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

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


Gender-JUST-double-feature-June-23

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Caitlyn-Jenners-growing-pains

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Chelsea-Manning-makes-statement-on-release

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Evanston-Township-High-School-passes-revised-transgender-policy

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


Chay-Reed-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Miami-NCAVP-responds

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


Jenner-Sidibe-Gay-Waters-part-of-CHFs-sessions

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


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

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


Entertainment-news-Feud-Jackie-Warner-Luke-Evans-Laverne-Cox

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


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

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


Report-States-failing-trans-gender-expansive-gender-nonconforming-youth-

Report: States failing trans, gender-expansive, gender-nonconforming youth - From a press release - ( New York, April 24, 2017 ) — A new report published today, Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommend Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care, offers the first comprehensive analysis of the troubling lack of explicit laws and policies in most states to protect transgender, gender expansive and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) youth ...


Champions-for-transgender-equity-honored-at-Natl-Trans-HIV-Testing-Day-event

Champions for transgender equity honored at Nat'l Trans HIV Testing Day event - From a press release - Chicago, IL — April 21, 2017 —. : South Side Help Center, Affinity Community Services and Coalition for Justice & Respect collaborated to host an event to commemorate April 18, National Transgender HIV Testing Day, by honoring individuals who have advocated for the well-being of those in the transgender community. The program included presenting them with customized awards and an ...


Film-with-trans-teen-gets-restricted-R-rating-from-MPAA-petition-launched

Film with trans teen gets restricted 'R' rating from MPAA, petition launched - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today continued calls for the Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ) to reconsider its decision to give the upcoming transgender-inclusive film '3 Generations' a restricted 'R' rating. GLAAD also announced a Change.org petition launched by Blair Durkee, a transgender woman in South Carolina, which also urges the ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Final Part of a 3-Part Series LGBTQ activist Dee McCord has spent her adult life engaged in ensuring equality for all while building her four Chicago businesses with a comparable pride for the history of the city. In the summer of 2015, McCord leased and renovated the 102-year-old Alvin Theatre on Chicago's West Side, transforming it into The Shapiro Ballroom. ...


Trans-advocacy-groups-demand-DCFS-stop-stealing-trans-kids

Trans-advocacy groups demand DCFS stop stealing trans kids - Motivated by the case of a transgender child that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) seized from an affirming home, members of the Chicago-based Trans Liberation Collective, the Chicago BTGNC Collective and the Chicago Two Spirit Society have organized themselves under the hashtag #StopStealingTransKids. A press conference held in front of the DCFS Thompson Center ...


Howard-Brown-hosts-transgender-focused-A-Call-to-Action

Howard Brown hosts transgender-focused 'A Call to Action' - With eight reported deaths of transgender women of color throughout the country so far in 2017—including 24-year-old Keke Collier of Englewood in February—Howard Brown Health is aiming to bring together Chicago's transgender community, particularly transgender women of color. As part of this effort, the organization hosted "True Voices: A Call to Action," a town hall discussion at its Sheridan site ...


TransWorks-Program-publishes-open-letter-to-LGBTQ-friendly-businesses

TransWorks Program publishes open letter to LGBTQ-friendly businesses - From a press release - Chicago, IL, April 17, 2017 — Chicago House's TransWorks Program sent an open letter to over 40 businesses that are located in Chicago and/or have a history of supporting and advertising to the LGBTQ community. While many have already demonstrated commitment to inclusive practices, this letter addresses the reality of discrimination and unemployment in 2017 for people who are transgender ...


Five-Worth-Finding-

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indie Cafe: This casual restaurant ( 5951 N. Broadway; IndieCafe.us ) specializes in Asian cuisine—and offers an impressive array of food. Some of the offerings includes miso udon or soba soup, robota grill skewers ( such as coconut shrimp ), sushi and nigiri, various versions of maki, noodle dishes and entrees such as the very delicious Indie Ocean ( a ...


District-113-passes-trans-inclusive-policy-revisions-

District 113 passes trans-inclusive policy revisions - The board of Township High School District 113—a district composed of Highland Park and Deerfield high schools—on April 12 unanimously voted to add language to school policies clarifying that no student would be denied access to programs, activities or services based on their gender expression. "This is something that we do not take lightly, and this is something we've worked ...


Trump-administration-dismisses-HB2-lawsuit

Trump administration dismisses HB2 lawsuit - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and ACLU of North Carolina condemned the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, according to a joint press release. The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal have worked on Carcano v. McCrory, a federal court challenge to HB 2, ...


ACLU-releases-statement-on-Governor-Rauners-opposition-to-HB40-

ACLU releases statement on Governor Rauner's opposition to HB40 - From a press release - Statement of Lorie Chaiten, Director Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois on Governor Rauner's announced opposition to HB40: We are disappointed and dismayed that Governor Rauner has turned his back on the health care needs of women in Illinois by announcing his opposition to House Bill 40. This measure — which had strong support in the House of Representatives — ...


Pride-Films-Trans-Play-Contest-underway

Pride Films' 'Trans* Play Contest' underway - Chicago-based performing-arts company Pride Films and Plays has launched The Great Trans* Play Contest. The competition is open to playwrights who are transgender, genderqueer, gender-fluid, non-binary or of other gender nonconforming identities. Specific benefits to the winning submission will include a cash award, and further development in a week-long rehearsal workshop under the direction of PFP company member and trans* ...


BUSINESS-Trans-owned-bakery-finds-niche-in-Lake-View

BUSINESS Trans-owned bakery finds niche in Lake View - Jennivee's Bakery has found a following in Lake View. Offering a selection of Philippine- and American-influenced cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and other sweets, this bakery is unique in that it is opened during the late afternoon and evenings. "People love sweets late at night," bakery owner and founder Jenne Vailoces, who is transgender. Located at the corner of Sheffield Avenue ...


New-Nevada-law-Child-welfare-juvenile-justice-agencies-must-respect-gender-identity-

New Nevada law: Child welfare, juvenile justice agencies must respect gender identity - From a press release - ( Carson City, NV — April 11, 2017 ) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 99, a bill that requires child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in Nevada to treat transgender children in their care in accordance with their gender identity. The law also requires child welfare agency and juvenile justice staff as well as foster parents ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children-Part-Two

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part Two - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - In the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, a family has been raising their transgender daughter Amy ( alias ) in an affirming home. According to the mother Donna ( alias ), Amy started presenting at 18 months of age. Donna began her conversation with Windy City Times describing her daughter with a proud energy and laughed as she talked about ...


World-news-Grindr-arrest-Chinese-boy-band-trans-murder

World news: Grindr arrest, Chinese 'boy band,' trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found on gay-hookup site Grindr, PinkNews reported. The men—Torsu Stephen, 23, and Aikins Atitsogbe, 21—were arrested in the capital Accra after an unnamed victim reported they threatened to post naked photos of him on the internet if he did not pay them. Some commenters ...


Melissa-Etheridge-lends-anthem-Giant-to-the-McGregor-campaign

Melissa Etheridge lends anthem "Giant" to the McGregor campaign - From a press release - SEATTLE — Former Seattle City Commissioner Mac McGregor is one of 11 transgender candidates running for office in the U.S. in 2017. If elected, Mac would become the first transgender person to hold a seat on Seattle City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in Washington state. McGregor is a former women's world martial arts champion and ...


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National: Trans lawsuit, gay Alaska politicians, Glamour honors trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT-rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates, a press release stated. The suit—filed on behalf of three transgender women and one transgender man as well as ...


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Transgender Youth Face Major Barriers to Fertility Preservation - From a press release - Few transgender adolescents opted to pursue fertility preservation, according to a report from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. While all patients were counseled about available options for fertility preservation prior to initiating hormones for medical transition, only 12 percent chose to see a fertility specialist and less than 5 ...


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Lambda Legal Sues Puerto Rico for Anti-Trans Birth Certificate Policy - From a press release - ( San Juan, PR, April 6, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates. "Puerto Rico categorically prohibits changes to the gender ...


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Glamour names trans activist, environmentalist, b'ball champ Women of the Year - From a press release - For six decades Glamour has honored trailblazing women who have pushed our culture forward, and the brand's 2017 class of campus changemakers is no exception. This year's winners include a transgender rights activist, an environmentalist, and a two-time NCAA Division I women's basketball champion. All 10 honorees are featured in Glamour's May issue, on national newsstands April 11. They will ...


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National Anti-LGBTQ Group's "Hate Slate" Rejected by Voters in Suburban Chicago - From a press release - PALATINE, IL — Today, Trans United Fund, a national trans-led advocacy group, in partnership with local parents and trans youth in Illinois School District 211, announced a decisive and historic victory against a slate of candidates aligned with the Alliance Defending Freedom ( ADF ), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. Trans United Fund, ...


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Court Rules Boulder County Landlord Discriminated Against LGBT Family - From a press release - ( Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 ) — A federal district court judge today ruled that a Boulder County property owner violated both the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when she refused to rent a housing unit to Lambda Legal clients Rachel and Tonya Smith, a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children, ...


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MUSIC Xavier Rizi Timane: 'Love Is All We Need' - Xavier Rizi Timane's video "Love Is All We Need" has more than 1 million YouTube views since it was published in late February. Filmed outside Los Angeles, the video promotes love, strength, tolerance and unity amid President Donald Trump's divisive policies and rhetoric, and features a diverse group of people representative of United States society, including immigrants, LGBT people and ...


Can-the-Child-Welfare-System-Handle-Trans-Children

Can the Child Welfare System Handle Trans Children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Part One of a Series On Nov. 8, 1978, the United States Congress enacted a law that would "establish standards for the placement of Indian children in foster or adoptive homes, to prevent the breakup of Indian families, and for other purposes." The Indian Child Welfare Act was the result of hearings which began four years earlier. In their ...


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Vives Q! holds Latinx LGBTQ panel and discussion - On March 26, Vives Q! held "Trans Liberation Now" as part of the Vives Q! Lab monthly discussion event. The event is an ongoing monthly panel and discussion presentation for community-building and skill-sharing for the trans community. Hosted by Emmanuel Garcia, the panel discussion featured speakers and activists Reyna Ortiz, Alexis Martinez and Tanya Cordova and focused on pending transgender ...


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Actress reflects on transitioning, Marilyn Monroe connection - Born in Erwin, Tennessee, transsexual actress Aleshia Brevard knew that she wanted to be a female from an early age, and began her transitioning in the late 1950s. She also knew she wanted to be a star—and eventually embarked on a journey that involving acting, modeling and teaching. Brevard talked with Windy City Times about her life—and the time she ...


Lambda-Legal-Missouri-Must-Provide-Health-Care-for-Incarcerated-Transgender-Woman

Lambda Legal: Missouri Must Provide Health Care for Incarcerated Transgender Woman - From a press release - ( St. Louis, MO, April 5 2017 ) — Yesterday, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to order the Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) and Corizon LLC ( Corizon ), which MDOC contracts to provide healthcare at its facilities, to provide medically necessary, doctor-recommended health care for the treatment of gender dysphoria for Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old ...







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