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Trans-artist-challenges-liquor-law

Trans artist challenges liquor law - A queer and transgender performance artist, on Aug. 24, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, maintaining that the city's policy prohibiting women from baring their breasts in venues with liquor licenses is discriminatory. Bea Sullivan-Knoff said at an Aug. 24 press conference at City Hall that the rule has impeded her ability to ...


Death-of-trans-activist-causes-outrage-in-Turkey-

Death of trans activist causes outrage in Turkey - There is outrage in Istanbul, Turkey, over the murder of transgender woman Hande Kader. Turkey remains conservative on LGBTI issues; however, a protest was staged Aug. 21 over Kader's death. Hundreds of demonstrators attended. Kader, a 22-year-old sex worker and activist, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Roommate Davut Dengiler had hoped she was still alive but ...


Centers-Chats-event-focuses-on-trans-life

Center's Chats event focuses on trans life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Channyn Parker and Crispin Torres talked about their trans experiences at this month's Center on Halsted Chats, held Aug. 18. In this monthly series, local LGBTQA leaders are interviewed and discuss their experiences and some of today's most pressing topics. Parker is the TransLife care coordinator at Chicago House and identifies as trans feminine. Torres is a community educator at ...


District-Court-issues-injunction-against-guidance-protecting-trans-students-

District Court issues injunction against guidance protecting trans students - From press releases - ( Fort Worth, TX — August 22, 2016 ) — A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government's guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States. Five civil rights organizations ...


Gender-Odyssey-brings-together-transgender-gender-nonconforming-community-

Gender Odyssey brings together transgender, gender-nonconforming community - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, WA ) - August 19, 2016 - At a time of unprecedented visibility for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, 1300 participants from all over the world gathered in Seattle this August 4-7 for the 15th annual Gender Odyssey Conference. The conference offers a place for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, as well as allies, to gather together, share their experiences, ...


New-GSA-restroom-rule-model-for-other-sectors

New GSA restroom rule model for other sectors - Washington, DC, August 19, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming a new rule the General Services Administration ( GSA ) that bans discrimination against transgender people using restrooms that match their gender identity in federal facilities. "We welcome this enormous step forward on the part of the General Services Administration ( GSA ). The new rule, which serves as ...


Federal-judge-sets-dangerous-precedent-favoring-trans-job-discrimination

Federal judge sets dangerous precedent favoring trans job discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to a decision by a federal judge in Michigan who ruled in favor of a Detroit-based funeral home who fired a transgender employee due to her gender identity. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ) ...


18th-trans-woman-killed-in-US

18th trans woman killed in U.S. - In Columbus, Ohio, trans woman Rae'Lynn Thomas was fatally shot by James Allen Byrd, the ex-boyfriend of her mother, Renee Thomas. An official from New York City's Anti-Violence Project said this is the 18th confirmed killing of a transgender or gender nonconforming person in 2016. Renee said her daughter transitioned 10 years ago. Rae'Lynn's aunt, Shannon, added that Rae'Lynn was ...


Judge-hears-District-211-injunction-arguments-on-trans-student-

Judge hears District 211 injunction arguments on trans student - A federal judge, on Aug. 15, heard oral arguments as to whether a transgender girl who last year won the right to use the locker room facilities in her Northwest suburban high school can continue to do so while parents and right-wing activists mount a legal challenge. Plaintiffs in the case, heard by U.S. District Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, asked ...


Transparent-director-talks-More-Than-T-documentary-series

'Transparent' director talks 'More Than T' documentary series - Beginning with a brightly animated title Trans 102, a nearly two minute Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) released in late June contains a cast of celebrated transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing the full scope of the community's beautifully multifaceted spectrum. They each deliver a collage of voices to a succinct, powerfully written message sometimes highlighted by a perfectly ...


Evanston-school-cancels-transgender-policy-meeting

Evanston school cancels transgender policy meeting - Within a day of the United States Supreme Court's ( SCOTUS' ) Aug. 3 "preserve the status quo" ruling that, for now, has demolished the ability for a transgender boy, Gavin Grimm, to use a Gloucester County, Virginia, high school bathroom in accordance with his authentic gender, officials from the North Chicago suburb of Evanston's Township High School District 202 ...


No-League-of-Their-Own-tells-stories-of-trans-athletes-airing-Aug-7

No League of Their Own tells stories of trans athletes, airing Aug. 7 - From a press release - August 3, 2016 — 2015 was a formative year for transgender athletes with Caitlyn Jenner publicly announcing her name change, Chris Mosier becoming the first transgender man to make the U.S. National Team and the IOC adapting more progressive guidelines for the Summer Olympics in Rio. The conversation surrounding transgender athletes has reached a fever pitch and FUSION seeks to ...


Groups-attack-Supreme-Court-stay-in-trans-student-case-

Groups attack Supreme Court 'stay' in trans student case - From press releases - ( San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2016 )—Today, in a 5-3 vote in which Justice Breyer noted that his vote for a stay was a mere "courtesy," the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the Fourth Circuit's recent decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board holding that federal law requires Virginia's public schools to permit Gavin Grimm, ...


Illinois-Attorney-Gen-Madigan-others-sign-brief-on-trans-rights-

Illinois Attorney Gen. Madigan, others sign brief on trans rights - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, on July 28, joined with the attorneys general of 12 other states, to issue a brief in support of Obama administration policies that protect transgender individuals, among them transgender students. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Washington, DC attorney general also signed the amicus brief, which ...


Task-Force-slams-Chelsea-Manning-treatment-

Task Force slams Chelsea Manning treatment - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 1, 2016—Former Army private Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement as a result of administrative charges brought against her, which include a suicide attempt. Manning, a transgender woman, was convicted in 2013 for leaking classified government documents to Wikileaks. The latest incident is part of the ongoing mistreatment Manning has experienced at the men's military prison at ...


Two-DNC-events-talk-importance-of-LGBT-candidates-

Two DNC events talk importance of LGBT candidates - Philadelphia Gay News - When LGBT activist Laura Esquivel heard the Democratic nominee for vice president speak Spanish at the party's convention Wednesday night, she didn't find it "tokenizing." "He has lived with Latinos," she said. "He has lived and worked in Honduras." Esquivel observed Tim Kaine at work as governor and later senator of Virginia from her position in Washington with the Hispanic ...


Transgender-DNC-delegates-hold-first-ever-caucus-meeting

Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on July 28 in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am ...


Transgender-DNC-delegates-hold-first-ever-caucus-meeting-

Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on Thursday in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am so ...


Charlotte-mayor-to-Congressman-We-need-your-help-

Charlotte mayor to Congressman: "We need your help" - The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., is a tall woman with a quick drawl. Near the end of an hour-long panel at Philadelphia City Hall during which six representatives of Mayors Against Discrimination shared their cities' LGBT-inclusive policies, she stood and gave her canary yellow jacket a quick tug. Reaching for the mic, Jennifer Roberts, said, "We need your help." She ...


Chelsea-Manning-faces-indefinite-solitary-confinement-

Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement - From a press release - LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life. If convicted of these "administrative offenses," she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence. "It is deeply ...


Transgender-advocate-Sarah-McBrides-remarks-to-DNC

Transgender advocate Sarah McBride's remarks to DNC - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA— Tonight, ahead of Hillary Clinton's historic night when she takes the stage after becoming the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major party, HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride made history of her own, becoming the first openly transgender person to address a national party convention. McBride was introduced by openly-gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney ( ...


Trial-in-North-Carolinas-HB2-lawsuit-to-begin-Nov-14

Trial in North Carolina's HB2 lawsuit to begin Nov. 14 - A federal court has scheduled the trial in a legal challenge to North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law, House Bill 2, to begin on Monday, Nov. 14, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder is holding arguments on Monday, Aug. 1, on a motion for a preliminary injunction that asks the court to stop the enforcement of the ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Avoiding-a-name-change-nightmare

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Avoiding a name-change nightmare - Q: I am a transgender woman who would like to legally change my name. I live in Savannah, Georgia, and this issue has been a big deal lately after your client, Rowan Feldhaus, was denied a name change by a judge in Augusta. From reading the news articles, I know the judge's decision will probably be overturned, but what do ...


Upcoming-Trans-youth-group-Catholic-retreat-Health-Symposium

Upcoming: Trans youth group, Catholic retreat, Health Symposium - Wellness group for trans youth on Saturdays BeStrong—a physical wellness group for trans youth 14-24—will take place on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., starting July 30 at 1834 W. Balmoral Ave. Certified personal trainer Carsen Casica will lead the sessions, which involve weight training, cardio, sculpting and plyometrics, among other activities. A fee of $50 covers all 10 sessions. Call 708-280-5740 or ...


Kenosha-trans-student-alleges-school-bias

Kenosha trans student alleges school bias - A 16-year-old transgender boy sued the Kenosha ( Wisconsin ) Unified School District in federal court July 19, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The district's superintendent was also named in the suit, which alleges that the plaintiff, Ash Whitaker, was discriminated against on the basis of his gender identity. The lawsuit was filed by the Oakland, California-based Transgender Law Center ...


DNC-LGBT-Caucus-honors-Mike-Honda

DNC LGBT Caucus honors Mike Honda - Meeting opened with tribute to Pulse nightclub massacre victims - PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Committee's LGBT Caucus on Tuesday honored U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) for his support of transgender rights. A number of the 28 openly trans delegates to the Democratic National Convention joined the California Democrat on stage inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as Barbra Casbar Siperstein, a member of the Democratic National Committee's Executive ...


Transgender-activist-to-speak-at-Democratic-National-Convention-

Transgender activist to speak at Democratic National Convention - Sarah McBride to deliver historic speech on Thursday - PHILADELPHIA — Sarah McBride this week will become the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention. McBride — who is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation — is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. She is slated to take the main stage inside the Wells Fargo Center alongside ...


Jen-Richards-talks-Emmy-nomination-and-Trans-102-

Jen Richards talks Emmy nomination and Trans 102 - For former Chicagoan Jen Richards, who is transgender, the Emmy nomination for Her Story—the web series she co-wrote and co-stars in—seemed surreal. "It was a lot to process," said Richards, who now lives in Los Angeles. "I didn't think we were going to get it—not because I didn't think it was deserving. I think it was. It's just that it ...


HRCs-Sarah-McBride-to-be-1st-open-trans-person-to-speak-at-a-major-party-convention-

HRC's Sarah McBride to be 1st open trans person to speak at a major party convention - From a press release - Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that HRC Foundation National Press Secretary Sarah McBride will speak at the DNC on Thursday — marking the first time in history an openly transgender person will speak at a major party convention. HRC President Chad Griffin will also address the Democratic National Convention that evening. "Hillary Clinton won't be the only woman to ...


Trans-woman-shot-in-Ind-church-disputes-suspects-link

Trans woman shot in Ind.; church disputes suspect's link - In Evansville, Indiana, a trans woman was shot in the jaw by a 26-year-old man who has been connected to a hate group. Gerald Duane Lewis was arraigned in the shooting of Crystal Cash at her place of business. Cash survived the attack and was able to provide a description of the attacker. Lewis, using the name Gadiell Ben Israel, ...


Day-4-Thiel-declares-I-am-proud-to-be-gay-at-GOP-convention

Day 4: Thiel declares 'I am proud to be gay' at GOP convention - Paypal co-founder rejects anti-LGBT platform, debate on bathrooms - For the first time in 16 years, an openly gay speaker took the stage at the Republican National Convention — but the meaning of his words on LGBT rights is unclear. Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and Facebook and a California delegate supporting Trump, proclaimed his sexual orientation to attendees at the convention. "Of course, every American has a ...


TONIGHT-FOX-News-to-Air-TV-Ad-Featuring-Transgender-American-during-RNC-

TONIGHT: FOX News to Air TV Ad Featuring Transgender American during RNC - From a press release - WASHINGTON — A national TV ad featuring a transgender woman will air on FOX News tonight during the network's coverage of Donald Trump officially accepting the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention. This is the first time a television ad featuring a transgender person will air to audiences across the entire nation. The ad, which comes from the Fairness ...


HRC-Foundation-Video-Features-Proud-Dads-of-Transgender-Children

HRC Foundation Video Features Proud Dads of Transgender Children - The HRC Foundation has released a first-of-its-kind web video exclusively featuring fathers of transgender children describing their experiences. The video also highlights the fear and hurt their families face due to anti-transgender prejudice and policies. The fathers highlighted in video include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family's story was also ...


ACLU-of-Iowa-Files-Complaint-on-Behalf-of-Trans-Corrections-Employee-

ACLU of Iowa Files Complaint on Behalf of Trans Corrections Employee - Prison Nurse Was Denied Health Care and Use of Men's Facilities Because He is Transgender - DES MOINES, IA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa today filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a long-time Iowa Department of Corrections nurse who was discriminated against because he is transgender. The complaint was co-filed with the ACLU and cooperating attorney Melissa Hasso with the Sherinian & Hasso Law Firm ...


Looking-at-workplace-bias-against-trans-people-of-color

Looking at workplace bias against trans people of color - In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) determined in the case Macy v. Holder that transgender and gender non-conforming people are a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people based on sex. This EEOC ruling was affirmed by numerous court decisions, the Department of Labor and the Department ...


Activist-Rachel-Williams-talks-SayHerName-BYP100-intersectionality

Activist Rachel Williams talks #SayHerName, BYP100, intersectionality - Chicago native Rachel Williams has been an activist since their high school years at Chicago Public School's John Hope College Prep in Englewood. Along with their activist work, Williams also served on the student council and competed with the policy debate team at their high school. Born in 1991, Williams grew up on the Far South Side. Like a lot ...


Jenner-denounces-anti-trans-bathroom-bills-at-Big-Tent-event-

Jenner denounces anti-trans bathroom bills at 'Big Tent' event - Trans personality attributes suicide rate among youths to online bullying - CLEVELAND — Transgender personality and Olympic decathlete Cailtyn Jenner denounced anti-trans state bathroom measures on Wednesday during an event seeking to promote a "big tent" within the GOP. Jenner made the remarks at an event hosted by the pro-LGBT American Unity Fund, which took place in a literal big tent just outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Margaret Hoover, president of ...


Jazz-Jennings-part-of-TLCs-block-party

Jazz Jennings part of TLC's block party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Stadium Green at Soldier Field was full of laughter, music and the smells of local food trucks on July 16 for TLC's second-ever Block Party event. For the celebration, the television channel flew in stars from hit shows like Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Long Island Medium to meet their fans. Amid all the chaos, Jazz ...


Transgender-Ad-Goes-Viral-Ahead-of-Debut-at-Republican-National-Convention-

Transgender Ad Goes Viral Ahead of Debut at Republican National Convention - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — An ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms has been viewed more than 2 million times online since it went live on Monday. The ad will make its television debut on FOX News Channel on the final day of the Republican National Convention next Thursday, July 21. It will also air nationwide ...


Transparent-Her-Story-RuPaul-among-Emmy-nominations-

Transparent, Her Story, RuPaul among Emmy nominations - The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 14, with a diverse list of nods that included Transparent, RuPaul's Drag Race and Modern Family—as well as Her Story, a web series that looks at the lives of trans women. The trans series Her Story received a nomination for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her Story is ...


Hearing-on-HB2-set-for-Aug-1

Hearing on HB2 set for Aug. 1 - On Aug. 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear arguments about blocking provisions of the controversial anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ) while a lawsuit filed by six LGBT North Carolinians is pending in federal court. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and the law firm of Jenner & Block are representing ...


Relationships-the-Law-Today-Transgender-Phobia-Continues

Relationships & the Law Today: Transgender Phobia Continues - Being a teenager is hard enough, so one can only imagine the difficulty in being a transgender teenager. Transgender teens face a host of issues as they struggle for support and acceptance at home, at school and in society. Unfortunately, Illinois lawmakers are not making the transgender teen's life any easier. A new proposal in Illinois to amend the state ...


Trans-Legal-fund-Names-Jillian-T-Weiss-Executive-Director-

Trans Legal fund Names Jillian T. Weiss Executive Director - From a press release - Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund ( TLDEF ) today announced the appointment of Jillian T. Weiss as its new Executive Director. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor who brings three decades of legal experience to the post. Weiss succeeds Michael Silverman, who founded the organization in 2003. "Jillian has a powerful track record of ...


Manning-attempts-suicide-lawyers-decry-privacy-breach

Manning attempts suicide; lawyers decry privacy breach - On July 5, reports surfaced that trans whistleblower Cheslea Manning was rushed to the hospital from the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after an apparent suicide attempt. On July 11, Chelsea Manning's attorneys Chase Strangio, Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander released the following statement jointly: "After not connecting with Chelsea for over a week, we were relieved to speak with ...


Privilege-to-Pee-taking-place-July-11

'Privilege to Pee' taking place July 11 - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: Produce an evening of performance from which all of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. ...


MA-gov-signs-trans-protections-into-law-

MA gov signs trans protections into law - Today, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law legislation extending commonsense, non-discrimination protections to transgender residents and visitors to the state. While Massachusetts state law already prohibits discrimination against transgender people in housing and employment, the new law extends these same crucial protections to public accommodations, such as access to restaurants, malls, restrooms, and locker rooms. "By signing this ...


New-Resource-Illustrates-Coordinated-Effort-to-Pass-Anti-LGBT-Laws-

New Resource Illustrates Coordinated Effort to Pass Anti-LGBT Laws - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freedom for All Americans has launched a virtual resource and infographic illustrating the interwoven relationships between anti-LGBT activists and organizations working to pass laws that harm LGBT people. The resource, titled "Enemies of Equality," can be found here: www.freedomforallamericans.org/EnemiesOfEquality . "It is crystal clear that the vast number of anti-LGBT bills we've seen pop up in state ...


Trans-pioneers-celebrated-at-Vives-Q-

Trans pioneers celebrated at Vives Q - Vives Q presented their inaugural First Tuesday forum of 2016 on July 5 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. With the recent murders of so many Latinx LGBTQA people in Orlando, this edition of the series had more heft and a more immediate level of purpose. The interview subjects for the evening were trans activists Franky Piña ...


THEATER-Queer-as-Folk-Trans-actress-stars-in-New-Colony-play

THEATER Queer as 'Folk': Trans actress stars in New Colony play - William Glick's play, Kin Folk, proposes a trio of sisters on the brink of major change. Following the death of their parents, the plan is to sell the family house in the suburbs and follow their respective blisses in glamorous Chicago. Mary prepares to launch her homemaking website, offering advice on creating the perfect household. Eleanor has recently transitioned from ...


TRANS-JUSTICE-Owen-Daniel-McCarter-takes-helm-of-Illinois-Safe-Schools

TRANS JUSTICE Owen Daniel-McCarter takes helm of Illinois Safe Schools - Attorney Owen Daniel-McCarter usually begins every meeting he leads or every email he sends with the words "Beautiful people." It is a philosophy that has guided his life, despite a childhood beset by the kind of merciless bullying that would leave anyone with an understandably negative view of the world. However, Daniel-McCarter's belief that there is inherent value in every ...


Military-to-end-anti-transgender-ban

Military to end anti-transgender ban - On June 30, Defense Secretary Ash Carter stated the military was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve. Carter, who had studied the issue of transgender inclusion for almost a year, also said that trans service members will also receive the same medical coverage as any other person serving in the military. Said coverage includes such procedures ...


Chicago-LGBT-sports-group-CMSA-embraces-trans-GNC-individuals-with-new-policy-

Chicago LGBT sports group CMSA embraces trans, GNC individuals with new policy - The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) updated its policy and procedures manual in late June, adding further step in support of transgender and gender nonconforming ( GNC ) people, and bringing the predominantly LGBT sports organization in line with other mainstream sports organizations, such as the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee. The update states that transgender or ...


NC-legislators-attempt-to-double-down-on-discrimination-

NC legislators attempt to double down on discrimination - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign has released an open letter signed by 24 local and national civil rights organizations strongly condemning HB2 and any attempts to double-down on discrimination. In the final days of the North Carolina General Assembly's Short Session, new hateful legislation has been discussed by North Carolina lawmakers, which has been resoundingly rejected by these organizations — including ...


Report-14-million-adults-identify-as-transgender-in-the-US-

Report: 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the U.S. - From a press release - An estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States, or 1.4 million individuals, identify as transgender, according to a new study authored by researchers at The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study provides the first ever state-level estimates of the percentage of adults who identify as transgender throughout the United States, ranging from 0.3% in North ...


Evening-with-Transparents-Faith-Soloway-hosted-by-Catie-Curtis-in-Boston-

Evening with Transparent's Faith Soloway, hosted by Catie Curtis in Boston - From a press release - Boston—Before Faith Soloway made the big time co-creating and writing for the hit tv show Transparent with her sister Jill, she wrote folksongs and musicals that explored the intersection of comedy, politics and relationships.  Her musicals Jesus Has Two Mommies and Miss Folk America regularly sold out Boston area theaters. Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis will talk with Faith about the Boston ...


Circle-Theatres-Full-Circle-Series-Its-a-Privilege-to-Pee-July-11-

Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series It's a Privilege to Pee July 11 - From a press release - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: produce an evening of performance where 100% of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. It ...


Sec-Def-Ash-Carter-announces-end-to-ban-on-open-transgender-service

Sec Def Ash Carter announces end to ban on open transgender service - From press releases - From the Palm Center SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center, an independent research center publishing state-of-the-art scholarship on transgender personnel in the military, lauded Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter's announcement today that the Pentagon will allow transgender Americans to serve openly and honestly. "With today's historic decision, the US military has taken a sweeping step to advance readiness," said ...


Trans-women-win-congressional-races-

Trans women win congressional races - Two trans women have more than their first names in common, as they made history June 28 by winning congressional primary races—becoming the first trans individuals to become major candidates for the U.S. Senate or House, The Huffington Post reported. In Utah, Democrat Misty Kathrine Snow prevailed in her senatorial race and will compete against Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee ...


Palm-Center-statement-on-military-seeking-more-time-to-lift-trans-ban

Palm Center statement on military seeking more time to lift trans ban - Also see later related coverage at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Sec-Def-Ash-Carter-announces-end-to-ban-on-open-transgender-service/55734.html . WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement regarding an Associated Press story posted late last night. According to AP, "Senior military leaders expressed deep concerns this week that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Being-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW Being Jazz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Jazz Jennings. $17.99; Crown Books for Young Readers; 272 pages There's nothing special about you. You're just an ordinary kid, nothing unique—except, there is. You have your own thoughts, passions, creativity, and sense of humor. There's nobody else like you; you're ordinary and special and so is Jazz Jennings. In her new book Being Jazz, she writes about ...


Hollywood-Beach-Pride

Hollywood Beach Pride - The 5th annual Hollywood Beach Pride was held June 25. More information at http://www.transmalechicago.com/transmale-beach-party-hollywood-beach-june25th/ . ...


Lurie-Gender-and-Sex-program-receives-Pritzker-500K-matching-gift-

Lurie Gender and Sex program receives Pritzker $500K matching gift - According to co-director of Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender and Sex Development Program Rob Garofalo MD/MPH, the Midwest initiative offering a wide range of services for transgender and gender nonconforming youth began in 2013 with about a dozen patients. "Last week we saw out 400th patient," he told Windy City Times. "We see about 15 new patients a month and we ...


Transgender-military-ban-to-be-lifted-July-1

Transgender military ban to be lifted July 1 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to breaking news reports that on July 1, the Department of Defense will finally announce an end to the ban on transgender people serving openly in our military. "At long last, thousands of brave transgender patriots will be able to serve our nation openly with the respect they deserve," ...


Transgender-measure-passes-City-Council-vote-

Transgender measure passes City Council vote - The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not ...


BOOKS-Psychologist-writes-about-gender-creative-children

BOOKS Psychologist writes about 'gender creative' children - Psychologist Diane Ehrensaft can point to many inspirations for her work with gender creative children. Born in the 1940s, Ehrensaft was a tomboy who chafed at rigid gender roles and remembered feeling "schizophrenic" about aspects of her identity in high school. As a college psychology major, she discovered the woman's movement. Much of her early research was on gender equity: ...


Oregon-Resident-can-change-to-nonbinary

Oregon: Resident can change to nonbinary - In a move that has been called historic, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to nonbinary, The Daily Dot reported. Jamie Shupe—a Portland resident who requested the gender-identity change—said, "Male and female are the traditional categories, but they fail to properly categorize people like me. So I challenged that." As far as legal ...


LGBT-Advocates-Issue-New-Guidelines-for-Hospitals-Treating-Trans-Patients-

LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


Groups-Call-on-Legislators-to-Reject-Appalling-Attacks-on-Trans-Children-

Groups Call on Legislators to Reject Appalling Attacks on Trans Children - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As state lawmakers continue to attack transgender children with outrageous and shameful bills, four leading national health, education and child advocacy groups have added their names to the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) letter calling on state lawmakers and governors across the nation to reject the discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and ...


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New Employer Resource to Help End Transgender Employment Discrimination - From a press release - Washington, DC, June 6, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia ( DC ) Office of Human Rights today published a first-of-its-kind resource to help eliminate workplace discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. The guide, titled "Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees," provides in-depth best practices intended to help employers across the nation create a genuinely inclusive ...


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Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit released - From a press release - The Los Angeles LGBT Center has released the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit as a resource for case managers and others to assist them in helping to prepare transgender youth for the workforce. The toolkit is available in print and online at http://lalgbtcenter.org/transgender-youth-employment-toolkit . "This toolkit supplements what case managers already know about working with young people, and provides knowledge and ...


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Palm Center symposium on military trans ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Palm Center announced plans today for a symposium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 to mark the one-year anniversary of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's creation of a working group charged with studying how to end the military's transgender service ban. The recommendations for ending the ban were due in January 2016, the six-month deadline ...


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Federal Judge grants intervention motion in case regarding trans students - Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso granted a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on behalf of Student A and two other transgender students, as well as the Illinois Safe School Alliance, to intervene in the case brought against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education as well as suburban school District 211. The ...


National-roundup-Anti-trans-incidents-politicians-tweet-Texas-murder-charge

National roundup: Anti-trans incidents, politician's tweet, Texas murder charge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in Ballenger v. Providence Hospital, a case in which a transgender woman argues a Washington, D.C., hospital discriminated against her because of her gender identity, in violation of Section 1557, the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination provision, a press release stated. Lambda Legal's brief was authored by Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Susan L. Sommer, Beth Littrell, and ...


VA-proposes-lifting-ban-on-gender-confirmation-surgery-for-veterans

VA proposes lifting ban on gender confirmation surgery for veterans - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On June 2, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, praised the news that the U.S. Department of Veterans ( VA ) is proposing a rule change to lift its outdated ban on gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans. ( See ...


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City Council committee votes to advance trans measure - The Committee on Human Relations of the Chicago City Council passed a recommendation June 8 that the City Council adopt a measure forbidding business owners and service providers from requiring individuals to have gender-markers on their identification matching their gender-presentation when those individuals try to access restrooms or other public accommodations. City officials, community members, advocates and political officials spoke ...







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