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National-roundup-Trans-bill-blocked-student-killed-Chelsea-Manning

National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Senate Republican leaders blocked a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense bill that would have stopped the Pentagon from implementing the bulk of President Trump's ban on transgender service members, Metro Weekly reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the kibbosh on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, deciding not to file for cloture. As written, the ...


World-news-Jewish-lawmaker-LGBT-crimes-trans-school-reopens

World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal Guetta, of the Shas party, said in an Israeli radio interview that he and his family had gone to the celebration—held two years ago in Israel—because he wanted his sister's son to be happy, although same-sex marriage ...


GLAD-NCLR-react-to-transgender-military-ban-anti-transgender-judicial-nominee

GLAD, NCLR react to transgender military ban, anti-transgender judicial nominee - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), the LGBT advocacy organizations at the center of the transgender military fight, expressed outrage over comments made by Trump judicial nominee Jeff Mateer following reports that he called transgender children part of "Satan's Plan" and ...


California-Legislature-Passes-Bill-Creating-Non-Binary-Gender-for-State-IDs

California Legislature Passes Bill Creating Non-Binary Gender for State IDs - From a press release - Sacramento — The California Legislature last night approved a bill that would make it easier to change gender markers on state-issued identification documents as well as create a gender-neutral, non-binary category in addition to "male" and "female." Senate Bill ( SB ) 179, authored by Sens. Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) and Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...


Trans-woman-is-20th-killed-this-year

Trans woman is 20th killed this year - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Derricka Banner, 26, was found shot and killed in a vehicle on Sept. 12, according to QNotes. Banner is believed to be at least the 20th traansgender person murdered in the country so far this year. Almost all of the victims have been women of color. Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, has been arrested; he is being ...


Trans-Disaster-Relief-Fund-site-launched

Trans Disaster Relief Fund site launched - The TFA Trans Disaster Relief Fund website has been launched to aid trans, intersex and genderqueer community members affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The TransAdvocate's parent organization, the Transgender Foundation of America, has organized a community disaster relief fund. The website provides step-by-step instructions for those needing medical, housing and financial assistance. The site is at http://TDRFund.us . ...


Chicago-Fringe-Opera-leads-with-transgender-coming-of-age-story-at-Center

Chicago Fringe Opera leads with transgender coming of age story at Center - Chicago — Now in its fourth year, Chicago's "alt-opera company" ( John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune ) Chicago Fringe Opera ( CFO ) announced its 2017-2018 season today. The company's mission is to produce works composed in English, often from the twenty-first century, and brought to life in immersive, site-specific and experiential settings. CFO produces two fully-staged productions each season ...


Palm-Center-Statement-on-Bipartisan-Support-for-Senate-Bill-to-Block-Trumps-Transgender-Ban

Palm Center Statement on Bipartisan Support for Senate Bill to Block Trump's Transgender Ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin issued the following statement in response to today's introduction of a stand-alone bill to prevent President Trump from banning transgender troops. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain ( R-AZ ), Jack Reed ( D-RI ), Susan Collins ( R-ME ) and Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY ), follows yesterday's ...


Advocates-Trump-working-to-weaken-protection-against-sex-gender-discrimination-

Advocates: Trump working to weaken protection against sex, gender discrimination - From a press release - Washington — Even as another attempt surfaces in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding, the Trump administration is working to revise a provision of the law ( Section 1557 ) that outlaws discrimination against sex and gender identity in federally funded health programs. In a media briefing call today, experts from the National Health Law ...


Groups-tell-courts-Ban-already-harming-transgender-troops-US-military-

Groups tell courts: Ban already harming transgender troops, U.S. military - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, September 14, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today asked a federal court to halt immediately all steps taken to implement the Trump Administration's discriminatory plan to ban transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. "Before the President's vicious attack on transgender Americans, transgender service members had been serving openly and proudly in every ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-29-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted More than 75 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The ...


International-fashion-model-Teddy-Quinlivan-comes-out-as-transgender-

International fashion model Teddy Quinlivan comes out as transgender - From a press release - New York, NY - Internationally acclaimed fashion model Teddy Quinlivan today shares with the world her authentic self, disclosing that she is transgender. Quinlivan makes this announcement for her own self-empowerment and as a call to action about the importance of transgender equality. "I want to help break the stigma of what it means to be transgender. We need more ...


Lambda-brings-case-on-gender-expectations-and-employment-before-Supreme-Court

Lambda brings case on gender expectations and employment before Supreme Court - Could it be that federal law prohibits firing LGBT people because they do not conform to gender expectations but does not prohibit firing them just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender? That is the question Lambda Legal posed this month in a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lambda is asking the high court to rule that an ...


Bipartisan-Amendment-Introduced-to-Protect-Transgender-Service-Members-

Bipartisan Amendment Introduced to Protect Transgender Service Members - From an AMPA press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, hailed Senators Collins' and Gillibrand's introduction of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the Department of Defense from removing qualified transgender service members from the military due to President Trump's transgender military ban. "President Trump's ...


Pelosi-speaks-against-ban-on-transgender-service-members-at-GLAAD-Gala

Pelosi speaks against ban on transgender service members at GLAAD Gala - From a GLAAD press release, video below - San Francisco, September 11, 2017 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, honored CNN anchor and correspondent Don Lemon and Y Combinator president Sam Altman at the 2017 GLAAD Gala on September 9 in San Francisco. The event recognizes tech innovators and storytellers who advance LGBTQ acceptance and also funds GLAAD's work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital ...


UAE-Singaporean-arrests-highlight-policing-of-gender-expression-misuse-of-law

UAE: Singaporean arrests highlight policing of gender expression, misuse of law - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, September 7, 2017 ) — The United Arab Emirates should stop arbitrarily arresting transgender, gay, and gender non-conforming people on the grounds of a law that criminalizes men "disguising" as women, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 9, 2017, Emirati police in Abu Dhabi detained two Singaporean nationals in a shopping mall. A court convicted them ...


Medical-associations-asked-for-moratorium-on-unnecessary-surgery-on-intersex-infants

Medical associations asked for moratorium on unnecessary surgery on intersex infants - From a press release - ( New York, September 7, 2017 ) — Two key medical associations should publicly affirm their support to end medically unnecessary surgery on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said today. The groups sent letters to the medical associations, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Societies for Pediatric Urology, urging them to use their upcoming international medical conferences to ...


VIEWPOINTS-Illinois-takes-a-big-step-forward-with-new-vital-records-law

VIEWPOINTS Illinois takes a big step forward with new vital records law - I am a proud transgender woman born and raised in Illinois. But that does not define me completely. I am also a runner, a knitter, and a musician. I love my wife, my son, and my dog. Sadly, too many people see me not as that complete person, but only as someone who is transgender. The president disparages transgender soldiers ...


GLAD-NCLR-file-new-motion-for-halt-to-President-Trumps-transgender-military-ban-

GLAD, NCLR file new motion for halt to President Trump's transgender military ban - Military leaders speak out - From a Press Release ( WASHINGTON, DC, August 31, 2017 )—Today, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) filed the first motion for preliminary injunction to put an immediate halt to Trump's transgender military ban. At the same time, NCLR and GLAD amended their initial complaint to include two ...


Advocates-prepare-to-fight-trans-military-ban

Advocates prepare to fight trans military ban - According to Lambda Legal CEO Rachel Tiven, the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals is "an insult. It's discrimination and a waste of resources." Tiven and other Lambda Legal officials, on Aug. 29, hosted a telephone conference to delineate the next steps in a lawsuit the organization literally filed at the crack of dawn the day before. ...


Creator-of-transgender-symbol-dies-at-66

Creator of transgender symbol dies at 66 - Transgender pioneer Holly Boswell—best known for creating the transgender symbol—died recently in Asheville, North Carolina, at age 66, according to a NewNowNext.com item. Boswell went by both male and female pronouns at the end of her life, and was a prominent activist, writer and leader in the early days of the transgender equality movement. She is also credited with designing ...


Despite-Mattis-claim-trans-military-ban-still-on-track-

Despite Mattis claim, trans military ban still on track - Longtime LGBT advocate Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, responded to reports that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis put a "hold" on a new ban on transgender servicemembers. Mattis said they would be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study. "The USA Today story is grossly misleading," Minter said. "Secretary ...


World-news-Sterilization-law-Australian-supremacists-Chris-Hemsworth

World news: Sterilization law, Australian supremacists, Chris Hemsworth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish government is set to review its gender-recognition laws in a move that campaigners hope will stop forced sterilization for transgender people, PinkNews reported. Under current Finnish law, a trans person must be sterilized prior to having their legal gender changed. They are also required to be medically diagnosed with "transsexualism" and undergo extensive mental health screening. The European ...


National-roundup-HRC-exec-killed-trans-service-members-lesbian-coach

National roundup: HRC exec killed, trans service members, lesbian coach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cassidy Karakorn, 38—an executive with the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC )—was killed in a traffic collision in Washington, D.C., while operating a motor scooter, The Washington Post reported. Karakorn, a George Mason University graduate, had been with HRC since 2001, according to her LinkedIn Page, and was its director of consumer marketing. Transgender service members sent a message on ...


EEOC-Finds-Evidence-of-Job-Discrimination-by-Walmart-Against-Trans-Woman

EEOC Finds Evidence of Job Discrimination by Walmart Against Trans Woman - From a TLD&EF press release - New York, NY - Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has secured a victory before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( "EEOC" ) on behalf of a transgender woman who endured employment discrimination at a Sam's Club store in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Sam's Club is a membership-only retail warehouse chain and a subsidiary of Walmart. The EEOC found ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-sue-Trump-to-reverse-transgender-military-service-ban

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN sue Trump to reverse transgender military service ban - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, August 28, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals. The lawsuit—brought in response to President Trump's formal issuance of directions to military authorities late Friday—was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; one current ...


Military-Professors-Analyze-Trumps-Transgender-Ban

Military Professors Analyze Trump's Transgender Ban - From a Palm Center press release - San Francisco, CA — A group of current and former military professors have released a Palm Center policy memo explaining President Trump's transgender ban and clarifying misconceptions about the new policy. According to Palm Center director Aaron Belkin, "The military professors show that President Trump's ban subjects transgender Americans to humiliating, unequal treatment, and contradicts the post-Charlottesville claims of the ...


Its-official-Trump-directs-Pentagon-to-enact-trans-military-ban

It's official: Trump directs Pentagon to enact trans military ban - Nearly one month after announcing via Twitter he'd ban transgender people from U.S. military, President Donald Trump made good on his promise in a memo to the Pentagon Aug. 25 enacting a ban on their service—although the fate of transgender people currently in the armed forces remains to be seen. In a memo to the Pentagon and Department of Homeland ...


Military-expert-talks-about-fitness-of-trans-members-to-serve

Military expert talks about fitness of trans members to serve - On July 26, Donald Trump released a series of tweets declaring his decision to ban transgender service members from the U.S. military, blaming the supposed exorbitant healthcare costs trans service members would bring. The military announced it wouldn't take action unless there is official policy change, but the tweets reignited a rigorous debate surrounding trans service members' motivation and fitness ...


Trump-and-Pence-to-purge-transgender-people-from-military-

Trump and Pence to purge transgender people from military - From press releases - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned a White House directive that interferes in Department of Defense personnel policy by pushing forward President Trump's and Vice President Pence's transgender military ban. HRC called on Secretary of Defense James Mattis to protect transgender service members from the vicious political assault. The new directive bans at ...


Bills-on-birth-certificates-and-LGBT-panic-defense-signed-in-Illinois

Bills on birth certificates and LGBT "panic" defense signed in Illinois - From press releases - From Equality Illinois and ACLU: CHICAGO — Legislative sponsors, Equality Illinois and ACLU of Illinois celebrated the signing of House Bill 1785 today, modernizing the Illinois Vital Records Act and allowing transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. Illinois now joins 14 additional states, the District of Columbia and ...


National-roundup-Military-group-Black-AIDS-Institute-cruising-sting

National roundup: Military group, Black AIDS Institute, cruising sting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA )—the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families—praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban, according to a press release. The commission said, "The President's mere announcement of a ban on transgender military service harms all Americans by sending a message that fosters ...


Precious-Brady-Davis-to-start-work-with-Sierra-Club

Precious Brady-Davis to start work with Sierra Club - Transgender-rights advocate Precious Brady-Davis is leaving Columbia College after three years to work for the environmental agency Sierra Club. In a Facebook post, Brady-Davis stated, "For the past 3 years it has been a joy serving as the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at my alma mater Columbia College Chicago. "Under my tenure I provided leadership to the campus-wide ...


-Business-owner-defends-sign-that-mocks-trans-women

Business owner defends sign that mocks trans women - A Lockport business owner said that his sign mocking transgender individuals was intended as "satire," Herald-News reported Aug. 16. The sign, which said, "Help wanted—must be female from birth," was posted by owner Richard Tisch at the Will Co. Loan Company pawn shop. Tisch maintained that the sign was a satire intended to protest taxpayers having to pay for transition ...


Education-Justice-sued-for-papers-on-guidance-withdrawal-regarding-trans-students

Education, Justice sued for papers on guidance withdrawal regarding trans students - From a press release - NEW YORK ( August 23, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal yesterday filed a federal lawsuit to compel the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to release information about their decision to withdraw guidance detailing the protections transgender students have under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bans discrimination in education on the basis of sex. After the ...


Trump-goes-forward-with-military-ban-of-trans-individuals

Trump goes forward with military ban of trans individuals - The Pentagon will have six months to put President Donald Trump's ban on transgender servicemen and women in the military in motion, according to a Huffington Post item that cites The Wall Street Journal. The guidelines (expected to be sent to the Pentagon in days) would give Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis the authority ot remove transgender individuals currently serving ...


US-Commission-on-Civil-Rights-Condemns-Trumps-Proposed-Transgender-Military-Ban

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Trump's Proposed Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families, praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban. "We are thankful the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has spoken out and joined the growing bipartisan condemnation of President Trump's vicious ...


Trans-advocates-discuss-military-ban

Trans advocates discuss military ban - Officials from the Trans United Fund, an advocacy working on behalf of transgender and gender-expansive individuals and their allies, and SPART*A, an organization for LGBT service members and veterans, on Aug. 10, convened an online discussion with numerous advocates to address President Donald Trump's threatened ban of transgender individuals from the military. "The president obviously has a tremendous bully pulpit ...


Houston-restroom-bill-dies-again-50000-Texans-took-action-to-oppose

Houston restroom bill dies again, 50,000+ Texans took action to oppose - A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again Aug. 15, a Houston Chronicle item reported. It is the second time that restroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Gov. Greg Abbott did not indicate he would order state legislators to stay in Austin and try again as the legislative season ended. The measure initially failed in May. ...


Texas-House-Adjourns-Without-Passing-New-Anti-Transgender-Bill

Texas House Adjourns Without Passing New Anti-Transgender Bill - From a press release - AUSTIN, Texas — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, reacted to the relieving news that the Texas House has adjourned its special session sine die without passing a new anti-transgender bill. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special ...


Sixteen-trans-gay-Central-America-migrants-seek-asylum-in-US

Sixteen trans, gay Central America migrants seek asylum in U.S. - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - A group of 16 transgender and gay migrants from Central America on Aug. 10 sought asylum in the United States. The migrants—who are from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico—called themselves the first Trans Gay Migrant Caravan of 2017. They left Mexico City and walked and used buses and other forms of transportation to travel to Nogales, Mexico, which ...


Final-arrested-SlutWalk-protester-released-on-bail

Final arrested SlutWalk protester released on bail - SlutWalk Chicago supporters rallied at Cook County Jail Sunday afternoon Aug. 13 in support of the fifth and final marcher who had been arrested during the previous day's protest in downtown Chicago. At around 1 p.m., activists and community members met to offer support. As Windy City Times reported Aug. 12, five marchers were detained and later confirmed arrested at ...


Channyn-Lynne-Parker-accepts-BYC-post-

Channyn Lynne Parker accepts BYC post - Channyn Lynne Parker, currently the project manager for Chicago House's TransLife Project, will be leaving her post effective Aug. 31 and taking a new position as manager of youth drop-in at Broadway Youth Center [BYC]. Parker, who begins the new job Sept. 15, told Windy City Times that she has "a passion for youth work, particularly around marginalized youth. This ...


HRC-Reacts-to-Trumps-Delusional-Assessment-of-Transgender-Troop-Ban

HRC Reacts to Trump's Delusional Assessment of Transgender Troop Ban - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to Donald Trump's comments regarding his despicable plan to ban transgender service members: "Donald Trump's delusional comments regarding his reckless ban on transgender troops are demonstrably false and lack any basis in reality," said Chad Griffin, ...


In-legal-win-EEOC-says-Walmart-discriminated-against-transgender-employee-

In legal win EEOC says Walmart discriminated against transgender employee - From a press release - New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne Robison, in her battle against workplace discrimination by Walmart subsidiary, Sam's Club East, Inc. Ms. Robison faced bigotry on the job at Sam's Club stores in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida. The EEOC has issued a Letter of ...


Lambda-Legal-See-you-in-court-President-Trump

Lambda Legal: See you in court, President Trump - From a Lambda Legal press release - (New York, August 5, 2017) — The Trump administration reportedly has finalized its transgender military ban policy. According to the Washington Blade, the policy, called, "A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out," would remove openly transgender enlisted personnel from the military by not allowing them to reenlist and would terminate transgender officers who are up for promotion. Sasha ...


POLITICS-Eventful-week-involves-DoJ-ACA-and-transgender-ban

POLITICS Eventful week involves DoJ, ACA and transgender ban - Between developments involving the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA, or "Obamacare" ); the U.S. Department of Justice's ( DoJ's ) ruling regarding workplace discrimination; and President Trump's tweet calling for the ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military, last week was one of the most eventful ( if not chaotic ) so far during ...


Transgender-man-alleges-CPD-harassment-and-mistreatment

Transgender man alleges CPD harassment and mistreatment - A transgender man who does community outreach on behalf of Chicago House's TransLife Center advocacy was arrested and, he alleges, verbally harassed by Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officers while in custody the early morning of July 25. CPD has no record of the incident or charges against the man, however. Malik Pullum, a TransLife Center outreach worker, was ...


City-Council-introduces-pro-trans-Renslow-resolutions

City Council introduces pro-trans, Renslow resolutions - The Chicago City Council introduced a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the LGBT Caucus and other alderpersons to express opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from military service. The resolution is headed to the Committee on Human Relations for a hearing; the date of said hearing has not yet been specified. The resolution is as follows: ...


Chicago-Gender-Society-event-Aug-8-

Chicago Gender Society event Aug. 8 - The Chicago Gender Society will hold its monthly meeting at a new site: The Curragh, 6705 N. Northwest Hwy., at 8 p.m. The event room is on the second floor. Guests ( who receive complimentary valet parking as well as one free drink ) may enter through a private door leading to the upper level, the elevator or stairs. See ...


LGBTQ-suicide-hotline-calls-from-trans-youth-spike-since-Trump-tweet

LGBTQ suicide hotline calls from trans youth spike since Trump tweet - From a press release - August 2, 2017 ( West Hollywood, CA ) — Today, the Trevor Project — the nation's largest LGBTQ youth crisis intervention & suicide prevention organization — reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall, and most specifically from transgender youth following President Trump's tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the "bathroom bill" ...


Lambda-suit-ends-suburban-Pittsburgh-school-districts-anti-trans-policy

Lambda suit ends suburban Pittsburgh school district's anti-trans policy - From a press release - ( Pittsburgh, PA, August 1, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today announced it has reached a settlement with the Pine-Richland School District, forcing the district to end a discriminatory, anti-transgender policy that prevented transgender students from using the bathroom that matches who they are. The settlement also requires the suburban Pittsburgh school district to include gender identity in its nondiscrimination ...


56-retired-Generals-Admirals-Implementing-Trumps-anti-trans-tweet-would-harm-readiness

56 retired Generals, Admirals: Implementing Trump's anti-trans tweet would harm readiness - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Fifty-six retired General and Flag Officers provided the following statement to the Palm Center today: "The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to ...


60-veterans-call-on-SECDEF-to-oppose-trans-ban

60 veterans call on SECDEF to oppose "trans ban" - From a press release - WASHINGTON— Today, more than 50 American military veterans, some of whom served under the command of James Mattis in uniform, released the following letter calling on Secretary of Defense James Mattis to oppose Donald Trumps un-American "trans ban" on military service by transgender Americans. The letter was published in full by the Daily Beast. More information about the letter, including ...


Forty-four-senators-urge-Secretary-Mattis-not-to-implement-ban-on-trans-military-service

Forty four senators urge Secretary Mattis not to implement ban on trans military service - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today led a bipartisan letter signed by 44 additional Senators to Secretary James N. Mattis urging him to advise the President against implementing the announcement he made via Twitter Wednesday that transgender Americans can no longer serve in the military. This announcement contradicts existing Defense Department policies, undermines our military readiness, and puts ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-Well-Sue-in-a-Heartbeat-if-Tweet-Becomes-Policy

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN: We'll Sue in a Heartbeat if Tweet Becomes Policy - From a press release - ( New York City, July 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today promised to take immediate legal action to protect transgender service members and recruits should President Donald Trump follow through on his early morning tweet threatening to ban transgender military service. "Transgender people have served our country honorably for years, making our military stronger and more inclusive. ...


Couple-files-bias-complaint-against-Akira

Couple files bias complaint against Akira - A Chicago couple, one of whom is a transgender woman, has filed a discrimination complaint against the local clothing chain Akira. David Hartwell and his partner Jada Ayala, on Feb. 27, filed an Illinois Department of Human Rights complaint against the retailer, alleging that they were denied service because Ayala is transgender; they further allege that the stores' co-owner and ...


Transgender-mental-health-survey-launched

Transgender mental-health survey launched - The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch what is being called 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 ...


Trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-US-military

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military - American Veterans for Equal Right press release below - President Donald Trump, on July 26, announced a ban on transgender individuals in the military—via social media. This move is a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have let transgender recruits serve. On Twitter, Trump stated that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and "disruption" that transgender troops would require. He tweeted, ""After consultation ...


Equality-Illinois-condemns-President-Trumps-rejection-of-transgender-servicemembers

Equality Illinois condemns President Trump's rejection of transgender servicemembers - Equality Illinois has added its voice to the large chorus of individuals and organizations opposing U.S. President Donald Trump's ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military. Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, said in a statement: "By rejecting the brave military service of transgender Americans, President Trump's policy by tweets is an outrageous about face of the ...


Ban-on-military-service-by-trans-adults-could-impact-15000-now-on-duty

Ban on military service by trans adults could impact 15,000+ now on duty - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles — In a series of tweets today, President Trump announced that the United States will not "accept or allow" transgender people to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. According to a recent study from Williams Institute scholars, an estimated 15,500 transgender adults are currently serving on active duty in the military or in the National Guard ...


Advocates-release-report-on-medically-unnecessary-intersex-surgeries

Advocates release report on medically unnecessary intersex surgeries - New York City-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) and InterACT—a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based advocacy that works on behalf of intersex youth—on July 25 launched a report at Center on Halsted documenting the extent of medically unnecessary surgeries being performed on intersex children. The report was launched in Chicago because associations like the American Medical Association ( AMA ) and the ...


Suicide-attempt-reported-at-Osterman-Beach

Suicide attempt reported at Osterman Beach - According to bystanders, an individual, seemingly a transgender woman, attempted suicide at the pier on Osterman Beach, 5600 N. Lake Shore Dr., the evening of July 17. Chicago Police reported that a 22-year-old man jumped in the water and was pulled out at around 7:22 p.m. But a reports from a bystander suggest that the individual might have been misgendered ...


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. ...


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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 ...


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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." ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ( ...


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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 ...







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