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ACLU-responds-to-filing-of-lawsuit-regarding-transgender-student-locker-room-access

ACLU responds to filing of lawsuit regarding transgender student locker room access - From a press release - Statement of Edwin C. Yohnka Director of Communications and Public Policy Re: Lawsuit against District 211 regarding transgender student access May 4, 2016 Today's lawsuit is a sad development by groups opposed to fair and humane treatment of all students, including those who are transgender. Over the past few weeks, a federal appellate court and the Chicago Public Schools ...


BREAKING-Oxford-Ala-Council-Retreats-Votes-to-Repeal-Shameful-Anti-Trans-Ord-

BREAKING: Oxford Ala. Council Retreats, Votes to Repeal Shameful Anti-Trans Ord. - From a press release - MONTGOMERY Ala. - At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2 to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a $500 fine or 6 ...


BREAKING-US-Justice-Dept-Says-HB2-Violates-Federal-Law-Gives-Gov-McCrory-Monday-Deadline-

BREAKING: U.S. Justice Dept. Says HB2 Violates Federal Law, Gives Gov. McCrory Monday Deadline - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to news that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. As reported by the Charlotte Observer, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Reality-show-features-football-gender-fluidity

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Reality show features football, gender fluidity - Esquire Network's Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country is bringing attention to a gender-fluid 8-year-old this season. One of the cast members prefers to be called Abby Scott some days and Adam Scott on others while being raised in Monaca, Pennsylvania. The Esquire reality show centers around six football teams in the Beaver County Youth Football League, in which Scott plays. ...


Gender-identity-options-added-to-college-applications

Gender-identity options added to college applications - On April 25, both The Universal College Application ( UCA ) and The Common Application announced significant changes to their college application forms beginning in the 2016/2017 academic year. The UCA will both change the question of an individual's sex on its standardized form to 'legal sex' as well as adding an optional field for an applicant to note their ...


Suburb-to-institute-gender-neutral-restrooms

Suburb to institute gender-neutral restrooms - The Chicago suburb of Highland Park has instituted that all new single-occupancy bathrooms must be designated as "gender-netural" or "all-gender," WLS-TV reported. Officials contend the policy is designed to accommodate the transgender community. Legislation involving transgender individuals and restrooms have been in the spotlight recently. Laws in Mississippi and North Carolina require transgender people to use restrooms that correspond to ...


Chicago-Fed-looks-at-TRANSitioning-in-the-Workplace

Chicago Fed looks at 'TRANSitioning in the Workplace' - If there is any light to be found between the hatred, intolerance and antagonism cast by North Carolina's anti-LGBT bill HB2 and its counterparts in legislative committees or on House and/or Senate floors across the United States, it is in organizations like Target. Despite concerted efforts by hate groups such as the American Family Association and One Million Moms ( ...


IKEA-AIG-Join-200-Business-Leaders-Against-HB-2-

IKEA, AIG Join 200+ Business Leaders Against HB 2 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC have announced that executives from 23andMe, Instacart, The Honest Company, United Guaranty Corporation, Cabot Creamery, Castlight Health, Inc., Willis Towers Watson, Merck, IKEA US, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., AIG, Yadkin Bank and Direct Marketing Association have signed onto an open letter that now includes nearly 200 leading CEOs ...


Upcoming-Chicago-House-spring-brunch-I-Am-Jazz-fashion-awards-

Upcoming: Chicago House spring brunch, 'I Am Jazz,' fashion awards, - Chicago House's annual spring brunch May 1 Chicago House's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show will take place Sunday, May 1, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch/fashion show commencing at 11:45 a.m. This year's event takes on a special meaning, as it will also serve as a farewell to Executive ...


Springfield-area-trans-student-wins-access-in-settlement-with-school

Springfield area trans student wins access in settlement with school - From a press release - A Springfield area high school student who is transgender has resolved a complaint against his school that results in fair and equal treatment for the student, and other transgender students in the district, including access to the gender-appropriate restroom and locker room facilities at the school. The student, Alex McCray, attends Williamsville High School, part of Williamsville-Sherman Community Unit School ...


Tenn-gov-urged-to-veto-anti-LGBT-bill

Tenn. gov. urged to veto anti-LGBT bill - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is being asked to veto a bill the Tennessee Legislature recently passed. House Bill 1840/Senate Bill 1556 states that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client regarding goals or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Pro-LGBT groups have condemned ...


-National-Trans-teens-letter-Cruz-blasted-Michelle-Obamas-statement

National: Trans teen's letter, Cruz blasted, Michelle Obama's statement - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender ninth-grader wrote a letter to N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory about the so-called "bathroom bill," a press release stated. The boy, Skye Thomson, sent it to the governor, and the National Center for Transgender Equality posted it on Twitter and Facebook. In part, Thomson wrote, "I've dealt with bullying my whole life. And now I feel that my own ...


HRC-Blasts-Ted-Cruzs-New-Transphobic-Ad

HRC Blasts Ted Cruz's New Transphobic Ad - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement on Ted Cruz's despicable new campaign ad attacking transgender people. "Ted Cruz's transphobic smear campaign peddles a dangerous brand of hate and ignorance," said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. "At a time when transgender women are at a disproportionately high risk for violence and assault, Ted Cruz's ...


Lambda-tells-court-State-Dept-intersex-passport-policy-absurd

Lambda tells court State Dept. intersex passport policy 'absurd' - Lambda Legal April 22 urged the U.S. District Court in Colorado to deny the federal government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit Lambda Legal filed on behalf of an intersex client, Dana Zzyym. The U.S. State Department denied Dana a passport because Dana refused to lie on the passport application form, and the form does not provide any gender marker designation ...


250-Sexual-Assault-Domestic-Violence-Groups-Condemn-Anti-Trans-Laws

250+ Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Groups Condemn Anti-Trans Laws - Amid the national uproar over a North Carolina law that codified discrimination against transgender people, more than 250 sexual assault and domestic violence organizations around the country today released a landmark statement calling for an end to legislation that harms transgender people and excludes them from restrooms and other facilities. The nation's leading anti-sexual assault and domestic violence organizations are ...


APA-opposes-state-bills-targeting-LGBTs-

APA opposes state bills targeting LGBTs - WASHINGTON - The American Psychological Association is committed to promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We are therefore seriously concerned about the recent wave of state-level legislation discriminating against these individuals. Our association has a long history of supporting protections for LGBT people, including in those areas currently under attack — most notably employment, ...


Rauner-meets-with-trans-bill-advocates

Rauner meets with trans-bill advocates - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on April 13, met with advocates from Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda, especially with regards to two current pieces of transgender-related legislation. Advocates encouraged Rauner to sign HB 6073, legislation state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored that eases the process by which transgender Illinoisans can change the gender markers on ...


Report-Trans-College-Students-At-Higher-Risk-For-Suicide-Attempts-After-Denial-of-Access

Report: Trans College Students At Higher Risk For Suicide Attempts After Denial of Access - ATLANTA—Transgender university and college students are at a significantly higher risk for suicide attempts when their campus experience includes being denied access to bathrooms and gender-appropriate campus housing, a Georgia State University study finds. "An alarmingly high proportion of the transgender individuals participating in this study — 46.5 percent — had a history of attempted suicide," said Kristie Seelman, assistant ...


Federal-Appeals-Court-Rules-in-Favor-of-Trans-Student-in-Restroom-Case-

Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Trans Student in Restroom Case - Richmond, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled in favor of transgender male student Gavin Grimm in his challenge to Gloucester High School's discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use "alternative, private" facilities. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit marks ...


National-roundup-Task-Forces-call-NC-law-Hillary-and-AIDS-activists

National roundup: Task Force's call, N.C. law, Hillary and AIDS activists - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National LGBTQ Task Force is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to resign. A press release from Executive Director Rea Carey stated that "the governor signed a law, HB 1523, that legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ people. This new law may also lead to discrimination against unmarried people raising children, unmarried people having sex, and others." Carey added, "Contrary to ...


Rauner-meets-with-trans-bill-advocates

Rauner meets with trans-bill advocates - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on April 13, met with advocates from Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda, especially with regards to two current pieces of transgender-related legislation. Advocates encouraged Rauner to sign HB 6073, legislation state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored that eases the process by which transgender Illinoisans can change the gender markers on ...


NCTE-condemns-South-Carolina-Sheriff-Wright-for-threatening-trans-women-

NCTE condemns South Carolina Sheriff Wright for threatening trans women - From a press release - Last week, in remarks at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women's Meeting, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright addressed the anti-trans bill moving through South Carolina's legislature. S. 1203 would restrict access to restrooms in public buildings based on the sex listed on an individual's birth certificate and is currently being heard in a Senate subcommittee. In expressing his support for the bill, ...


UIC-hosts-Her-Story-screening-discussion

UIC hosts 'Her Story' screening, discussion - The Gender and Sexuality Center and the Women's Leadership and Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) hosted a screening and panel discussion April 7 for the web series Her Story. Her Story is about trans and queer women navigating "the intersections of desire and identity." It focuses on two Los Angeles trans women, former ...


Parole-hearing-discrimination-keeps-trans-prisoners-behind-bars-advocates-say

Parole hearing discrimination keeps trans prisoners behind bars, advocates say - By Victoria Law, Truthout - Rickie Blue-Sky will appear before the California parole board on Wednesday. He has spent the past 32 years in prison for an act that he has always asserted he did not do. This will be his fifth parole hearing. He is now 70 years old. In 2013, Blue-Sky appeared before the parole board with numerous certificates showing the programs that ...


Report-Canvassers-can-change-voters-minds-on-trans-issues

Report: Canvassers can change voters' minds on trans issues - Some of the North Carolina lawmakers who rushed through and passed the notorious HB2 anti-transgender legislation last month have argued they were simply responding to the fears of their constituents that allowing transgender people the right to use the bathroom with which they identify will enable sexual predators to invade the privacy of and attack women and children. Although there ...


North-Carolina-Gov-issues-executive-order-forcing-trans-people-to-use-wrong-restroom

North Carolina Gov issues executive order forcing trans people to use wrong restroom - From a press release - RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory ( R ) today issued an executive order that maintains House Bills 2's provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees. The news follows the passage of House Bill 2, a measure that removes existing protections for ...


National-roundup-Transgender-Freedom-Project-NC-news-HIV-ravaged-town

National roundup: Transgender Freedom Project, N.C. news, HIV-ravaged town - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Freedom for All Americans launched the Transgender Freedom Project ( TFP ), a multi-year initiative aimed at building public support for transgender people and transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, according to a press release. The TFP has three main goals: amplifying the stories of transgender Americans in the media and in statehouses, developing winning campaign strategies in partnership with other organizations, and ...


Transgender-Americans-talk-Hillary-Clinton

Transgender Americans talk Hillary Clinton - Publicity feature by Sarah McBride, hillaryclinton.com - Every year, the transgender community and our allies come together for Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the transgender community, and to rededicate ourselves to combatting discrimination and securing equality for transgender people everywhere. Despite unprecedented visibility for the transgender community in media, popular culture, and politics, the reality remains that many trans people are ...


130-CEOs-business-leaders-urging-lawmakers-to-repeal-anti-LGBT-North-Carolina-Law

130+ CEOs, business leaders urging lawmakers to repeal anti-LGBT North Carolina Law - From a press release - WASHINGTON - This morning, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from GE, the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Oracle, Whole Foods Market, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, LabCorp., American Society of Interior Designers, BD, Thermo Fisher ...


Study-Conversation-with-trained-canvassers-reduce-voter-prejudice-against-trans-people

Study: Conversation with trained canvassers reduce voter prejudice against trans people - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2016—Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley report in today's edition of Science that volunteer canvassers trained in an approach developed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center reduced voters' prejudice against transgender people. Last year the study's authors set off a firestorm of debate about the need for transparency in social science research ...


I-Am-Jazz-readings-in-Chicago-in-April-May

'I Am Jazz' readings in Chicago in April, May - The Human Rights Campaign, through its Welcoming Schools program, is planning more than 100 readings of the book I Am Jazz—by transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings—across the nation on the same day. In Chicago, at least three readings will take place. ( Note: The dates differ. ) They will be at: —Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on ...


Lilly-Wachowski-makes-first-public-appearance

Lilly Wachowski makes first public appearance - Director Lilly Wachowski made her first public appearance since coming out as transgender at the GLAAD Media Awards held April 2 in Beverly Hills, California. "My flight instinct is off the charts right now but you have to fight against it," Wachowski told TheWrap of her nerves. She and trans sister Lana attended the event in support of her Netflix ...


Transgender-Day-of-Visibility-observed-locally-nationally

Transgender Day of Visibility observed locally, nationally - The 2016 International Transgender Day of Visibility ( TDOV ) met and exceeded its March 31 goal. The hashtag #TDOV began trending early on Twitter with supportive tweets from organizations including the Black Youth Project ( BYP ) 100, The Trevor Project, TED Talks, It Gets Better and the American Civil Liberties Union. The hashtag is estimated to have reached ...


Her-Story-screening-talk-on-April-7

'Her Story' screening, talk on April 7 - A screening and discussion of the trans-centered new-media series Her Story will take place Thursday, April 7, at the James J. Stukel Towers, 718 W. Rochford St. ( next to the UIC Forum ). The screening will be 4:30-5:30 p.m., with a panel/discussion at 5:30-7 p.m. Her Story takes a look at how trans women navigate the intersections of love ...


Palm-Center-concerned-by-Pentagon-delay-on-transgender-ban

Palm Center concerned by Pentagon delay on transgender ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center, an independent research center publishing state-of-the-art scholarship on transgender personnel in the military, questioned today whether the Pentagon's promised six-month review of its transgender service ban is on track. Last July, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter created a working group to study overturning the ban, calling the current discriminatory policy "outdated, confusing [and] ...


Tennessee-House-Committee-advances-legislative-assault-on-transgender-students-

Tennessee House Committee advances legislative assault on transgender students - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign blasted a vote of 8 to 4 by the Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Committee advancing HB 2414 — an outrageous bill targeting transgender students in public schools and universities. The measure, which now moves to the House Finance Committee, seeks to force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent ...


Freedom-for-All-Americans-begins-1M-transgender-public-education-project

Freedom for All Americans begins $1M transgender public education project - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Freedom for All Americans, the national LGBT nondiscrimination campaign, launched the Transgender Freedom Project, a multi-year initiative aimed at building public support for transgender people and transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections. The launch comes on the heels of tremendous movement on nondiscrimination legislation often specifically targeted at transgender people: In recent weeks, anti-transgender bills have passed or advanced ...


Trans-birth-certificate-bill-to-go-to-IL-House-floor-

Trans birth certificate bill to go to IL House floor - The House Human Services Committee, on April 5, passed a bill 8-6 that would allow transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender marker on their birth certificates. The bill now moves to the House floor. HB 6073, introduced in February by openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, allows a transgender individual to change the birth certificate gender marker without ...


PAC-launches-to-build-trans-political-power-

PAC launches to build trans political power - A group of trans individuals and allies, on April 4, announced the launch of Trans United Fund—the first political action committee dedicated to building political power for trans individuals and advocating for their full equality. According to a statement, the Washington, D.C.-based Trans United Fund will engage trans people and their allies in the political process, build political leadership and ...


Activist-diagnosed-with-brain-cancer-seeks-assistance

Activist diagnosed with brain cancer, seeks assistance - Local LGBT activist, social worker and artist Ian Harris Schroeder has been diagnosed with brain stem glioma—cancerous tumors in and around the brain stem. A few months ago, Schroeder began experiencing dizziness, nausea, and blurred and double vision that doctors first diagnosed as an inner-ear virus. They said Schroeder's virus was psychosomatic and a side effect of their testosterone hormone ...


TRANS-ACTION-Entrepreneur-embraces-visibility-through-example

TRANS ACTION Entrepreneur embraces visibility through example - Chicago-born author and philanthropist W. Clement Stone believed there was little difference in people with one significant exception—attitude. The guiding philosophy for his co-authored 1960 book Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude would evolve into the bedrock of Stone's legacy—one that influenced millions. "Have the courage to face the truth," Stone once said. "Do the right thing because it is ...


Centers-director-of-transgender-relations-discusses-her-post

Center's director of transgender relations discusses her post - Last fall, the Center on Halsted began a search for a director of transgender relations and community engagement. This position, part of a plan to develop a strategic direction to engage transgender and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) communities and create structure, was designed to lead and sustain programming. In February, Minneapolis-based author, professional speaker, trainer and corporate consultant Vanessa ...


Report-Female-trans-detainees-are-abused

Report: Female trans detainees are abused - According to a Human Rights Watch report, dozens of transgender women, including asylum seekers, are locked up in jails or prison-like immigration detention centers across the country. The report, "Do You See How Much I'm Suffering Here?': Abuse against Transgender Women in U.S. Immigration Detention," documents 28 cases of transgender women who were held in U.S. immigration detention between 2011 ...


Trans-Trevor-Project-board-member-focusing-on-visibility-

Trans Trevor Project board member focusing on visibility - When Pollo West Corporation CEO, writer, public speaker and activist Michaela Mendelsohn was a teenager, she suffered what she described as "extreme bullying." "Every day I went to school, I didn't know if I would come back in one piece," she told Windy City Times. "So I decided to remake myself into a kind of He-Man athlete and I succeeded ...


VIEWPOINTS-Bathroom-blues-

VIEWPOINTS: Bathroom blues - North Carolina is at it again. This time for signing into law the so-called "bathroom bill" that requires trans and gender non-conforming persons to use public bathrooms that are consistent with their birth gender, instead of their gender expression. Although this has been unleashing a firestorm of protest in social media and elsewhere, we're afraid that other states might follow ...


National-roundup-Louisiana-action-trans-related-crimes-San-Francisco-mayor

National roundup: Louisiana action, trans-related crimes, San Francisco mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The press secretary for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said that the governor soon will rescind an executive order signed in May by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal that allowed businesses and state agencies to refuse to provide services to gays if doing so contravened their "sincerely held religious beliefs," Deadline reported. The announcement, made in response to a Deadline inquiry, came ...


Trans-related-bills-advance-to-Illinois-House-committee

Trans-related bills advance to Illinois House committee - Legislation that would force transgender students to use separate restroom facilities from their peers—as well as another bill that would make it easier for transgender Illinoisans to change the gender marker on their birth certificates—advanced into the Illinois House Human Services Committee on March 23. The committee next meets April 5. House Bill 4474, which state Rep. Thomas Morrison introduced, ...


Lambda-ACLU-challenge-North-Carolinas-preventing-local-governments-from-protecting-LGBTs

Lambda, ACLU challenge North Carolina's preventing local governments from protecting LGBTs - Lambda Legal and the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday to challenge the constitutionality of a law passed by North Carolina last week to prevent local governments from protecting LGBT people against discrimination. The announcement came the same day Georgia's Republican governor vetoed a bill that claimed to protect the freedom of religious officials to decline to perform ...


Transgender-women-abused-in-immigration-detention

Transgender women abused in immigration detention - From Human Rights Watch - Dozens of transgender women, including asylum seekers who have come to the United States seeking protection from abuse in their home countries, are locked up in jails or prison-like immigration detention centers across the country at any point in time, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many have been subjected to sexual assault and ill-treatment in detention, ...


NC-Gov-signs-law-attacking-trans-students-overturning-local-LGBT-laws

NC Gov. signs law attacking trans students, overturning local LGBT laws - From press releases - North Carolina lawmakers passed a law that will block cities and counties from passing protections against LGBT discrimination, in response to Charlotte's recently passed pro-LGBT measure. HB 2, which passed the House 83-25 and 32-0 in the state Senate, sets a statewide anti-discrimination policy prohibiting employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on the classifications of race, ...


Anti-trans-youth-bill-advances-to-House-committee

Anti-trans youth bill advances to House committee - Legislation that would force transgender students to use separate restroom facilities from their peers, on March 23, advanced into the Illinois House Human Services Committee. HB 4474, which state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) introduced, requires school boards to designate school restrooms as being for the exclusive use of persons of a single sex, and defines "sex" as the ...


Lurie-Hospital-becomes-first-in-US-to-adopt-trans-inclusive-policy

Lurie Hospital becomes first in U.S. to adopt trans-inclusive policy - In another trailblazing move that has become synonymous with the organization, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago became the first of its kind in the United States to adopt a program and policy initiative safeguarding the civil rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. Announced March 16, the initiative recognizes the "increased risk of physical, emotional and ...


Chaplains-advocate-for-trans-patients

Chaplains advocate for trans patients - Chaplains from around the world recently engaged in a dialogue on the Pediatric Chaplains Network's ( PCN's ) discussion board about providing spiritual care for transgender patients and their parents. The Association of Professional Chaplains and Pediatric Chaplains Network approached local chaplains the Rev. Lavender Kelley of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ( and president-elect of ...


MoreThanVisibility-launched-for-allies-of-trans-people

#MoreThanVisibility launched for allies of trans people - The March 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility ( TDOV ) is a worldwide, proud declaration of the humanity and achievements of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. In events held in schools, through organizations ranging from grassroots to national advocates, in groups or across the social media landscape, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals step forward in resilient defiance of those ...


Kansas-Governor-Brownback-signs-attack-on-LGBT-college-students-into-law

Kansas Governor Brownback signs attack on LGBT college students into law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — This morning, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for signing into law SB 175 — a shameful measure that puts LGBT and other minority college students at even greater risk of discrimination by university-funded student groups. The first explicitly anti-LGBT bill signed into law this year, the legislation forces public universities to ...


National-roundup-LAs-trans-council-Tenn-bill-Newsom-Biskupski-to-be-honored

National roundup: L.A.'s trans council; Tenn. bill; Newsom, Biskupski to be honored - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined local lawmakers in announcing the creation of the Transgender Advisory Council ( TAC ), The Daily Caller reported. At a press conference, Garcetti said, "The nine members of our Transgender Advisory Council will bring a new and important perspective to City Hall that will help empower trans Angelenos to lead stigma-free, productive, and meaningful ...


Federal-Court-says-Texas-prison-chief-must-remain-a-defendant-in-trans-womans-case

Federal Court says Texas prison chief must remain a defendant in trans woman's case - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Houston, TX, March 14, 2016 ) — Today, a U.S. District Court rejected an attempt to remove Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( TDCJ ), as a defendant in Zollicoffer v. Livingston, Lambda Legal's federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star ( legal name: Zollicoffer ), a transgender woman currently in TDCJ custody. ...


American-Theater-Co-transitions-to-new-artistic-director-

American Theater Co. transitions to new artistic director - The Chicago-based American Theater Company ( ATC ) asks a question that is complex, multifaceted and provides as much fodder for the imagination as the country: What does it mean to be an American? On Feb. 18, ATC announced the successor to its visionary artistic director PJ Paparelli, who passed away in May 2015. As he returns to Chicago to ...


Harold-Washington-professor-tells-trans-student-that-transgender-people-have-no-rights

Harold Washington professor tells trans student that transgender people have no rights - When Harold Washington College student Anadarith Hurtado submitted his proposal for a research paper to his English Composition 102 professor and Harold Washington Adjunct Lecturer Alonda McCree, it read "In a constitutional land known for equality, justice and freedom for the people, there are a group that seem not to feel the same equality, justice and freedom. That group being ...


Illinois-state-reps-divided-over-trans-issues

Illinois state reps divided over trans issues - While Illinois has been embroiled in budget battles and who should control Chicago Public Schools, two bills were introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives aimed specifically at the transgender community. State Rep. Greg Harris introduced HB 6073, which would amend the Illinois Vital Records Act to be consistent with other Illinois and federal processes for changing one's sex marker ...


HRC-report-spotlights-anti-trans-legislation

HRC report spotlights anti-trans legislation - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has issued a report on the flurry of anti-transgender measures that states have already filed in 2016. According to the report, "Anti-Transgender Legislation Spreads Nationwide, Bills Targeting Transgender Children Surge," 21 anti-trans bills were considered in 2015; already, 44 have been filed ( in 16 states ) this year. The 44 have been ...


Second-Wachowski-filmmaker-sibling-comes-out-as-trans-

Second Wachowski filmmaker sibling comes out as trans - The second sibling of the filmmaking duo known as The Wachowskis has come out as transgender. Lilly Wachowski, 48, sibling of Lana, 50, came out in a statement to Windy City Times, after being threatened with outing by other media. Here is her statement: "SEX CHANGE SHOCKER—WACHOWSKI BROTHERS NOW SISTERS!!!" There's the headline I've been waiting for this past year. ...


National-roundup-Gene-Robinson-KFCs-pro-trans-move-gay-GOPs

National roundup: Gene Robinson; KFC's pro-trans move; gay GOPs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal elected the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson to serve on its board of directors, a press release stated. Robinson is well-known nationally and internationally as the first openly gay and partnered Episcopal bishop after being elected bishop of the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire in 2003. Currently, Robinson is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress ...


Transgender-woman-dies-after-eating-poisonous-seeds

Transgender woman dies after eating poisonous seeds - A Calumet City transgender woman was found dead the week of February 15 after ingesting poisonous seeds, according to reports. Lucia Anderson, 22, was found by her mother, Natosha Anderson, after ingesting the seeds of the Cerbera odallam plant, which is also known as the "suicide tree" or "pong-pong tree." Lucia had purchased the seeds from an online source in ...


Transgender-woman-dies-after-eating-poisonous-seeds

Transgender woman dies after eating poisonous seeds - A Calumet City transgender woman was found dead the week of February 15 after ingesting poisonous seeds, according to reports. Lucia Anderson, 22, was found by her mother, Natosha Anderson, after ingesting the seeds of the Cerbera odallam plant, which is also known as the "suicide tree" or "pong-pong tree." Lucia had purchased the seeds from an online source in ...


LGBT-groups-denounce-TSA-rule-codifying-body-scanners

LGBT groups denounce TSA rule codifying body scanners - From press releases - From The National Center for Transgender Equality Washington, D.C. — The National Center for Transgender Equality, Lambda Legal, and the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & HIV Project, denounce the Transportation Security Administration ( TSA )'s decision to codify its use of full body scanners in a final rule. Ordered to review the program by a federal appeals court five ...


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South Dakota House fails to override Gov. Daugaard's veto of anti-trans bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Failing to reach the required two-thirds majority needed, today the South Dakota House of Representatives voted 36 to 29 to override Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard's veto of HB 1008 — reckless legislation attacking the dignity and rights of transgender children in public schools by attempting to prevent them from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Trans scrutiny in 'Raggedy And' - Trans actress Delia Kropp is glad to be returning to the Chicago theater scene, particularly in Pride Films and Plays' upcoming world premiere of Raggedy And. That's in large part because gay playwright David Valdes Greenwood stipulated that he prefers a transgender actress to star in his drama, which is centered round a poet named Ondi Rivers and her diverse ...


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Trans activist reflects on the personal, political - As March begins, Crispin Torres will take a significant step along a life-path fashioned by an enduring and unconditional love of both music and his transgender community. It is a part of a medical process that the prevalent philosophy of transgender discourse has decreed wrong to discuss. Regardless, after Torres emerges from anesthesia and the brief respite of convalescence, he ...


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Hundreds of educators attend McHenry County transgender seminar - With the national media attention that recently zeroed in Palatine's Township School District 211 after the board found itself at odds with the US Board of Education over the school's treatment of a student who simply wished to use the locker room in accordance with her gender identity, one could be forgiven for assuming that student transgender and gender nonconforming ...


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Transgender studies joins forces with art history in new book from Chicagoan - Almost a decade in the making, a book released in late 2015 and written by Chicago resident David Getsy is rooted in his teaching. The book is aimed at a scholarly and museum audience with the hopes that it will change the way professors, students, artists, and curators look at the history of art, the debates about abstraction and figuration, ...


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South Dakota Gov. vetoes dangerous bill attacking transgender children - On March 1, Republican South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed HB 1008, a bill that would have restricted transgender students' use of restrooms, locker rooms and other gender-specific facilities in public schools. LGBT groups, businesses and child-advocacy organizations as well as celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner had all called on Daugaard to veto the bill. "If and ...


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Spirit Awards has historic trans win - The Independent Spirit Awards, which took place Feb. 27 in Santa Monica, California, made history—and bested the Oscars when it came to diverse winners. Mya Taylor became the first trans woman winner, taking the Best Supporting Female award for Tangerine. In so doing, she bested fellow nominees such as Cynthia Nixon ( James White ) and Jennifer Jason Leigh ( ...


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One South Dakota religious refusal bill is dead, another still open - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Pierre, South Dakota, February 25, 2016 ) — House Bill 1107, a dangerously far-reaching religious refusal bill that would have allowed individuals, businesses, social service agencies and others to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people and single mothers on the basis of personally held religious beliefs was tabled in the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. Lambda Legal ...


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Trans man writes memoir about race, gender, culture - In his new book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, Willy Wilkinson, MPH, speaks the language of memoir with a strong accent of intersectional experience with race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood. The context of it all falls within a larger cultural-competency, public-health and policy-advocacy framework. Wilkinson was born in the San ...







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