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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, ...


HRC-celebrates-swearing-in-of-Danica-Roem-to-Virginia-House-of-Delegates

HRC celebrates swearing-in of Danica Roem to Virginia House of Delegates - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), celebrated Danica Roem's swearing-in to the Virginia House of Delegates as the next representative of District 13. Roem is now Virginia's first out transgender public official and the nation's only out transgender state representative. "Delegate Danica Roem's victory was a game changer, sending a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers ...


Sessions-to-put-trans-stories-in-spotlight

Sessions to put trans stories in spotlight - Just for transgender participants, "Stories in the Spotlight" lets people transform important moments into stories that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Delia Kropp and other theater artists will present the stories to an invited audience at Center ...


Kaumakaiwa-Kanakaole-at-Old-Town-School-of-Folk-Music-Jan-14

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole at Old Town School of Folk Music Jan. 14 - From a press release - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole, along with guitarist Shawn Pimental, brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender Hawaiian ( mahu wahine ) in this contemporary world. Her performances and music seamlessly meld Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities, with songs that ...


National-roundup-Trumps-anti-trans-loss-marriage-fight-gay-mayors

National roundup: Trump's anti-trans loss, marriage fight, gay mayors - The Trump administration abandoned its bid to prevent openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Dec. 30, Newsweek noted. In July, the Trump administration attempted to delay an Obama-era Department of Defense ruling allowing openly transgender U.S. residents to enlist in the military starting Jan. 1. Trump's 2017 announcement no social media that the administration ...


DOJ-Backs-Down-Ban-on-Transgender-Service-Members-on-Hold-

DOJ Backs Down, Ban on Transgender Service Members on Hold - From a press release - ( SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2017 ) — Today, the Trump Administration withdrew its appeal of a lower court ruling halting implementation of its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Today's actions clear the way for open enlistment by transgender people scheduled to begin Monday and also prevent transgender service members from ...


Looking-back-National-news-of-2017-

Looking back: National news of 2017 - The past year was jam-packed with events and people that ranged from the seemingly trivial to the life-altering. Here's a rundown of some of them that affected/involved the LGBTQ+ community: —#MeToo: In October, publications reported that film producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly lured women into hotel rooms and bars, and sexually harassed or assaulted them—and actress Alyssa Milano ( one of ...


Course-to-combine-trans-sensibility-media-fashion-

Course to combine trans sensibility, media, fashion - FashionBar LLC and The Evanston Art Center have partnered for a course centering around transgender individuals, media and fashion. The end result of the course will be a showcasing of the students' designs in a show for Chicago's Fashion Week scheduled for April 2018. The course will be held each Tuesday for a 10-week period beginning Jan. 9, 2018, 6:30-9:30 ...


ACTIVISM-Sister-on-a-mission-Talking-with-trans-activist-Charlie-Craggs

ACTIVISM Sister on a mission: Talking with trans activist Charlie Craggs - Charlie Craggs has discussed trans issues on TV and before Parliament and written on trans issues in both The Guardian and The Independent. Craggs was also named one of the most influential and inspirational LGBTQ people in the United Kingdom. The author, speaker and founder of Nail Transphobia ( which seeks to stamp out transphobia one manicure at a time ...


2017-Local-LGBT-news-highlights

2017: Local LGBT news highlights - Few years in recent memory could match the rollercoaster shifts between dread, exhilaration, anger and celebration—and what sometimes felt like every collective emotion in between—that Chicago's LGBT community experienced in 2017. The year opened with the community still stunned by the November 2016 election of President Donald Trump. But as the weeks after the election passed, and Trump's inauguration came ...


Gender-marker-ID-law-to-recognize-expansive-options

Gender-marker ID law to recognize expansive options - Howard Brown Health hailed the upcoming implementation of a city law that provides Chicagoans with municipal identification cards. The law is scheduled to take effect this March. In a Dec. 21 statement, Howard Brown officials praised the new rule for providing for "our gender expansive communities, young people, older adults, and undocumented people." The statement further noted that for "the ...


Court-of-Appeals-Denies-Trump-Administration-Request-to-Delay-Trans-Enlistment-

Court of Appeals Denies Trump Administration Request to Delay Trans Enlistment - From a GLAD/NCLR press release - ( Washington, D.C., December 22, 2017 )—The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected a Trump Administration request to stay District Judge Kollar-Kotelly's order that the military allow qualified transgender people to enlist beginning January 1. On December 11, District Judge Kollar-Kotelly denied the same request. Both the appeals court and Judge Kollar-Kotelly rejected the Administration's argument that the military ...


Trans-Latina-opens-successful-Humboldt-Park-restaurant

Trans Latina opens successful Humboldt Park restaurant - Roxana Pixley first came to Chicago in 1989. What began as a vacation turned into a love affair with the city and with her new boyfriend. She closed her profitable beauty salon in Reynosa, Mexico, and leveraged her business savvy to duplicate that success on the north side of Chicago. In a few years, she owned a bakery, a restaurant, ...


DignityUSA-condemns-letter-on-transgender-people-by-Catholic-Bishops

DignityUSA condemns letter on transgender people by Catholic Bishops - From a press release - December 19, 2017 — DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics working for LGBTQI equality, reacted with shock, anger, and deep concern to the open letter titled "Created Male and Female" posted on December 18 on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ( USCCB ). Rejecting the legitimacy of transgender identities as a "false idea," the letter maintains ...


Pentagon-document-shows-DoJ-misinformed-court-about-transgender-ban

Pentagon document shows DoJ misinformed court about transgender ban - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A Pentagon memo proves that the Justice Department misled a federal court by claiming that the military is unprepared to accept transgender applicants on January 1st. The memo, whose subject is "Transgender Applicant Processing," consists of a simple set of instructions for processing applications, and was distributed to commanders on December 8. Three days after the ...


Former-military-leaders-dispute-claim-of-trans-training-burden-

Former military leaders dispute claim of trans training burden - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three former military leaders are disputing the Trump administration's assertions that lifting the transgender enlistment ban on January 1 would require the military to train 23,000 medical examiners and recruiters, and that such training would injure the armed forces. According to new policy analysis, the administration's claims are incorrect because training recruiters and medical evaluators to ...


Retired-military-officers-national-security-officials-support-trans-plaintiffs

Retired military officers, national security officials support trans plaintiffs - From an NCLR press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., December 15, 2017 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) filed their opposition today to the Trump administration's request for an emergency stay to prevent transgender people from being able to enlist on January 1. D.C. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied the government's request on ...


Experts-recommend-providing-gender-affirmation-treatment

Experts recommend providing gender-affirmation treatment - From The Endocrine Society - Washington, DC—The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline on the treatment for gender-dysphoric/gender-incongruent people, commonly referred to as transgender, to develop the physical characteristics of the affirmed gender. The guideline, entitled "Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline," was published online and will appear in the November 2017 print issue of the Journal of ...


135M-in-grants-go-to-grassroots-organizing-by-women-of-color-trans-people-of-color

$1.35M in grants go to grassroots organizing by women of color, trans people of color - From a news release - Groundswell is proud to announce $1,350,000 in grants for 30 organizations in its inaugural round of grantmaking through the Liberation Fund, a joint project of Groundswell Fund ( a 501c3 ) and Groundswell Action Fund ( a 501c4 ). Grantees were recommended for funding by 15 leading women of color movement leaders who serve as advisors to the Liberation Fund, ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Newman-hosts-LGBT-meet-and-greet

ELECTIONS 2018 Newman hosts LGBT meet-and-greet - Marie Newman—a first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois and the mother of a transgender child—hosted a fundraiser at Boystown spot Sidetrack on Dec. 7. She is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski—a Democrat who has an anti-LGBT record. Among other things, Lipinski was one of the few Democrats to support a constitutional amendment ...


HRC-to-honor-trans-trailblazer-Grimm-at-conference-on-LGBTQ-youth-safety-and-inclusion

HRC to honor trans trailblazer Grimm at conference on LGBTQ youth safety and inclusion - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor transgender advocate Gavin Grimm with an Upstander Award at the organization's annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The conference is co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association. "Gavin has set ...


Trans-student-talks-fight-to-secure-locker-room-access

Trans student talks fight to secure locker-room access - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender suburban teenager recently filed a lawsuit against her high school's district to ensure equitable access to public accommodations, even though the district has been in the headlines for for more than two years after it failed to make similar accommodations for another student. Nova Maday, 18, is a student in her senior year at Palatine High School, which ...


National-roundup-Trans-Ariz-candidate-Kim-Davis-Tinder-date-death

National roundup: Trans Ariz. candidate, Kim Davis, Tinder date death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Arizona, transgender Peoria woman Brianna Westbrook is a Democrat running in Congressional District 8, AZCentral.com noted. However, incumbent U.S. Rep. Trent Franks is stepping down Jan. 31 after allegations of sexual harassment he said stemmed from inquiries to female staffers about becoming surrogate mothers—which may influence Westbrook's chances of becoming the first transgender member of Congress. However, Westbrook is ...


Court-Filing-Trump-administration-distorting-evidence-to-prevent-trans-enlistment

Court Filing: Trump administration distorting evidence to prevent trans enlistment - From a NCLR/GLAD press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., December 8, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) filed their opposition to yesterday's Trump administration request for a partial stay in Doe v. Trump, the first legal challenge filed against Trump's transgender military ban. If granted, the stay would permit the Trump administration ...


Imprisoned-trans-woman-seeks-court-order-to-protect-her-from-assaults-by-guards

Imprisoned trans woman seeks court order to protect her from assaults by guards - From a press release - Illinois — The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center and the Uptown People's Law Center have asked the federal court for an emergency order to protect Strawberry Hampton ( incarcerated under the name Deon Hampton ) from further abuse and harassment at the hands of Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) employees. Ms. Hampton is a 26-year old transgender ...


Lipinski-opponent-the-mom-of-a-trans-child-to-host-Sidetrack-event

Lipinski opponent, the mom of a trans child, to host Sidetrack event - Marie Newman, first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois, will be hosting a fundraiser at Sidetrack Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 pm. This event will help her continue to oppose Rep. Dan Lipinski, the anti-LGBT incumbent. Newman welcomes all members of Chicago's LGBT+ community and their allies to stop by and say hello, ask questions and ...


Jamies-journey-Vallas-family-supports-transgender-daughter

Jamie's journey: Vallas family supports transgender daughter - Jamie Vallas is nearly 21 and finally feels as if she's who she was supposed to be all along. She was a kid who wore her sister's old ballet clothes, who would find wigs and put bath towels over her short hair, who never wanted Halloween to end. She remembers being 14, presenting then as a boy, and taking a ...


National-roundup-Texas-race-another-trans-murder-World-AIDS-Day-events

National roundup: Texas race, another trans murder, World AIDS Day events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan told CBS11 that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has turned in her resignation to Judge Clay Jenkins effective Dec. 8 and will run for governor. However, hours later, Jenkins tweeted he had received no such notification. The openly lesbian Valdez, 70, took office in 2005, and won her fourth term last year ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-transgender-youth-activist-Jazz-Jennings-at-2018-gala

Equality Illinois to honor transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings at 2018 gala - From a press release - CHICAGO—For her activism on behalf of her fellow transgender youth, Jazz Jennings will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award. The presentation of the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award will be made at the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality ...


Unfair-treatment-of-trans-students-again-challenged-in-High-School-District-211

Unfair treatment of trans students again challenged in High School District 211 - From a American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois press release - CHICAGO — A Palatine High School student today asked a court to force a suburban Chicago school district to comply with state law and permit the student to use the locker room so that she could take gym. Nova Maday filed the lawsuit against Palatine-based District 211, which previously was found by the U.S. Department of Education to have violated ...


Trans-people-of-color-speak-out-for-World-AIDS-Day-TLC-releases-three-powerful-videos

Trans people of color speak out for World AIDS Day, TLC releases three powerful videos - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017, Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) is releasing three new videos created by trans people of color living with HIV. The videos from Positively Trans members Aryah Lester, Arianna Lint, and Marcus Ecks, developed at Story Center workshops, provide a more personal look at the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Rayna-rules-with-LCD-Soundsystem

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Rayna rules with LCD Soundsystem - The synthesizer player and composer Gavin Rayna Russom continues to evolve as an artist and person. Eventually becoming a member of the band LCD Soundsystem was just the beginning for the transgender performer. This technical wizard works by blending soundscapes, leading to intense solo work and occasionally playing DJ to the crowds most recently at Chicago's Berlin Nightclub. What started ...


Heels-Hardhats-becomes-force-in-state-construction-industry

Heels & Hardhats becomes force in state construction industry - Jackie and Cyndi Richter, a same-sex couple, founded Heels & Hardhats in 2010 to fulfill their dream of having equality for women and LGBT people in the construction trades. Two years later, Jackie became the first transgender person in Illinois to receive both a Female Business Enterprise certification and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification. Jackie explained that the certifications gave ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-annual-TDOR-event

Center on Halsted hosts annual TDOR event - Community members came close to filling Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater on Nov. 20 for an observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDOR ). The Center's Director of Trans Relations and Community Engagement, Vanessa Sheridan, moderated the presentation, noting that the somber intentions of the occasion, remembering trans individuals, "stood in stark contrast to the election results of ...


Miss-Trans-Israel-talks-about-title-work

Miss Trans Israel talks about title, work - Talleen Abu Hanna said that she was inspired to compete to be Miss Trans Israel by a love for being on the stage. "I'm a dancer," Abu Hanna said during a recent visit to Chicago. "I dance and I teach dancing. I love the stage; the stage is my life. When I saw that this was the first [such] competition ...


Federal-Judge-Denies-Trump-Administration-Attempt-to-Delay-Transgender-Enlistment

Federal Judge Denies Trump Administration Attempt to Delay Transgender Enlistment - From press releases - From NCLR and GLAD: Judge Kollar-Kotelly says that under preliminary injunction secured by NCLR and GLAD, Military Must Allow Transgender People to Enlist on January 1 ( WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2017 )—Today, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied a Trump administration request in Doe v. Trump to delay the January 1, 2018 effective ...


Fla-rehab-center-is-LGBT-focused

Fla. rehab center is LGBT-focused - Inspire Recovery—located in West Palm Beach, Florida—is one of only three addiction-treatment centers in the nation focused on LGBTQ people in the recovery community, according to Admissions Coordinator George Lydon, via a press release. The center says that prejudice, discrimination, and trauma relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, indicates that members of the LGBTQ community can be more likely ...


WeFest-at-Pride-Arts-Center-on-Dec-11

'WeFest' at Pride Arts Center on Dec. 11 - WeFest ( formerly SheFest and LezFest )—Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists that's presented in partnership with the Center on Halsted—will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. It will begin with a music salon at 6:30-7:30 p.m, continue with a variety show at 7:30-9 p.m. ( ...


Federal-Court-Blocks-All-Aspects-of-Trumps-Transgender-Military-Ban

Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban - From press releases - From ACLU BALTIMORE — A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of the president's directive banning transgender service members from serving in the military while the ACLU's lawsuit challenging it moves forward. The preliminary injunction stops the president from kicking out transgender people currently serving in the military, from barring ...


NCAVP-HRC-TPOCC-release-reports-on-anti-trans-violence

NCAVP, HRC/TPOCC release reports on anti-trans violence - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released the report "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016." The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate-partner violence (IPV) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states, including California, Texas, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont and Missouri. (Chicago's Center ...


Jury-awards-1M-to-Oklahoma-transgender-woman-in-Title-VII-employment-case-

Jury awards $1M+ to Oklahoma transgender woman in Title VII employment case - From news releases - From Freedom for All Americans: Jury Awards Over $1M to Oklahoma Transgender Woman in Title VII Employment Discrimination Case OKLAHOMA — Today a jury out of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled in favor of Rachel Tudor [ http://files.eqcf.org/cases/w-d-okla-515-cv-00324-docket/ ] , a transgender woman who faced discrimination in her job as professor at a university . The case ...


VIEWS-Popes-record-on-LGBT-issues-weakened-by-criticism-of-transgender-community

VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community - - Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-marked-with-march-rally

Trans Day of Remembrance marked with march, rally - On Nov. 19, Brave Space Alliance, in partnership with Trans Liberation Collective, acknowledged Trans Day of Remembrance with a celebration of trans lives, a seminar on racism led by Andre Perez and Dezjorn Gauthier, and a short march and rally along 51st Street. The event took place at the Brave Space Alliance community space at 1434 W. 51st St. Events ...


Dr-Kathleen-Robbins-appointed-to-IL-Senate-Task-Force-on-Discrimination-Harassment

Dr. Kathleen Robbins appointed to IL Senate Task Force on Discrimination, Harassment - From an EI press release - Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement. We applaud the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins by Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to the Illinois Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Kathleen is an excellent addition to the task force. She has significant life experiences, ...


Tambor-leaving-Transparent-after-accusations-

Tambor leaving 'Transparent' after accusations - In the wake of two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor decided not to return to the Amazon series, Deadline reported. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," said Tambor of the Emmy-winning role . "What has become ...


Planned-Parenthood-of-Illinois-Marks-Transgender-Awareness-Week

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Marks Transgender Awareness Week - From a press release - [Chicago] — Nov. 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Illinois is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood of ...


Violence-against-transgender-people-decried-loved-ones-remembered

Violence against transgender people decried, loved ones remembered - From a Unitarian Church of Evanston press release - ( Chicago, IL ) — The 19th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will honor those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. The event began when vigils were held to mourn the loss of Rita Hester, who was murdered in November 1998 in Boston. The Revs. Bret Lortie and Eileen Wiviott will help lead a remembrance of ...


Engaging-Prospective-Transgender-Non-Binary-Foster-and-Adoptive-Parents-a-new-guide

Engaging Prospective Transgender, Non-Binary Foster and Adoptive Parents, a new guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, released Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. "With more than 100,000 ...


Local-Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-events-planned

Local Trans Day of Remembrance events planned - The National Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDOR ) is Monday, Nov. 20. It honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. In addition, during the week of Nov. 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help increase the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Below are ...


NCLR-Fellow-Alex-Chen-Makes-Forbes-30-Under-30-for-Trans-Youth-Work

NCLR Fellow Alex Chen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 for Trans Youth Work - From a press release - National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Alexander Chen, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 today for his groundbreaking legal work to expand the rights of transgender youth. At NCLR, Chen works with legal director Shannon Minter, one of the transgender attorneys leading the fight against Trump's transgender military ban. Before his work ...


-ACLU-attorney-Strangio-discusses-trans-rights-at-UChicago-event

ACLU attorney Strangio discusses trans rights at UChicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The legal fight for trans people and rights is entirely antithetical to the vision of my work because I do not really believe in rights or the law but I am a lawyer so I do deal with those concepts in my work," said ACLU's Chase Strangio. This vision of the world was woven into all of Strangio's remarks at ...


City-softens-single-user-restroom-regulations-

City softens single-user restroom regulations - According to a code memo issued by Commissioner Judith Frydland on Oct. 17, businesses have the option of designating each single-user restroom as unisex. Frydland wrote that "many believe that single-user unisex restrooms are more welcoming for parents and guardians accompanying small children, individuals who may require assistance from a caregiver, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. For small restaurants ...


Trans-candidate-discusses-historic-Virginia-victory

Trans candidate discusses historic Virginia victory - Danica Roem, who on Nov. 7 won an election to become the Commonwealth of Virginia's—and the nation's—first transgender state legislator elected as an out candidate ( a previous transgender elected official, Althea Garrison, had been outed while in office ), spoke with national press on Nov. 10 about her historic win. Roem, who will soon represent the House of Delegates' ...


Under-Review-Transgender-airman-inspired-by-grandfathers-service-weighs-future

Under Review: Transgender airman inspired by grandfather's service weighs future - From an ABC press release - Sterling Crutcher grew up idolizing his grandfather, and he said his desire to join the military was shaped in part by years of hearing his stories. "He was always a big proponent of the military," Crutcher told ABC News. Crutcher's grandfather recounted stories of the missions he had been on and his life in the armed forces. "We heard them ...


OSchool-aims-to-teach-women-about-pleasure

O.School aims to teach women about pleasure - Backed with $800,000 in Silicon Valley venture capital, a queer woman from Oakland is launching a national online platform focused on pleasure education for women and gender diverse people. On Nov. 3, technology entrepreneur Andrea Barrica, 27, launched her latest startup, O.School ( https://www.o.school/ ), with five daily livestreams of sex education for college-aged and older adults. The programming will ...


Roem-become-only-out-trans-state-legislator-in-US-

Roem become only out trans state legislator in U.S. - From press releases - Washington, DC — Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem will become the first out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature — and the only out trans state legislator in the entire United States. Her historic victory at the polls Tuesday night is imbued with symbolism, as she defeated 25-year incumbent "Bigot Bob" Marshall, one of ...


Minneapolis-Jenkins-is-1st-trans-woman-to-win-city-council-seat-in-major-US-city-

Minneapolis: Jenkins is 1st trans woman to win city council seat in major U.S. city - Washington, DC —Minneapolis made history Tuesday night — electing Andrea Jenkins the first openly trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city. Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about the win: "Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight — becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-events-planned

Trans Day of Remembrance events planned - From a Brave Space Alliance press release - Brave Space Alliance plans a full day of events, with a focus on reframing the focus, for Trans Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ), Nov. 19, 2017. Nov. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.: Workshop with America in Transition Location: Brave Space Alliance, 1434 W. 51st St. America in Transition is a documentary series that explores family, community, and social ...


Middleton-first-openly-transgender-person-elected-to-non-judicial-office-in-California-

Middleton first openly transgender person elected to non-judicial office in California - From an Equality California press release - Los Angeles — Palm Springs City Council Candidate Lisa Middleton will become the first out transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California with her commanding first place win in today's election. Additionally, Palm Springs City Council Candidate Christy Holstege will become another LGBTQ voice on the Palm Springs City Council as the winner of the second open seat. ...


Untold-Tales-of-Armistead-Maupin-to-premiere-on-Independent-Lens-Jan-1

Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin to premiere on Independent Lens Jan. 1 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30PM ET ( check local listings ) on PBS. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved ...


TransTech-holds-first-of-its-kind-summit

TransTech holds first-of-its-kind summit - TransTech Social Enterprises kicked off Trans Awareness Month with a first-of-its-kind summit Nov. 3 at Columbia College and Nov. 4 at Groupon headquarters in Chicago. The summit is the brainchild of TransTech Social Enterprises Founder and CEO Angelica Ross ( who was recently cast on Ryan Murphy's new FX show Pose alongside four other transgender actors ) and featured a ...


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Doc looks at trans Tupperware salesperson - ABC News will be releasing a new short-documentary entitled Unsealed: The Story Behind Long Island's Tupperware Queen. It follows Jennifer Bobbi after her transition from Robert Suchan who—by dressing in drag and embodying the outlandish Aunt Barbara—was once North America's top-selling Tupperware salesperson. However, parties were canceled and debts started to mount after announcing his transition to become Jennifer. Now ...


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Trans leader Reyna Ortiz on new book, being prom queen - Trans Latinx activist and advocate Reyna Ortiz's upcoming book, "T: Stands for Truth," will be released Nov. 7. "It is about my life and experiences as a trans Latina living in Chicago," said Ortiz. "From sex work to social work, telling my story is obviously really personal. But, I wanted it to be truthful. So many trans women are living ...


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TransWorks starting mentorship program - Chicago House is launching its fourth TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning Wed., Nov. 15. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between trans* individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender identified individuals to participate in the six month program as mentors. Mentor applicants must ...


Global-Surveys-of-Intersex-and-Trans-Groups-Reveal-Critical-Funding-Gap

Global Surveys of Intersex and Trans Groups Reveal Critical Funding Gap - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice ( Astraea ) and Global Action for Trans Equality ( GATE ) released the findings of their global surveys of intersex and trans organizations in 107 countries engaged in advocacy, services and education in two new reports, The State of Intersex Organizing and ...


National-roundup-Cakeshop-case-another-trans-murder-LGBTQ-gun-club

National roundup: Cakeshop case, another trans murder, LGBTQ gun club - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers advocating for the gay couple who insist they should be able to purchase a wedding cake from a baker under Colorado law—regardless of religious objections—filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, according to The Washington Blade. In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, a pair of opening briefs was submitted by Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which argues the court should ...


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Federal District Court Stops Transgender Military Ban in Doe v. Trump - In a blow to the President Donald Trump, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has stopped him from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. In July, Trump announced that he would ban transgender people from the military, reversing former President Barack Obama's policy. The following month, the transgender service members sued to block the ban—which had not yet ...


US-Doctors-Need-Intersex-Care-Standards

US: Doctors Need Intersex Care Standards - From a press release - ( New York, October 26, 2017 ) — Medical professional associations should enact standards of care for intersex children that rule out medically unnecessary surgery before patients are old enough to consent, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. After decades of controversy in the medical community over the procedures, the lack of centralized care standards ...


Chicago-Intersex-activists-protest-at-Lurie-Oct-26-

Chicago Intersex activists protest at Lurie Oct. 26 - From a press release - Chicago Intersex activist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis, a national leader in the fight for intersex rights, is a survivor of numerous medical procedures described as "corrective" measures, performed at Children's Memorial Hospital ( now Lurie ) during their childhood. Pagonis is leading a protest Thursday, Oct. 26, noon at Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave ( live stream will ...


Survey-findings-illustrate-Illinois-trans-community-challenges-

Survey findings illustrate Illinois trans community challenges - A report released this month calls attention to myriad challenges facing members of Illinois' transgender community. The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, released at the end of 2016, is intended, according to its website, as "the community's go-to resource for helping the public understand trans people. It's shown us how many trans people have faced discrimination and harassment at school, work, ...


GLAD-and-NCLR-Call-Out-Trump-Administration-For-Transgender-Military-Ban-

GLAD and NCLR Call Out Trump Administration For Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - Former Top Military Leaders File Powerful Statements of Support, As 15 State Attorneys General, National Advocacy Groups, and Leading Health Care Organizations Join the Call to Immediately Halt the Ban ( WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) hit back at the ...


TLDEF-Files-Brief-in-Support-of-Transgender-Servicemembers-on-Military-Ban

TLDEF Files Brief in Support of Transgender Servicemembers on Military Ban - From a press release - New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed an amicus or "friend of the court" brief with the United States federal court in Washington, D.C. in support of transgender troops who are challenging the ban on open transgender military service. Last July, President Trump announced the ban via Twitter. The brief supports a lawsuit against the Trump ...







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