender-neutral-Multi-stall-Restroom-

Northwestern U is 1st Campus In Chicago to Offer Gender-neutral, Multi-stall Restroom - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — During Pride Month, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) is thrilled to announce that Northwestern University is the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom. Francesca Gaiba, research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and associate director of ISGMH, stated, "ISGMH is proud to be the ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Taylor-Macs-here-for-Hir

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Taylor Mac's here for 'Hir' - Acclaimed out playwright and drag-performance artist Taylor Mac is back in Chicago. But instead of donning glittery deconstructed drag onstage to entertain and prod audiences to question gender and culture throughout history, Mac is behind the scenes at rehearsals for Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago premiere of Hir. "It's fun to queer the institution a bit," said Mac, happy to have Hir ...


Protestors-shut-down-Chicago-McDonalds-in-support-of-trans-worker-

Protestors shut down Chicago McDonald's in support of trans worker - While McDonald's has tried to make some hay out of the LGBTQ community and pride month by placing rainbows on its French fry boxes and sponsoring a few marches, around 50 people gathered at a Chicago restaurant June 23 to call the company out for blatant hypocrisy. Multiple advocacy organizations including Fight for $15, Lambda Legal, Healing to Action and ...


Gender-JUST-double-feature-June-23

Gender JUST double feature June 23 - Gender JUST will be camping out at the Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State St., and showing back-to-back screenings of masterpieces of radical queer cinema from directors Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas on Friday, June 23, 5:30-9 p.m. The organization will be screening the anti-marriage extravaganza Homotopia ( 2007, 27 min. ) and its anti-prison sequel Criminal Queers ( ...


Panel-examines-trans-GNC-individuals-of-color-and-the-police

Panel examines trans, GNC individuals of color and the police - On June 16, a Minnesota jury acquitted the police officer who shot an innocent Black man Philando Castile multiple times during a traffic stop. Beloved in his community, Castile was killed for the crime of reaching for his identification. Hardly anyone was surprised by the verdict. On the same day, a panel in Chicago discussed methods for transgender, intersex and ...


National-roundup-Blood-donor-campaign-trans-win-in-Va-Calif-honorees

National roundup: Blood-donor campaign, trans win in Va., Calif. honorees - In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) and Blood Equality announced a new social-media campaign to end the practice of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year, a press release noted. This campaign includes the release of a new video protesting this inequity and ...


AMA-adopts-policies-supporting-transgender-and-LGB-health-GLMA-responds

AMA adopts policies supporting transgender and LGB health, GLMA responds - From a press release - GLMA President Jesse Joad, MD, MS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement praising the AMA for adopting several policies on LGBT health during its 2017 Annual Meeting: "GLMA applauds the AMA for taking action at its Annual Meeting to support LGBT health, in particular adopting a policy statement designed to ensure transgender individuals have access to ...


Coalition-condemns-administrations-new-instructions-on-transgender-student-discrimination-

Coalition condemns administration's new instructions on transgender student discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: "In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools' obligations under Title IX to ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Ithaca

Transgender woman of color killed in Ithaca - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Josie Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color killed in Ithaca, New York; the13th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color, killed in Ithaca, New York on Tuesday, ...


Oregon-first-US-state-to-offer-third-gender-marker-on-state-IDs

Oregon first U.S. state to offer third gender marker on state IDs - From a press release - SALEM, OR—Effective July 1, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) will begin offering a third gender marker on state identification cards, making Oregon the first state in the country to recognize non-binary identities. Currently, Oregon has two gender options on state IDs: M for male and F for female. The third marker will be X for not ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Alexandra-Billings-talks-Transparent-tunes-and-Caitlyn

NUNN ON ONE Alexandra Billings talks 'Transparent,' tunes and Caitlyn - Alexandra Billings grew up performing in Chicago and recently returned to make an appearance at the Steppenwolf gala. Theater credits in Illinois include The Bailiwick Theater, Light Opera Works and Court Theatre. She has won a Joseph Jefferson Award and five After Dark Awards, and was a artistic associate for About Face Theatre. Now living in Hollywood, she has achieved ...


Caitlyn-Jenners-growing-pains

Caitlyn Jenner's growing pains - When June approaches, I always like to reflect on the pantheon in our LGBTQ community. However, when it comes to Caitlyn Jenner, it is difficult to fathom how she went from icon to outcast. Is it transphobia? Is it because she was once part of the overexposed Kardashian clan on their forever-running TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. ...


The-lifeblood-of-the-Chicago-House-TransLife-Care-program

The lifeblood of the Chicago House TransLife Care program - When the Chicago House TransLife Center ( TLC ) opened in July 2013, it was so much more than a modest, multi-story home in the quiet North Side Chicago neighborhood of Edgewater. For the nine transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who lived there at any one time, it was a singular lifeline out of an endless cycle of societal and ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Bottom-line-on-disclosing-our-transgender-histories

GUEST COLUMN Bottom line on disclosing our transgender histories - Jennifer Finney Boylan writes about the outing of Zeke Smith on Survivor. She initially discounts the use of the term stealth, which she describes as a term not much used by trans communities: "There are many people like Mr. Smith, who live in what used to be called 'stealth.' But since that word implies, a la Mr. Varner, that transgender ...


Danica-Roem-poised-to-be-the-only-out-transgender-state-legislator-in-nation

Danica Roem poised to be the only out transgender state legislator in nation - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Danica Roem beat three Democratic primary challengers to become the first out transgender candidate to win a state legislative primary in Virginia, and taking her one-step closer to becoming the only out trans state legislator in the entire nation. As the Democratic party representative in the District 13 Virginia House of Delegates race, she will challenge ...


National-Journalists-tribute-DADT-Texas-governor-Chelsea-Manning

National: Journalists' tribute, DADT, Texas governor, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A commemoration of journalists who died of AIDS, and others who covered the epidemic—highlighted by a keynote speech from New York Times journalist Samuel G. Freedman—will take place on Friday, June 23, in New York City's LGBT Community Center, a press release noted. "Bodies on the Line: A Memorial to Honor AIDS Journalists" is an event whose lead organizer is ...


Out-to-Climb-pride-event-June-13

'Out to Climb' pride event June 13 - Brooklyn Boulders Chicago, 100 S. Morgan St., is hosting a special edition of "Out to Climb"—featuring members of Chicago's vibrant queer nightlife community—on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Among other things, local drag stars Abhijeet, Alex Kay and avant-garde fashion designer Eda Yorulmazoglu will compete in a drag climb off to the top. Emcees will be drag legends Lucy ...


Chelsea-Manning-speaks-on-leaking-documents-fighting-for-trans-rights-in-jail

Chelsea Manning speaks on leaking documents, fighting for trans rights in jail - From an ABC News and Nightline press release - This morning on "Good Morning America," ABC News "Nightline" co-anchor Juju Chang presented the first look of her exclusive TV interview with Chelsea Manning. Chelsea opened up about why she leaked secret military documents, fought for transgender rights behind bars. The full interview will air early next week on a special edition of "Nightline," "Declassified: The Chelsea Manning Story." Portions ...


America-in-Transition-breaks-convention-crosses-boundaries

'America in Transition' breaks convention, crosses boundaries - In his groundbreaking award-winning series of documentary films America in Transition, director André Pérez takes viewers on a visceral journey through the heart of the country. Pérez and the transgender and gender nonconforming individuals of color whose stories form the nucleus of each episode serve as resilient guides through often misconceived geographic and human terrain which is breathtaking in beauty, ...


Retired-generals-urge-Mattis-not-to-reinstate-Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell-for-trans-

Retired generals urge Mattis not to reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell for trans - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to recent news reports that the Defense Department may reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" for transgender individuals because of resistance by some military leaders and social conservatives, three retired General Officers issued the following statement: "Anonymous sources report that senior military leaders are calling for the return of 'don't ask, don't tell' for transgender ...


United-Methodist-Church-commissions-first-non-binary-trans-person-as-a-Deacon

United Methodist Church commissions first non-binary trans person as a Deacon - From a press release - Chicago - The first openly non-binary trans person was commissioned as a deacon in The United Methodist Church ( The UMC ) on Sunday, June 4th in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Rev. M Barclay, who uses singular they pronouns, is appointed by Bishop Sally Dyck to serve as a deacon at Reconciling Ministries Network ( RMN ). RMN advocates ...


Bill-to-help-trans-Illinoisans-get-correct-birth-certificates-goes-to-governor-

Bill to help trans Illinoisans get correct birth certificates goes to governor - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD—House Bill 1785, a measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, passed the Senate Wednesday night 32-22. Having previously passed in the House, the bill now goes to Gov. Rauner's desk for his signature. We thank the sponsors Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Toi Hutchinson. John Knight, Director of the ACLU ...


Transgender-persons-more-likely-than-non-to-lack-health-insurance-

Transgender persons more likely than non- to lack health insurance - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles — A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that compared with cisgender ( i.e., non-transgender ) individuals, transgender individuals had higher prevalence of poor general health and they had more days per month of poor physical and mental health. More transgender than cisgender people lacked health care coverage, a health care provider, and dental care. ...


7th-Circuit-ruling-in-favor-of-trans-student-seeking-bathroom-access-

7th Circuit ruling in favor of trans student seeking bathroom access - From a press release - ( Chicago, May 30, 2017 ) Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking ruling in favor of Ash Whitaker, the transgender student plaintiff in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District. In a unanimous decision authored by Judge Ann Claire Williams, the court upheld the preliminary injunction, issued by a federal district court in September 2016, that has ...


MOVIES-Finding-Kim-details-trans-mans-journey

MOVIES 'Finding Kim' details trans man's journey - by John Cummings - Finding Kim follows the life of 48-year-old trans man and his journey though surgery, testosterone, friendships and his relationship with his family. Set in Seattle, the film invites audiences to see gender in a different light through Kim's transition. From a very early age, Kim ( who requested his last name not be used in this article ) always felt ...


Illinois-House-Passes-Bill-to-Modernize-States-Birth-Certificate-Law-

Illinois House Passes Bill to Modernize State's Birth Certificate Law - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed the House by a vote of 63 to 43 on Thursday and was sent to the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join fourteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing ...


Sherrell-Faulkner-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina

Sherrell Faulkner, Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman killed in Charlotte, North Carolina; the11th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to media reports, Sherrell ...


Homicide-of-Imer-Alvarado-in-Fresno-California-possible-hate-violence

Homicide of Imer Alvarado, in Fresno, California possible hate violence - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hate-violence homicide of Imer Alvarado on the night of May 16th in Fresno, California. According to media reports, Imer was fatally shot multiple times, following a dispute with a suspect whom police are currently seeking. Though Imer was dressed in feminine-presenting clothing at the time of ...


Fund-to-support-women-of-color-trans-people

Fund to support women of color, trans people - Groundswell Fund—self-advertised as "the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice ( RJ ) movement—announced the launch of a new national "Liberation Fund" to support grassroots organizing efforts that women of color and transgender people of color will lead across social-justice sectors. Advisor Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said in a press release, "The Liberation Fund will make ...


Quigley-makes-statement-on-International-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia

Quigley makes statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus and is a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: "Despite significant — yet overdue — advances in progress and equality, LGBT communities around the globe still face dangerous discrimination ...


Amicus-brief-supporting-transgender-student-Grimm-filed-by-HRC-59-major-companies-

Amicus brief supporting transgender student Grimm filed by HRC, 59 major companies - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, filed a "friend of the court" brief signed by 59 major U.S. companies supporting transgender student Gavin Grimm in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Grimm, a transgender boy, filed suit ...


Chelsea-Manning-makes-statement-on-release

Chelsea Manning makes statement on release - Transgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning has released a statement regarding her May 17 release from U.S. military prison after serving a seven-year sentence for disclosing classified information. She was serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for whistleblowing and was forced to serve her sentence in an all-male prison. She received a commutation from President Obama in one of his ...


Georgia-Transgender-Client-of-Lambda-Legal-Rowan-Feldhaus-dies-after-surgery

Georgia Transgender Client of Lambda Legal, Rowan Feldhaus, dies after surgery - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Augusta, GA, May 16, 2017 ) — Today Lambda Legal received word that its client, Rowan Feldhaus, tragically passed away after complications from surgery. Lambda Legal represented Rowan in his appeal to legally change his name to reflect his gender identity. Beth Littrell, Lambda Legal Counsel who successfully represented Rowan in his case, issued the following statement: "Our hearts ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-screening-of-Gender-Revolution

Center on Halsted hosts screening of 'Gender Revolution' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 8, the Center on Halsted, in partnership with Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, hosted a family-friendly indoor picnic, accompanied by a screening of the National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution. After dining on the pizza and soda provided by the Center or the picnic baskets guests brought from home, everyone filed into the theater to watch Katie ...


Chicago-14-Other-Cities-to-Host-Welcome-Home-Chelsea-Manning-Events

Chicago, 14 Other Cities to Host "Welcome Home, Chelsea Manning!" Events - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - CHICAGO, May 17 — To welcome Transgender whistle-blower and anti-war activist Chelsea Manning back into freedom today, Chicago LGBTQs will host a house party to help raise funds to support her following her release from prison Fort Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary today. The house party, sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network, will take place at 6 pm to 10 pm tonight ...


Chelsea-Manning-Legal-Team-Statements-on-Upcoming-Release

Chelsea Manning, Legal Team Statements on Upcoming Release - From an ACLU press release - NEW YORK —Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from U.S. military prison next week after serving a seven-year sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning, a transgender woman, was serving an unprecedented 35-year sentence for whistleblowing and was forced to serve her sentence in an all-male prison. She received ...


Brenda-Bostick-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-New-York-City

Brenda Bostick, a Black transgender woman, killed in New York City - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Brenda Bostick, a Black transgender woman killed in New York City; the 10th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old Black transgender woman, who died on May 4th, 2017 from injuries ...


AVP-mourns-the-death-of-a-transgender-woman-in-Chelsea-Manhattan

AVP mourns the death of a transgender woman in Chelsea, Manhattan - From a press release - AVP has learned of the death of a 59-year-old transgender woman in Chelsea. At the time of this alert, there is not much public information and we will update you online as we know more. According to media reports, a transgender woman was found unconscious with apparent head trauma last Thursday night on 7th Avenue and 29th Street in Manhattan. ...


Hir-a-subversive-comedy-opening-at-Steppenwolf-Theatre

Hir, a subversive comedy, opening at Steppenwolf Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 5, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Hir, a subversive comedy by celebrated playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist Taylor Mac. Directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Hallie Gordon, the cast features ensemble members Francis Guinan ( Arnold ) and Amy Morton ( Paige ) with Em Grosland ( Max ) and ...


Chicago-Gender-Society-marks-three-decades-

Chicago Gender Society marks three decades - The Chicago Gender Society ( CGS ) will celebrate 30 years of social, charitable and educational outreach Saturday, May 20, at their Glitz and Glam event at the Sheraton Suites Elk Grove. Transformations by Rori is co-hosting the event with CGS. CGS' membership encompasses the entire LGBTQ community as well as allies to the community. Currently, CGS has about 80 ...


Beyond-the-Binary-A-Conversation-About-Gender-May-9

Beyond the Binary: A Conversation About Gender May 9 - "Beyond the Binary: A Conversation About Gender" will be presented by Bonn Wade and Alexis Martinez at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, May 9 at Ridge Park Field House, West Room, 9625 S Longwood Dr., Chicago, Il 60643. Bonn is nationally known as a therapist and advocate working with LBGT youth. Bonn is In practice at Beverly Therapists. Alexis is a nationally ...


Trump-administration-to-reconsider-healthcare-protections-for-transgender-people

Trump administration to reconsider healthcare protections for transgender people - From a press release - Los Angeles—In a court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday, the Trump Administration indicated that it plans to reconsider regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that prohibit discrimination in healthcare, which could adversely impact the 1.55 million individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. The regulations, which implement the Affordable ...


Real-Boy-to-premiere-on-Independent-Lens-PBS-June-19-

Real Boy to premiere on Independent Lens, PBS, June 19 - ( San Francisco, CA ) — A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the ...


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Evanston Township High School passes revised transgender policy - The Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) District 202 Board of Education, on May 1, passed a comprehensive policy affirming the rights of transgender and gender-expansive students. The policy passed nearly unanimously, with only one board member—Douglas Holt, who will be leaving the board as it starts a new term—voting against it. ETHS had previously implemented comparatively liberal, if ...


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Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman, killed in Miami, NCAVP responds - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman killed in Miami, Florida; the 9th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman, killed in Miami, Florida on April 21st, 2017. According to ...


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Jenner, Sidibe, Gay, Waters part of CHF's sessions - Caitlyn Jenner, actress Gabourey Sidibe and author Roxane Gay are among those who will be part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's ( CHF's ) spring and summer sessions. "Caitlyn Jenner: Secrets" will take place Sunday, April 30, 12-1 p.m., at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr. Also on April 30, film director John Waters will ...


RuPaul-Grimm-named-to-TIME-100-list

RuPaul, Grimm named to TIME 100 list - TIME Magazine named entertainer RuPaul and trans activist Gavin Grimm to the 2017 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. RuPaul is the Emmy-winning host and executive producer of RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its ninth season. Grimm, 17, is a senior at Gloucester County High School in Gloucester, Virginia. He filed a ...


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Entertainment news: 'Feud,' Jackie Warner, Luke Evans, Laverne Cox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fans of Ryan Murphy's Feud: Bette and Joan have come to learn all about the tumultuous and tense relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford—and The Hollywood Reporter reached out to 100-year-old actress Olivia de Havilland ( also featured in the series ) to find out the truth, People.com noted. Asked for her thoughts on the show, de Havilland emailed, ...


National-roundup-Idaho-trans-suit-skydiver-case-Aaron-Hernandez

National roundup: Idaho trans suit, skydiver case, Aaron Hernandez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Idaho's refusal to allow transgender people to correct the gender on their birth certificates, according to an organizational press release. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on behalf of F.V., a transgender woman. The lawsuit, among other things, argues that denying transgender Idahoans the ability ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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