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Transgender-DNC-delegates-hold-first-ever-caucus-meeting

Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on July 28 in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am ...


Transgender-DNC-delegates-hold-first-ever-caucus-meeting-

Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on Thursday in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am so ...


Charlotte-mayor-to-Congressman-We-need-your-help-

Charlotte mayor to Congressman: "We need your help" - The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., is a tall woman with a quick drawl. Near the end of an hour-long panel at Philadelphia City Hall during which six representatives of Mayors Against Discrimination shared their cities' LGBT-inclusive policies, she stood and gave her canary yellow jacket a quick tug. Reaching for the mic, Jennifer Roberts, said, "We need your help." She ...


Chelsea-Manning-faces-indefinite-solitary-confinement-

Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement - From a press release - LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life. If convicted of these "administrative offenses," she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence. "It is deeply ...


Transgender-advocate-Sarah-McBrides-remarks-to-DNC

Transgender advocate Sarah McBride's remarks to DNC - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA— Tonight, ahead of Hillary Clinton's historic night when she takes the stage after becoming the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major party, HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride made history of her own, becoming the first openly transgender person to address a national party convention. McBride was introduced by openly-gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney ( ...


Trial-in-North-Carolinas-HB2-lawsuit-to-begin-Nov-14

Trial in North Carolina's HB2 lawsuit to begin Nov. 14 - A federal court has scheduled the trial in a legal challenge to North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law, House Bill 2, to begin on Monday, Nov. 14, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder is holding arguments on Monday, Aug. 1, on a motion for a preliminary injunction that asks the court to stop the enforcement of the ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Avoiding-a-name-change-nightmare

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Avoiding a name-change nightmare - Q: I am a transgender woman who would like to legally change my name. I live in Savannah, Georgia, and this issue has been a big deal lately after your client, Rowan Feldhaus, was denied a name change by a judge in Augusta. From reading the news articles, I know the judge's decision will probably be overturned, but what do ...


Upcoming-Trans-youth-group-Catholic-retreat-Health-Symposium

Upcoming: Trans youth group, Catholic retreat, Health Symposium - Wellness group for trans youth on Saturdays BeStrong—a physical wellness group for trans youth 14-24—will take place on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., starting July 30 at 1834 W. Balmoral Ave. Certified personal trainer Carsen Casica will lead the sessions, which involve weight training, cardio, sculpting and plyometrics, among other activities. A fee of $50 covers all 10 sessions. Call 708-280-5740 or ...


Kenosha-trans-student-alleges-school-bias

Kenosha trans student alleges school bias - A 16-year-old transgender boy sued the Kenosha ( Wisconsin ) Unified School District in federal court July 19, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The district's superintendent was also named in the suit, which alleges that the plaintiff, Ash Whitaker, was discriminated against on the basis of his gender identity. The lawsuit was filed by the Oakland, California-based Transgender Law Center ...


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DNC LGBT Caucus honors Mike Honda - Meeting opened with tribute to Pulse nightclub massacre victims - PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Committee's LGBT Caucus on Tuesday honored U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) for his support of transgender rights. A number of the 28 openly trans delegates to the Democratic National Convention joined the California Democrat on stage inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as Barbra Casbar Siperstein, a member of the Democratic National Committee's Executive ...


Transgender-activist-to-speak-at-Democratic-National-Convention-

Transgender activist to speak at Democratic National Convention - Sarah McBride to deliver historic speech on Thursday - PHILADELPHIA — Sarah McBride this week will become the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention. McBride — who is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation — is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. She is slated to take the main stage inside the Wells Fargo Center alongside ...


Jen-Richards-talks-Emmy-nomination-and-Trans-102-

Jen Richards talks Emmy nomination and Trans 102 - For former Chicagoan Jen Richards, who is transgender, the Emmy nomination for Her Story—the web series she co-wrote and co-stars in—seemed surreal. "It was a lot to process," said Richards, who now lives in Los Angeles. "I didn't think we were going to get it—not because I didn't think it was deserving. I think it was. It's just that it ...


HRCs-Sarah-McBride-to-be-1st-open-trans-person-to-speak-at-a-major-party-convention-

HRC's Sarah McBride to be 1st open trans person to speak at a major party convention - From a press release - Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that HRC Foundation National Press Secretary Sarah McBride will speak at the DNC on Thursday — marking the first time in history an openly transgender person will speak at a major party convention. HRC President Chad Griffin will also address the Democratic National Convention that evening. "Hillary Clinton won't be the only woman to ...


Trans-woman-shot-in-Ind-church-disputes-suspects-link

Trans woman shot in Ind.; church disputes suspect's link - In Evansville, Indiana, a trans woman was shot in the jaw by a 26-year-old man who has been connected to a hate group. Gerald Duane Lewis was arraigned in the shooting of Crystal Cash at her place of business. Cash survived the attack and was able to provide a description of the attacker. Lewis, using the name Gadiell Ben Israel, ...


Day-4-Thiel-declares-I-am-proud-to-be-gay-at-GOP-convention

Day 4: Thiel declares 'I am proud to be gay' at GOP convention - Paypal co-founder rejects anti-LGBT platform, debate on bathrooms - For the first time in 16 years, an openly gay speaker took the stage at the Republican National Convention — but the meaning of his words on LGBT rights is unclear. Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and Facebook and a California delegate supporting Trump, proclaimed his sexual orientation to attendees at the convention. "Of course, every American has a ...


TONIGHT-FOX-News-to-Air-TV-Ad-Featuring-Transgender-American-during-RNC-

TONIGHT: FOX News to Air TV Ad Featuring Transgender American during RNC - From a press release - WASHINGTON — A national TV ad featuring a transgender woman will air on FOX News tonight during the network's coverage of Donald Trump officially accepting the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention. This is the first time a television ad featuring a transgender person will air to audiences across the entire nation. The ad, which comes from the Fairness ...


HRC-Foundation-Video-Features-Proud-Dads-of-Transgender-Children

HRC Foundation Video Features Proud Dads of Transgender Children - The HRC Foundation has released a first-of-its-kind web video exclusively featuring fathers of transgender children describing their experiences. The video also highlights the fear and hurt their families face due to anti-transgender prejudice and policies. The fathers highlighted in video include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family's story was also ...


ACLU-of-Iowa-Files-Complaint-on-Behalf-of-Trans-Corrections-Employee-

ACLU of Iowa Files Complaint on Behalf of Trans Corrections Employee - Prison Nurse Was Denied Health Care and Use of Men's Facilities Because He is Transgender - DES MOINES, IA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa today filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a long-time Iowa Department of Corrections nurse who was discriminated against because he is transgender. The complaint was co-filed with the ACLU and cooperating attorney Melissa Hasso with the Sherinian & Hasso Law Firm ...


Looking-at-workplace-bias-against-trans-people-of-color

Looking at workplace bias against trans people of color - In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) determined in the case Macy v. Holder that transgender and gender non-conforming people are a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people based on sex. This EEOC ruling was affirmed by numerous court decisions, the Department of Labor and the Department ...


Activist-Rachel-Williams-talks-SayHerName-BYP100-intersectionality

Activist Rachel Williams talks #SayHerName, BYP100, intersectionality - Chicago native Rachel Williams has been an activist since their high school years at Chicago Public School's John Hope College Prep in Englewood. Along with their activist work, Williams also served on the student council and competed with the policy debate team at their high school. Born in 1991, Williams grew up on the Far South Side. Like a lot ...


Jenner-denounces-anti-trans-bathroom-bills-at-Big-Tent-event-

Jenner denounces anti-trans bathroom bills at 'Big Tent' event - Trans personality attributes suicide rate among youths to online bullying - CLEVELAND — Transgender personality and Olympic decathlete Cailtyn Jenner denounced anti-trans state bathroom measures on Wednesday during an event seeking to promote a "big tent" within the GOP. Jenner made the remarks at an event hosted by the pro-LGBT American Unity Fund, which took place in a literal big tent just outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Margaret Hoover, president of ...


Jazz-Jennings-part-of-TLCs-block-party

Jazz Jennings part of TLC's block party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Stadium Green at Soldier Field was full of laughter, music and the smells of local food trucks on July 16 for TLC's second-ever Block Party event. For the celebration, the television channel flew in stars from hit shows like Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Long Island Medium to meet their fans. Amid all the chaos, Jazz ...


Transgender-Ad-Goes-Viral-Ahead-of-Debut-at-Republican-National-Convention-

Transgender Ad Goes Viral Ahead of Debut at Republican National Convention - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — An ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms has been viewed more than 2 million times online since it went live on Monday. The ad will make its television debut on FOX News Channel on the final day of the Republican National Convention next Thursday, July 21. It will also air nationwide ...


Transparent-Her-Story-RuPaul-among-Emmy-nominations-

Transparent, Her Story, RuPaul among Emmy nominations - The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 14, with a diverse list of nods that included Transparent, RuPaul's Drag Race and Modern Family—as well as Her Story, a web series that looks at the lives of trans women. The trans series Her Story received a nomination for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her Story is ...


Hearing-on-HB2-set-for-Aug-1

Hearing on HB2 set for Aug. 1 - On Aug. 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear arguments about blocking provisions of the controversial anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ) while a lawsuit filed by six LGBT North Carolinians is pending in federal court. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and the law firm of Jenner & Block are representing ...


Relationships-the-Law-Today-Transgender-Phobia-Continues

Relationships & the Law Today: Transgender Phobia Continues - Being a teenager is hard enough, so one can only imagine the difficulty in being a transgender teenager. Transgender teens face a host of issues as they struggle for support and acceptance at home, at school and in society. Unfortunately, Illinois lawmakers are not making the transgender teen's life any easier. A new proposal in Illinois to amend the state ...


Trans-Legal-fund-Names-Jillian-T-Weiss-Executive-Director-

Trans Legal fund Names Jillian T. Weiss Executive Director - From a press release - Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund ( TLDEF ) today announced the appointment of Jillian T. Weiss as its new Executive Director. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor who brings three decades of legal experience to the post. Weiss succeeds Michael Silverman, who founded the organization in 2003. "Jillian has a powerful track record of ...


Manning-attempts-suicide-lawyers-decry-privacy-breach

Manning attempts suicide; lawyers decry privacy breach - On July 5, reports surfaced that trans whistleblower Cheslea Manning was rushed to the hospital from the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after an apparent suicide attempt. On July 11, Chelsea Manning's attorneys Chase Strangio, Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander released the following statement jointly: "After not connecting with Chelsea for over a week, we were relieved to speak with ...


Privilege-to-Pee-taking-place-July-11

'Privilege to Pee' taking place July 11 - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: Produce an evening of performance from which all of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. ...


MA-gov-signs-trans-protections-into-law-

MA gov signs trans protections into law - Today, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law legislation extending commonsense, non-discrimination protections to transgender residents and visitors to the state. While Massachusetts state law already prohibits discrimination against transgender people in housing and employment, the new law extends these same crucial protections to public accommodations, such as access to restaurants, malls, restrooms, and locker rooms. "By signing this ...


New-Resource-Illustrates-Coordinated-Effort-to-Pass-Anti-LGBT-Laws-

New Resource Illustrates Coordinated Effort to Pass Anti-LGBT Laws - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freedom for All Americans has launched a virtual resource and infographic illustrating the interwoven relationships between anti-LGBT activists and organizations working to pass laws that harm LGBT people. The resource, titled "Enemies of Equality," can be found here: www.freedomforallamericans.org/EnemiesOfEquality . "It is crystal clear that the vast number of anti-LGBT bills we've seen pop up in state ...


Trans-pioneers-celebrated-at-Vives-Q-

Trans pioneers celebrated at Vives Q - Vives Q presented their inaugural First Tuesday forum of 2016 on July 5 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. With the recent murders of so many Latinx LGBTQA people in Orlando, this edition of the series had more heft and a more immediate level of purpose. The interview subjects for the evening were trans activists Franky Piña ...


THEATER-Queer-as-Folk-Trans-actress-stars-in-New-Colony-play

THEATER Queer as 'Folk': Trans actress stars in New Colony play - William Glick's play, Kin Folk, proposes a trio of sisters on the brink of major change. Following the death of their parents, the plan is to sell the family house in the suburbs and follow their respective blisses in glamorous Chicago. Mary prepares to launch her homemaking website, offering advice on creating the perfect household. Eleanor has recently transitioned from ...


TRANS-JUSTICE-Owen-Daniel-McCarter-takes-helm-of-Illinois-Safe-Schools

TRANS JUSTICE Owen Daniel-McCarter takes helm of Illinois Safe Schools - Attorney Owen Daniel-McCarter usually begins every meeting he leads or every email he sends with the words "Beautiful people." It is a philosophy that has guided his life, despite a childhood beset by the kind of merciless bullying that would leave anyone with an understandably negative view of the world. However, Daniel-McCarter's belief that there is inherent value in every ...


Military-to-end-anti-transgender-ban

Military to end anti-transgender ban - On June 30, Defense Secretary Ash Carter stated the military was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve. Carter, who had studied the issue of transgender inclusion for almost a year, also said that trans service members will also receive the same medical coverage as any other person serving in the military. Said coverage includes such procedures ...


Chicago-LGBT-sports-group-CMSA-embraces-trans-GNC-individuals-with-new-policy-

Chicago LGBT sports group CMSA embraces trans, GNC individuals with new policy - The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) updated its policy and procedures manual in late June, adding further step in support of transgender and gender nonconforming ( GNC ) people, and bringing the predominantly LGBT sports organization in line with other mainstream sports organizations, such as the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee. The update states that transgender or ...


NC-legislators-attempt-to-double-down-on-discrimination-

NC legislators attempt to double down on discrimination - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign has released an open letter signed by 24 local and national civil rights organizations strongly condemning HB2 and any attempts to double-down on discrimination. In the final days of the North Carolina General Assembly's Short Session, new hateful legislation has been discussed by North Carolina lawmakers, which has been resoundingly rejected by these organizations — including ...


Report-14-million-adults-identify-as-transgender-in-the-US-

Report: 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the U.S. - From a press release - An estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States, or 1.4 million individuals, identify as transgender, according to a new study authored by researchers at The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study provides the first ever state-level estimates of the percentage of adults who identify as transgender throughout the United States, ranging from 0.3% in North ...


Evening-with-Transparents-Faith-Soloway-hosted-by-Catie-Curtis-in-Boston-

Evening with Transparent's Faith Soloway, hosted by Catie Curtis in Boston - From a press release - Boston—Before Faith Soloway made the big time co-creating and writing for the hit tv show Transparent with her sister Jill, she wrote folksongs and musicals that explored the intersection of comedy, politics and relationships.  Her musicals Jesus Has Two Mommies and Miss Folk America regularly sold out Boston area theaters. Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis will talk with Faith about the Boston ...


Circle-Theatres-Full-Circle-Series-Its-a-Privilege-to-Pee-July-11-

Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series It's a Privilege to Pee July 11 - From a press release - The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: produce an evening of performance where 100% of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. After a successful 2015 event, the 2016 return of this programming is titled It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights. It ...


Sec-Def-Ash-Carter-announces-end-to-ban-on-open-transgender-service

Sec Def Ash Carter announces end to ban on open transgender service - From press releases - From the Palm Center SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center, an independent research center publishing state-of-the-art scholarship on transgender personnel in the military, lauded Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter's announcement today that the Pentagon will allow transgender Americans to serve openly and honestly. "With today's historic decision, the US military has taken a sweeping step to advance readiness," said ...


Trans-women-win-congressional-races-

Trans women win congressional races - Two trans women have more than their first names in common, as they made history June 28 by winning congressional primary races—becoming the first trans individuals to become major candidates for the U.S. Senate or House, The Huffington Post reported. In Utah, Democrat Misty Kathrine Snow prevailed in her senatorial race and will compete against Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee ...


Palm-Center-statement-on-military-seeking-more-time-to-lift-trans-ban

Palm Center statement on military seeking more time to lift trans ban - Also see later related coverage at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Sec-Def-Ash-Carter-announces-end-to-ban-on-open-transgender-service/55734.html . WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement regarding an Associated Press story posted late last night. According to AP, "Senior military leaders expressed deep concerns this week that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Being-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW Being Jazz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Jazz Jennings. $17.99; Crown Books for Young Readers; 272 pages There's nothing special about you. You're just an ordinary kid, nothing unique—except, there is. You have your own thoughts, passions, creativity, and sense of humor. There's nobody else like you; you're ordinary and special and so is Jazz Jennings. In her new book Being Jazz, she writes about ...


Hollywood-Beach-Pride

Hollywood Beach Pride - The 5th annual Hollywood Beach Pride was held June 25. More information at http://www.transmalechicago.com/transmale-beach-party-hollywood-beach-june25th/ . ...


Lurie-Gender-and-Sex-program-receives-Pritzker-500K-matching-gift-

Lurie Gender and Sex program receives Pritzker $500K matching gift - According to co-director of Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender and Sex Development Program Rob Garofalo MD/MPH, the Midwest initiative offering a wide range of services for transgender and gender nonconforming youth began in 2013 with about a dozen patients. "Last week we saw out 400th patient," he told Windy City Times. "We see about 15 new patients a month and we ...


Transgender-military-ban-to-be-lifted-July-1

Transgender military ban to be lifted July 1 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to breaking news reports that on July 1, the Department of Defense will finally announce an end to the ban on transgender people serving openly in our military. "At long last, thousands of brave transgender patriots will be able to serve our nation openly with the respect they deserve," ...


Transgender-measure-passes-City-Council-vote-

Transgender measure passes City Council vote - The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not ...


Oregon-Resident-can-change-to-nonbinary

Oregon: Resident can change to nonbinary - In a move that has been called historic, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to nonbinary, The Daily Dot reported. Jamie Shupe—a Portland resident who requested the gender-identity change—said, "Male and female are the traditional categories, but they fail to properly categorize people like me. So I challenged that." As far as legal ...


LGBT-Advocates-Issue-New-Guidelines-for-Hospitals-Treating-Trans-Patients-

LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


Groups-Call-on-Legislators-to-Reject-Appalling-Attacks-on-Trans-Children-

Groups Call on Legislators to Reject Appalling Attacks on Trans Children - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As state lawmakers continue to attack transgender children with outrageous and shameful bills, four leading national health, education and child advocacy groups have added their names to the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) letter calling on state lawmakers and governors across the nation to reject the discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and ...


New-Employer-Resource-to-Help-End-Transgender-Employment-Discrimination-

New Employer Resource to Help End Transgender Employment Discrimination - From a press release - Washington, DC, June 6, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia ( DC ) Office of Human Rights today published a first-of-its-kind resource to help eliminate workplace discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. The guide, titled "Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees," provides in-depth best practices intended to help employers across the nation create a genuinely inclusive ...


Transgender-Youth-Employment-Toolkit-released-

Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit released - From a press release - The Los Angeles LGBT Center has released the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit as a resource for case managers and others to assist them in helping to prepare transgender youth for the workforce. The toolkit is available in print and online at http://lalgbtcenter.org/transgender-youth-employment-toolkit . "This toolkit supplements what case managers already know about working with young people, and provides knowledge and ...


Palm-Center-symposium-on-military-trans-ban-

Palm Center symposium on military trans ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Palm Center announced plans today for a symposium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 to mark the one-year anniversary of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's creation of a working group charged with studying how to end the military's transgender service ban. The recommendations for ending the ban were due in January 2016, the six-month deadline ...


Federal-Judge-grants-intervention-motion-in-case-regarding-trans-students-

Federal Judge grants intervention motion in case regarding trans students - Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso granted a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on behalf of Student A and two other transgender students, as well as the Illinois Safe School Alliance, to intervene in the case brought against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education as well as suburban school District 211. The ...


National-roundup-Anti-trans-incidents-politicians-tweet-Texas-murder-charge

National roundup: Anti-trans incidents, politician's tweet, Texas murder charge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in Ballenger v. Providence Hospital, a case in which a transgender woman argues a Washington, D.C., hospital discriminated against her because of her gender identity, in violation of Section 1557, the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination provision, a press release stated. Lambda Legal's brief was authored by Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Susan L. Sommer, Beth Littrell, and ...


VA-proposes-lifting-ban-on-gender-confirmation-surgery-for-veterans

VA proposes lifting ban on gender confirmation surgery for veterans - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On June 2, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, praised the news that the U.S. Department of Veterans ( VA ) is proposing a rule change to lift its outdated ban on gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans. ( See ...


City-Council-committee-votes-to-advance-trans-measure-

City Council committee votes to advance trans measure - The Committee on Human Relations of the Chicago City Council passed a recommendation June 8 that the City Council adopt a measure forbidding business owners and service providers from requiring individuals to have gender-markers on their identification matching their gender-presentation when those individuals try to access restrooms or other public accommodations. City officials, community members, advocates and political officials spoke ...


Uptown-Target-counter-protest-strikes-emotional-chord-

Uptown Target counter-protest strikes emotional chord - Claiming that national retailer Target's position of gender identity inclusion for its customers and employees is "allowing biological men into women's restrooms," the Ohio-based religious hate group Faith2Action's planned a nationwide protest of Target Stores June 4 which they termed "Don't Target Our Daughters." Faith2Action founder and president Janet Porter called the event the "best opportunity to take back ground ...


Trans-and-allies-to-support-Target-Saturday-

Trans and allies to support Target Saturday - CHICAGO — To counter an anti-transgender day of protest organized by elements of the religious right, pro-trans forces will show their support for Target Stores' pro-equality stance by holding a rally in front of the Target store in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, 4466 N. Broadway at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4. In March 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into ...


Views-The-Bathroom-Americas-New-Civil-Rights-Battleground-

Views: The Bathroom: America's New Civil Rights Battleground - Using bathroom access as a tool to play on people's ignorance feels familiar. I have vivid memories of my grandfather pulling the car over to the highway shoulder during our trips to the south so my grandmother could use the bathroom. Even though it was the 1970s, for her the humiliating memories of "For Coloreds" signs were so strong that ...


Trans-United-Fund-releases-Sanders-answers-shares-Clintons-Op-Ed

Trans United Fund releases Sanders answers, shares Clinton's Op-Ed - From a press release - Washington, DC, JUNE 4, 2016….. Trans United Fund, the nation's first political advocacy group and PAC for trans people, engaged each presidential campaigns with a candidate questionnaire on issues critical to trans people's lives. The group released Senator Sanders' response to the TUF questionnaire on Saturday morning. Secretary Clinton's campaign released the following op-ed yesterday. The group has received no ...


Report-looks-at-trans-community-and-the-law

Report looks at trans community and the law - A new report states that restroom-access measures that target transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely on their gender identity. "Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails Transgender People" analyzes how transgender and gender non-conforming people face high levels of discrimination in many areas of life putting them at risk for economic insecurity, the experience of ...


Trans-measure-testimony-set-for-June-8

Trans-measure testimony set for June 8 - The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on June 8 will hear testimony on a new measure that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. The measure was introduced in the May 18 City Council ...


-Trans-activist-dies-after-being-shot

Trans activist dies after being shot - Pakistani transgender activist Alesha, 23, has died after being shot and allegedly deprived of hospital treatment. She was shot eight times in Peshawar May 22 during an altercation between a group of men and several transgender people. Although the specific cause was not immediately clear, but transgender Pakistanis are frequently victims of violence and extortion. Immediately following the shooting, Alisha ...


Testimony-on-Chicago-transgender-measure-set-for-June-8-

Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8 - The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on Wed., June 8 will hear testimony on a proposed amendment to the city's Human Rights ordinance that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. The measure was ...


Student-A-seeks-intervene-in-trans-lawsuit-against-the-feds-District-211-

Student A seeks intervene in trans lawsuit against the feds, District 211 - From a press release - Chicago — Student A, the young woman at the center of a very public debate in suburban Chicago about use of locker room facilities for students who are transgender, today joined with her parents, two other families with students ( Student B and Student C ) who are transgender in District 211 and a statewide group that works with LGBT ...


Lawsuit-Filed-by-11-states-challenges-Obama-on-trans-guidance-

Lawsuit Filed by 11 states challenges Obama on trans guidance - From press releases - Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and other states and officials have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's recently released guidance to schools across the country clarifying that federal law already prohibits discrimination against students based on gender identity. Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, issued the following ...


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Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


Report-Bathroom-bills-further-criminalize-trans-lives

Report: Bathroom bills further criminalize trans lives - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Bathroom laws targeting transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely based on their gender identity, according to a landmark report released today. The report offers a snapshot of how the U.S. criminal justice system fails transgender people, targeting them through police profiling and harassment and subjecting them to abuse and violence in prison and ...


ACLU-Chelsea-Manning-Prosecution-Was-Unconstitutional-

ACLU: Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional - From a press release - FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed yesterday with the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, along with Manning's ...


UN-blocks-orgs-that-rep-trans-people-from-AIDS-meeting-

UN blocks orgs that rep trans people from AIDS meeting - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement after a shocking story in The New York Times this week that details the exclusion of 22 nongovernmental organizations from a United Nations global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic. The New York Times reported that "Russia, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a 57-nation bloc, objected to ...


23-civil-rights-groups-back-Title-IX-moves-trans-students-

23 civil-rights groups back Title IX moves trans students - From a press release - See details below on a letter sent from 23 civil-rights groups backing Title IX interpretations to cover transgender people. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch, On ...


Demi-Lovato-Wears-Support-For-Trans-Community-During-Billboard-Awards

Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


Chicago-mayor-LGBT-Caucus-introduce-measure-to-protect-trans-residents-from-bias

Chicago mayor, LGBT Caucus introduce measure to protect trans residents from bias - A new measure was introduced in the Chicago City Council May 18 that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. A proposed change in the language of the Human Rights Ordinance indicates that, "Each person ...







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