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DOJ-supports-transgender-students-right-to-appropriate-restroom-

DOJ supports transgender student's right to appropriate restroom - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. The DOJ filed the statement in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case brought by the American ...


Trans-activist-writes-about-Obama-actions

Trans activist writes about Obama actions - Jennicet Gutierrez—a transgender activist who heckled President Obama and was ejected from a White House LGBT reception—wrote in a June 25 Washington Blade op-ed that she finds the president's actions on transgender immigrants disheartening, The Hill noted. Gutierrez wrote that her protest on June 24 is justified, given what she considers to be Obama's past inaction on helping transgender immigrants. ...


Love-is-Colorful-Make-it-Blu-film-series-launched

Love is Colorful, Make it Blu film series launched - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 30, 2015 ) — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago ( 221 N. Columbus Drive ), launches new video series, "Love is Colorful, Make it Blu," celebrating the diversity of love. Part of an ongoing commitment the hotel has to the LGBT community, the video series follows three couples as they experience the hotel, and each share their ...


ICE-has-new-guidance-on-care-of-transgender-immigrants-in-custody

ICE has new guidance on care of transgender immigrants in custody - - U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has announced updated guidelines concerning the care of transgender immigrants in custody. This announcement comes on the heels of a letter that was sent by 35 members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson calling for limits on the use of ...


Undocumented-transgender-woman-interrupts-President-calls-for-end-to-deportation

Undocumented transgender woman interrupts President, calls for end to deportation - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Just moments ago, Jennicet Gutierrez interrupted the President during the White House pride celebration shouting "President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations." As a transgender woman who is undocumented, Gutierrez said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at ...


Trans-teen-murdered-in-Alabama

Trans teen murdered in Alabama - In Alabama, an investigation into a murder of transgender teen Mercedes Williamson, 17, began when the suspect—a convicted felon and longtime member of the Latin Kings street gang—told his father he had killed someone, SunHerald.com reported. Williamson was born with the name Christopher Wilkins. Josh Brandon Vallum, 28, told his father, Bobby James Vallum, June 1 that Williamson could be ...


OPM-calls-for-ban-of-benefit-exclusions-aimed-at-trans-federal-employees-

OPM calls for ban of benefit exclusions aimed at trans* federal employees - From a press release - Washington DC— Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ) called on all Federal Employee Health Benefits ( FEHB ) plans to ban general exclusions that target transgender federal employees and dependents. The announcement came in the form of an OPM's Carrier Letter to all insurance plans that cover federal workers. Starting in January 2016, insurance plans for ...


Legislation-to-lift-transgender-military-ban-to-be-introduced

Legislation to lift transgender military ban to be introduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to the news that Rep. Jackie Speier ( D-CA ) plans to introduce federal legislation to lift the ban on transgender service members in the military caused by outdated regulations. "It's far past time for this unjust ban that harms our transgender service members and their families ...


National-referral-database-launched-for-trans-and-queer-communities

National referral database launched for trans and queer communities - From a press release - RAD Remedy is pleased to announce the open beta launch of the Referral Aggregator Database ( RAD ), a Yelp-style database designed specifically to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer people to safe, affirming, and comprehensive care nationwide. This project is the first of RAD Remedy's initiatives that address the significant health disparities and care barriers faced by these ...


Trans-teen-to-guest-on-USAs-Royal-Pains

Trans teen to guest on USA's 'Royal Pains' - Transgender teen Nicole Maines makes her acting debut as a guest star in on the June 23 episode of USA Network's Royal Pains at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. She will be on episode 704, "The Prince of Nucleotides." Maines will play Anna, a trans teenage choreographer whom Hank ( played by Mark Feuerstein ) treats. He soon discovers that ...


Local-news-Precious-Davis-in-national-campaign-Dyke-March-planned

Local news: Precious Davis in national campaign; Dyke March planned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicagoan part of gender-identity campaign Chicagoan Precious Davis is just one of the individuals in a new social-justice campaign called Happy Hippie Presents #InstaPride, a collaboration between singer Miley Cyrus and Instagram that launched June 15, according to Time.com. Davis—who sat next to her fiance, transgender man Myles Brady, throughout the shoot—posed in a floor-length sequined gown for the campaign. ...


ACLU-sues-over-discriminatory-transgender-school-restroom-policy-

ACLU sues over discriminatory transgender school restroom policy - From a press release - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. The case was filed on behalf of ...


NU-and-Lurie-program-helps-trans-kids-find-their-voice

NU and Lurie program helps trans kids find their voice - Those transgender individuals with either the financial means or, in some rare cases, coverage through insurance can select a number of medical interventions that will assist in merging their physical appearance with their identities. While a growing number of people state that a transgender individual should not have to acquire society's predeterminations of what is masculine or feminine beauty in ...


Trans-woman-petitions-for-early-release-from-Elgin-facility

Trans woman petitions for early release from Elgin facility - The Elgin Mental Health Center is a sprawling complex of buildings set in the midst of farmland, forest preserves and the gently winding Fox River. Tucked away in a corner of the campus, the entrance to the William White Forensic Unit would be entirely inconspicuous were it not for the high, arching security fence surrounding the buildings. It is within ...


School-districts-issue-pro-trans-protections-

School districts issue pro-trans protections - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Media Matters has collected the pro-transgender measures and developments involving 17 school districts across the nation in an effort to refute what it calls "the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior." Regarding Illinois, the article cites a 2006 development in which the state amended its Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in ...


Trans-attorney-Shannon-Minter-gets-White-House-appointment

Trans attorney Shannon Minter gets White House appointment - President Obama has named people to key administrative posts, including Shannon Price Minter as a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, a press release stated. Minter is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000. He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of ...


AMA-on-transgender-military-service-No-valid-reason-to-block-

AMA on transgender military service: No valid reason to block - The American Medical Association (AMA) passed a historic resolution declaring that "there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals" from U.S. military service. The voting delegates of the 222,000-member AMA urged that transgender service members be provided with necessary medical care "according to the same medical standards that apply to non-transgender personnel." The AMA resolution, which concluded that ...


Gender-bender-scholar-talks-activism-her-arrest-and-race

'Gender-bender' scholar talks activism, her arrest and race - Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest—philosopher, scholar, former professor, poet and artivist performer—was a guest lecturer this past April at Illinois State University ( ISU ) and Southern Illinois University ( SIU ), where she gave a speech entitled, "Peculiar Requests for Peculiar Bodies: Black Lives Matter, [Trans] Gendered Violence, Disability, and Women in the Post-racial, Post-sexist Present." A self-described mixed-blood person, ...


TELEVISION-Becoming-Us-A-real-life-Transparent-

TELEVISION 'Becoming Us': A real-life 'Transparent' - Evanston teen Ben Lehwald lets television viewers into his world when he introduces us to his family on the ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us, premiering June 8. This is not another family sitcom. Ben's parents divorced only a few years ago. The plot twist came later: when Ben's dad, transitioned from being Charlie Lehwald to Carly Lehwald. The series follows ...


LGBT-homelessness-training-Bilingual-trans-history-Black-lesbian-history-survey

LGBT homelessness training; Bilingual trans history; Black lesbian history survey - Survey on Black lesbian history Longtime Chicago lesbian activist and historian Melvyna Gaynor is seeking survey respondents for her new history project. She would like people to answer the questions below to help us compile data essential to producing a video documentary on the Black LGBT community in Chicago from 1970 until today. Email awareone7@yahoo.com for more information. Homelessness training ...


Chicagos-TransTech-opens-office-in-DC-at-HRC

Chicago's TransTech opens office in D.C. at HRC - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that TransTech Social Enterprises ( TTSE ) will maintain an office at HRC national headquarters, giving the Chicago-based company a foothold in the nation's capital to advance its work in providing education, job skills training and workplace connections to transgender people. "TransTech has grown exponentially in the past year, ...


Jenner-on-cover-of-Vanity-Fair-Call-me-Caitlyn

Jenner on cover of Vanity Fair: Call me 'Caitlyn' - From a press release - NEW YORK, N.Y.—Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. She tells Pulitzer Prize—winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, "That was a ...


Trans-queer-immigrants-demand-ICE-release-LGBTQ-detainees-

Trans, queer immigrants demand ICE release LGBTQ detainees - More than 50 transgender and queer immigrants rallied in front of Immigration Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) headquarters in Washington D.C. May 27 demanding the release of LGBTQ immigrants from ICE detention centers. The demonstration was part of Operation Break the Cage—a multi-organizational effort to raise awareness of the horrendous psychological and physical abuses suffered by immigrant transgender women currently ...


Deborahs-Place-marks-30-years-fighting-for-homeless-women

Deborah's Place marks 30 years fighting for homeless women - The Old Testament tells a story of a powerful woman of Israel named Deborah who one day saw the terrible oppression of her people and set out to raise an army of 10,000 to combat it. In her song she says that the "villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose—a mother in Israel." When ...


Girl-Scouts-include-transgender-girls-

Girl Scouts include transgender girls - The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is an organization that welcomes transgender girls. The group's guidance on serving transgender girls, on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page, was actually publicized four years ago. The page ( http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith/faqs.asp#a5 ) states: "Q: What is Girl Scouts' position on serving transgender youth? "A: Girl Scouts is proud to be the ...


Missing-Chicago-trans-woman-located

Missing Chicago trans woman located - A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry who had been missing since May 6, 2015 has been located according to her father Jerry Nicholas, Sr. However Nicholas believes she remains in an extremely dangerous situation both medically and in terms of her surroundings. Nicholas and family friend Derek Banks said that Berry had undergone brain surgery at Rush University ...


Conference-shows-consequences-of-gender-norms

Conference shows consequences of gender norms - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The consequences of society's inflexible adherence to its perceptions and expectations of gender were the focus of Why Gender Matters—a day-long conference held May 4 at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Public Schools and the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, True Child, the Jewish Women's Foundation and ...


-HRC-Gender-Proud-work-for-visibility-of-Philippine-trans-community

HRC, Gender Proud work for visibility of Philippine trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Gender Proud, a transgender advocacy and awareness organization, announced a three-city public education campaign to inform the public about, and destigmatize the lives of, transgender people in the Philippines. In conjunction with a three-city speaking tour headlined by Gender Proud Founder Geena Rocero, HRC will help support and organize ...


-Windy-City-Times-reporter-wins-Lisagor-Award

Windy City Times reporter wins Lisagor Award - Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a senior staff reporter for Windy City Times, won a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club for her four-part series on violence against transgender women on Chicago's West Side. The category was in-depth reporting in community media. The first part of the series looked at the case of Eisha Love, a transgender woman sitting in ...


-Transgender-employee-takes-action-against-Barnes-Noble-

Transgender employee takes action against Barnes & Noble - From a press release - May 6, 2015 — Today, Transgender Law Center, Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP, and the Law Offices of G. Samuel Cleaver filed suit against Barnes & Noble, Inc. for its discriminatory treatment of a transgender employee, Victoria Ramirez, who worked for six years at two Barnes & Noble stores in Orange County, California. When Ms. Ramirez informed management that she ...


Trans-student-petitions-for-gender-neutral-accommodations

Trans student petitions for gender-neutral accommodations - Round Lake High School student Jonas Valentine—who came out as transgender earlier this year—has lobbied for more gender-neutral accommodations at the school, The Chicago Tribune reported. "What happened was, when I came out [as male], they pretty much isolated me off to the teachers' locker room to get changed for gym and to use the restroom. It's just for the ...


Rainbow-Train-on-track-to-childrens-gender-expression

'Rainbow Train' on track to children's gender expression - Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter and music educator Chana Rothman may look like she lives a mainstream life with a male partner, her 4 and 2 year-old sons and a baby on the way. However, she plays an unconventional tune, which has gone into her first children's album, Rainbow Train. Rothman grew up in Toronto, Canada. Her musical track began at 14, when ...


VIEWS-Peeing-in-Peace

VIEWS: Peeing in Peace - I've been around a long time as an out and proud trans woman, almost 18 years now. I thought I'd seen it all—misrepresentations, out-and-out lies, double-dealing, betrayed promises—the very worst of American politics in regard to the basic civil rights of trans people. I was wrong. It can get worse, and in fact, it already is. It used to be ...


In-the-Life-Erin-Sanders

In the Life: Erin Sanders - Erin Sanders leaves her suburban home at about 9:20 p.m., every night. She starts work at 10, and is on the road driving shortly thereafter. Her destination? Toledo, Ohio. And she does it nightly, five nights a week. It's 550 miles every night; 2,750 miles per week. On a good night, her drive time is nine to nine-and-a-half hours. In ...


Rogers-Park-trans-woman-and-landlord-settle-for-now

Rogers Park trans woman and landlord settle-for now - A transgender woman who has, for many months, been embroiled in litigation against her landlord—who she alleges tried to evict her because of her gender identity and because her fiance is African-American—has settled with the landlord in court on other related lawsuits. But a discrimination complaint against the landlord that the woman filed with the city is still pending, she ...


Out-diver-at-Kremlin-pope-nixes-ambassador-trans-person-attacked

Out diver at Kremlin; pope nixes ambassador; trans person attacked - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out gay Olympic diver Tom Daley has been praised for posting a photo of himself in front of the Kremlin in Moscow, Pink News noted. Russia passed a law in 2013, banning the "promotion of non-traditional" sexual orientations, and has been widely condemned since, including calls to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics last year. Daley—a Brit who's dating Oscar-winning screenwriter ...


National-Biden-at-HRC-event-Little-Rock-trans-gamers-suicide

National: Biden at HRC event; Little Rock; trans gamer's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 2, according to a press release. HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "For years, she has spoken out on LGBT issues from youth well-being, to anti-bullying efforts, to ensuring that ...


Jenner-ABC-interview-sparks-debate-Chicago-trans-women-respond-

Jenner ABC interview sparks debate, Chicago trans women respond - [Updated April 27] When a former Olympic champion and reality television celebrity who asked for the present to be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns described growing up and living as a transgender individual during an April 24 prime-time 20/20 special on ABC estimates placed viewership at close to 17 million people. The Hollywood Reporter called it ...


Striking-increase-in-Americans-who-know-trans-people

'Striking' increase in Americans who know trans people - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Results from a new national survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reveal a significant uptick in the number of Americans who say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and a corresponding increase in favorable feelings toward transgender people. The data, collected for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows that ...


The-Baton-becomes-Transformative

The Baton becomes 'Transformative' - Chicago's Baton Show Lounge has entertained crowds for more than 46 years with female impersonators. Now the producers of a new endeavor called Transformative are hoping to capture that success in a unique way. Tibsen Entertainment Productions and 47th Street Studios have collaborated on a new project that aims to not only entertain but inform people on the daily life ...


National-Finance-Company-sued-for-firing-transgender-employee-

National Finance Company sued for firing transgender employee - From a press release - Civil Rights Groups Sue National Finance Company for Illegally Firing Transgender Employee ( New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2015 )—A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates. Tristan Broussard, 21, was hired by Tower ...


Life-at-80-Renee-Richards-on-and-off-the-tennis-court-

Life at 80: Renee Richards on and off the tennis court - She truly is a pioneer, now 80, who has left her three-fold mark worldwide—as a professional tennis player, a still-practicing ophthalmologist, and an early pioneer for the LGBT community, particularly the transgender part of the rainbow. Pick a term to tag Renee Richards: icon, legend, role model … or all of the above. But Richards now mostly just concerns herself ...


Talk-show-on-lives-of-transgender-individuals-casting-April-18

Talk show on lives of transgender individuals casting April 18 - From a press release - Tibsen Entertainment Productions along with 47th Street Studios is searching to cast for a talk show based onthe lives of Transgender individuals. This show will look into the personal lives of women that are not seen as typical among society standards, giving the audience an inside look into their lives. The goal is to dispel and eventually change the ideas ...


Briefs-Trans-soldier-Obama-against-conversion-therapy-blood-donation

Briefs: Trans soldier; Obama against conversion therapy: blood donation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Military has first openly trans soldier Army Sgt. Shane Ortega has become the first openly transgender individual in the military, according to a Washington Post item. Ortega is a helicopter crew chief in the Army's 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. Having him serve the rest of his career as a man would require a significant change in Pentagon rules, which ...


Southern-Poverty-Law-Center-statement-on-Ashley-Diamond-case-

Southern Poverty Law Center statement on Ashley Diamond case - From a press release - The following statement was issued by SPLC Deputy Legal Director David Dinielli following the disclosure that the Georgia Department of Corrections has changed its policy relating to the provision of hormone therapy to transgender prisoners. "We are pleased to learn that the Georgia Department of Corrections has rescinded its prior, unconstitutional policy. We currently are reviewing the new policy to ...


Center-marks-ITQI-Day-of-Visibility

Center marks ITQI Day of Visibility - For the Center on Halsted's first International Trans, Queer, Intersex ( ITQI ) Day of Visibility celebration on April 4, the stage and stadium seating of the Hoover-Leppen Theatre had been removed and replaced by an array of sofas and candlelit tables. Two DJs provided the music as transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and intersex individuals of all ages and backgrounds ...


Transforming-Gender-The-Edge-of-the-Knife

Transforming Gender: The Edge of the Knife - A recurring column - Before I came out and began living as a woman almost 18 years ago, I never really gave much serious thought to whether or not I wanted Gender Realignment Surgery ( GRS ). I was working in retail and getting by, but not so well that coming up with $20,000 or more to get my genitalia refurbished seemed like a ...


EEOC-to-ensure-restroom-access-for-transgender-employees

EEOC to ensure restroom access for transgender employees - From an NCLR press release - ( San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, ruled that an employer's refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII. The decision addressed a charge filed ...


Film-about-transgender-teacher-in-Hawaii-on-PBS-May-4

Film about transgender teacher in Hawaii on PBS May 4 - From a press release - ( San Francisco ) - At a time when transgender and gender nonconforming people across the U.S. and around the world have achieved unprecedented visibility in popular culture, but continue to suffer extreme violence, harassment, discrimination, and isolation, Independent Lens presents Kumu Hina, a moving film from Hawaii that offers a bold new perspective on gender diversity and inclusion through ...


Open-group-letter-on-2015-violence-against-LGBTQs-trans-women-of-color-

Open group letter on 2015 violence against LGBTQs, trans women of color - From a press release - This is an open letter from LGBTQ organizations in the United States regarding the epidemic violence that LGBTQ people, particularly transgender women of color, have experienced in 2015. We appear to be in a moment of crisis in LGBTQ communities. Unfortunately, this is not new: our movement was born out of a response to violence and police raids, and ...


Upcoming-Music-for-Matthew-Trans-adult-queer-film-events-Lollapalooza

Upcoming: Music for Matthew; Trans, adult, queer film events; Lollapalooza - and more - Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst April 2 Journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan will present "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage" on Thursday, April 2, at Elmhurst College. Sullivan's talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. Through his blog The Dish—which began in 2000 and ended in February—Sullivan chronicled major political and cultural moments, reaching ...


Workshops-look-at-legal-systems-treatment-of-trans-individuals

Workshops look at legal system's treatment of trans individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reports such as the 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality- and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-authored "Injustice at Every Turn," along with the February 2015 Movement Advancement Project study entitled "Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans" have both detailed extensive discrimination against members of the transgender community by the criminal-justice system. Workshops for attorneys and judges designed to educate them ...


Camp-Aranutiq-A-place-for-transgender-and-gender-variant-youth

Camp Aranu'tiq: A place for transgender and gender-variant youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times byMarissa Novel - For many, sleepaway camps are a childhood tradition. Some, however, were excluded from this custom because of their gender identity until 2010. Nick Teich, a 31-year-old transgender man, has attended conventional summer camps since 1993. While working as a volunteer in 2009, he decided to transition. "When I announced I would be transitioning genders, they told me I was no ...


TELEVISION-New-Girls-on-the-Block-trans-focused-series-examines-trans-issues

TELEVISION 'New Girls on the Block' trans-focused series examines trans issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new trans-focused television series, New Girls on the Block, is set to premiere Thursday, April 11 at 9 p.m.CT on the Discovery Life Channel. The show sets out to follow a group friends from Kansas City, Missouri, showcasing some of their past struggles with gender identity and how they navigate daily struggles and successes now. Caroline Gibbs, a licensed ...


DoJ-moves-against-university-for-discriminating-against-trans-employee

DoJ moves against university for discriminating against trans employee - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University ( Southeastern ) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma ( RUSO ) for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of her sex and retaliating against her when she complained ...


Trans-100-celebrated-in-Chicago

Trans 100 celebrated in Chicago - The annual Trans 100 event recognized individuals from across the country March 29 at The Mayne Stage in Chicago. The standing-room-only audience was comprised of allies and an empowered transgender, gender non-conforming and genderqueer community. The evening's co-hosts were community ambassador and trans evangelist Precious Davis and advocate Myles Brady. They were still soaring from both their recent engagement and ...


Texas-prison-agrees-to-put-Lambda-transgender-client-in-safekeeping-

Texas prison agrees to put Lambda transgender client in safekeeping - From a press release - Houston, TX ( March 30, 2015 ) — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( "TDCJ" ) announced that today it will place Lambda Legal client Passion Star in Safekeeping as had been requested in an emergency motion filed earlier this month to protect her from further sexual assault and threats to her life. Passion Star is a transgender woman ...


Windy-City-Times-writer-nominated-for-Lisagor-award

Windy City Times' writer nominated for Lisagor award - Windy City Times' writer Gretchen Rachel Hammond has been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for a Peter Lisagor award in the category of non-daily, best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper. The award recognizes work done by local journalists last year. Hammond is the author of a series on transgender women targeted on Chicago's West Side, beginning with A ...


Williams-Institute-to-do-first-of-its-kind-study-of-transgender-population-

Williams Institute to do first-of-its-kind study of transgender population - From a press release - Researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health are launching a first-of-its-kind study of the transgender population in the United States that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender individuals. The study, which is being led by Ilan H. Meyer, ...


Lake-View-voice-lab-helps-trans-clients-find-their-voices

Lake View voice lab helps trans clients find their voices - Jackson Voice Lab sits unassumingly in the basement of St. Peter's Episcopal Church near Broadway and Belmont Avenue. But once inside, the space swells voices, making it perfect for vocal training. Owner Liz Jackson finds Lakeview a great spot to attract young, artistic professionals, and as Jackson Voice Lab offers services to trans individuals looking to help their voice compliment ...


Transgender-community-members-demonstrate-demand-recognition

Transgender community members demonstrate, demand recognition - Video coveraage - Declaring a State of Emergency for transgender people of color, around 50 members of the Chicago chapter of the Trans Latin@ Coalition and their allies gathered at the Daley Center on March 20 for a Trans Lives Matter Mobilization. The rally came in the wake of the murders of eight transgender women in 2015 along with alleged incidents of abuse ...


NC-trans-activist-18-commits-suicide-

N.C. trans activist, 18, commits suicide - In Charlotte, North Carolina, friends and community members mourned the passing of a local transgender youth activist Blake Brockington, who committed suicide, QNotes reported. Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School. Last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student after winning a fundraising competition and drawing in thousands of ...


DePaul-forum-looks-at-19th-century-transgender-labor

DePaul forum looks at 19th-century transgender labor - "History is an awesome major or class to take for gender and women's studies people or people who are political because we need you to study this history," said Jen Manion, assistant professor of history and director of the LGBTQ resource center at Connecticut College. This was the primary message that Manion conveyed during the Q&A following the lecture—entitled "To ...


Upcoming-UChicago-LGBTQ-Creating-Change-Latin-week-Trans-pres-appointee-

Upcoming: UChicago LGBTQ; Creating Change; Latin@ week; Trans pres appointee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life By Jonathan Jones From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a ...


World-Lesbian-tennis-player-restroom-situation-IKEA-website-

World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


Navys-top-enlisted-sailor-supports-open-service-by-transgender-troops

Navy's top enlisted sailor supports open service by transgender troops - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the report by the Navy Times that the senior enlisted sailor of the U.S. Navy - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy ( AW/NAC ) Mike Stevens - would support open and honest service by transgender troops ...


Davis-extremely-proud-of-time-at-Transgender-Law-Center

Davis 'extremely proud' of time at Transgender Law Center - Kris Hayashi moves from deputy director to executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) on Feb. 1, replacing Masen Davis, who left the organization Feb. 15. Davis, 43, has been with TLC for more than seven years and said he wants to "remain in the movement," although he first plans to take a break, travel ...


-Jan-9-murder-of-Papi-Edwards-confirmed-as-trans-related

Jan. 9 murder of Papi Edwards confirmed as trans-related - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Papi Edwards, a transgender woman of color, in Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot to death at the Fern Valley Motel on January 9, 2015. Early police and media accounts consistently misnamed and misgendered the victim, and only now are we learning that, according to BuzzFeed ...


-National-roundup-Supreme-Court-and-marriage-trans-inmate-motion

National roundup: Supreme Court and marriage; trans-inmate motion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign announced that more than 200,000 people from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality, according to a press release. Authored by attorney Roberta Kaplan—who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of ...


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Group offers tools to end trans domestic violence murder - From a FORGE press release - Already in the first few months of this year, an unconscionable and seemingly growing number of transwomen, especially trans women of color, have been murdered in the U.S., a fact that is deeply - and rightfully - upsetting to our community. Circumstance behind a number of these murders seem to be rooted in domestic or intimate partner violence. At least ...


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Study: Discrimination by law enforcement toward LGBTs pervasive - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals. To address such discrimination and to improve effective policing more generally in the United States, President Obama's Task Force on ...


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Participants named for Nat'l LGBTQ Task Force trans leadership event - From a press release - The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced the individuals selected to participate in this year's Transgender Leadership Exchange, a unique six-month leadership development program for transgender and gender non-conforming community leaders. The program will by facilitated by Chicagoan Angelica Ross and Jakob Hero. "Since 1973, the National LGBTQ Task Force has helped nurture and develop thousands of LGBTQ activists who ...


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CA won't do business with companies discriminating against trans employees - From a press release - SACRAMENTO - The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), Equality California ( EQCA ), and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) applaud the introduction of a California Bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by denying transgender workers the same benefits and healthcare coverage they ...


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VIEWS The second coming of the man who would be queen - There are times when you read an article that's nothing more than a screed, a scream of resentment, in this case on behalf of a man who has slid into irrelevancy. In what appears to me to be an attempt to capitalize on the alleged Jenner transition, win some plaudits from reactionary fellow travelers, and prepare the ground to promote ...


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Parenting/teaching conference focuses on trans youth - About 200 teachers, principals, support staff, social workers, healthcare professionals and parents gathered for a day-long conference "A Day in the Life of Transgender Students: Creative Approaches to Teaching and Parenting Elementary, Middle and High School Youth" at BMO Harris Bank in Naperville, Illinois, on Feb. 27. The conference—which the Naperville Community Network: Professionals Supporting LGBTQ Youth and the Illinois ...







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