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Lambda-sues-for-denial-of-care-to-Illinois-trans-woman-

Lambda sues for denial of care to Illinois trans woman - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Urbana, IL, April 16, 2014 ) - Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy. The lawsuit alleges a violation of the ACA's non-discrimination provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis ...


Transgender-military-veterans-rRequest-corrected-records

Transgender military veterans rRequest corrected records - From a press release - Washington, DC — Three transgender veterans of the U.S. armed forces have filed requests with the Board for the Correction of Military Records ( BCMR ) asking that their DD214 discharge paperwork be re-issued identifying their correct gender. Their request follows a November report from The National LGBT Bar Association's Military Law Working Group, outlining clear legal precedent for allowing ...


Soccer-movie-spotlights-team-players-identity-

Soccer movie spotlights team, player's identity - One of the main storylines for the upcoming soccer documentary, Next Goal Wins, centers around Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa's third gender ( fa'afafine ), who identifies as a woman and is playing on the men's team. The film follows the American Samoa soccer team, including head coach Thomas Rongen, who promoted Saelua into the starting lineup. Saelua then ...


Indian-Supreme-Court-advances-transgender-rights

Indian Supreme Court advances transgender rights - Chicagoans react - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


Tom-of-Finland-stamps-launch-Evans-cleared-of-charges

Tom of Finland stamps launch; Evans cleared of charges - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including male drawings by Tom of Finland—a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late 20th-century gay culture, according to an LGBTQ Nation item. Finland's Postal Museum will also debut an exhibition titled "Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of ...


UIC-delves-into-trans-healthcare-policy-with-film

UIC delves into trans* healthcare policy with film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Trans*Health @ UIC" was the topic brought under the microscope at the community discussion the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy's ( IRRPP ) Race, Sexuality and Violence Series hosted April 9 on campus. The purpose of "Trans*Health @ UIC" was ...


India-court-recognizes-transgender-community

India court recognizes transgender community - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


Fourth-Circuit-looks-at-rights-of-intersex-child

Fourth Circuit looks at rights of intersex child - From a press release - New York, April 9, 2014—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should protect the right of an intersex child to recover damages from doctors who authorized and performed irreversible and unnecessary cosmetic genital surgery on him during infancy, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today. The ...


Monica-Jones-found-guilty-under-prostitution-ordinance

Monica Jones found guilty under prostitution ordinance - According to Monica Jones, she walked into a Phoenix Arizona Municipal Courtroom on April 11 with the cards already stacked against her. Jones was arrested in May 2013 under the city's manifestation of prostitution ordinance that gives police broad discretionary powers in deciding if a woman has intent to commit an act of prostitution. As a transgender woman of color, ...


Wis-has-first-trans-elected-official

Wis. has first trans elected official - In Wisconsin, transgender man Gypsy Vered Meltzer was elected to the Appleton City Council, marking a historic first, the Appleton Post Crescent reported. The advocacy group Fair Wisconsin said that Meltzer is the first openly transgender individual to hold elected office in the state after he defeated Barney Lemanski 295 votes to 199. Meltzer said his dreadlocks, 50-plus tattoos and ...


GLAAD-to-honor-Laverne-Cox-new-Horror-Story-details

GLAAD to honor Laverne Cox; new 'Horror Story' details - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12, when she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, according to a press release. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award; Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out ...


Transgender-veteran-cop-to-run-for-OK-state-house

Transgender veteran cop to run for OK state house - from a press release - Oklahoma City— After 22 years on the Oklahoma City Police Department preceded by a tour in Desert Storm in the U.S. Army, MSgt. Paula Sophia retired April 8 in order to run for House District 88 on the Democratic ticket. State and municipal laws prohibit active police officers to run for state office, therefore Sophia had to retire in order ...


Transgender-mans-surviving-spouse-wins-benefits-

Transgender man's surviving spouse wins benefits - From the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Following the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund's intervention, a major American car manufacturer reversed an initial decision to deny a woman her husband's pension benefits based on its determination that their nearly-30-year marriage was void because he was transgender. We are sharing more details below, but changing the names of those involved, because the surviving spouse wishes to remain ...


Community-forum-to-checks-up-UIC-trans-health-policies-

Community forum to checks up UIC trans* health policies - University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy's ( IRRPP ) Race, Sexuality and Violence Series will launch "Trans*Health @ UIC" Wed., April 9, at Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The community forum aims to educate, create alliances and celebrate as ...


Trans-activist-launches-Gender-Proud-campaign-

Trans activist launches Gender Proud campaign - To coincide with the celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, activist/ model Geena Rocero launched her new global- awareness campaign, Gender Proud, which calls attention to the fact that there are only a few countries where transgender individuals are able to change their gender marker without having to first undergo surgery. In addition, Rocero's talk ( Technology, Entertainment and ...


Against-Me-performing-in-Palatine-April-4

Against Me! performing in Palatine April 4 - Against Me!—a band headed by trans Chicago singer Laura Jane Grace—is touring to support the CD Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which was released Jan. 21. The band will perform in Palatine, Ill., on April 4. Among the cities on the North America tour are Austin, Texas ( SXSW festival; Denver; Vancouver; Indianapolis; Asheville, N.C.; and Las Vegas. See www.againstme.net. ...


Arizona-student-fights-for-right-to-walk-while-trans

Arizona student fights for right to walk while trans - On April 11, Monica Jones— a 29-year-old trans woman and student of the Arizona State University's School of Social Work—will enter the Municipal Court of Phoenix and fight for her constitutional right to be able to walk down a city street without being arrested on suspicion of prostitution. Section 23-52 A of the Phoenix Municipal Code prohibits the "manifest[ation] [of] ...


Cox-to-receive-GLAAD-honor-from-Page

Cox to receive GLAAD honor from Page - From a press release - Breakout star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12 where she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, it was announced today. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award. Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out publicly. ...


TransH4CK-features-celebrated-game-designer-activist

Trans*H4CK features celebrated game designer, activist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Those who go to the website www.MattieBrice.com can have the chance to play Mainichi. The game allows the user to step into the world of a trans person, making the same kind of decisions that may seem small but are, in fact, surprising in their significance. People can also encounter the aggression and phobia that can profoundly affect a trans ...


TransH4CK-powers-ideas-unity-change

Trans*H4CK powers ideas, unity, change - Beginning in the early evening of March 28—and for almost 48 hours—groups encompassing the spectrums of color and gender identities were gathered in the spacious River North offices of Dev Bootcamp. They included programmers, web developers, designers, visionaries, idealists and artists—impassioned people with the seedling of an idea requiring a simple marriage of technology and code to nurture into web ...


2014-Trans-100-list-unveiled-to-celebration

2014 Trans 100 list unveiled to celebration - On the eve of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, people from the trans, queer and gender non-conforming communities across the city, state and country filled the Mayne Stage March 30 with an exuberant, resounding celebration of identity, accomplishment, humility, defiance, hope and love. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-31&AGALLERY=Tran100KatChosen . The names of the 2014 Trans 100 ...


Deputy-Attny-General-Cole-speaks-at-Law-Enforcement-Training

Deputy Attny General Cole speaks at Law Enforcement Training - From the justice Department - Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Delivered Remarks at the Community Relations Service Transgender Law Enforcement Training Launch, March 27, 2014 Good morning, and thank you, Tony. I am proud to be here to help launch the Community Relations Service's Transgender Law Enforcement Training, which we will debut in just a few minutes. I want to thank CRS Director Grande ...


Maryland-trans-non-discrimination-bill-passes

Maryland trans non-discrimination bill passes - From a press release - eWashington, DC - Today, with passage of the Fairness for All Marylandrs Act through the House of Delegates, Maryland is poised to join 17 states plus DC and Puerto Rico in explicitly banning workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. The Senate passed the bill previously and Governor O'Malley ...


Trans-events-to-mark-diversity

Trans* events to mark diversity - This coming weekend will see two important trans*-related events in Chicago—and the genesis of these happenings is pretty intriguing. Early in 2012, Chicago resident Jen Richards launched WeHappyTrans.com as a way of countering the unfavorable depictions of trans-people in the media through the reinforcement of a more positive message of the trans experience. In the fall of that year, Richards ...


Trans-100-host-Ross-on-seeking-peace-happiness-

Trans 100 host Ross on seeking peace, happiness - When Angelica Ross was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy, her shipmates dangled her out of a third-story window, demanding that she admit that she was gay. "They knew this black blonde-haired boy didn't belong when she showed up to the physical with her toenails painted," she would later write on her Facebook page. Ross left the military after ...


TransHealth-UIC-A-Community-Forum-April-9

Trans*Health @ UIC, A Community Forum April 9 - From a press release - The UIC Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy's Race, Sexuality and Violence Series and the Gender and Sexuality Center will present Trans*Health @ UIC, A Community Forum to Celebrate, Educate, and Create Alliances on Wed. April 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Student Center East, Room 613, 750 S. Halsted St. The event is a forum to ...


Former-Surgeon-General-faults-militarys-transgender-ban

Former Surgeon General faults military's transgender ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A commission co-chaired by a former US Surgeon General released a report today concluding that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning, according to the Associated Press. In one of the first and most detailed assessments of the basis and impact of the current policy, the ...


Pansexual-womans-journey-empowers-her-to-help-others

Pansexual woman's journey empowers her to help others - In 2013, when 24-year-old pansexual woman Keyshia Lay Morris first met Chicago House TransLife Center director Bonn Wade, she hadn't closed her eyes in more than three days. Wade made her a spinach smoothie and, as they were talking, Morris fell into an exhausted sleep. Born in Atlanta, Ga., Morris said her father moved her family to Chicago and left ...


VIEWS-Trans-roles-in-Hollywood

VIEWS Trans roles in Hollywood - Jared Leto was kind enough to mention me in his 2014 Independent Spirit Awards acceptance speech ( as part of a typically "Jared" list of people involved in the film alongside random notable people ). Next, he really surprised me by thanking me in his Oscar acceptance speech. As I've said before, my job was to sit down with him ...


Aizumi-speaks-on-parenting-a-transgender-son-

Aizumi speaks on parenting a transgender son - California-based author Marsha Aizumi will be sharing her story of parenting a child who came out as a lesbian, then later came out as a transgender man. She will be speaking Sunday, April 6, 1-2:30 p.m., at Christ Church of Chicago, 6047 N. Rockwell St. This event is free, all are welcome to attend. Aizumi is the author of Two ...


Trans-groups-DHS-rules-weak-on-sexual-abuse-in-detention-

Trans groups: DHS rules weak on sexual abuse in detention - From a news release - Washington, DC — The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ) and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) express disappointment in the final standards published today by the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) to address the severe problem of sexual abuse in immigration detention. While the final standards contain some valuable provisions, they fall short of the ...


DC-announces-comprehensive-coverage-for-transgender

D.C. announces comprehensive coverage for transgender - From a press release - Washington, DC - Today, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates—including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange—are required to cover transition-related care. The new announcement makes D.C. healthcare coverage the most comprehensive plans for transgender Americans in the United States, a direct result ...


Survivor-benefits-awarded-to-92-Year-Old-trans-widow-

Survivor benefits awarded to 92-Year-Old trans widow - From a Lambda Legal news release - ( New York, February 24, 2014 ) - Today, after months of advocacy, Lambda Legal announced the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) paid Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman, the survivor benefits she was denied after her husband's death. The agency erroneously denied her benefits after it determined that she was "legally male" at the time of their marriage ...


National-roundup-Barneys-trans-campaign-Utah-activists-arrested

National roundup: Barneys' trans campaign; Utah activists arrested - National roundup: Barneys' trans campaign; Utah activists arrested COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Barneys New York has become the first major retailer to launch a campaign exclusively featuring the lives and stories of diverse transgender models and their family members, according to a Transequality.org press release. "Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters" was shot by renowned fashion photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber, whose photographs ...


SloMos-Kristen-Kaza-lets-it-all-hang-out

SloMo's Kristen Kaza lets it all hang out - THE Q LIST - In the queer community, what does it mean to create a safe, affirming space? I discussed space and intentionality with Kristen Kaza, the creator and curator of SloMo, a monthly R&B-and-soul night thrown at Logan Square's The Whistler. As a part-time professor at Columbia College in the marketing department, Kaza understands the importance of representation not only in media but ...


Major-trans-weekend-of-events-in-Chicago-March-28-29

Major trans weekend of events in Chicago March 28-29 - Trans 100 and Trans* H4CK with Laverne Cox, Kye Allums, Mattie Brice - FROM A PRESS RELEASE Antonia D'orsay of This is H.O.W., Jen Richards of We Happy Trans, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler of Trans* H4CK, and Angelica Ross of Chicago House have announced that the Trans* H4CK and Trans 100 will partner for a weekend long event in Chicago. The Trans* H4CK will start on March 28 at Dev Bootcamp, and the ...


Janet-Mock-redefines-Realness-for-Center-on-Halsted-audience

Janet Mock redefines Realness for Center on Halsted audience - At the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Gender and Sex Development Program teams of specialists in disciplines that include Endocrinology, Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology currently work with 66 transgender, intersex, gender non-conforming, gender fluid and gender questioning children and their families. According to Program Coordinator Jennifer Leininger, the young participants range from four to twenty-two years old and usually ...


Janet-Mock-gets-Real-about-trans-identity-Piers-Morgan

Janet Mock gets 'Real' about trans identity, Piers Morgan - "I have to tell you something," Janet Mock says to her boyfriend, Aaron, at the start of her new memoir, Redefining Realness. Mock is sitting on Aaron's bed in an apartment in New York City, a pillow between her legs, avoiding his eyes. She is about reveal her trans identity, but before she does the chapter ends, and the reader ...


Janet-Mock-author-Redefining-Realness-at-Center-Feb-11

Janet Mock, author Redefining Realness, at Center Feb. 11 - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago brings famed transgender writer and activist Janet Mock to Chicago. Lurie Children's Gender & Sex Development Program and Project Life Skills is hosting famed transgender writer and activist Janet Mock. Mock, author of Redefining Realness, is a founder of the #girlslikeus project and the former staff editor of People magazine's website. ...


Barneys-New-York-features-stories-of-transgender-models-

Barneys New York features stories of transgender models - From a news release - Washington, DC - Barneys New York has become the first major retailer to launch a campaign exclusively featuring the lives and stories of diverse transgender models and their family members. "Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters" was shot by renowned American fashion photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber whose photographs have also appeared in GQ, Vogue, and Rolling Stone. Each model was ...


Groups-demand-transparent-investigation-of-transphobic-murder-

Groups demand transparent investigation of transphobic murder - From a news release - On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., over 150 transgender protestors and their supporters braved sub-zero temperatures to gather outside of NYC Police Headquarters in Downtown Manhattan to demand incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and the NYPD explain thier negligent investigation in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles last summer in ...


-Lambda-to-Social-Security-Give-benefits-to-transgender-widow

Lambda to Social Security: Give benefits to transgender widow - From a press release - "Robina's husband passed away over a year-and-a-half ago, and at 92 years old, she should not have to wait another day for the benefits to which she is entitled." ( New York, January 29, 2014 ) - Lambda Legal represents Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman who was denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) ...


Skater-competes-in-womens-derby

Skater competes in women's derby - For Joseph L. Simonis, it wasn't a lifelong passion realized, a personal test of strength or a political statement. It was a way for her to guide the rudders of a second puberty, to hang onto a body in the process of the change. Simonis is one of the first transgender skaters to compete with the Windy City Rollers, the ...


Report-Bias-linked-to-transgender-suicide-attempts

Report: Bias linked to transgender suicide attempts - From the Williams Institute - LOS ANGELES— New analysis of responses to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey ( NTDS ) shows that transgender respondents who experienced rejection by family and friends, discrimination, victimization, or violence have a higher risk of attempting suicide. 78 percent of survey respondents who suffered physical or sexual violence at school reported suicide attempts, as did 65 percent of respondents who ...


Survey-Transexual-intersex-groups-need-support-partners

Survey: Transexual, intersex groups need support, partners - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY —Global Action for Trans* Equality ( GATE ) and American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ) released today the results of the first-ever survey of transgender and intersex groups around the world in a new report, The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing. The report is being presented on January 28 during the International Human Rights Funders ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Lana-Wachowski-at-gala

Equality Illinois to honor Lana Wachowski at gala - Transgender Chicago filmmaker Lana Wachowski will be presented with the 2014 Equality Illinois Freedom Award at the organization's Feb. 8 gala. A native of Chicago's Beverly neighborhood, Wachowski has written, directed and executive-produced the Matrix trilogy as well as films Cloud Atlas, Bound and Speed Racer with her brother, Andy Wachowski. In addition to Wachowski, it was previously announced that ...


Federal-appeals-court-upholds-GID-surgery-for-prisoner

Federal appeals court upholds GID surgery for prisoner - A federal appeals court Friday affirmed a district judge's order that a state prison violated the constitutional rights of a prisoner with severe gender identity disorder ( GID ) when it refused to provide sex reassignment surgery. The lawsuit, Kosilek v. Spencer, was supported by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, ...


VIEWS-On-Jared-Leto-and-Dallas-Buyers-Club

VIEWS On Jared Leto and Dallas Buyers Club - I sat on the edge of my bed, a fistful of pills in the palm of my hand. It was the middle of summer in Schaumburg, the small upper middle class Chicago suburb we were living in. It was a gorgeous afternoon, and the sun was streaming through my bedroom window leaving streaks along the green carpet as I contemplated ...


Court-Transgender-inmate-should-receive-treatment-

Court: Transgender inmate should receive treatment - From a press release - Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) welcomed the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Commonwealth cannot deny Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, gender reassignment surgery to treat her severe gender identity disorder. The 2-1 decision in the case Kosilek v. Spencer read in part, "In sum, where at least three eminently qualified doctors ...


Ex-GLAAD-leaders-new-post-trans-student-faces-criminal-charges

Ex-GLAAD leader's new post; trans student faces criminal charges - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jarrett Barrios—the chief executive of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts who oversaw relief efforts after the Boston Marathon bombings—will step down March 3 to take over the outfit's Los Angeles region, according to The Boston Globe. Barrios, a onetime head of GLAAD who resigned in 2011 after a controversy involving AT&T, took the helm of the Eastern Massachusetts ...


Impact-of-Gender-on-Philanthropy-discussion

Impact of Gender on Philanthropy discussion - From a press release - Chicago Foundation for Women presents One Size Does Not Fit All: The Impact of Gender on Philanthropy, a Tuesday, Jan. 21 discussion on how a thoughtful gender analysis—one that questions, challenges and changes rigid gender norms—can lead to improved program outcomes and smarter community investments. Riki Wilchins, executive director of TrueChild, accompanied by CFW grantees, Youth Outlook and Chicago Women's ...


Gov-Christie-vetoes-trans-rights-bill

Gov. Christie vetoes trans-rights bill - On Jan. 13, embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed 12 bills into law and vetoed 10 others—including a bill that would allow transgender individuals to amend their birth certificates, according to MSNBC. In a statement, Christie said, "Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards. Consequently, ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Chicago-filmmaker-Lana-Wachowski

Equality Illinois to honor Chicago filmmaker Lana Wachowski - CHICAGO — Chicago filmmaker Lana Wachowski will be presented with the 2014 Equality Illinois Freedom Award at the organization's February 8th gala, it was announced today. A native of Chicago's Beverly neighborhood, Wachowski made her mark in the world of imagination, most famously by writing, directing and executive producing with her brother Andy Wachowski the "The Matrix" trilogy as well ...


Trans-authors-book-employs-right-wing-hate-speech

Trans author's book employs right-wing hate speech - Transgender author Gretchen Blickensderfer has written The Last Circle, a book that has radical, right-wing, Christian conservatives taking over America in what a press release calls a "chilling and brutal account." In creating her characters, Blickensderfer researched far-right websites such as the American Family Association, and drew the policies detailed in The Last Circle directly from sources such as the ...


CeCe-McDonald-released-from-prison-NCAVP-celebrates-

CeCe McDonald released from prison, NCAVP celebrates - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) celebrates the release of CeCe McDonald from prison, a young African American transgender woman violently attacked by a group of people in a racist and transphobic hate violence incident in June 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Despite being the survivor of this incident of violence, CeCe McDonald was the only person arrested. ...


Trans-woman-McDonald-freed-from-prison

Trans woman McDonald freed from prison - In Minnesota, transgender woman CeCe McDonald was released from prison Jan. 13, according to MSNBC. McDonald pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Dean Schmitz in June 2011 in Minneapolis, and was sentenced to 41 months. McDonald said she acted in self-defense after being verbally and physically assaulted while walking to a 24-hour grocery store late at night. ...


Christie-vetos-Transgender-Birth-Certificate-Bill-

Christie vetos Transgender Birth Certificate Bill - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, January 13, 2014 ) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill passed by strong majorities in the New Jersey House and Senate that would allow transgender people to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their lived gender. Christie's veto leaves in place a requirement that transgender New Jerseyans must undergo ...


Harassers-of-bullied-transgender-student-merely-suspended

Harassers of bullied transgender student merely suspended - From a GLSEN press release - NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2014 — GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is calling on the Contra Costa County, Calif., district attorney's office to drop charges against a bullied transgender student, Jewlyes Gutierrez, who was the only student charged in an alleged altercation on campus with three other students, all of whom were suspended. Mobile phone video of ...


EQIL-releases-transgender-name-change-guide

EQIL releases transgender name change guide - Signaling a shift for the organization after the passage of same-sex marriage, Equality Illinois has released a guide that helps transgender Illinoisans navigate name changes and gender marker revisions on state documents. The organization announced the 44-page "Guide to Name and Gender Marker Changes" in a media statement Jan. 7. "Negotiating your way through all of the additional hoops you ...


Transgender-mixed-martial-arts-fighter-Fallon-breaks-barriers

Transgender mixed martial-arts fighter Fallon breaks barriers - Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender athlete in MMA ( mixed martial arts ) history, came out publicly March 5, 2013. She has been fighting in and out of the cage, and still continues her battle while also fighting off the grips of Father Time. She is a mother of one teenage daughter and now dating Amy Pierson. Fox has ...


Effort-to-kill-Calif-trans-student-law-moves-forward

Effort to kill Calif. trans student law moves forward - From a press release - Washington, DC - Today, the California Secretary of State announced that California's School Success and Opportunity Act, a law that gives transgender students equal footing to participate in school activities and access facilities, has failed to qualify for a referendum pending a full count of all signatures. Pro-repeal groups were 22,178 signatures short of the 504,760 needed to qualify in ...


The-15-gayest-cities-Connecticuts-pro-trans-move

The 15 gayest cities; Connecticut's pro-trans move - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Advocate has compiled its list of the United States' 15 gayest cities. Among the municipalities listed are Pittsburgh; Orlando, Fla.; Arlington, Va.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Atlanta, Ga.; and Seattle, with Washington, D.C., taking the top spot. Despite Out Traveler voting Chicago's Boystown as the "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood," the city didn't make this list. As mentioned, Chicago's Boystown was ...


Wicked-breaks-record-trans-actress-educates-Couric

'Wicked' breaks record; trans actress educates Couric - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Broadway show Wicked—the decade-old musical that tells the backstory of the witches in The Wizard of Oz—recently became the first show to break $3 million barrier in a single week, Ace Showbiz noted. It grossed an estimated $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Dec. 29. Another big hit is The Lion King, which shattered the house ...


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Lavender University: Hyacinth Piel on gender ethics - During the latest lecture in the Lavender University series, attendees were invited to consider various moral questions for how people understand and develop gender identities. Hyacinth Piel, a graduate student in philosophy at University of Illinois-Chicago ( UIC ), addressed key topics during the Jan. 4 talk, entitled "Ethical Problems in Gender Identity Construction." ( Note: Piel prefers the gender-neutral ...


-LaBarbera-weighs-in-on-Robin-Roberts-trans-people

LaBarbera weighs in on Robin Roberts, trans people - Naperville, Ill.-based anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera appeared on a Christian radio program Jan. 2 and disparaged, among others, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who publically came out in December. While a guest on Voice of Christian Youth America's Crosstalk, LaBarbera said that "every coming out is a tragedy," advocate.com reported. LaBarbera also said that trans individuals "are people who ...


Carmen-Carrera-and-Laverne-Cox-on-Katie-show-Jan-6

Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox on Katie show Jan. 6 - From a press release - On Monday's episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," airing January 6, meet two of the biggest transgender trailblazers in this country — model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox. Carmen speaks honestly about the fears she had during her transitioning, her modeling career and the petition for her to become the first transexual Victoria Secret model. From ...


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'RuPaul's Drag Race' season six cast named - Fourteen contestants have been announced for the upcoming sixth season of the Logo TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, which will start in February. Gia Gunn is the only contestant from Chicago. Some of the other entrants include April Carrion ( Guaynabo, Puerto Rico ), Vivacious ( New York City ), Laganja Estranja ( Los Angeles ), Milk ( New York ...


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Ex-Iceland PM heads conference; trans woman funeral finally held - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Prime Minister of Iceland Johanna Siguroardottir, the world's first openly gay head of government, will headline the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014, according to Gay Star News. The June 25-27 event—organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto—will feature presenters from 60 countries. A trans woman, murdered five months ago, has finally been given ...


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New trans art awards recognize Chicagoans - Chicago's transgender community has gained national visibility in recent years for its activism on housing and legal issues, but its artists have been less visible. That could be changing, thanks to a new award spotlighting four local artists. Trans Chicago artists KOKUMO, Andre Perez, H. Melt and Dalice Malice are recipients of Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art Awards ( ...


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Openly trans ESPN editor talks about coming out on the job - Video links below - "One of the greatest crises for transgender people in general is employment," ESPN writer/editor Christina Kahrl told an audience at an Egalite Chicago networking event for Advertising Professionals and Allies. The evening—the first of its kind for the Chicago chapter of the Publicis Groupe LGBT network—was presented in partnership with the GLAAD Chicago Leadership Council and held at the Leo ...


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Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to chair Equality Illinois gala - From a press release - CHICAGO — Colonel ( IL ) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG ( Retired ) is a former soldier, an entrepreneur and investor, an adventurer and philanthropist, and a pioneer. And now, she has agreed to chair the Equality Illinois 2014 Gala, the civil rights organization announced Monday. In making the announcement, Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said Col. Pritzker's ...


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TCRA shifts focus to transgender rights - Transgender Rights Project releases policy initiatives - From a The Civil Rights Agenda press release December 13, 2013 — Chicago, Illinois — The Civil Rights Agenda ( TCRA ) will now be shifting the focus of their efforts, after the Illinois marriage equality victory, to rights that have been denied to the often marginalized transgender community of Illinois. The Transgender Rights Project Advisory Committee, made up of ...


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NCTE applauds reconfirmation of EEOC Commissioner Feldblum - From a National Center for Transgender Equality press release - The National Center for Transgender Equality congratulates Commissioner Chai Feldblum on her confirmation for a second term to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) and we strongly commend President Obama for this selection. Commissioner Feldblum has been an exemplary public servant her whole career and a civil rights hero. Her work and her thinking have been essential to ...


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Two transgender women murdered in past week in Cleveland - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply concerned about two unsolved homicides of transgender women that occurred in the past week, both in Cleveland, Ohio, and which continue a disturbing trend of homicides of transgender and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) people and TGNC people of color in the past few years. This is also the ...


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Presentation shows plight of trans* prisoners - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. Video links below. - The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in the world—up to 20 percent of the world's prisoners. One in three transgender women can expect to be incarcerated in their lifetime. Fifty-seven percent of Black trans people have been incarcerated at some point in their life. Whether they are pre-or-post-operative, in the Cook County jail, in ...







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