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Police-kill-trans-man-in-Arizona

Police kill trans man in Arizona - Police in Arizona killed 24-year-old Mesa transgender man Kayden Clarke, according to the Arizona Republic. Friends had called police fearing Clarke, who had Asperger's syndrome, was suicidal. When police arrived, Clarke allegedly charged at two officers with a knife and at least one of them opened fire. Authorities identified the person they killed as Danielle Jacobs, although friends said they ...


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Girl Scout turns anti-trans incident into cookie sale success - A transgender girl in Downstate Herrin, Illinois, has used an incident of anti-trans bigotry as the impetus to sell thousands of Girl Scout cookies, according to Buzzfeed. The nine-year-old girl, named Stormi ( just her first name was revealed in the report ), was told by a neighbor that, "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress." ...


Trans-woman-who-served-years-in-jail-without-trial-launches-fundraiser

Trans woman who served years in jail without trial launches fundraiser - Eisha Love—a 26-year-old transgender woman of color released in December, 2015 after serving nearly four years in the Cook County Jail without trial—has announced a youcaring.com fundraising campaign designed to help her get back on her feet. On the campaign's website, Love detailed her need for clothing, a laptop in order to engage in job training and resume dispersal, and ...


Panel-on-homelessness-and-survival-sex-Feb-10

Panel on homelessness and survival sex Feb. 10 - The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host a panel discussion in collaboration with artist Sam Kirk as part of her current exhibit "Surviving the Times" on Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Whitney Capps, host and co-creator of The Gala's Art Break podcast, will moderate a discussion about LGBTQ youth homelessness and the role the sex trade plays ...


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Report: Trans youth more likely to have Asperger's - Nearly a quarter of young persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or transgender, screened positive for Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, according to a new paper in the academic journal LGBT Health. The study was a small retrospective review of intake files of 39 children at Boston Children's Hospital. Lead author Daniel E. Shumer explained, "We found that 23 percent ...


First-trans-murder-of-2016-in-Texas

First trans murder of 2016 in Texas - Austin, Texas, resident Monica Loera, 43, has become the first transgender murder victim in the United States in 2016. Loera—who was misidentified as male in some media reports—was shot Jan. 22, according to BuzzFeed. Police said they arrested JonCasey William Rowell, 29, over Loera's death. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Travis County jail ...


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Rush Center first to provide trans health-care benefits - Chicago's Rush University Medical Center will provide comprehensive transgender health care benefits to all employees enrolled in the organization's health care plan. Rush announced the move in a Jan. 16 press release that stated that transgender care benefits will include "counseling, hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and all other treatments related to gender transition." It is the first hospital in Illinois ...


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Defense Department proposes rule change to give medical benefits to transgender troops - From American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN statements - From a American Military Partner Association press release: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense ( DoD ) has proposed a new rule change that will lift the "regulatory prohibition that categorically excludes all treatment of gender dysphoria," thereby extending crucially needed medical care to transgender service members, veterans, and military family members covered under Tricare. The proposed change would ...


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Gay athlete has figure-skating win; trans Olympians - Gay athlete takes figure-skating title Adam Rippon—who publicly came out as gay last year—is the newest U.S. men's amateur figure-skating champion. Rippon edged runner-up Max Aaron at the U.S. Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Jan. 24 in a battle that has reignited the talk on athleticism versus artistry. While Aaron nailed two quadruple jumps ( and third-place finisher ...


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BOOKS Photography book looks at trans life in Cuba - Cuba: The small island nation has captivated Americans for decades. It's a veritable lost world unto itself, full of vintage cars and the memory of a revolution. Californian photographer Eric Politzer had the unique opportunity to visit and chronicle Havana's transgender and gay cabaret subculture. His new book, Out! Las Transformitas of Havana, follows the lives of a number of ...


-Pritzker-chairing-Equality-Illinois-gala

Pritzker chairing Equality Illinois gala - Chicago entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist J.B. Pritzker is chairing the Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala, taking place Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Pritzker is co-founder and partner of Pritzker Group. He was appointed the founding chairman of ChicagoNEXT, the mayor's council on innovation and technology, and he founded 1871, Chicago's digital startup center. The ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn memoir; Idris Elba; Christian Bale; Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grand Central Publishing announced that it plans a spring 2017 publication for a memoir by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender activist and reality star and former Olympic athlete, the Associated Press noted. The book, currently untitled, will be co-written by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who wrote a Vanity Fair cover story about Jenner. According to Grand Central, the memoir ...


Creating-Change-panel-addresses-Black-Feminism

Creating Change panel addresses Black Feminism - Video below article - Activists Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett and Charlene Carruthers reflected on the impact of the Black Feminist movement in contemporary racial justice movements in the opening plenary session for the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 21. Stacey Long Simmons, a former Chicagoan who is now on staff at the National LGBTQ Task Force, moderated the discussion. Smith defined Black Feminism as ...


Groups-issue-statement-criticizing-anti-trans-restroom-measure

Groups issue statement criticizing anti-trans restroom measure - Fifteen local and state organizations have issued a joint statement denouncing a measure Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison ( R-Palatine ) has introduced that explicitly requires school pupils to use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with the gender assigned at birth. The release reads as follows: "We stand with transgender and gender nonconforming students in Illinois and denounce the ...


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Suburban legislator files Illinois restroom access bill - Illinois state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) filed legislation Jan. 20 that explicitly requires school pupils to use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their sex assigned at birth. The bill, HB 4474, amends the School Code to require that facilities designate their facilities by sex, and mandates that students can only use the facilities of the sex ...


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Theater submissions sought for [Trans]formation - The Living Canvas, in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ), is reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being transgender for a new work of theater created and devised by trans voices entitled [Trans]formation. Interested persons should email submissions or ...


Web-series-aims-to-tell-realistic-trans-experiences

Web series aims to tell realistic trans experiences - The scripted new media Web series Her Story aims to break new ground in Hollywood by offering a realistic glimpse into trans life. The plot involves complex characters who share in life's everyday struggles, opportunities, elations, and fears. Her Story is co-written by Jen Richards ( I Am Cait ) and Laura Zak ( #Hashtag ), is directed by Sydney ...


Trans-student-gets-locker-room-access-Trans-military-ban-decision-expected

Trans student gets locker-room access; Trans-military ban decision expected - The transgender student who waged a legal battle to use the girl's locker room at her suburban high school was granted access Jan. 15, Chicago Tribune reported. The student had asked to use an isolated portion of the locker room to change clothes, but officials of the Palatine-based Township High School District 211 initially denied that request, prompting a discrimination ...


National-roundup-Murderer-sentenced-Eric-Fanning-Montanas-pro-LGBT-move

National roundup: Murderer sentenced; Eric Fanning; Montana's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The murderer of transgender individual Ashton O'Hara has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for tampering with evidence, according to an Equality Michigan press release. On July 14, 2015, 25-year-old O'Hara's body was found brutally murdered in a Detroit field. O'Hara, who was also known as Jessica Storm, was a Black transgender and ...


World-news-Chelsea-Manning-exhibit-Vietnam-and-marriage-Danish-Girl-banned

World news: Chelsea Manning exhibit; Vietnam and marriage; 'Danish Girl' banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of the Victoria and Albert exhibition Future Design curated by Mariana Pestana for the World Economic Forum, U.S.-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg will premiere her work "Radical Love: Chelsea Manning"—full-color life-sized 3-D printed portraits of Chelsea Manning generated from her DNA, according to a press release. The portraits ( to be shown Jan. 20-23 at the World Economic Forum ...


Chicago-Restroom-Access-Project-seeks-input-on-designs

Chicago Restroom Access Project seeks input on designs - From a press release - CHICAGO — For trans* and gender non-conforming people, using public restrooms can be a source of stress and anxiety because of very real psychological and physical safety concerns. The Chicago Restroom Access Project ( CRAP ), a working group of the Pride Action Tank ( A project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ), is working to address this issue. ...


Chicago-Restroom-Access-Project-seeks-input-on-designs

Chicago Restroom Access Project seeks input on designs - CHICAGO — For trans* and gender non-conforming people, using public restrooms can be a source of stress and anxiety because of very real psychological and physical safety concerns. The Chicago Restroom Access Project ( CRAP ), a working group of the Pride Action Tank ( A project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ), is working to address this issue. ...


Suburban-district-grants-locker-room-access-to-trans-student

Suburban district grants locker room access to trans student - The transgender student who waged a legal battle to use the girl's locker room at her suburban high school was granted access Jan. 15, Chicago Tribune reported. The student had asked to use an isolated portion of the locker room to change clothes, but officials of the Palatine-based Township High School District 211 initially denied that request, prompting a discrimination ...


-Rush-first-in-state-to-offer-coverage-for-transgender-health-services

Rush first in state to offer coverage for transgender health services - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — Rush University Medical Center continues to lead the way in providing the highest-quality health care to all by being the first hospital in Illinois to offer comprehensive transgender health benefits to Rush employees and beneficiaries who are insured under the Rush health plan. The benefits, which were effective on Jan. 1, include counseling, hormone therapy, gender ...


Michigan-murderer-sentenced-to-30-60-years

Michigan murderer sentenced to 30-60 years - From an Equality Michigan press release - On July 14, 2015, 25-year-old Ashton O'Hara's body was found brutally murdered in a Detroit, MI field. Last night, nearly six months after the body was found, O'Hara's killer, Larry B. Gaulding, 39, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for tampering with evidence, to be served concurrently. O'Hara, who was also known as ...


Legendary-Baton-performer-Mimi-Marks-saying-farewell

Legendary Baton performer Mimi Marks saying farewell - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum once famously noted "never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next." Not only is Baum responsible for one of the favorite childhood stories of legendary Chicago entertainer and showgirl Mimi Marks but, on Jan. 24—as she takes her final bow after a quarter-century on the stage at River ...


Report-on-trans-non-trans-veterans-Prison-changes-Anti-choice-protest

Report on trans, non-trans veterans; Prison changes; Anti-choice protest - Health report looks at trans, non-trans veterans A report in LGBT Health sought to determine if medical- and/or mental-health disparities exist in the Veterans Health Administration ( VHA ) for clinically diagnosed and non-transgender veterans. The study—which looked at 5,135 individuals, with George R. Brown and Kenneth T. Jones leading the research—was the first to examine a large group of ...


Submissions-sought-for-trans-work

Submissions sought for trans work - The Living Canvas, in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ), is developing a new work of theater created and devised by trans voices entitled [Trans]formation. As such, they are reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being transgender. Interested persons ...


Recap-Brief-on-anti-trans-law-Gay-media-Tutus-daughter-Chamber-partnership

Recap: Brief on anti-trans law; Gay media; Tutu's daughter; Chamber partnership - Brief examines anti-trans legislation A policy brief released from The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity, a press release stated. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of ...


TELEVISION-Its-simply-the-Dress-for-Chicagoan-Precious-Davis

TELEVISION It's simply the 'Dress' for Chicagoan Precious Davis - Precious Davis is having a moment: last year she got engaged to fiance Myles Brady and to start 2016, the trans professional, activist and performer appears on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" on Friday, Jan. 15. "It was a dream come true," said Davis. "Everyone was so comforting.The entire experience of filming it was everything that I thought ...


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GMHC: Gervais' Golden Globes comments perpetuate transphobia - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement regarding Ricky Gervais' transphobic jokes at the Golden Globes. STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE: The trans community had an incredible year in film and television, and countless members of the LGBT community and our allies sat down on Sunday night ready to watch the star studded Golden Globes. ...


Questions-surround-uncertain-future-of-the-Trans-100

Questions surround uncertain future of the Trans 100 - For the past three years, the International Trans Day of Visibility has also seen the presentation of the Trans 100 —a gala evening held in Chicago that unveils a list of 100 impassioned transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing a vast cross section of age, race, talent, profession, income level and culture from across the United States. However, since the ...


YEAR-IN-REVIEW-Looking-back-National-news-

YEAR IN REVIEW Looking back: National news - This year will bring news aplenty, thanks to everything from elections ( local and national ) and the Olympics, among other events. However, 2015 had plenty worth remembering—especially for the LGBT community. —With this ring: The biggest news of the year for the community had to be the legalization of marriage equality nationwide. In June, the Supreme Court issued a ...


YEAR-IN-REVIEW-Transgender-murders-increased-in-2015

YEAR IN REVIEW Transgender murders increased in 2015 - For the U.S. transgender community, 2015 marked a year of progress. However, it was also a year in which there was an increase in the reported number of transgender women ( most being individuals of color ) who were murdered. Below is a list of the more than 20 trans women whose lives ended untimely—and violently. The list is courtesy ...


Transforming-Gender

Transforming Gender - A recurring column - In November 2007, a young presidential candidate named Barack Obama released an op-ed to LGBT media in which he made this promise: "I will … place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation ...


Entertainment-Tangerine-Colton-Haynes-Jussie-Smollett-Diana-Ross

Entertainment: 'Tangerine'; Colton Haynes; Jussie Smollett; Diana Ross - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner is leading the first-ever Oscar campaign for a trans actress with Mya Taylor's supporting role in Sean Baker's indie drama Tangerine, according to Variety. The Olympic medalist hosted a special screening of the film, which already landed Taylor a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor/actress. She's also nominated for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. The Magnolia ...


Policy-brief-Bathroom-bills-threaten-trans-peoples-health-opportunities

Policy brief: "Bathroom bills" threaten trans people's health, opportunities - From a Center for American Progress press release - Washington, D.C. — A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines controversial state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of these spaces by ...


Looking-back-World-news-

Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —The voters speak: A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ). Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. —Mexican marriage: Fernando Arias Amparo and Victor Aguirre Espinoza exchanged vows, ...


National-roundup-Huckabee-Cruz-misgendering-could-be-fined-holiday-attack

National roundup: Huckabee/Cruz; misgendering could be fined; holiday attack - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has defended a radio ad by his Super PAC that suggests Senator Ted Cruz is misleading Iowa voters on his opposition to marriage equality, according to On Top Magazine. At a Manhattan fundraiser, Cruz, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, told a Republican supporter that "fighting gay marriage" would not be a "top-three priority" in ...


Trans-artists-submissions-sought-for-New-Devised-Work-91Trans93formation

Trans artists submissions sought for New Devised Work: [Trans]formation. - From a press release - The Living Canvas in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) is developing a new work of theatre created and devised by trans voices titled [Trans]formation. As such, they are reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs, or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being trans. These works ...


Upcoming-Fabulous-panel-Precious-Davis-on-Say-Yes-to-the-Dress

Upcoming: 'Fabulous' panel; Precious Davis on 'Say Yes to the Dress' - Davis on 'Say Yes to the Dress' Jan. 15 Local transgender figure Precious Davis will appear on the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress on Friday, Jan. 15, according to TransGriot. The episode ( which will air a few days before the Creating Change conference that Davis will help kick off in Chicago on Jan. 20 ) chronicles her ...


Trans-activist-Broadus-interviewed-on-Jenner-backlash

Trans activist Broadus interviewed on Jenner backlash - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — In a recent interview with on UBN Radio — that is, "One on One With Jasper Cole" —trans activist Kylar W. Broadus, Esq. spoke openly about the state of the trans community along with its newest and most high-profiled member, Caitlyn Jenner. However, an online media outlet erroneously misquoted the comments of Broadus, saying that because of ...


Criminal-justice-officials-respond-to-Eisha-Love-case

Criminal-justice officials respond to Eisha Love case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eisha Love's Dec. 18 release after spending three years and nine months in Cook County Jail's all-male Division IX without trial led to a number of unanswered questions regarding the attempted murder in the first degree charges that were initially leveled against her. Love is a transgender woman of color whose story was detailed in the Dec. 23 Windy City ...


Trans-exhibit-at-Columbia-thru-Feb

Trans exhibit at Columbia thru Feb. - Columbia College Chicago's Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., presents "Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics," which is open through Feb. 13, 2016. Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory are the curators, with Cooper Union organizing. Taking its title from an unpublished manuscript by intersex pioneer Lynn Harris, the exhibit historicizes the sexological and cultural imaginary of ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Toilet-trouble

GUEST COLUMN Toilet trouble - From Houston's defeated "Equal Rights Ordinance," to K-16 campuses across the nation, our private business, or who can urinate, defecate, change menstrual pads and tampons, wash, and attend to other needs, where, is again a public matter. State-sponsored bathroom anxiety is an old story. In the 1930s, African Americans used the Negro Motorist Green Book to locate welcoming accommodations in ...


Anti-transgender-ballot-fails-civil-rights-coalition-to-launch-education-push-

Anti-transgender ballot fails; civil rights coalition to launch education push - From a press release - Los Angeles — A coalition of California civil rights and LGBT organizations said today that supporters of a proposed anti-transgender ballot initiative announced that they have failed to submit the signatures necessary to qualify it for the November, 2016 ballot. "Privacy for All", the group behind the failed measure, needed to submit 365,880 valid signatures to the California Secretary of ...


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Jenner 'Most Fascinating' person - Barbara Walters has named transgender personality Caitlyn Jenner the "Most Fascinating Person of 2015." Walters' annual TV special, which aired Dec. 17 on ABC, also featured actress Amy Schumer, actor Bradley Cooper, comedian Tracy Morgan, ballerina Misty Copeland, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, fashion designer Donna Karan, fighter Ronda Rousey, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and presidential candidate/real-estate mogul Donald Trump. ...


In-her-own-words-Eisha-Love-looks-back

In her own words: Eisha Love looks back - Video below article - On Dec. 18, Eisha Love was transferred to Statesville Prison in Joliet, Illinois, to "dress in and dress out"—the process for release having spent three years and nine months in a tiny cell of the Cook County Jail waiting for a trial. After 11 hours of testing, photos, fingerprinting, paperwork and waiting in the bullpen ( a warehouse-sized holding cage ...


Adler-Burns-Transitioning-to-life-after-the-Force

Adler Burns: Transitioning to life after the Force - Adler Burns was, by his own admission, an 18-year-old small-town boy who knew very little about the LGBT community when he started playing for the Chicago Force women's tackle football team. "I knew, [before joining] the Force that I was different than anyone else I knew," he said. "Playing for the Force opened my eyes to the world and that ...


Transparent-creator-comes-out-as-lesbian

'Transparent' creator comes out as lesbian - A feature in the New Yorker paints Transparent creator Jill Soloway's family as very LGBT-inclusive—and details a relationship between Soloway and iconic poet Eileen Myles. At one point, the article states, "In October, Myles and Soloway sat next to each other at a benefit in New York for the Feminist Press, as the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray, accepted an ...


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Trans exhibit at Columbia; HIV/AIDS exhibit at medical museum - Trans exhibit at Columbia thru Feb. Columbia College Chicago's Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., presents "Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics," which is open Dec. 10, 2015-Feb. 13, 2016. The reception will be Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 5-8 p.m. Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory are the curators, with Cooper Union organizing. Taking its title from ...


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Sylvia Rivera makes history with image - Sylvia Rivera has made history as the first transgender person in the National Portrait Gallery's collection. Earlier this year, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery installed the portrait of Sylvia Rivera in the "Struggle for Justice" exhibition. Seen by many as a forerunner in the fight against gender-identity discrimination, Ray Rivera rechristened himself as Sylvia as a teenager. She was in ...


Jennifer-Boylan-reflects-on-transgender-activism

Jennifer Boylan reflects on transgender activism - Let's face it: mainstream and LGBT media do not always get it right—especially when referencing transgender lives. Decorated New York Times columnist and best-selling author Jennifer Boylan has made her life an open book, quite literally, in an effort to facilitate positive change from within—and outside of—the community. "We've seen great progress made," she said. "I'd like to see that ...


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Indiana measure called 'bathroom bill' - Opponents of Indiana state Sen. Travis Holdman's measure is calling the item a "bathroom bill," according to NewsAndTribune.com. Holdman's LGBT-rights proposal covers issues such as hiring and the use of public facilities; in addition, he made exemptions based on religious beliefs. The Republican senator's effort to broaden the state's civil-rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity may soon ...


World-news-Trans-initiative-Venezuelan-pol-gay-imam-Czech-adoption

World news: Trans initiative; Venezuelan pol; gay imam; Czech adoption - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Arcus Foundation and the Novo Foundation announced a five-year philanthropic initiative focused on improving the lives of transgender people worldwide, according to a press release. With lead funding from Arcus, the Global Trans Initiative will deploy grants and philanthropic resources totaling at least $20 million to transgender activists and organizations as well as work intended to ensure that all ...


Local-group-offers-support-for-trans-masculine-people

Local group offers support for trans-masculine people - For trans masculine individuals, finding resources specifically tailored to their needs and experiences can be tough. It's "an underserved community," said Lee Dewey, a local trans masculine organizer. "We have really good access to hormones and things like that through Howard Brown. But it's sort of touch-and-go with the community spaces at large." "In [LGBT] settings, for the most part ...


Feelings-charged-between-sides-at-District-211-meeting

Feelings charged between sides at District 211 meeting - Emotions were running high between opposing sides who attended the Township District 211 emergency school board meeting held Dec. 7 at James B. Conant High School to affirm or rescind their ruling upon the rights of a transgender student to use the locker room in accordance with her gender identity. For advocate Meggan R. Sommerville, the case hit close to ...


One-Iowa-Taped-call-confirms-bias-against-trans-hotel-guests

One Iowa: Taped call confirms bias against trans hotel guests - [Des Moines]— On Tuesday, Dec. 8, The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) released the audio from the 911 call the general manager of Drury Inn & Suites in West Des Moines made on July 13 that led to Meagan Taylor's arrest. On the call, the manager asks to run the names of both Taylor and the friend accompanying ...


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Arcus, NoVo Foundations launch philanthropy initiative to improve transgender lives - From a press release - New York, N.Y. ( December 8, 2015 ) — The Arcus Foundation, a global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world, and the Novo Foundation, one of the world's largest private foundations supporting efforts focused explicitly on girls and women, today announced a five-year philanthropic initiative focused on improving ...


Transgender-star-Holly-Woodlawn-dies

Transgender star Holly Woodlawn dies - Holly Woodlawn—the transgender Warhol star who Lou Reed name-checked in his song "Walk on the Wild Side"—has died of cancer and cirrhosis at 69, The Washington Post reported. Penny Arcade, another Warhol star, said, "For Holly, whatever sacrifices she made in terms of acceptance of her family and society could never compete with the sense of freedom that Holly needed—the ...


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ACLU panel looks at transgender rights - It was against the backdrop of David Weinberg Photography's Transfluent exhibition that a panel of leading trans advocates put forward a grim cultural narrative during a discussion on transgender rights at Weinberg's gallery on Dec. 3 that the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Illinois organized. ACLU Director of the LGBT and HIV Project John Knight, Illinois Safe ...


New-report-on-transgender-experiences-in-sex-work-calls-for-decriminalization

New report on transgender experiences in sex work calls for decriminalization - From a press release - December 7, 2015….New York, NY - The Red Umbrella Project ( RedUP ), the National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ), and Best Practices Policy Project ( BPPP ) today released a groundbreaking report on the experiences of transgender people in the sex trade. Meaningful Work: Transgender Experiences in the Sex Trade presents new data and analysis from the ...


School-district-keeps-agreement-on-trans-student-says-wont-apply-district-wide-

School district keeps agreement on trans student, says won't apply district-wide - Videos below article - A Northwest suburban school district voted Dec. 7 to uphold an agreement that will allow a Palatine trans student to utilize her school's girls' locker room facilities. More than 600 people attended the emergency meeting of the Township High School District 211 Board of Education, which was called at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, in the heated ...


TLC-series-bout-trans-teen-Jazz-Jennings-picked-up-for-second-season

TLC series bout trans teen Jazz Jennings picked up for second season - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — The groundbreaking series I AM JAZZ returns to TLC for a second season and will continue to follow the life of 15-year-old Jazz — as she balances school, sports, family, and more — documenting her triumphs and struggles from the perspective of a transgender teen. The first season had viewers follow Jazz as she faced decisions ...


Controversy-continues-over-Palatine-trans-student-decision-

Controversy continues over Palatine trans student decision - The decision over whether a transgender girl at a Palatine high school can use the locker room corresponding to the gender with which she identifies has stirred more controversy, with the school district's board now saying that federal authorities have misrepresented the agreement. After a long meeting Wednesday night, members of the Township High School District 211 School Board announced ...


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Transgender Palatine student allowed full locker room access - The school board for Township 211, on Dec. 2, voted to accept a proposed agreement with the Office of Civil Rights ( OCR ) for the Department of Education which would allow a transgender student in suburban Palatine access to the locker room facilities of the gender with which she identifies. Note: See later coverage, Controversy continues over Palatine trans ...


Youth-trans-group-announces-launch-on-South-Side

Youth trans group announces launch on South Side - In order to create a safe space for transgender and gender-expansive youth, clinicians from Chicago Counseling Associates & Beverly Therapists and The Juniper Center formed a support group, Gendernauts, for Chicago area youth ages 14-21. The first group kicked off this past summer at The Juniper Center in Park Ridge, Illinois, and had seven members. The group has moved to ...


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U.S. Rep. Quigley talks transgender task force - The rampant murders, attacks and discrimination against transgender people was finally addressed on Capitol Hill Nov. 17 as U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as vice chair of the Equality Caucus, announced the formation of a Transgender Equality Task Force. According to a press release from Quigley's office, the task force is designed to "analyze current barriers ...


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ICE will not house transgender immigrants at remote detention facility - From a Immigration Equality press release - New York, NY - Today Immigration Equality, the nation's leading organization representing and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) and HIV-affected immigrants, celebrated news from Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) that it would no longer pursue using Adelanto Detention Facility in California as a center for detaining transgender immigrants. The news comes after a ...


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National roundup: Leelah Alcorn; gay nominee; Ohio and conversion therapy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Almost one year ago, transgender teen Leelah Alcorn took her life along a stretch of Interstate 71 near Kings Mill, Ohio. Advocate.com reported that a tribute went up along I-71 that aims to honor Alcorn's life. Alcorn's friends and supporters teamed up to participate in the state's Adopt-a-Highway program, placing a sign reading "In memory of Leelah Alcorn" along the ...


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World news: Homicide conviction; France and PrEP; terrorist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Philippine court convicted U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of transgender Filipina woman Jennifer Laude, according to BuzzFeed. Pemberton's attorneys said he hired Laude for sex after the two met at a club on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton's lawyers told local media that he admitted to choking her in a nearby hotel room after discovering she was ...


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Entertainment news: Bette Midler; Eddie Redmayne; Oprah; Anna Wintour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bette Midler took to social media to address the fact that Caitlyn Jenner is voting Republican, according to NewNowNext.com. On Twitter, Midler posted, "People, #CaitlynJenner says she is STILL voting GOP in2016. Regardless of gender identity, I guess she identifies most as 'uninformed.'" For actor Eddie Redmayne, portraying a woman in The Danish Girl meant transforming more than just his ...


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Trans Lifeline marks one-year anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 24, The Trans Lifeline held its one-year anniversary celebration at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., commemorating a watershed period of rapid growth and outreach. Co-titled "Message In A Bottle," the benefit event featured an informal award ceremony, a dance party, spoken word and musical performances, a full-course dinner, two DJs and a host of personal experiences. ...


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HUD proposes rule to assure equal access to housing matching gender identity - The U.S. Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) announced its proposed "Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual's Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs Rule ( Gender Identity Rule )." It is a rule requiring shelters to treat transgender people according to their gender identity in emergency shelters. The proposed rule was created after reviewing and monitoring ...


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Rule proposed to assure equal access to housing matching gender identity - From press releases - From U.S. Housing and Urban Development: WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) announced its proposed "Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual's Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs Rule ( Gender Identity Rule )." The proposed Gender Identity Rule was created after reviewing and monitoring the implementation of HUD's Equal Access to ...







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