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ACLU-LGBT-groups-call-on-Obama-to-grant-clemency-to-Chelsea-Manning

ACLU, LGBT groups call on Obama to grant clemency to Chelsea Manning - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and over a dozen LGBT groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information to the media to raise public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence. Ian Thompson, ACLU ...


The-Trans-List-to-air-Dec-5

'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...


Trans-pioneer-Judy-Bowen-looks-back-at-community-changes

Trans pioneer Judy Bowen looks back at community changes - Trans activist Judy Bowen, 72, has seen a lot. She moved to New York from the South in the mid 1960s and quickly immersed herself in the Greenwich Village scene. She started organizations, became an entrepreneur, and was a community leader. She eventually moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and is still there today with her partner of 33 years. ...


Relationships-the-Law-Today-Supreme-Court-looks-at-transgender-bathroom-policies

Relationships & the Law Today: Supreme Court looks at transgender bathroom policies - A recurring column - A transgender boy banned from using the boys' restroom at his high school sued his county school board alleging that it impermissibly discriminated him in violation of Title IX of the U.S. Constitution. The student's birth-assigned sex is female, but his gender identity is male. Since he was a freshman, he began hormone therapy, legally changed his name to a ...


LGBTQs-nearly-invisible-in-US-Spanish-language-media-trans-virtually-non-existent

LGBTQs nearly invisible in U.S. Spanish-language media, trans virtually non-existent - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, Nearly Invisible. Nearly Invisible offers an analysis of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) characters in primetime Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The report found that only 14 ...


VA-cancels-plans-to-provide-transition-surgery-to-trans-veterans

VA cancels plans to provide transition surgery to trans veterans - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In response to the Veterans Administration's decision this week to cancel plans to provide transition surgery to transgender veterans until "appropriated funding is available," the Palm Center released a study showing that the cost of providing transition-related health care would be $20.6 million, approximately one one-hundredth of one percent of the VA's $183.2 billion budget. The ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-at-Center-on-Halsted-resonates-with-hope

Trans Day of Remembrance at Center on Halsted resonates with hope - It took the beautifully delivered message of hope provided by Chicago's ResonaTe transgender choir to raise the somber mood of the audience who attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20 at Lake View's Center on Halsted. With the number of murders of transgender individuals in the United States at the highest ever recorded and the threat against transgender civil ...


Bias-motivated-harassment-in-TN-follows-hatchet-attack-on-NC-transgender-woman

Bias-motivated harassment in TN follows hatchet attack on NC transgender woman - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that two men in Tennessee had their home vandalized by having an anti-LGBTQ slur pinned to their home with a knife bearing the likeness of President-elect Donald Trump. This incident comes the same week that the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics for 2015. ...


31-retired-military-officers-warn-of-dfforts-to-politicize-personnel-policy

31 retired military officers warn of dfforts to politicize personnel policy - From a Palm Center press release - In response to potential Trump administration members' comments this week targeting minority military members and calling for the elimination of merit-based personnel policies, thirty-one retired Flag and General Officers released a statement today warning against making military personnel decisions on the basis of social judgments and political agendas: "As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe the incoming administration must ...


HRC-Trans-People-of-Color-Coalition-report-details-violence-against-trans-community

HRC, Trans People of Color Coalition report details violence against trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition ( TPOCC ) released A Matter of Life and Death: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America 2016, a new, heartbreaking report documenting the often deadly violence faced by the transgender community and exploring the factors that fuel these tragic attacks. ...


Trans-individuals-of-color-suggest-solutions-to-ongoing-violence-discrimination

Trans individuals of color suggest solutions to ongoing violence, discrimination - With this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance now honoring the most transgender individuals murdered in the United States in a single year, and with fears of increased transphobia after this year's presidential election, a meeting hosted by Pride Action Tank, Brave Space Alliance and Windy City Times at the downtown offices of the Chicago Community Trust ( CCT ) Nov. ...


Court-finds-Minnesota-transgender-surgery-ban-unconstitutional

Court finds Minnesota transgender surgery ban unconstitutional - Legacy Projec, Affinity Community Services, The Northalsted Business Alliance, The Center on Halsted join - ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota district court ruled this week that transgender people on the state's Medical Assistance progam in Minnesota deserve access to medically necessary services related to gender transition. Since 2005, surgical treatments for gender dysphoria have been excluded from coverage even though equivalent treatments were covered under the federal Medicare program and private insurance plans. In ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Production-aims-to-91Trans93form-dance-community

DANCIN' FEATS Production aims to '[Trans]form' dance community - Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) has been pushing the boundaries of live theater in Chicago since 2005, with a specific focus on creating artistic opportunities for LGBTQ voices and stories. Anna-Rose li-Epstein started NWaC with her wife, Hannah; together, the couple was voted one of Windy City Times' 30 under 30 in 2014. The group's latest project is ...


-Events-to-mark-Trans-Day-of-Remembrance

Events to mark Trans Day of Remembrance - At least two Chicago events will mark the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 20. The Transformative Justice Law Project, Affinity Community Services, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and St. Martin's Chicago will gather at St. Martin's, 5700 W. Midway Park, 5-8 p.m. Attendees will honor those the community has lost, including Chicago's T.T. Saffore. There will be dinner ...


HRC-Launches-Parents-for-Transgender-Equality-Council

HRC Launches Parents for Transgender Equality Council - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation will launch its groundbreaking, new Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation's leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The council's launch begins HRC's commemoration of Transgender Week of Awareness, dedicated to the progress, continued challenges, and unfinished work in the fight ...


91Trans93formation-Nov-17-Dec-17

'[Trans]formation' Nov. 17-Dec. 17 - Nothing Without a Company and The Living Canvas are presenting the world premiere of [Trans]formation, devised by Ronen Kohn, Darling Squire, Avi Roque, Kevin Sparrow and Gaby Labotka, with Labotka directing. [Trans]formation is devised entirely from the works of, and performed by, transgender, genderqueer, intersex and non-binary artists. Designed and directed in the style of The Living Canvas, nude performers ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-Noony-Norwood-killed-in-Virginia

Transgender woman of color Noony Norwood killed in Virginia - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Noony Norwood, age 30 a Black transgender woman, killed in Richmond, Virginia on November 6th, 2016. According to a Community Alert from local NCAVP member organization the Virginia Anti-Violence Project ( VAVP ), Noony Norwood was shot on the southside of Richmond on November 5th ...


PASSAGES-Neysa-Scott

PASSAGES Neysa Scott - Fashion designer, poet and performer Neysa Scott passed away Oct. 16. She was 51. Cause of death was an aneurysm and a stroke. Scott was an innovator in a number of creative realms, according to her best friend, Yaounde Olu. "She was a fashion designer, but she was also a musician, a lead singer and a drummer, Ulu said. "She ...


Transreelization-premiere-features-Laverne-Cox-and-CeCe-McDonald

Transreelization premiere features Laverne Cox and CeCe McDonald - When award-winning actress Laverne Cox and celebrated activist CeCe McDonald took the stage at the Music Box Theatre Nov. 5, the packed audience for the Chicago House TransLife Care Program benefit Transreelization erupted into a prolonged and deafening standing ovation. Prior to their arrival, those who attended the Chicago premiere of the powerful Jac Gares documentary Free CeCe! which centers ...


GLAAD-Where-We-Are-on-TV-report-LGBTQ-representation-hits-record-high

GLAAD Where We Are on TV report: LGBTQ representation hits record high - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming services for the 2016-2017 TV season. This marks the 21st year ...


National-roundup-Mormon-and-Gay-Stonewall-Awards-trans-report-

National roundup: 'Mormon and Gay,' Stonewall Awards, trans report - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is trying to soften its tone toward gays and lesbians with the launch of a new website, Mormon and Gay, The Wall Street Journal noted. The website ( https://mormonandgay.lds.org/ )—a revamp of a previous site called "Mormons and Gays"—doesn't alter church doctrine, which forbids same-sex relationships. But it offers a more welcoming ...


Supreme-Court-to-hear-trans-restroom-case-

Supreme Court to hear trans restroom case - By Andrew Davis and Gretchen Rachel Hammond - The United States Supreme Court ( USSC ) announced Oct. 25 that it will review a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that federal anti-discrimination laws protect the right of transgender teenage boy to use the men's restrooms at his Virginia high school. The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) brought the case on behalf of Gavin Grimm challenging ...


Supreme-Court-to-decide-transgender-students-case

Supreme Court to decide transgender student's case - The Supreme Court announced it will review a decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that found that federal anti-discrimination law protects the right of teenage boy who is transgender, to use the men's restrooms at his Virginia high school. The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia brought the case on behalf of Gavin Grimm challenging the ...


Trans-United-Fund-Responds-to-Movement-Expose

Trans United Fund Responds to Movement Expose - Calls for LGBTQ groups, foundations to engage directly with trans-led groups - Today, Trans United Fund responded to a recent press article that centered on a strategy session among movement leaders and ongoing disagreement between national LGBTQ organizations about whether state-level non-discrimination measure should emphasize public accommodations protections for transgender people. "First and foremost, Trans United supports the position of organizations like Lambda Legal and the ACLU - state legislative efforts to ...


Pidgeon-Pagonis-On-their-film-White-House-visit-being-on-Transparent

Pidgeon Pagonis: On their film, White House visit, being on 'Transparent' - Self described gender non-conforming intersex activist and filmmaker and Chicago native, Pidgeon Pagonis ( born in 1986 on the Northwest Side of Chicago ) has been making waves in the LGBTQIA community for about a decade including their documentary, "The Son I Never Had: Growing Up Intersex." Northwestern University's Rainbow Alliance recently hosted a screening and discussion of Pagonis' film ...


Powerful-documentary-to-premiere-at-TransReelization

Powerful documentary to premiere at 'TransReelization' - In one of the most powerful moments of the award-winning documentary film Free CeCe, transgender activist and civil rights icon CeCe McDonald talks with award-winning actress, activist and executive producer of the film Laverne Cox about her dreams while McDonald spent 19 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility ( a level IV men's prison ) for defending herself against a ...


Transgender-people-more-racially-ethnically-diverse-than-general-US-population

Transgender people more racially, ethnically diverse than general U.S. population - From a press release - LOS ANGELES —Adults who identify as transgender are more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. population overall, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide estimates of the racial and ethnic make-up of adults who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Trans-model-Isis-King-struts-out-with-a-new-show

NUNN ON ONE: Trans model Isis King struts out with a new show - Reality star Isis King first made a splash on America's Next Top Model, becoming the first transgender person to compete on the show. After that, she pursued fashion design that she studied in school. Now she is ready to come back with the new Oxygen Channel series Strut. With Whoopi Goldberg as executive producer, the show follows several transgender models, ...


Entertainment-news-Miley-Cyrus-TransNation-Prince-Charming-Whitney-Houston-

Entertainment news: Miley Cyrus, TransNation, 'Prince Charming,' Whitney Houston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Miley Cyrus discussed her return to acting in Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes, encouraged waffling Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton and opened up about her pansexual identity in a new interview with Variety, according to Rolling Stone. "My whole life, I didn't understand my own gender and my own sexuality," Cyrus said, in part. "I always ...


Brandi-Chill-Bledsoe-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Cleveland

Brandi "Chill" Bledsoe, transgender woman of color, killed in Cleveland - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Brandi "Chill" Bledsoe, age 32, a Black transgender woman, killed in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 2016. According to media reports, Brandi Blesoe was found dead in a driveway in what is suspected to be a homicide. Initial media reports and the medical examiner misgendered ...


MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM-Trans-military-officer-recounts-life

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Trans military officer recounts life - Day two of the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium, held at Advocate Illinois Medical Center in Lake View Oct. 7, began in dramatic fashion when keynote speaker and trans advocate U.S. Army Ret. SSG Shane Ortegatook the stage of the Olsen Auditorium and brought a packed and initially restless audience to stunned silence as he recounted his life and Transgender Health: ...


BOOKS-The-Transgender-Teen-Opening-the-family-dialogue-on-gender

BOOKS The Transgender Teen: Opening the family dialogue on gender - "We think about gender all day and every day, though we might not be aware of it," said Lisa Kenney, co-author of The Transgender Teen, to Windy City Times when discussing the new book and the emerging national discussion on gender. According to her book, gender is an exceptionally broad classification. It encompasses desires; preferences in clothing, music and art; ...


Dawn-Valenti-A-Chicago-survivors-story

Dawn Valenti: A Chicago survivor's story - When trans woman of color T.T. Saffore was found murdered on Chicago's West Side Sept. 11, her grieving family and friends seemingly had nowhere to turn. Like anyone who has lost a loved one to violence, they were in a state of shock. Clouding their ability to express their devastating grief were questions about what to do next. According to ...


Majority-agrees-trans-Americans-deserve-job-public-accommodations-equality-

Majority agrees trans Americans deserve job, public accommodations equality - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY— October 11, 2016 — A new national survey reveals that a growing number of Americans today believe that discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in workplaces and in public accommodations is wrong. The new survey informed respondents that federal law prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations ( e.g., at ...


NCAVP-mourns-homicide-of-Jazz-Alford-transgender-woman-of-color-in-Alabama

NCAVP mourns homicide of Jazz Alford, transgender woman of color in Alabama - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Jazz Alford, a transgender woman of color killed in Birmingham, Alabama; the 21st reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2016 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jazz Alford, age 30, a Black transgender woman, killed in Birmingham, Alabama on September ...


Multifaceted-event-Express-Yourself-benefits-91Trans93formation

Multifaceted event 'Express Yourself' benefits [Trans]formation - On Oct. 2, The Nothing Without A Company Theater and The Living Canvas presented "Express Yourself," a gala fundraiser and celebration at The Crystal Ballroom in downtown Evanston. The event featured spoken word, live music, a fashion show, acrobatics, dance and performance art, and was aimed at raising funds for the production of [Trans]formation, a multi-disciplinary devised presentation with the ...


Vigil-for-TT-honors-slain-trans-woman-celebrates-Black-trans-power

Vigil for T.T. honors slain trans woman, celebrates Black trans power - In an unprecedented display of defiance and frustration, more than 150 people from across the racial and gender spectrum gathered outside Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ in Lakeview Oct. 6 to hold a vigil and march for T.T. Saffore—a transgender woman of color who was murdered Sept. 11 in Garfield Park. Saffore was one of 43 known transgender individuals ...


CIAA-moves-championships-out-of-NC-fallout-from-anti-LGBTQ-HB2-law-continues

CIAA moves championships out of NC, fallout from anti-LGBTQ HB2 law continues - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, praised the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association ( CIAA ) decision to stand up for the safety of the ...


Palm-Center-sees-steady-progress-in-integrating-transgender-service-members

Palm Center sees steady progress in integrating transgender service members - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement in response to the Defense Department's publication of an implementation handbook to support transgender military members, who have been permitted to serve openly and honestly since the June 30 end to the ban. "The military's continued progress in integrating transgender service members is a tribute ...


Governor-signs-California-All-Gender-Restroom-Bill

Governor signs California "All-Gender" Restroom Bill - From a press release - Sacramento—California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill ( AB ) 1732, authored by Asm. Phil Ting ( D-San Francisco ) and sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California National Organization of Women ( NOW ). AB 1732 establishes the nation's most progressive restroom access law, requiring that single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places ...


HRC-top-pediatric-groups-release-guide-supporting-transgender-youth

HRC. top pediatric groups release guide supporting transgender youth - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP ) and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians ( ACOP ), which together represent more than 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric specialists across the country, to release Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children [viewable at the link: http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/documents/SupportingCaringforTransChildren.pdf ] , a ...


Trans-murders-rising-alongside-anti-trans-rhetoric-

Trans murders rising alongside anti-trans rhetoric - An illustration used as part of a 1938 children's book Der Giftpilz ( The Poisoned Mushroom ) by Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher features a menacing-looking, burly caricature of a Jewish man confronting two young children, Else and Hans, who stare up at him in wonder as he uses a bag of caramels to entice them to come with him. In ...


Chicago-House-launching-TransWorks-mentorship-Oct-19

Chicago House launching TransWorks mentorship Oct. 19 - Chicago House is launching the organization's third TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning Wed., Oct. 19. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming ( GNC ) individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender and GNC individuals to participate in the ...


Gender-neutral-restrooms-at-more-suburban-schools

Gender-neutral restrooms at more suburban schools - Libertyville High and Vernon Hills High have added gender-neutral for trans students or anyone else wishing to use them, Daily Herald reports. Six restrooms were designated as gender-neutral at each school, which are part of Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128. "The district is committed to providing resources and accommodations that provide a safe and secure environment for all ...


Some-states-voter-ID-laws-may-block-tens-of-thousands-of-transgender-voters

Some states' voter ID laws may block tens of thousands of transgender voters - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Eight states' voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for tens of thousands of transgender voters this election. In Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin, about 112,000 transgender people who have transitioned are estimated to be eligible to vote—34,000 of them may face barriers to voting this November due ...


Final-Trans-Talk-offers-education-on-trans-living

Final Trans Talk offers education on trans living - In order to combat the dramatic upsurge in anti-transgender rhetoric over the past two years, many advocates agree that an increase in transgender education and ally-building is urgently required. It was therefore encouraging to see a packed room at Lakeview's Center on Addison Sept. 22 for the third and final in a series of Thursday Trans Talk events that Center ...


From-This-Day-Forward-explores-family-with-transgender-dad-Oct-10-

From This Day Forward, explores family with transgender dad, Oct. 10 - From a press release - A unique—and traditional—love story shows how a Midwestern family adapted to a life-altering transformation. What's it like to have a transgender parent—or spouse? How can a family stay together in the face of such significant change? What does a marriage-bound daughter want her father to wear for the traditional trip down the wedding aisle? Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck answers all these ...


National-roundup-Pence-in-lawsuit-BiWeek-trans-murders

National roundup: Pence in lawsuit, #BiWeek, trans murders - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender man prohibited from changing his legal name because of his immigration classification is suing Indiana state officials, including Gov. Mike Pence, a press release stated. The lawsuit—filed Sept. 13 by MALDEF ( Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund ) and Transgender Law Center on behalf of a 31-year-old Indiana resident—alleges that a 2010 state law requiring proof ...


Chicago-House-launching-TransWorks-mentorship-Oct-19

Chicago House launching TransWorks mentorship Oct. 19 - Chicago House is launching its third TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning Wed., Oct. 19. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming ( GNC ) individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender and GNC individuals to participate in the six-month ...


Trans-actress-joins-Nashville

Trans actress joins 'Nashville' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trans actress Jen Richards has joined the cast of the CMT television series Nashville. The Emmy-nominated writer, actress and producer ( Her Story; Doubt ) is set to join the cast in the recurring role of Allyson Del Lago, a physical therapist who helps a character. Richards is playing CMT's first transgender character and is the first out transgender actor ...


HUD-rule-requires-equal-treatment-of-transgender-people-in-emergency-shelters

HUD rule requires equal treatment of transgender people in emergency shelters - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, September 20, 2016 )—Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) issued a final rule requiring equal treatment of transgender people in federally funded emergency shelters. Today's rule provides that transgender individuals must be housed based on their gender identity. This rule amends the groundbreaking LGBT Equal Access Rule issued by HUD in ...


Transgender-diverse-women-featured-on-cover-of-Harpers-Bazaar-India

Transgender, diverse women featured on cover of Harper's Bazaar India - From a press release - September 20, 2016 — Art Director and Executive producer, Christopher Sollinger, cast various industry icons, veterans, and new faces for the historic cover series of the next edition of "Harper's Bazaar India". Nine versions of the magazine will be available, each featuring a different woman of color on the cover including Tyra Banks as well as Tracey Africa and Geena ...


Safe-Schools-Alliance-hosts-annual-benefit

Safe Schools Alliance hosts annual benefit - The Illinois Safe Schools hosted their annual benefit brunch Sept. 18 at Christy Webber Landscapes on Chicago's West Side. This was their first benefit under the leadership of new Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter. Kim Hunt received the Safe Schools advocate of the year award; Harlem School District 122 received the ally of the year; and Alex McCray was named activist ...


More-than-500-at-WERQ-LGBTQ-Job-Fair-Sept-16

More than 500 at WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair Sept. 16 - More than 500 people came to seek jobs from the more than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits participating in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. There were also four workshops focused on youth, seniors, transgender rights in the workplace, and making ...


NCAVP-mourns-killing-of-TT-Saffore-a-Chicago-transgender-woman-of-color-

NCAVP mourns killing of T.T. Saffore, a Chicago transgender woman of color - From a press release - September 13, 2016-The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of T.T. Saffore, a Black transgender woman, in Chicago, Illinois. According to media source the Windy City Times, T.T. was found murdered in Chicago's Garfield Park the night of Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. [ View coverage in Windy City Times at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Transgender-woman-found-slain-on-Chicagos-West-Side/56450.html ...


Award-winning-documentaries-highlight-diverse-trans-experiences-at-REELING

Award-winning documentaries highlight diverse trans experiences at REELING - From a press release - ( September 15, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) The 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, taking placeSeptember 22-29, offers a number of award-winning documentaries that explore the vast American trans experience. The personal and intimate REAL BOY ( showing Friday, Sept. 23 ) follows a California teen over four years as he transitions from teenager to ...


ACLU-asks-Court-not-to-review-decision-protecting-trans-students-restroom-access-

ACLU asks Court not to review decision protecting trans student's restroom access - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a brief filed with the Supreme Court today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia argue that the Supreme Court should not step in to review a ruling that a local school board violated federal law when it denied a transgender boy access to restrooms consistent with his gender identity. The ACLU brought the ...


Lambda-decries-suburban-Pittsburgh-School-District-vote-against-trans-students

Lambda decries suburban Pittsburgh School District vote against trans students - From a press release - ( New York, September 13, 2016 ) — Lambda Legal today condemned last night's 5-4 vote by the Pine-Richland School District school board in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to implement a new policy on restroom and locker room access that singles out transgender students for discriminatory treatment. "Addressing imaginary problems, a bare majority of the Pine-Richland school board reversed years of ...


Chelsea-Manning-to-get-gender-affirming-surgery-

Chelsea Manning to get gender affirming surgery - From a press release - LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning ended her hunger strike today, having secured assurances from the Army that she will receive the medically prescribed treatment for her gender dysphoria. The treatment will begin with the surgery that was recommended by her psychologist in April. Since she was first taken into custody in 2010, Manning, a transgender woman being forced ...


BOOK-REVIEW-A-Murder-Over-a-Girl

BOOK REVIEW A Murder Over a Girl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You could become whatever you want to be. A ballerina, a cowboy, a fireman, a teacher. The sky was the limit—or so you were told. You could grow up and become the person of your dreams and that was okay. Except sometimes, as in the new book A Murder Over a Girl, by Ken Corbett, dreaming can be deadly. Larry ...


Five-must-dos-to-support-trans-childs-transition-in-school

Five must-dos to support trans child's transition in school - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every parent knows that it is time to prep for back to school. For some parents, this is as simple as getting some new folders and notebooks, but if you have a trans child that is transitioning at the beginning of the school year, this means much more than just buying some school supplies. Talk to your child The ...


World-Paralympic-athlete-intersex-activists-gay-Russian-candidates

World: Paralympic athlete, intersex activists, gay Russian candidates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the Rio Paralympic Games are over, wheelchair sprinter Marieke Vervoort of Belgium wants to end her life, LGBTQ Nation reported. "I started thinking about euthanasia," said Vervoort, one of nine out Paralympians competing this year. Euthanasia is legal in her native Belgium, with the consent of three doctors in writing. The 37-year-old suffers from an incurable, degenerative spinal disease ...


-Vigil-remembers-murdered-trans-woman

Vigil remembers murdered trans woman - About 30 community members gathered Sept. 12 at the corner of North Kenton Avenue and West Monroe Street in Garfield Park to remember a trans woman, T.T., believed to be about 26- or 27-years-old, who was murdered the evening of Sept. 11. Her throat had been cut and a knife was found nearby. At the site where T.T.'s body was ...


TransWorks-Program-to-launch-mentorship-program-in-October

TransWorks Program to launch mentorship program in October - From a press release - Chicago, IL, September 12, 2016 — Chicago House is launching its third TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning October 19. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming ( GNC ) individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender and GNC individuals ...


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Transgender woman found slain on Chicago's West Side - A West Side transgender woman, T.T. Saffore, was found murdered in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood the evening of Sept. 11, 2016. According to the Chicago Police Department and subsequent reports by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, the body was discovered in the 4500 block of West Monroe Street. The throat had been cut and a knife was found ...


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PASSAGES Trans personality Alexis Arquette dies - Transgender personality/activist Alexis Arquette died Sept. 11 at age 47. Brother Richmond Arquette initially noted on Facebook, "Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am. ... We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie's Starman. As per his ...


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Elgin school allows trans student locker room access - An Elgin transgender middle school student was, on Sept. 6, allowed access to the locker room of the gender identity with which they identified. Though one District U-46 school board member did issue online objections about the matter being addressed without a board vote, school administrators maintained that the matter was resolved fairly and in compliance with federal Title IX ...


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World news: Grunt site for trans men, out bishop, South Africa's HIV treatment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Australia, a website called Grunt is focused on trans men who have sex with cisgender men, LGBTQ Nation reported. They're the target of this new sexual health campaign in Australia, aimed at providing important health information. The site serves as a clearinghouse for information about condoms, PrEP, PEP, risk reduction, resilience and sexual health empowerment, according to Australian Federation ...


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Cleveland trans woman files federal suit against housing authorities - A Cleveland transgender woman, on Sept. 1, filed a federal lawsuit against city officials, alleging that she was subjected to harassment and physical violence while she was the resident of a Cleveland public housing building. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio. According to her complaint, Kayla Jane alleges that she suffered ...


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GLMA sends action alert on national health issue for transgender women - From GLMA - The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ( GLMA ) is sending this message from our colleagues at Callen-Lorde, Fenway and Treatment Action Group. GLMA has joined this sign-on effort and encourages individual providers and other LGBT health organizations to do so as well. The deadline to sign-on is Sept 2, 2016. In collaboration with our LGBT health provider and community ...


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SPARTA names new president after trans military policy victory - From a press release - Washington, DC — SPARTA, one of the leading advocates for transgender military service, today announced Blake Dremann as the new Board Chair and President of SPARTA, and the addition of three new Board members: Jennifer Peace, Laila Ireland, and Danyiel Brustmeyer. Well-known advocates Allyson Robinson and Sue Fulton are stepping down from leadership, Robinson leaving the Board, and Fulton leaving ...


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Community welcomes Daniel-McCarter to Alliance helm - Owen Daniel-McCarter, who is now the first transgender man to lead an LGBT organization, was welcomed by community members at an Aug. 25 reception at the downtown headquarters of Access Living Chicago. Daniel-McCarter was named executive director of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ) in June, replacing Anthony Papini, who left to take a new position in his ...


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NC blocked from enforcing anti-trans law against plaintiffs while suit proceeds - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal court today granted a request to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity, against three transgender individuals who are challenging the law in court. In granting the preliminary injunction, the court found that the challengers are likely ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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