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

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


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

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


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

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


TELEVISION-New-Girls-on-the-Book-examines-trans-issues

TELEVISION 'New Girls on the Book' examines trans issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new trans-focused television series, New Girls on the Block, is set to premiere Thursday, April 2, at 9 p.m. CT on the Discovery Life Channel. The show sets out to follow a group friends from Kansas City, Missouri, showcasing some of their past struggles with gender identity and how they navigate daily struggles and successes now. Caroline Gibbs, a ...


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

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


Trans-100-celebrated-in-Chicago

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Transgender-community-members-demonstrate-demand-recognition

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Group-offers-tools-to-end-trans-domestic-violence-murder-

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


Study-Discrimination-by-law-enforcement-toward-LGBTs-pervasive-

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


Participants-named-for-Natl-LGBTQ-Task-Force-trans-leadership-event-

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


CA-wont-do-business-with-companies-discriminating-against-trans-employees

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


VIEWS-The-second-coming-of-the-man-who-would-be-queen

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


Parenting-teaching-conference-focuses-on-trans-youth

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


KY-Senate-passes-Bathroom-Bully-Bill-Republicans-join-opposition

KY Senate passes "Bathroom Bully Bill", Republicans join opposition - From a press release - ( Frankfort, KY ) After a rare double committee vote—one virtually in secret—the Kentucky Senate passed Senator C.B. Embry's anti-transgender "Bathroom Bully Bill" Senate Bill 76 with a vote of 27-9 after lengthy debate. Three Republicans joined Senate Democrats opposing the bill, including Senator Jared Carpenter ( Berea ), Senator John Schickel ( Union ), and Senator Julie Raque Adams ...


At-the-heart-of-Mama-Gloria-Allen

At the heart of 'Mama' Gloria Allen - It was Gloria Allen's mother Alma, grandmother Mildred Johnson, great-aunt Fannie Hearn and actress Sophia Loren whom she has said were the most inspirational in the past and present development, sensibilities and unshakable determination of a woman so beloved by all the souls she has touched that they call her "mama" without a moment's hesitation or doubt of kindred familiarity. ...


The-Skew-explores-trans-identity-topics-through-satire

'The Skew' explores trans-identity topics through satire - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television has so refined the model of caddy woman-centric talk shows that nearly every major network has one. The "by women for women" panels of hostesses typically include a stand-up comedian, an African-American woman ( or two ), an A-list headliner and a lesbian. Then there's the wildcard: likely to be Asian or Republican, possibly both. Discussion points run the ...


National-Pol-and-trans-granddaughter-suicide-FBI-and-Fred-Phelps

National: Pol and trans granddaughter; suicide; FBI and Fred Phelps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) has opened up about his transgender granddaughter, according to a Huffington Post column by Marsha Aizumi. Honda discussed his grandchild in a video at Courageous Conversation, a one-day symposium for superintendents and school leaders that focuses on how to make schools safer for their students. In addition, he posted a photo of both ...


-Pritzkers-foundation-funds-trans-oral-history-project

Pritzker's foundation funds trans oral history project - From a press release - MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL—Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has generously awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest. This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours ...


Defense-Secretary-Ashton-Carter-comments-on-transgender-service

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comments on transgender service - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, at a town hall in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter answered a question concerning service by transgender people, saying "I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them." The American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the statement with a call to action urging the ...


2015-Trans-100-set-to-debut-under-new-management

2015 Trans 100 set to debut under new management - The profound sadness and somber commemoration of the names of those transgender individuals who have fallen over the past year and are the focal point of the annual Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ) takes place one month before the onset of a season renowned for darkness and bitter cold. In the comparably short span of three ...


US-murders-of-trans-and-gender-exploring-people-continue

U.S. murders of trans and gender-exploring people continue - Following the Feb. 10 murder of transgender woman Penny Proud in New Orleans, the community nationwide was stunned as two more trans and gender-exploring individuals were slain in the United States within the span of five days. On Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio, 22-year-old Brian Golec was stabbed to death by Golec's father who is now in police custody under ...


SPLC-suit-demands-healthcare-for-transgender-inmate-in-Georgia-prison

SPLC suit demands healthcare for transgender inmate in Georgia prison - From a press release - MACON, Ga. — The Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender woman who has been denied medically necessary treatment and sexually assaulted by other inmates while held at a men's prison. WATCH: Ashley made secret video inside the prison to tell her story - ...


HUD-tells-homeless-shelters-to-respect-self-identified-gender

HUD tells homeless shelters to respect self-identified gender - From the National Center for Transgender Equality - Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) released long-awaited guidance to ensure equal access for transgender people in homeless shelters. The guidance, issued to shelters and transitional housing programs across the country, call for access to shelter and programs to be based on a person's self-identified gender. This follows similar guidance issued by the Department of ...


Epidemic-Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-largely-ignored

Epidemic: Murders of trans women of color largely ignored - [Originally posted Feb. 15 at Windy City Times] Shortly after Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time magazine last year, the media worldwide erupted with stories and opinions concerning the Transgender Tipping Point. Attempting to discern what it really meant, a June 24, 2014 editorial in the New Statesman declared that "something enormous is happening in our culture. In ...


Two-reports-detail-wide-discrimination-against-transgender-Americans-

Two reports detail wide discrimination against transgender Americans - - When the Supreme Court of the United States rules on the issue of same-sex marriage later this year, many of the advocacy organizations and groups nationwide that have fought for a resolution to the issue are hopeful that LGBTQ equality will take a giant leap forward. However two reports released February 18 by the Denver-based LGBT think tank The Movement ...


Rep-Honda-speaks-about-transgender-granddaughter

Rep. Honda speaks about transgender granddaughter - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — PFLAG National and The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) have issued the following joint note of support to Congressman Mike Honda ( CA-17 ), who at today's Courageous Conversation symposium in Los Angeles, CA, shared that he has a beloved transgender granddaughter: On behalf of the many API and LGBTQ families across this ...


Army-considers-change-in-policy-on-transgender-soldiers

Army considers change in policy on transgender soldiers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) released the following statement today in response to the news that the Army is considering a policy change regarding dismissal of transgender service members, who are still prohibited from serving openly. According to documents obtained by USA Today, any decision to discharge a transgender service member will soon need ...


Army-approves-hormone-treatment-for-Manning-

Army approves hormone treatment for Manning - The U.S. Army has approved hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking national-security secrets to Wikileaks, according to NBC News. Manning revealed her gender identity as a transgender female after being convicted and sentenced to 35 years in military prison at Fort Leavenworth in July 2013. Chase Strangio—attorney with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & HIV ...


VIEWS-The-case-of-Bruce-Jenner-and-our-transphobia

VIEWS The case of Bruce Jenner, and our transphobia - What happens when the voracious 24/7 news cycle clashes with the personal journey of a bold-faced name who appears to be coming into their own as transgender? You get a wave of what many people are interpreting as transphobic coverage. It began on the retouched cover of InTouch, stretched across social media, and landed on the front-page of Saturday's New ...


Laverne-Cox-to-co-star-on-CBS-pilot

Laverne Cox to co-star on CBS pilot - Laverne Cox already made history, becoming the first openly transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination for her breakout role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. However, she is now looking to break more ground with the first transgender series regular character on broadcast TV played by a transgender actor, according to Deadline. Cox is set to co-star ...


Kim-Gordon-MCA-trans-forum-Women-Work-and-Gender-exhibit-Driehaus-jewelry

Kim Gordon; MCA trans* forum; Women, Work, and Gender exhibit; Driehaus jewelry - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


MCA-hosting-trans-forum-on-Feb-18

MCA hosting trans* forum on Feb. 18 - The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., is hosting "Zackary Drucker, The Skew" Wed., Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. Drucker, an artist, presents a program that combines performance with discussion to explore issues of transgender representation and gender equality. Playing with the idea and structure of the diversity talk, Drucker will present a panel discussion that closely follows ...


MBLGTACC-confab-Feb-13-15-Laverne-Cox-to-speak

MBLGTACC confab Feb. 13-15; Laverne Cox to speak - The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) 2015 will take place Feb. 13-15 at Illinois State University. Transgender actress/activist Laverne Cox is slated to be the featured speaker. Among others scheduled to appear are bisexual activist Robyn Ochs, slam poet Kit Yan and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Bianca del Rio. A different Midwest college or ...


Lecture-about-trans-labor-in-19th-century-March-10

Lecture about trans labor in 19th century March 10 - The lecture "To Work As a Man: Transgender Narratives and Labor in Early Nineteenth-Century America" will take place Tuesday, March 10, 1-2:30 p.m., at Richardson Library 300, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. Jen Manion, assistant professor of history and director of the LGBTQ center at Connecticut College, will be the keynote speaker. Manion co-edited Taking Back The Academy: History of Activism, ...


Ariz-Superior-Court-overturns-Jones-conviction

Ariz. Superior Court overturns Jones conviction - In a rare happy ending for a transgender individual caught up in the legal system, the ACLU reported on January 26 that the Superior Court of Arizona has overturned Phoenix social-studies student and activist Monica Jones's April 2014 misdemeanor conviction of manifesting intent to solicit prostitution. The case hinged on the May 2013 arrest of Jones under the Phoenix ordinance ...


LGBTQ-community-outraged-with-ongoing-transgender-homicides

LGBTQ community outraged with ongoing transgender homicides - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2015 —The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ community leaders and activists across the nation in expressing outrage against the ongoing string of homicides targeting transgender women. Just this month, three young black transgender women have been murdered. On January 9, Ms. Edwards was killed in Louisville, Kentucky and Lamia Beard was killed in Norfolk, ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Texas

Transgender woman of color killed in Texas - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Ty Underwood, a transgender woman of color, in Tyler, Texas. According to local media reports, Ty Underwood was found shot to death early Monday morning on January 26th, after a woman called 911 to say a car had hit a telephone pole and that her ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Glovely ( http://www.glove.ly/ ): They not only look stylish—but they're multifunctional. Glovely items not only keep your digits warm, but they help you work with your touch-screen devices. If you're not satisfied, there's also a 60-day return policy. Styles include cozy, solid, classic, rabbit-lined, leather and driver. —Love, Always ( http://transgresspress.org/books/ ): Love, Always is the first collection of writings ...


Saks-withdraws-argument-that-trans-people-not-covered-by-Title-VII

Saks withdraws argument that trans people not covered by Title VII - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the same case affirmatively stating ...


Out-at-CHM-opens-series-with-transgender-resilience-

Out at CHM opens series with transgender resilience - The Chicago History Museum began its 12th annual Out at CHM series on January 22 with Transmopolitan: Transgender Resilience. Trans activist and evangelist Precious Davis led and moderated a panel which represented an ongoing dynasty of transgender history, advocacy and achievement. Speakers included beloved activist and Center on Halsted charm school principal "Mama Gloria" Allen, celebrated and former Miss Continental ...


Lamia-Beard-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Norfolk-

Lamia Beard, transgender woman of color, killed in Norfolk - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Lamia Beard a transgender woman of color, in Norfolk, Virginia. According to local media reports, including the one linked here, which have been consistently misgendering and misnaming Lamia, indicate that she was found suffering from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning, January 17th. She was ...


Chicago-City-Council-prohibits-police-profiling-of-trans-people

Chicago City Council prohibits police profiling of trans* people - By a unanimous vote January 21, the Chicago City Council approved the expansion of an existing city ordinance prohibiting police profiling based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability, military discharge, marital, financial or parental status to include gender identity and national origin. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) was co-sponsor of the ordinance. "It came to the attention of council ...


EI-to-honor-TransLife-Out-at-CHM-presents-Transmopolitan

EI to honor TransLife; Out at CHM presents Transmopolitan - Equality Illinois to honor TransLife Project The TransLife Center of Chicago House is the recipient of the 2015 Equality Illinois Freedom Award for providing critical services to transgender Illinoisans. Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said, "The TransLife Center demonstrates remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for transgender people in Illinois. For transgender individuals ...


Palm-Center-to-Pres-Obama-Address-trans-military-ban-in-State-of-the-Union

Palm Center to Pres Obama: Address trans military ban in State of the Union - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — On the eve of next week's State of the Union speech, Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center, today called on President Barack Obama to address the military's ban on transgender service: "I urge President Obama to address the military's ban on transgender service during his upcoming State of the Union address, and to clarify whether ...


New-Girls-on-the-Block-explores-lives-in-transition-

New Girls on the Block explores lives in transition - From a Discovery Life Channel press release - ( Pasadena, Cal. )—Discovery Life Channel is proud to announce that New Girls on the Block, previously announced under the working title Those Girls, will premiere on April 2. New Girls on the Blockfollows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, Mo. — all friends, some couples — who just happen to be transgender. After years ...


Transparent-very-visible-at-Golden-Globes

'Transparent' very visible at Golden Globes - Amazon's groundbreaking TV series Transparent snagged two awards at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, which aired on NBC Jan. 11. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation made Transparent the first online show to win Best TV Comedy or Musical. Jill Soloway's show—which is about an older man/father who makes the transition into becoming a woman, and the reactions and lives of ...


Study-compares-mental-health-of-trans-non-trans-youth

Study compares mental health of trans, non-trans youth - From a press release - Transgender youth have disparately negative mental health outcomes related to depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, suicide attempt, and self-harm without lethal intent compared to their non-transgender youth counterparts. The finding is detailed in a new study entitled Mental health of transgender youth in care at an adolescent urban community health center: A matched retrospective cohort study published today in the Journal ...


Trans-teens-death-sparks-movement

Trans teen's death sparks movement - The death of a 17-year-old transgender Ohio woman has been called a "Matthew Shepard moment" in the fight for transgender equality. While Shepard was killed by others, and Leelah Alcorn took her own life Dec. 28, she first issued a call to action to make her life have meaning for the transgender community. The community, and mainstream media, have responded ...


India-elects-first-third-gender-mayor

India elects first third-gender mayor - A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ), according to the Huffington Post India. Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. Kinnar, 35, belonged to the Dalit community, and ...


Trans-march-in-Philadelphia

Trans march in Philadelphia - Holding candles and chanting "Trans lives matter," about 60 advocates for Nizah Morris marched through Center City in Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Gay News. The Dec. 22 event marked the 12th anniversary of a Center City "courtesy ride" Philadelphia police gave to Morris. Twelve years ago, onlookers helped an intoxicated Morris inside a police car; instead, the transwoman was transported ...


-Nominations-open-for-2015-Trans-100-

Nominations open for 2015 Trans 100 - According to the Trans 100 website, nominations for inclusion on the 2015 list are open until Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The Trans 100 was started in 2012 by Chicago activist and writer Jen Richards and Antonia E. D'orsay, executive director of This is H.O.W. in Phoenix, Arizona. In a 2014 interview with Windy City Times, Richards stressed that the Trans ...


PASSAGES-Leelah-Alcorn

PASSAGES Leelah Alcorn - A transgender teenager committed suicide in Ohio on Dec. 28, stepping in front of a moving tractor trailer truck. Leelah Alcorn was killed by the passing semitrailer on southbound Interstate 71 in Union Township. Alcorn left a gripping, emotional suicide note on her blog at Tumblr, detailing a troubled life, dominated by Christian parents who rejected their transgender child. "Please ...


VIEWS-Why-Laverne-Cox-should-be-fifth-View-co-host

VIEWS: Why Laverne Cox should be fifth 'View' co-host - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Frank McAlpin - The brilliant and amazingly talented Laverne Cox co-hosted The View recently, and let me just say Ms. Cox was everything! She was a breath of fresh air, keeping it oh so real. I have always been a huge fan of The View, as I love outspoken women discussing current events and pop culture. I mean, what gay man doesn't? However, ...


Detroit-LGBTQ-community-mourns-passing-of-transgender-man

Detroit LGBTQ community mourns passing of transgender man - The body of a 22-year-old Michigan transgender man Jay Ralko who had been missing for thirteen days was discovered on December 23 in Warren, Michigan. A statement released by Equality Michigan the following day noted that police believe the cause of death to be suicide, pending the results of an autopsy. Ralko's best-friend of five years and college roommate Ashton ...


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Elton John weds; Trans series in suburbs; Seacrest producing - Elton John Sir Elton John officially married David Furnish—exactly nine years after they tied the knot in a civil-partnership ceremony. The "I'm Still Standing" singer married his partner at their Windsor estate in England Dec. 21. John has posted a photo of himself, pen in hand, sitting next to Furnish at a desk, with a piece of paper in front ...


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Tech talk with trans journalist Ina Fried - After spending a decade at CNET, where she reported on Microsoft and Apple during the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger period of computing, Re/code's Ina Fried is finally comfortable in her own skin. "I worked as a male for 10 years and I'd been at my job at CNET for three or four years when I transitioned there," Fried revealed. Fried has ...


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Michigan transgender man, missing since Dec. 10, found dead - From a Equality Michigan press release - WARREN — On Tuesday, December 23, the body of missing transgender man, Jay Ralko, was found in his truck in a Meijer parking lot at Mound and Thirteen Mile Road in Warren, Michigan. Police believe suicide is the cause of death, though an autopsy is being performed. On December 10, Jay left a note asking his roommate to care for ...


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Notes: TransTech; Court on inmate's gender; UChicago Jabour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TransTech partners with MillerCoors As part of its year-end fundraising efforts, TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ) announced a partnership with MillerCoors to match all donations up to $10,000 from now through Dec. 31. Allied Media Projects fiscally sponsors TransTech, making all donations tax-deductible. The $10,000 matching program will be used to create education and employment opportunities for transgender and ...


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ACLU files Federal complaint: School board segregates trans bathroom use - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education against Gloucester County Public Schools ( GCPS ) for adopting a bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from using the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers. The school board adopted the policy ...


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DOJ to recognize trans discrimination as sex discrimination - The Department of Justice is expanding a civil-rights law to include protections for transgender workers. NPR noted that Attorney General Eric Holder said the law, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, will now ensure that workers who sue over discrimination in the workplace will get fair and consistent treatment. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to this announcement ...


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Guide provides vital information for transgender prisoners - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) have released "Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners," a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf ...


-TransTech-announces-donor-matching-program-with-MillerCoors-

TransTech announces donor matching program with MillerCoors - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, December 16th 2014 ) — As part of their year end fundraising efforts, today TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ), announced a partnership with MillerCoors to match all donations up to 10,000 dollars from now through December 31st. TransTech is fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects making all donations tax-deductible. MillerCoors was named by HRC as one ...


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National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Merkley formally announced his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT-rights bill in the next Congress, according to Metro Weekly. During remarks at the Center for American Progress, the Oregon Democrat said he will spearhead efforts to pass federal legislation that would protect LGBT people in nearly every aspect of life, including employment, housing, public accommodations, housing and credit. Merkley ...







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