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Federal-Court-Blocks-All-Aspects-of-Trumps-Transgender-Military-Ban

Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban - From press releases - From ACLU BALTIMORE — A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of the president's directive banning transgender service members from serving in the military while the ACLU's lawsuit challenging it moves forward. The preliminary injunction stops the president from kicking out transgender people currently serving in the military, from barring ...


NCAVP-HRC-TPOCC-release-reports-on-anti-trans-violence

NCAVP, HRC/TPOCC release reports on anti-trans violence - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released the report "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016." The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate-partner violence (IPV) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states, including California, Texas, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont and Missouri. (Chicago's Center ...


Jury-awards-1M-to-Oklahoma-transgender-woman-in-Title-VII-employment-case-

Jury awards $1M+ to Oklahoma transgender woman in Title VII employment case - From news releases - From Freedom for All Americans: Jury Awards Over $1M to Oklahoma Transgender Woman in Title VII Employment Discrimination Case OKLAHOMA — Today a jury out of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled in favor of Rachel Tudor [ http://files.eqcf.org/cases/w-d-okla-515-cv-00324-docket/ ] , a transgender woman who faced discrimination in her job as professor at a university . The case ...


VIEWS-Popes-record-on-LGBT-issues-weakened-by-criticism-of-transgender-community

VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community - - Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-marked-with-march-rally

Trans Day of Remembrance marked with march, rally - On Nov. 19, Brave Space Alliance, in partnership with Trans Liberation Collective, acknowledged Trans Day of Remembrance with a celebration of trans lives, a seminar on racism led by Andre Perez and Dezjorn Gauthier, and a short march and rally along 51st Street. The event took place at the Brave Space Alliance community space at 1434 W. 51st St. Events ...


Dr-Kathleen-Robbins-appointed-to-IL-Senate-Task-Force-on-Discrimination-Harassment

Dr. Kathleen Robbins appointed to IL Senate Task Force on Discrimination, Harassment - From an EI press release - Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement. We applaud the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins by Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to the Illinois Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Kathleen is an excellent addition to the task force. She has significant life experiences, ...


Tambor-leaving-Transparent-after-accusations-

Tambor leaving 'Transparent' after accusations - In the wake of two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor decided not to return to the Amazon series, Deadline reported. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," said Tambor of the Emmy-winning role . "What has become ...


Planned-Parenthood-of-Illinois-Marks-Transgender-Awareness-Week

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Marks Transgender Awareness Week - From a press release - [Chicago] — Nov. 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Illinois is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood of ...


Violence-against-transgender-people-decried-loved-ones-remembered

Violence against transgender people decried, loved ones remembered - From a Unitarian Church of Evanston press release - ( Chicago, IL ) — The 19th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will honor those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. The event began when vigils were held to mourn the loss of Rita Hester, who was murdered in November 1998 in Boston. The Revs. Bret Lortie and Eileen Wiviott will help lead a remembrance of ...


Lipinski-opponent-mom-of-trans-child-to-host-Sidetrack-event

Lipinski opponent, mom of trans child, to host Sidetrack event - Marie Newman, first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois, will be hosting a fundraiser at Sidetrack Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 pm. This event will help her continue to oppose Rep. Dan Lipinski, the anti-LGBT incumbent. Newman welcomes all members of Chicago's LGBT+ community and their allies to stop by and say hello, ask questions and ...


Engaging-Prospective-Transgender-Non-Binary-Foster-and-Adoptive-Parents-a-new-guide

Engaging Prospective Transgender, Non-Binary Foster and Adoptive Parents, a new guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, released Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. "With more than 100,000 ...


Local-Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-events-planned

Local Trans Day of Remembrance events planned - The National Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDOR ) is Monday, Nov. 20. It honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. In addition, during the week of Nov. 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help increase the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Below are ...


NCLR-Fellow-Alex-Chen-Makes-Forbes-30-Under-30-for-Trans-Youth-Work

NCLR Fellow Alex Chen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 for Trans Youth Work - From a press release - National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Alexander Chen, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 today for his groundbreaking legal work to expand the rights of transgender youth. At NCLR, Chen works with legal director Shannon Minter, one of the transgender attorneys leading the fight against Trump's transgender military ban. Before his work ...


-ACLU-attorney-Strangio-discusses-trans-rights-at-UChicago-event

ACLU attorney Strangio discusses trans rights at UChicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The legal fight for trans people and rights is entirely antithetical to the vision of my work because I do not really believe in rights or the law but I am a lawyer so I do deal with those concepts in my work," said ACLU's Chase Strangio. This vision of the world was woven into all of Strangio's remarks at ...


City-softens-single-user-restroom-regulations-

City softens single-user restroom regulations - According to a code memo issued by Commissioner Judith Frydland on Oct. 17, businesses have the option of designating each single-user restroom as unisex. Frydland wrote that "many believe that single-user unisex restrooms are more welcoming for parents and guardians accompanying small children, individuals who may require assistance from a caregiver, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. For small restaurants ...


Trans-candidate-discusses-historic-Virginia-victory

Trans candidate discusses historic Virginia victory - Danica Roem, who on Nov. 7 won an election to become the Commonwealth of Virginia's—and the nation's—first transgender state legislator elected as an out candidate ( a previous transgender elected official, Althea Garrison, had been outed while in office ), spoke with national press on Nov. 10 about her historic win. Roem, who will soon represent the House of Delegates' ...


Under-Review-Transgender-airman-inspired-by-grandfathers-service-weighs-future

Under Review: Transgender airman inspired by grandfather's service weighs future - From an ABC press release - Sterling Crutcher grew up idolizing his grandfather, and he said his desire to join the military was shaped in part by years of hearing his stories. "He was always a big proponent of the military," Crutcher told ABC News. Crutcher's grandfather recounted stories of the missions he had been on and his life in the armed forces. "We heard them ...


OSchool-aims-to-teach-women-about-pleasure

O.School aims to teach women about pleasure - Backed with $800,000 in Silicon Valley venture capital, a queer woman from Oakland is launching a national online platform focused on pleasure education for women and gender diverse people. On Nov. 3, technology entrepreneur Andrea Barrica, 27, launched her latest startup, O.School ( https://www.o.school/ ), with five daily livestreams of sex education for college-aged and older adults. The programming will ...


Roem-become-only-out-trans-state-legislator-in-US-

Roem become only out trans state legislator in U.S. - From press releases - Washington, DC — Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem will become the first out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature — and the only out trans state legislator in the entire United States. Her historic victory at the polls Tuesday night is imbued with symbolism, as she defeated 25-year incumbent "Bigot Bob" Marshall, one of ...


Minneapolis-Jenkins-is-1st-trans-woman-to-win-city-council-seat-in-major-US-city-

Minneapolis: Jenkins is 1st trans woman to win city council seat in major U.S. city - Washington, DC —Minneapolis made history Tuesday night — electing Andrea Jenkins the first openly trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city. Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about the win: "Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight — becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-events-planned

Trans Day of Remembrance events planned - From a Brave Space Alliance press release - Brave Space Alliance plans a full day of events, with a focus on reframing the focus, for Trans Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ), Nov. 19, 2017. Nov. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.: Workshop with America in Transition Location: Brave Space Alliance, 1434 W. 51st St. America in Transition is a documentary series that explores family, community, and social ...


Middleton-first-openly-transgender-person-elected-to-non-judicial-office-in-California-

Middleton first openly transgender person elected to non-judicial office in California - From an Equality California press release - Los Angeles — Palm Springs City Council Candidate Lisa Middleton will become the first out transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California with her commanding first place win in today's election. Additionally, Palm Springs City Council Candidate Christy Holstege will become another LGBTQ voice on the Palm Springs City Council as the winner of the second open seat. ...


Untold-Tales-of-Armistead-Maupin-to-premiere-on-Independent-Lens-Jan-1

Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin to premiere on Independent Lens Jan. 1 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30PM ET ( check local listings ) on PBS. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved ...


TransTech-holds-first-of-its-kind-summit

TransTech holds first-of-its-kind summit - TransTech Social Enterprises kicked off Trans Awareness Month with a first-of-its-kind summit Nov. 3 at Columbia College and Nov. 4 at Groupon headquarters in Chicago. The summit is the brainchild of TransTech Social Enterprises Founder and CEO Angelica Ross ( who was recently cast on Ryan Murphy's new FX show Pose alongside four other transgender actors ) and featured a ...


Doc-looks-at-trans-Tupperware-salesperson

Doc looks at trans Tupperware salesperson - ABC News will be releasing a new short-documentary entitled Unsealed: The Story Behind Long Island's Tupperware Queen. It follows Jennifer Bobbi after her transition from Robert Suchan who—by dressing in drag and embodying the outlandish Aunt Barbara—was once North America's top-selling Tupperware salesperson. However, parties were canceled and debts started to mount after announcing his transition to become Jennifer. Now ...


Trans-leader-Reyna-Ortiz-on-new-book-being-prom-queen

Trans leader Reyna Ortiz on new book, being prom queen - Trans Latinx activist and advocate Reyna Ortiz's upcoming book, "T: Stands for Truth," will be released Nov. 7. "It is about my life and experiences as a trans Latina living in Chicago," said Ortiz. "From sex work to social work, telling my story is obviously really personal. But, I wanted it to be truthful. So many trans women are living ...


TransWorks-starting-mentorship-program

TransWorks starting mentorship program - Chicago House is launching its fourth TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning Wed., Nov. 15. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between trans* individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender identified individuals to participate in the six month program as mentors. Mentor applicants must ...


Global-Surveys-of-Intersex-and-Trans-Groups-Reveal-Critical-Funding-Gap

Global Surveys of Intersex and Trans Groups Reveal Critical Funding Gap - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice ( Astraea ) and Global Action for Trans Equality ( GATE ) released the findings of their global surveys of intersex and trans organizations in 107 countries engaged in advocacy, services and education in two new reports, The State of Intersex Organizing and ...


National-roundup-Cakeshop-case-another-trans-murder-LGBTQ-gun-club

National roundup: Cakeshop case, another trans murder, LGBTQ gun club - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers advocating for the gay couple who insist they should be able to purchase a wedding cake from a baker under Colorado law—regardless of religious objections—filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, according to The Washington Blade. In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, a pair of opening briefs was submitted by Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which argues the court should ...


Federal-District-Court-Stops-Transgender-Military-Ban-in-Doe-v-Trump-

Federal District Court Stops Transgender Military Ban in Doe v. Trump - In a blow to the President Donald Trump, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has stopped him from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. In July, Trump announced that he would ban transgender people from the military, reversing former President Barack Obama's policy. The following month, the transgender service members sued to block the ban—which had not yet ...


US-Doctors-Need-Intersex-Care-Standards

US: Doctors Need Intersex Care Standards - From a press release - ( New York, October 26, 2017 ) — Medical professional associations should enact standards of care for intersex children that rule out medically unnecessary surgery before patients are old enough to consent, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. After decades of controversy in the medical community over the procedures, the lack of centralized care standards ...


Chicago-Intersex-activists-protest-at-Lurie-Oct-26-

Chicago Intersex activists protest at Lurie Oct. 26 - From a press release - Chicago Intersex activist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis, a national leader in the fight for intersex rights, is a survivor of numerous medical procedures described as "corrective" measures, performed at Children's Memorial Hospital ( now Lurie ) during their childhood. Pagonis is leading a protest Thursday, Oct. 26, noon at Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave ( live stream will ...


Survey-findings-illustrate-Illinois-trans-community-challenges-

Survey findings illustrate Illinois trans community challenges - A report released this month calls attention to myriad challenges facing members of Illinois' transgender community. The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, released at the end of 2016, is intended, according to its website, as "the community's go-to resource for helping the public understand trans people. It's shown us how many trans people have faced discrimination and harassment at school, work, ...


GLAD-and-NCLR-Call-Out-Trump-Administration-For-Transgender-Military-Ban-

GLAD and NCLR Call Out Trump Administration For Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - Former Top Military Leaders File Powerful Statements of Support, As 15 State Attorneys General, National Advocacy Groups, and Leading Health Care Organizations Join the Call to Immediately Halt the Ban ( WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) hit back at the ...


TLDEF-Files-Brief-in-Support-of-Transgender-Servicemembers-on-Military-Ban

TLDEF Files Brief in Support of Transgender Servicemembers on Military Ban - From a press release - New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed an amicus or "friend of the court" brief with the United States federal court in Washington, D.C. in support of transgender troops who are challenging the ban on open transgender military service. Last July, President Trump announced the ban via Twitter. The brief supports a lawsuit against the Trump ...


National-roundup-Stonewall-intersex-case-Caitlyn-Jenner-Kamala-Harris

National roundup: Stonewall, intersex case, Caitlyn Jenner, Kamala Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Trump administration ( and the National Park Service ) withdrew support for a ceremony at Stonewall National Monument that involved the dedication of the rainbow flag, Raw Story noted. Last year, President Obama designated the monument to commemorate the uprising in New York City and the LGBT community that fought back for equality. The park is in New York ...


Justice-Dept-steps-in-trans-murder-case

Justice Dept. steps in trans murder case - In an unusual move that Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated, the Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, according to The New York Times. Kedarie Johnson ( a 16-year-old student in Burlington, Iowa ) was fatally shot in March 2016. Christopher ...


Calif-Gov-signs-non-binary-gender-ID-bill

Calif. Gov. signs non-binary gender ID bill - From a press release - Sacramento—California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill making it easier to change gender markers on state-issued identification documents and that creates a gender-neutral, non-binary category in addition to "male" and "female." Senate Bill ( SB ) 179, authored by Sens. Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) and Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and sponsored by ...


Attny-Gen-Madigan-files-brief-opposing-ban-on-transgender-military-service

Attny Gen Madigan files brief opposing ban on transgender military service - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 14 other attorneys general, filed an amicus brief opposing the federal administration's plans to ban military service by transgender individuals. The amicus brief, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that banning transgender individuals from serving in the military is unconstitutional, against the interest of national ...


Portage-Park-teen-still-missing

Portage Park teen still missing - A transgender boy who went missing from their Portage Park nearly two weeks ago is still missing, according to reports. Kayleigh Green, 15, went missing from their home sometime in the night between the evening of Oct. 2 and the early morning of Oct. 3. Media reports refer to Green as a female, but a missing-persons poster distributed locally by ...


Bipartisan-Legislation-Introduced-to-Protect-Trans-Service-Members

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Protect Trans Service Members - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, praised members of Congress for introducing bipartisan legislation that would help protect transgender service members from being discharged because of President Trump's unconscionable transgender military ban. The legislation was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Jackie ...


Trans-Teen-Who-Died-By-Suicide-Protected-By-Federal-Law-Federal-Court-Rules

Trans Teen Who Died By Suicide Protected By Federal Law, Federal Court Rules - From a press release - ( San Diego, CA, October 13, 2017 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) filed an amended complaint on behalf of the mother of a transgender boy in her lawsuit against a hospital for discrimination against her son. Katharine Prescott filed the amended complaint after the Court's ruling on September ...


Chicago-trans-woman-alleges-discrimination-at-Indiana-apple-orchard-

Chicago trans woman alleges discrimination at Indiana apple orchard - A transgender Chicago woman is contemplating legal action after she and her friends were ejected by police from a popular Northwest Indiana apple farm. LaSaia Wade and 11 friends were asked to leave County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana, on Oct. 7 after staff objected to Wade's dog, a pit bull, which Wade said she repeatedly explained was a service ...


TRANSPARENT-Jill-Soloway-discusses-the-future-of-the-Pfeffermans

TRANSPARENT Jill Soloway discusses the future of the Pfeffermans - Transparent won't be winding down anytime soon. A fifth season of the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series ( about a transgender female who began a gender transition late in life and her family's subsequent self-revelations ) began pre-production even before season four's recent premiere on Amazon Prime Video. This season, the Jewish-American Pfefferman clan ends up in Israel, where ...


National-trans-group-launches-political-arm-for-impact-on-elections

National trans group launches political arm for impact on elections - A leading national transgender group has launched a political arm aimed at electing candidates to advance transgender rights. The National Center for Transgender Equality, which has existed since 2003 as 501( c )( 3 ) lobbying group, announced its new 501( c )( 4 ) at an event Oct. 3 at the D.C.-based law firm of Squire, Patton, Boggs. Mara ...


100-congress-members-seek-information-on-transgender-military-service-ban

100+ congress members seek information on transgender military service ban - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2017 )—More than 100 Members of Congress wrote to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asking him to provide any "discussions or correspondence between the White House and the Pentagon" that purportedly informed President Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal ...


World-news-Elton-John-UN-resolution-Nepalese-trans-first

World news: Elton John, UN resolution, Nepalese trans first - The Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C, a press release noted. In the United States, EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of ...


Author-of-trans-focused-childrens-book-opens-Safe-Schools-Symposium

Author of trans-focused children's book opens Safe Schools Symposium - Giving the morning keynote at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's inaugural Symposium on Oct. 9, author Alex Gino acknowledged, "2017 is complicated as A.F. .... We are seeing our rights as queer people [and others] at risk." But Gino, who described themselves as a "cynic," also acknowledged, "While we're seeing some terrifying stuff this year, there are more rights to protect ...


DoJ-calls-for-broad-religious-exemption-interpretation-leading-groups-speak-out-

DoJ calls for broad religious exemption interpretation, leading groups speak out - From press releases - From National LGBTQ Task Force: We won't stand for it. WASHINGTON-DC: The Trump-Sessions Department of Justice released guidance this morning calling for broad interpretations of religious exemptions across the federal government. The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force: "The Trump-Sessions so-called "religious liberty" guidance is completely unsurprising. This administration has shown again ...


Sessions-reversing-pro-trans-policy-

Sessions reversing pro-trans policy - Fact sheet below - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the Justice Department's policy that a 1964 civil-rights law protects transgender individuals from discrimination, The Hill reported. In a memo that BuzzFeed obtained, Sessions said that the Justice Department will no longer interpret Title VII of of the Civil Rights Act to mean that the law's protections extend to discrimination based on gender identity. ...


Groups-condemn-ban-on-transgender-military-service

Groups condemn ban on transgender military service - From a press release - Washington, DC — Following the August 25 decision by the Trump Administration, the LGBT Bar, NAPABA, NBA, NAWL, and HNBA released a joint statement condemning any ban on transgender military service. An estimated 15,000 transgender individuals currently serve with honor in the US armed forces and an additional 134,000 transgender veterans are currently living across the country. To bar anyone ...


Pope-denounces-gender-confirmation-technologies-DignityUSA-responds

Pope denounces gender confirmation technologies, DignityUSA responds - From press release - "Pope Francis' statement denouncing technologies that support gender confirmation demonstrates the Pontiff's tragic ignorance on the challenges faced by transgender people, and puts this population at risk of increased discrimination and violence," according to DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Catholic Church and society. The group noted that transgender ...


Azerbaijan-In-Anti-Gay-Crackdown-Gay-Men-Transgender-Women-Tortured-

Azerbaijan: In Anti-Gay Crackdown Gay Men, Transgender Women Tortured - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Berlin, October 3, 2017 ) — Police in Azerbaijan have conducted a violent campaign, arresting and torturing men presumed to be gay or bisexual, as well as transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviews with released detainees and lawyers confirmed that since mid-September, police in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital, have detained dozens of people on dubious ...


City-council-committee-advances-resolution-opposing-trans-military-ban

City council committee advances resolution opposing trans military ban - The Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations passed a resolution on Oct. 4 opposing the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals. The motion, titled "Expression of opposition to decision of President Donald J. Trump to ban members of transgender community from military service," passed unanimously and will be forwarded to the entire City Council Oct. 11. ...


National-roundup-Bisexual-politicians-shooting-conviction-Trump-ban

National roundup: Bisexual politicians, shooting conviction, Trump ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is running for the Senate seat held by Jeff Flake, ending months of speculation about her political future and giving Democrats a top-tier fundraiser with experience on Capitol Hill, AZCentral.com reported. In a video announcing her bid,the Arizona Democrat recounts her upbringing in a family that fell from the middle class into homelessness. She made her ...


World-news-Arrests-in-Egypt-trans-man-denied-German-couple-marry

World news: Arrests in Egypt, trans man denied, German couple marry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Seven people were arrested in Egypt for raising a rainbow-pride flag at a concert in Cairo by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, whose lead singer ( Hamed Sinno ) is gay, LGBTQ Nation reported. They were detained for "promoting sexual deviancy"—one of the several laws authorities use to go after LGBTQ people, despite homosexuality not being explicitly criminalized under Egyptian law. ...


Angelica-Ross-and-AARP-host-TransTech-Summit-Nov-3-4-in-Chicago

Angelica Ross and AARP host TransTech Summit Nov. 3-4 in Chicago - The TransTech Summit is the first of its kind. Created by Angelica Ross, the summit will kick-off Trans Awareness Month providing training in the following four categories: Design Technology, Web/App Technology, Media Technology, and Business Technology with workshops all led by trans and gender non-conforming facilitators. The summit will feature a kick-off game-night Friday, Nov. 3, hosted by Columbia College ...


More-than-600-attend-Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-at-Center-on-Halsted

More than 600 attend Windy City Times Job Fair at Center on Halsted - Video below - More than 85 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits participated in the third annual Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, at Center on Halsted. An estimated 600 people attended the event, which included two panel discussions. The Job Fair coincided with the launch of the Windy City Times #HireTrans citywide campaign to push all ...


Transgender-teen-brutally-murdered-in-Missouri

Transgender teen brutally murdered in Missouri - HRC press release below - Three suspects were arrested in conjunction with the graphic murder of a transgender teenager in Texas County, Missouri. The body of Ally Steinfeld, 17, was discovered near the residence of 24-year-old Briana Calderas, who was arrested along with Isis Schauer and Andrew Vrba, both 18. Vrba told police he repeatedly stabbed Steinfeld, gouging out her eyes and genitals; the women ...


HRC-Roy-Moore-in-the-US-Senate-Would-Be-Dangerous-for-LGBTQ-Alabamians

HRC: Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate Would Be Dangerous for LGBTQ Alabamians - From an HRC press release - Birmingham, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the Alabama Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In this election, Alabama Republican primary voters were given no viable choice when it comes to a ...


Banned-Books-Week-through-Sept-30-celebrates-power-of-words

Banned Books Week, through Sept. 30, celebrates power of words - From a press release - Libraries, bookstores and schools are marking Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30, as an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week, thousands of libraries, bookstores, schools and theaters host events that focus on the dangers of censorship and celebrate the right to choose ...


Speech-language-pathologist-advocates-for-cultural-competence

Speech-language pathologist advocates for cultural competence - Veteran speech-language pathologist Dr. Arnell Brady preaches two things: the value of oral language—which he has dedicated his career to focusing on—and the need for cultural competence. "Oral language is the thread that binds us into a culture," said Brady. "It is also the most powerful medicine we have on this planet. It's the very tool that we use to ...


Huggable-Riot-to-Open-First-LGBTQ-Revue

Huggable Riot to Open First LGBTQ Revue - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Huggable Riot is proud to announce the opening of its first LGBTQ revue, Queerly Beloved, on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Written by a spectrum-spanning all-queer-identifying cast of first-time Rioters, Queerly Beloved explores the notion of identity and what it means to be LGBTQ in today's world. This revue ...


Building-a-Trans-Inclusive-Community-workshop-Oct-17

Building a Trans-Inclusive Community workshop Oct. 17 - A workshop entitled Building a Trans-Inclusive Community will be presented by Kate Harrington-Rosen & Jes Scheinpflug from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 607 Lake Street in Evanston. Because work, school, worship, friends and family tend to be conditioned by society to view and treat gender in ways that don't serve society well, this interactive 2-hour workshop is designed for community ...


Why-is-transface-still-a-thing-in-Hollywood

Why is 'transface' still a thing in Hollywood? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Let's give them the representation they deserve, but let's not actually include them in it!" This seems to be the twisted mantra that Hollywood's film and TV world holds onto so closely when it comes to casting transgender actors for trans roles. Today, representation of trans actors in television is at the highest it has ever been. However, that "high" ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-Courageous-talk

Center on Halsted hosts 'Courageous' talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Center on Halsted's ( the Center ) held the first in a series of conversations, "Courageous Conversations: United/Divided—Divisions Among Our Communities," Sept. 21 at the Center. Jackie Rosa ( For Colored Girls Collective founder ) moderated the event, which featured a diverse group of panelists—Channyn Lynne Parker ( Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center youth drop-in manager ), First Nations ...


Attorney-Gen-Madigan-files-brief-with-Supreme-Court-defending-voting-rights

Attorney Gen. Madigan files brief with Supreme Court defending voting rights - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of 13 Attorneys General in filing a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of voting rights under the National Voter Registration Act. The brief, filed in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute ( No. 16-980 ), argues that Ohio's practice of deregistering voters under a "Supplemental ...


HireTrans-Chicago-campaign-launches

#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches - A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fair Sept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago's LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming ( TGNC ) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the job. More than 60 ...


HireTrans-Chicago-campaign-launches

#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches - CHICAGO — A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fair Sept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago's LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming ( TGNC ) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the job. More ...


National-roundup-Trans-bill-blocked-student-killed-Chelsea-Manning

National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Senate Republican leaders blocked a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense bill that would have stopped the Pentagon from implementing the bulk of President Trump's ban on transgender service members, Metro Weekly reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the kibbosh on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, deciding not to file for cloture. As written, the ...


World-news-Jewish-lawmaker-LGBT-crimes-trans-school-reopens

World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal Guetta, of the Shas party, said in an Israeli radio interview that he and his family had gone to the celebration—held two years ago in Israel—because he wanted his sister's son to be happy, although same-sex marriage ...


GLAD-NCLR-react-to-transgender-military-ban-anti-transgender-judicial-nominee

GLAD, NCLR react to transgender military ban, anti-transgender judicial nominee - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), the LGBT advocacy organizations at the center of the transgender military fight, expressed outrage over comments made by Trump judicial nominee Jeff Mateer following reports that he called transgender children part of "Satan's Plan" and ...


California-Legislature-Passes-Bill-Creating-Non-Binary-Gender-for-State-IDs

California Legislature Passes Bill Creating Non-Binary Gender for State IDs - From a press release - Sacramento — The California Legislature last night approved a bill that would make it easier to change gender markers on state-issued identification documents as well as create a gender-neutral, non-binary category in addition to "male" and "female." Senate Bill ( SB ) 179, authored by Sens. Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) and Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...


Trans-woman-is-20th-killed-this-year

Trans woman is 20th killed this year - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Derricka Banner, 26, was found shot and killed in a vehicle on Sept. 12, according to QNotes. Banner is believed to be at least the 20th traansgender person murdered in the country so far this year. Almost all of the victims have been women of color. Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, has been arrested; he is being ...


Trans-Disaster-Relief-Fund-site-launched

Trans Disaster Relief Fund site launched - The TFA Trans Disaster Relief Fund website has been launched to aid trans, intersex and genderqueer community members affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The TransAdvocate's parent organization, the Transgender Foundation of America, has organized a community disaster relief fund. The website provides step-by-step instructions for those needing medical, housing and financial assistance. The site is at http://TDRFund.us . ...







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