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US-Commission-on-Civil-Rights-Condemns-Trumps-Proposed-Transgender-Military-Ban

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Trump's Proposed Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families, praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban. "We are thankful the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has spoken out and joined the growing bipartisan condemnation of President Trump's vicious ...


Trans-advocates-discuss-military-ban

Trans advocates discuss military ban - Officials from the Trans United Fund, an advocacy working on behalf of transgender and gender-expansive individuals and their allies, and SPART*A, an organization for LGBT service members and veterans, on Aug. 10, convened an online discussion with numerous advocates to address President Donald Trump's threatened ban of transgender individuals from the military. "The president obviously has a tremendous bully pulpit ...


Houston-restroom-bill-dies-again-50000-Texans-took-action-to-oppose

Houston restroom bill dies again, 50,000+ Texans took action to oppose - A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again Aug. 15, a Houston Chronicle item reported. It is the second time that restroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Gov. Greg Abbott did not indicate he would order state legislators to stay in Austin and try again as the legislative season ended. The measure initially failed in May. ...


Texas-House-Adjourns-Without-Passing-New-Anti-Transgender-Bill

Texas House Adjourns Without Passing New Anti-Transgender Bill - From a press release - AUSTIN, Texas — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, reacted to the relieving news that the Texas House has adjourned its special session sine die without passing a new anti-transgender bill. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special ...


Sixteen-trans-gay-Central-America-migrants-seek-asylum-in-US

Sixteen trans, gay Central America migrants seek asylum in U.S. - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - A group of 16 transgender and gay migrants from Central America on Aug. 10 sought asylum in the United States. The migrants—who are from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico—called themselves the first Trans Gay Migrant Caravan of 2017. They left Mexico City and walked and used buses and other forms of transportation to travel to Nogales, Mexico, which ...


Final-arrested-SlutWalk-protester-released-on-bail

Final arrested SlutWalk protester released on bail - SlutWalk Chicago supporters rallied at Cook County Jail Sunday afternoon Aug. 13 in support of the fifth and final marcher who had been arrested during the previous day's protest in downtown Chicago. At around 1 p.m., activists and community members met to offer support. As Windy City Times reported Aug. 12, five marchers were detained and later confirmed arrested at ...


Channyn-Lynne-Parker-accepts-BYC-post-

Channyn Lynne Parker accepts BYC post - Channyn Lynne Parker, currently the project manager for Chicago House's TransLife Project, will be leaving her post effective Aug. 31 and taking a new position as manager of youth drop-in at Broadway Youth Center [BYC]. Parker, who begins the new job Sept. 15, told Windy City Times that she has "a passion for youth work, particularly around marginalized youth. This ...


HRC-Reacts-to-Trumps-Delusional-Assessment-of-Transgender-Troop-Ban

HRC Reacts to Trump's Delusional Assessment of Transgender Troop Ban - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to Donald Trump's comments regarding his despicable plan to ban transgender service members: "Donald Trump's delusional comments regarding his reckless ban on transgender troops are demonstrably false and lack any basis in reality," said Chad Griffin, ...


In-legal-win-EEOC-says-Walmart-discriminated-against-transgender-employee-

In legal win EEOC says Walmart discriminated against transgender employee - From a press release - New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne Robison, in her battle against workplace discrimination by Walmart subsidiary, Sam's Club East, Inc. Ms. Robison faced bigotry on the job at Sam's Club stores in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida. The EEOC has issued a Letter of ...


Lambda-Legal-See-you-in-court-President-Trump

Lambda Legal: See you in court, President Trump - From a Lambda Legal press release - (New York, August 5, 2017) — The Trump administration reportedly has finalized its transgender military ban policy. According to the Washington Blade, the policy, called, "A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out," would remove openly transgender enlisted personnel from the military by not allowing them to reenlist and would terminate transgender officers who are up for promotion. Sasha ...


POLITICS-Eventful-week-involves-DoJ-ACA-and-transgender-ban

POLITICS Eventful week involves DoJ, ACA and transgender ban - Between developments involving the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA, or "Obamacare" ); the U.S. Department of Justice's ( DoJ's ) ruling regarding workplace discrimination; and President Trump's tweet calling for the ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military, last week was one of the most eventful ( if not chaotic ) so far during ...


Transgender-man-alleges-CPD-harassment-and-mistreatment

Transgender man alleges CPD harassment and mistreatment - A transgender man who does community outreach on behalf of Chicago House's TransLife Center advocacy was arrested and, he alleges, verbally harassed by Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officers while in custody the early morning of July 25. CPD has no record of the incident or charges against the man, however. Malik Pullum, a TransLife Center outreach worker, was ...


City-Council-introduces-pro-trans-Renslow-resolutions

City Council introduces pro-trans, Renslow resolutions - The Chicago City Council introduced a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the LGBT Caucus and other alderpersons to express opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from military service. The resolution is headed to the Committee on Human Relations for a hearing; the date of said hearing has not yet been specified. The resolution is as follows: ...


Chicago-Gender-Society-event-Aug-8-

Chicago Gender Society event Aug. 8 - The Chicago Gender Society will hold its monthly meeting at a new site: The Curragh, 6705 N. Northwest Hwy., at 8 p.m. The event room is on the second floor. Guests ( who receive complimentary valet parking as well as one free drink ) may enter through a private door leading to the upper level, the elevator or stairs. See ...


LGBTQ-suicide-hotline-calls-from-trans-youth-spike-since-Trump-tweet

LGBTQ suicide hotline calls from trans youth spike since Trump tweet - From a press release - August 2, 2017 ( West Hollywood, CA ) — Today, the Trevor Project — the nation's largest LGBTQ youth crisis intervention & suicide prevention organization — reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall, and most specifically from transgender youth following President Trump's tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the "bathroom bill" ...


Lambda-suit-ends-suburban-Pittsburgh-school-districts-anti-trans-policy

Lambda suit ends suburban Pittsburgh school district's anti-trans policy - From a press release - ( Pittsburgh, PA, August 1, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today announced it has reached a settlement with the Pine-Richland School District, forcing the district to end a discriminatory, anti-transgender policy that prevented transgender students from using the bathroom that matches who they are. The settlement also requires the suburban Pittsburgh school district to include gender identity in its nondiscrimination ...


56-retired-Generals-Admirals-Implementing-Trumps-anti-trans-tweet-would-harm-readiness

56 retired Generals, Admirals: Implementing Trump's anti-trans tweet would harm readiness - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Fifty-six retired General and Flag Officers provided the following statement to the Palm Center today: "The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to ...


60-veterans-call-on-SECDEF-to-oppose-trans-ban

60 veterans call on SECDEF to oppose "trans ban" - From a press release - WASHINGTON— Today, more than 50 American military veterans, some of whom served under the command of James Mattis in uniform, released the following letter calling on Secretary of Defense James Mattis to oppose Donald Trumps un-American "trans ban" on military service by transgender Americans. The letter was published in full by the Daily Beast. More information about the letter, including ...


Forty-four-senators-urge-Secretary-Mattis-not-to-implement-ban-on-trans-military-service

Forty four senators urge Secretary Mattis not to implement ban on trans military service - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today led a bipartisan letter signed by 44 additional Senators to Secretary James N. Mattis urging him to advise the President against implementing the announcement he made via Twitter Wednesday that transgender Americans can no longer serve in the military. This announcement contradicts existing Defense Department policies, undermines our military readiness, and puts ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-Well-Sue-in-a-Heartbeat-if-Tweet-Becomes-Policy

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN: We'll Sue in a Heartbeat if Tweet Becomes Policy - From a press release - ( New York City, July 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today promised to take immediate legal action to protect transgender service members and recruits should President Donald Trump follow through on his early morning tweet threatening to ban transgender military service. "Transgender people have served our country honorably for years, making our military stronger and more inclusive. ...


Couple-files-bias-complaint-against-Akira

Couple files bias complaint against Akira - A Chicago couple, one of whom is a transgender woman, has filed a discrimination complaint against the local clothing chain Akira. David Hartwell and his partner Jada Ayala, on Feb. 27, filed an Illinois Department of Human Rights complaint against the retailer, alleging that they were denied service because Ayala is transgender; they further allege that the stores' co-owner and ...


Transgender-mental-health-survey-launched

Transgender mental-health survey launched - The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch what is being called the nation's first transgender mental-health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify ...


Trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-US-military

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military - President Donald Trump, on July 26, announced a ban on transgender individuals in the military—via social media. This move is a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have let transgender recruits serve. On Twitter, Trump stated that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and "disruption" that transgender troops would require. He tweeted, ""After consultation ...


Equality-Illinois-condemns-President-Trumps-rejection-of-transgender-servicemembers

Equality Illinois condemns President Trump's rejection of transgender servicemembers - Equality Illinois has added its voice to the large chorus of individuals and organizations opposing U.S. President Donald Trump's ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military. Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, said in a statement: "By rejecting the brave military service of transgender Americans, President Trump's policy by tweets is an outrageous about face of the ...


Ban-on-military-service-by-trans-adults-could-impact-15000-now-on-duty

Ban on military service by trans adults could impact 15,000+ now on duty - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles — In a series of tweets today, President Trump announced that the United States will not "accept or allow" transgender people to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. According to a recent study from Williams Institute scholars, an estimated 15,500 transgender adults are currently serving on active duty in the military or in the National Guard ...


Advocates-release-report-on-medically-unnecessary-intersex-surgeries

Advocates release report on medically unnecessary intersex surgeries - New York City-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) and InterACT—a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based advocacy that works on behalf of intersex youth—on July 25 launched a report at Center on Halsted documenting the extent of medically unnecessary surgeries being performed on intersex children. The report was launched in Chicago because associations like the American Medical Association ( AMA ) and the ...


Suicide-attempt-reported-at-Osterman-Beach

Suicide attempt reported at Osterman Beach - According to bystanders, an individual, seemingly a transgender woman, attempted suicide at the pier on Osterman Beach, 5600 N. Lake Shore Dr., the evening of July 17. Chicago Police reported that a 22-year-old man jumped in the water and was pulled out at around 7:22 p.m. But a reports from a bystander suggest that the individual might have been misgendered ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Launches-Transgender-Mental-Health-Survey

National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Transgender Mental Health Survey - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch the nation's first transgender mental health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify as transgender ...


Anti-LGBTQs-in-Anchorage-try-to-gut-protections-for-transgender-residents-visitors

Anti-LGBTQs in Anchorage try to gut protections for transgender residents, visitors - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to claims from anti-equality activists that they have submitted 8,500 signatures in an attempt to qualify for a ballot measure in Anchorage, Alaska, aimed at gutting protections for transgender residents and visitors in the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The city clerk must verify that at least 5,753 signatures are ...


GLSEN-responds-as-Sec-of-Education-stonewalls-on-policy-on-LGBTQ-students

GLSEN responds as Sec. of Education stonewalls on policy on LGBTQ students - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) - July 18, 2017 - In a July 11 letter to Senator Patty Murray ( D-WA ), Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, under President Obama, had overly broadened the scope of investigations into discrimination against students, leading to an inability to adequately investigate individual complaints. ...


BOOK-Raising-the-Transgender-Child

BOOK Raising the Transgender Child - By Dr. Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman, $17; Seal Press; 275 pages Your preschooler has always had an active imagination. Flights of fancy and dress-up fill his days. She's rough-and-tumble, a scrapper in her mind. Make-believe has always been a big part in your child's life but now you're hearing something you know in your heart is not pretend—and ...


New-sitcom-stars-transgender-actors

New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


United-State-of-Women-holds-Chicago-summit

United State of Women holds Chicago summit - More than 1,000 women from all walks of life convened at McCormick Place to kick off the United State of Women Galvanize Program on July 15. The two-day Galvanize Program is an outgrowth of former President Barack Obama's Council on Women and Girls ( created in March 2009 ) to improve the lives of women and girls in every Obama ...


Palm-Center-counters-claims-made-to-Armed-Services-Committee-on-transgender-service-

Palm Center counters claims made to Armed Services Committee on transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center responded to General Selva's testimony today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, offered the following response: "The Chiefs are misrepresenting the science about transgender troops in a disingenuous way that reflects the old Pentagon tactic of distorting the data about gays and lesbians under 'don't ask ...


HRC-assails-Paul-Ryan-for-clearing-path-for-anti-transgender-amendment

HRC assails Paul Ryan for clearing path for anti-transgender amendment - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, assailed House Speaker Paul Ryan for clearing a path for a dangerous anti-transgender amendment — and then making false claims about the process to dodge culpability. Ryan made two false claims, both of which were reported by the ...


Anti-trans-defense-budget-amendment-defeated-in-House

Anti-trans defense budget amendment defeated in House - The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The vote followed a day of aggressive lobbying by LGBT advocates and supporters to reject the proposal, which ...


Baker-McKenzie-Implements-Gender-Transition-and-Identity-Guidelines

Baker McKenzie Implements Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines - Chicago, IL, USA, July 12, 2017 — Baker McKenzie has announced the implementation of its North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, joining other leading employers in implementing a policy that addresses the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees. The guidelines reflect best practices shared by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender ...


Series-looks-at-trans-athletes

Series looks at trans athletes - Featuring the inspiring journeys of five transgender athletes and how sport helped them find their true identities, Identify, the new original series from the Olympic Channel, profiles athletes who are making their mark in the sports world. The five-episode docuseries is available worldwide exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform mobile app and at OlympicChannel.com . Athletes Chloe Anderson ( ...


Northwestern-offers-gender-neutral-multi-stall-restroom-

Northwestern offers gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH recently announced that Northwestern University has become the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom. Safe access to restrooms for transgender and gender nonconforming people has been debated across the country. Northwestern University joins more than 150 other universities and colleges in offering a ...


One-Iowa-Condemns-Anti-Transgender-Amendments-to-Defense-Authorization-Bill-

One Iowa Condemns Anti-Transgender Amendments to Defense Authorization Bill - From a press release - [Des Moines]— Rep. Steve King ( R-Iowa ) has proposed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 ( H.R. 2810 ) that directly oppose spending that benefits transgender service members. On Thursday, July 6, Rep. King proposed an amendment to prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds for gender affirmation surgery or to "promote ...


National-roundup-Evangelical-poll-trans-death-Gavin-Grimm-Chick-fil-A

National roundup: Evangelical poll, trans death, Gavin Grimm, Chick-fil-A - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new survey shows a dramatic shift in attitudes toward favoring same-sex marriage among a younger generation of white evangelicals—a group considered to be one of the most conservative on the issue, The Washington Post noted. According to Pew, 47 percent of Generation X/millennial evangelicals ( those born after 1964 ) favor same-sex marriage, compared with 26 percent of boomer ...


DJ-musician-comes-out-as-transgender

DJ/musician comes out as transgender - LCD Soundsystem synth player/technician Gavin Russom, 43, has come out as a transgender woman. Talking with Pitchfork, Russom said, " Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it's on the front burner. Now it's ...


Trans-focused-doc-has-funding-campaign

Trans-focused doc has funding campaign - America in Transition—a documentary series exploring community, family, and faith for trans people of color across the United States—is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign that ends Thursday, July 13. Among the individuals profiled are a veteran-turned-activist, a two-spirit dancer and a model navigating family life. The director, Andre Perez, is a latinx, genderqueer transmasculine person from the South ...


National-roundup-Asian-American-ad-another-trans-death-bribery-trial

National roundup: Asian-American ad, another trans death, bribery trial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time ever, emotionally moving videos of Asian parents of LGBT children appeared as pop-up ads on YouTube, a National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) press release noted. The ads played on YouTube in seven languages—Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Hindi—for Pride Month June 24-30. The ads were part of a comprehensive Asian ...


Ebony-Morgan-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Lynchburg-VA

Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, VA - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman killed in Lynchburg, VA; the 15th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, Virginia on July 2nd, 2017. According to ...


Lambda-urges-Puerto-Rico-to-allow-accurate-birth-certificates-for-transgender-people

Lambda urges Puerto Rico to allow accurate birth certificates for transgender people - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( San Juan, PR, June 26, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed papers urging a federal court to strike down Puerto Rico's policy denying transgender people accurate birth certificates in its case on behalf of three transgender people born in Puerto Rico and the advocacy group Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. "The ability to define and express one's identity, and ...


Pentagon-Delays-New-Transgender-Inclusive-Recruitment-Policy-by-Six-Months-

Pentagon Delays New Transgender-Inclusive Recruitment Policy by Six Months - From press releasees - From a press release: Palm Center Director Concerned by Continuation of Military's Transgender Ban SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to Defense Secretary James Mattis's decision to delay implementing rules allowing transgender applicants to join the military, Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement: "Secretary Mattis's decision to prolong the enlistment ban will have the effect of requiring ...


Trans-teen-Ava-LeRay-Barrin-murdered-14th-known-trans-person-murdered-in-17

Trans teen Ava Le'Ray Barrin murdered, 14th known trans person murdered in '17 - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign said it was "horrified" to learn that a 17-year-old transgender woman, Ava Le'Ray Barrin, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday, June 25. Jalen Breon Brown, 21, has been charged with Barrin's murder, after allegedly shooting her during an altercation in an apartment parking lot. Police say that Barrin and Brown knew one another, ...


Northwestern-U-is-1st-Campus-In-Chicago-to-Offer-Gender-neutral-Multi-stall-Restroom-

Northwestern U is 1st Campus In Chicago to Offer Gender-neutral, Multi-stall Restroom - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — During Pride Month, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) is thrilled to announce that Northwestern University is the first major university in Chicago to offer a gender-neutral, multi-stall restroom. Francesca Gaiba, research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and associate director of ISGMH, stated, "ISGMH is proud to be the ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Taylor-Macs-here-for-Hir

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Taylor Mac's here for 'Hir' - Acclaimed out playwright and drag-performance artist Taylor Mac is back in Chicago. But instead of donning glittery deconstructed drag onstage to entertain and prod audiences to question gender and culture throughout history, Mac is behind the scenes at rehearsals for Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago premiere of Hir. "It's fun to queer the institution a bit," said Mac, happy to have Hir ...


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

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


Gender-JUST-double-feature-June-23

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Caitlyn-Jenners-growing-pains

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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