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  WORLD Chile's pro-trans bill, gay wrestler, Russian courts

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed into law a bill that allows transgender people over 14 to legally change their name and gender without surgery, The Washington Blade reported. The bill received final approval in Chile's congress ...


  Appellate court denies trans student's injunction motion

An Illinois appellate court ruled Nov. 30 that a trans student's appeal of a trial court's earlier ruling in favor of her high school is moot since the student has graduated. The court noted that Nova ...


  Judge says transgender artist's suit can proceed

A federal judge ruled in mid-November that a transgender woman's lawsuit against the City can move forward. Judge Andrea Wood ruled Nov. 12 that Bea Sullivan-Knoff could proceed with a lawsuit challenging Chicago's ban on exposure ...


  Transgender man talks of survival, HIV, self-acceptance

When listening to Brian Belovitch recount the first 30 to 40 years of his life, it's hard not to wonder how he survived it all. He admits that his journey almost killed him. It's ironic because ...


  Transgender Day of Remembrance event recalls lives lost

In her opening remarks at Center on Halsted's Transgender Day or Remembrance observance on Nov. 20, the Center's Director of Gender Equity and Inclusion Vanessa Sheridan said that the occasion was "an opportunity to commemorate those ...


  Committee advances resolution condemning Trump anti-trans proposal

The Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations unanimously advanced a resolution from the five members of the Council's LGBT Caucus and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) condemning a proposed Trump administration policy change that would ...


  Advocates seek gov't accountability in death of trans asylum-seeker

Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) and the Law Office of Andrew R. Free announced that they have filed a notice of wrongful death tort claim in New Mexico—the first step, they said, in holding all ...


  SHOWBIZ Rippon retires, 'Moulin Rouge,' Katy Perry, trans actresses

Olympian and U.S. national figure skating champion Adam Rippon told CBS News he will no longer skate competitively—meaning the 29-year-old will effectively retire from professional skating. Rippon competed for the United States in the Winter Olympics ...


  WORLD Chinese writer, Nigeria suit, anti-trans attack, archbishop's statement

A Chinese author has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for writing and selling homoerotic novels, prompting backlash and comparisons to lighter sentences for more serious crimes committed in the country, like sexual assault, ...


  Trump asks Supreme Court to rule on trans military ban

The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 23 to quickly hear a challenge to President Donald Trump's policy that bans most transgender individuals from military service. So far, district courts across the country ...


  Lambda says Request for Supreme Court Review on Transgender Military Ban Premature

( SEATTLE, November 23, 2018 ) — The U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ ) today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from ...


  AG Madigan demands civil rights protections for transgender people

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to abandon efforts to adopt a definition of "sex" that would exclude transgender and gender nonconforming ...


  City committee to discuss pro-trans resolution

On Wed., Nov. 28, at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., room 200, the Committee on Human Relations will hold a meeting. Ald. Tom Tunney and the rest of the LGBT Caucus ( Alds. James Cappleman, ...


  Southern Poverty Law Center, Lambda sue for records on rollback of trans prisoner protections

( NEW YORK, November 20, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) sued the U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ ) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons ( ...


  Brynn Tannehill: Trans activist calls for action in new book

Many readers remember Dr. David Ruben's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex ( But Were Afraid to Ask )—a 1969 best-selling book and then a 1972 Woody Allen movie. Published the same year as ...


  'Unicorn Ball' Dec. 15 at The Shapiro

The 2018 Unicorn Ball—Brave Space Alliance's largest annual fundraiser—will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Shapiro Ballroom, 1612 W. Chicago Ave. This has been called the official queer "coming out" party ...


  Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace debuts side-project album

Transgender punk rocker and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace's new side project, The Devouring Mothers, unleashes kinetic energy with an intimate touch in Bought to Rot ( Bloodshot Records ). She's joined by Atom Willard, ...


  Judge orders IDOC to thoroughly review trans-prisoner case

In a ruling that lawyers called "historic," a federal judge ordered that Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) review the case of Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman who is being-held in a male-only detention ...


  Diane Robinson talks Chicago Voice Center

When Diane Robinson became a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher in 2010, she decided to take that knowledge and start the Chicago Voice Center ( CVC ). Shortly after getting her certificate, Robinson began teaching at Cal ...


  Massachusetts' Ballot Initiative to Uphold Transgender Protections

BOSTON, November 6, 2018 — The ACLU today issued the following statements in response to a winning ballot question to uphold Massachusetts' transgender nondiscrimination law and protect transgender people from discrimination in public places: Carol Rose, ...


  Milwaukee Pride plans Transgender Awareness Month events

Milwaukee Pride is proud to elevate transgender voices and visibility through our collaboration with key individuals, local organizations, national thought leaders and our greater LGBTQ community. At the October 25 Rally for Resistance, we united against ...


  My boss fired me from my funeral-home job for being transgender

VIWEPOINT By Aimee Stephens

I was in funeral services for nearly three decades before I was fired in 2013 for being transgender. In March, a federal appeals court agreed that it was wrong to fire me just because of who ...


  God's trans-affirming vote on Question 3

Trump's administration is trying to define transgender Americans out of existence. Trump wants his administration to remove the word "gender" from UN human rights documents. And, he wants "gender" to be defined solely on the basis ...


  Marsha P. Johnson Institute GoFundMe page started

A GoFundMe page for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute has been started at . According to a description, "The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is a community organization working to protect and defend the human rights ...


  Annual S.O.S. ball, panel discussion held at CSU

The 16th annual S.O.S Ball and panel discussion, Respect for Equality, took place Oct. 27 at Chicago State University ( CSU ). Panelists included Evangelicals for Social Action Associate Fellow Darren Calhoun, University of Chicago Medicine ...


  Retired officers, Surgeons General, veterans, states oppose trans military ban

Retired Military Officers and Surgeons General, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Service Women's Action Network, NAACP, the Korematsu Center, Military Historians, National Women's Law Center, 19 States, and Others Go on Record Opposing Trans Military ...


  Intersex-rights activists stage train 'takeover'

About 25 activists observed Intersex Awareness Day Oct. 26 with a protest on Chicago Transit Authority trains, calling attention to a local hospital's performing of what they say are medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex youngsters. Many ...


  Amiyah Scott

10 Questions with Vic

Before her upcoming role as "Cotton," a transgender hustler and sometimes dancer on Lee Daniels' series Star, Amiyah Scott attracted attention in the New Orleans underground ballroom scene. Windy City Times: Modesty aside, how would you ...


  Rally to demand progress on Chicago murders of transgender women

Following the unsolved murders of two black transgender women in Chicago in 2018 and as the Trump administration readies a new attack on transgender people across the country, transgender advocates in Chicago will hold a press ...


  Trans advocates rally to press police to solve murders of trans women of color

Several dozen community members, among them many transgender activists and their allies, gathered at Chicago Police Department Headquarters (CDP), 3510 S. Michigan Ave., the evening of Oct. 25 to demand that the recent murders of two ...


  HHS wants to rewrite sex-discrimination law

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly prepared a proposal to limit the identification of a person's gender to include only "male" or "female," based on what genitals the person was designated as ...


  APA decries apparent administration attempt to erase transgender definition

WASHINGTON — A reported attempt by the administration to redefine sex in civil rights law in order to remove anti-discrimination protections for transgender people fails to recognize decades of scientific research into psychology, genetics and physiology, ...


  Transilient project tells non-binary, trans stories

As Basil Soper was soaking in the silence of a ten-day meditation retreat a few years ago, he began forming the blueprint for Transilient, a traveling photo and interview-based project of which he is the founder ...


  Ross keynotes at TransTech summit

Entrepreneur/performer Angelica Ross opened the 2018 TransTech summit, which was held Oct. 20 at Groupon's River North headquarters with a keynote address about finding one's own "superpower." Ross, a former Chicagoan who is currently a regular ...


  Longtime activists reflect on trans community issues

In a talk she took part in Oct. 16 at Lake View Presbyterian Church, activist Stefanie Clark said that she and co-speaker Gloria Allen are "sisters from different mothers." Both women discussed their lives, as well ...


  Trump administration reportedly narrowing federal definition of sex, groups comment

From the ACLU: NEW YORK—The Trump administration is reportedly working to dramatically roll-back protections for transgender students and narrow the definitions of sex and gender that courts have increasingly used to provide protections for LGBTQ people. ...


  Nicole Maines to be honored with HRC Chicago Visibility Award

CHICAGO, Ill., October 22, 2018— Nicole Maines, transgender actor and activist, will be honored with the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago Visibility Award. The award will recognize Nicole's incredible fight to be herself, as ...


  Report: Trump may remove transgender rights from federal civil rights law

The Trump administration is considering defining gender on the basis of genitalia at birth—which would surely rescind protections of transgender people under federal civil-rights law and threaten trans-related rights in agencies, The New York Times reported. ...


  YEPP's 'Rise Up' taking place Nov. 14

In recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience and Youth Homelessness Awareness Month, Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will host "Rise Up" Wed., Nov. 14, at Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave., 6-9 ...


  Trans Israeli activist Ofer Erez on making IDF history, Open House role

Ofer Erez, 25, made history when he became Israel's first openly trans Israel Defense Forces ( IDF ) officer in 2013. Erez has since retired from the military and is the CEO of Jerusalem Open House ...


  Jury awards Wis. trans women $780K

In Madison, Wisconsin, a jury awarded $780,000 to two transgender state employees who were denied insurance coverage of transition surgeries, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. In September, a judge ordered that care is covered. The most ...


  Planned Parenthood Videos Help Parents, Kids Talk About Bodies, Gender, Identities

New York, NY — Planned Parenthood Federation of America has launched the first set of videos in a new series for parents and caregivers on how to talk about topics related to bodies, sex, and relationships ...


  NATIONAL Dreiband criticized, third gender category in NYC, Spirit Day

Sharon McGowan—the Lambda Legal chief strategy officer and legal director, and former senior career Civil Rights Division official—spoke out against the U.S. Senate confirmation of Eric Dreiband to lead the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. ...


  Attorneys talk legal challenges facing transgender people

A panel of attorneys addressed the employment and education legal issues impacting transgender people in a discussion Oct. 11 at Hinshaw & Culberton law offices. The panel, "Trans 101: Laws and Policies Affecting the Transgender Community," ...


  Awareness of trans community focus of multi-agency event

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, Howard Brown Health, Lakeview Presbyterian Church and The Village Chicago hosted an event, "Putting the 'T' First: Honoring the Role of the Transgender Community in the LGBT Rights Movement," Oct. 9 at ...


  October events focus on trans roles in LGBT rights

For this LGBT History Month, a coalition of community agencies will focus on expanding awareness of the transgender community. The Village Chicago, Howard Brown Health, Lakeview Presbyterian Church, and the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives will present ...


  'Trans 101' forum Oct. 11 in Loop

The forum "Trans 101: Laws and Policies Affecting The Transgender Community" will take place Thursday, Oct. 11, 4-5:30 p.m., at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, 151 N. Franklin St., Suite 2500. Issues that will be covered will ...


  Angelica Ross returns TransTech project to Chicago

Angelica Ross, an actress and entrepreneur now based in Atlanta who was long active in Chicago advocacy circles, has a key piece of advice for transgender folks looking to break into advocacy. "Don't become just an ...


  NUNN ON ONE Trans singer Kim Petras talks family, transition, big break

Transgender singer Kim Petras is performing for the first time nationwide at large concerts, thanks to Troye Sivan, who is on his "The Bloom" Tour. Born in Cologne, Germany, Petras knew her identity at age 2. ...


  New York City Mayor Signs Pivotal Gender Marker Bill

[New York, NY] In a significant step forward for transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary New Yorkers, today at the Edie Windsor SAGE Center in Manhattan New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed groundbreaking legislation to ...


  Transgender woman killed on Chicago's West Side

A transgender Chicago woman died after a fight the week of Oct. 1, the second such murder in the city in just over a month. The 31-year-old-victim was stabbed to death after a fight at about ...


  Brave Space Alliance holds transgender anti-violence rally

On Sept. 21, Brave Space Alliance held a rally in front of Trump Tower at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Wacker Drive to address the ongoing epidemic of murder towards transgender women of color. The ...


  TransTech Summit Oct. 20 in Chicago

The second annual TransTech Summit will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m, at Groupon headquarters, 600 W. Chicago Ave. The summit will include workshops in web/app technology, media technology, design technology, and business technology. ...


  Gender-marker language changed on State Department website

Although the current passport gender-marker policy remains unchanged, language about the process for changing those markers on U.S. passports has been altered or removed from the State Department's website, according to a National Center for Transgender ...


  Successful WERQ! job fair takes place at Center on Halsted

More than 80 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits took part in the 4th annual Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Sept. 21 at Chicago's Center on Halsted The job fair, which was ...


  AVER meets in Chicago, elects president committed to transgender service

San Antonio, TX "Military City USA" ( SEP 24, 2018 ) — American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ), the nation's oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender veterans service organization held its biennial convention this ...


  NATIONAL Laverne Cox, activist dies, Calif. trans bill, UpStairs Lounge

Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) announced that this year's Claire Skiffington Vanguard Awardee for SPARK! 2018 will be actress Laverne Cox, a press release noted. TLC introduced the award in 2005 to recognize community members ...


  WORLD Rabbis clash, fatal attack, pro-transgender motion

In the United Kingdom, a leading Orthodox rabbi has reportedly said that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis' unprecedented and progressive LGBT+ guide for religious schools will "draw sinners into our camp," PinkNews noted. Earlier this month, Mrivis ...


  WORLD Cuban president, trans athlete, Trinidad and Tobago, Dua Lipa

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage, reported. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raul Castro in April, said he was in favor of recognizing "marriage between people without any restrictions." In an ...


  U.S. District Court Denies Move to End Injunction Blocking Transgender Military Ban

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rejected the Trump-Pence Administration's latest attempt to implement its discriminatory transgender military ban Tuesday, denying a motion to dissolve the nationwide preliminary injunction ...


  Amateur, a trans memoir of masculinity, boxing and being a man

Thomas Page McBee is many people: a husband, an uncle, a brother, a son. He's also the first trans man to fight in Madison Square Garden. Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man ( ...


  FALL THEATER PREVIEW From Schaumburg to New York, Alexandra Billings puts on a show

Roughly 30 years ago, trans* actor/recording artist/pageant queen/activist Alexandra Billings was sentenced to death. The diagnosis: She was HIV-positive. She remembered the doctor's advice with the crystalline clarity: "He said 'I think what you should do ...


  Court Rules Wisc. State Employee Health Insurance Must Cover Transgender Workers

A federal court found that denying health insurance for gender-affirming medical care violates the Constitution and federal non-discrimination law. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Alina Boyden, a graduate student at the University of ...


  Slain trans woman's mother reflects on daughter's life, passing

Valerie Griffin will always remember her late daughter—Dejanay Stanton, who went by the nickname Dada—as a free spirit who loved to both travel and shop, and was always respectful and affectionate toward her mother. "She never ...


  NATIONAL Third-gender option, HIV+ military, intersex guide, West Hollywood

People born in New York City who don't identify as male or female will have the option of changing their birth certificates to "X'' under legislation the City Council passed, a U.S. News & World Report ...


  Intersex-Affirming Hospital Policy Guide Published

Follows Legislative Acknowledgement of Non-consensual Surgeries

( New York, NY ) — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation's first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory ...


  5th Florida Black Transgender Women is Found Murdered

SARASOTA — Equality Florida issued a call to action following the murder of Londonn Moore, the fifth Black transgender woman murdered in the state in a little over six months. At 3pm ET today a national ...


  Fundraisers, event planned in trans woman's memory

Two online fundraising efforts are in force to assist family members of Dejanay Stanton, who was know by many as De'janay Lanorra, a transgender woman who was murdered Aug. 30 on Chicago's South Side. Stanton's mother, ...


  Gender identity inclusive nondiscrimination laws do not jeopardize restroom safety

Conducted in Massachusetts, a first-of-its-kind study assesses the validity of claims that gender-identity protections lead to privacy and safety violations in restrooms. A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that ...


  Study Reveals Which Transgender Teens Have Highest Suicide Risk

TUCSON, Ariz. — Research has shown that transgender adolescents are at greater risk for attempting suicide than cisgender teens, who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. A new study from the University of ...


  NATIONAL Joe Biden, Mj Rodriguez, trans death, Lesbians Who Tech

The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden will headline the Human Rights Campaign's 22nd annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 15, ...


  WORLD Chelsea Manning, gay couple, Malaysia caning

Rights groups in Australia criticized the government for failing to grant transgender activist Chelsea Manning a visa, Gay Star News noted. Think Inc invited Manning to Australia to discuss the potential human-rights violations she exposed as ...


  Free 10-Week TGNC Support Group Launches Oct. 1

For Folks Who Identify Outside of the Binary or With No Gender At All

Chicago, IL, September 6, 2018 — Community members are co-facilitating another free support group for anybody 18+ who identifies as trans or gender nonconforming and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every week for 10 ...


  'Trans Art Is' opens with celebration

The Chicago Therapy Collective—which works to create a safer, just and inclusive Chicago for transgender/gender non-conforming individuals—hosted an opening-night celebration of a "Trans Art Is" gallery exhibit at the Andersonville Galleria, 5247 N. Clark St., on ...


  Challenges face the creators of Tootsie 2.0


In the 1982 hit movie Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, an out-of-work actor who, in a fit of desperation, decides to audition for a job as a woman. "Dorothy Michaels" gets the role and, through ...

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