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Virginia-Gov-Terry-McAuliffe-vetoes-anti-LGBTQ-License-to-Discriminate-bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes anti-LGBTQ "License to Discriminate" bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, praised Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's veto of Senate Bill ( SB 1324 ) and House Bill ( HB ) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate ...


NC-GOP-refuses-to-allow-clean-up-or-down-vote-on-full-HB2-repeal

NC GOP refuses to allow clean up or down vote on full HB2 repeal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — On March 22 the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina slammed North Carolina's Republican leadership for their continued refusal to allow a clean up or down vote on the full repeal of HB2. Signed into law a year ago tomorrow by former Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his bid for re-election over that ...


130-congregations-to-participate-in-Natl-Weekend-of-Prayer-for-Trans-Justice-

130 congregations to participate in Nat'l Weekend of Prayer for Trans Justice - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 130 congregations in more than 30 states will participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, dedicating their weekly services and/or holding special events to support transgender people across America who continue to lack full legal protection, face unequal treatment, and experience disproportionate ...


Trans-advocate-Wade-honored-by-state-Comptroller-Mendoza

Trans advocate Wade honored by state Comptroller Mendoza - Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza honored several individuals for women's history month, including Chicago-based trans advocate LaSaia Wade. The ceremony was March 24 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Wade is pictured here ( second from right ) with Mendoza ( middle ) and other honorees. Photo courtesy of Wade ...


Trans-veteran-running-for-board-position-at-Illinois-college

Trans veteran running for board position at Illinois college - During his Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago, President Barack Obama suggested, "If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself." For the transgender community, seeking a leadership role in government of any kind has become essential ...


More-Than-a-Letter-Picnic-present-queer-voices-this-spring

'More Than a Letter,' Picnic present queer voices this spring - Internationally acclaimed and award-winning transgender pianist Sara Davis Buechner is more than happy to be a part of the Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming concerts of "More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists." Buechner came aboard at the invitation of guest conductor Michael Morgan, who is music director of the Oakland Symphony and a former assistant conductor of the Chicago ...


PFLAG-official-talks-transgender-workplace-support

PFLAG official talks transgender workplace support - Jean-Marie Navetta, director of learning and inclusion for PFLAG National, led a March 16 workshop on being a supportive and respectful ally to transgender people in the workplace. Among the issues Navetta addressed were pronoun usage, disclosure etiquette and gender-based stereotyping. About 80 people attended. Navetta's talk was presented under the auspices of PFLAG's Straight for Equality Project, a national ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-pushes-to-strengthen-Illinois-hate-crimes-law

Attorney General Madigan pushes to strengthen Illinois hate crimes law - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged members of the Illinois House to pass legislation to strengthen Illinois' hate crimes law. House Bill 3711 better protects Illinois residents from escalating incidents of hatred and bias. House Bill 3711, sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace and Sen. Omar Aquino, passed out of the House Judiciary — Criminal Committee by a ...


National-Trans-inclusive-sorority-agender-activist-Athlete-Ally

National: Trans-inclusive sorority, agender activist, Athlete Ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A sorority has become the first in the country to welcome transgender women into all of its chapters nationwide, according to NewNowNext.com. On Feb. 17, the national headquarters for Alpha Chi Omega, a 132-year-old Greek formed at Indiana's DePauw University, announced it was lifting its ban on transgender women. "We want everyone to feel included and feel like they're being ...


South-Side-trans-woman-reported-missing

South Side trans woman reported missing - A South Side transgender woman Sherry Nicholas ( AKA Sherry Berry ) has been reported missing for the second time since her first disappearance in April 2015. According to the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), Berry was last seen in the area of 7900 S. Marquette Ave. on March 9 and may need medical treatment. Her father, Jerry Nicholas, ...


Evanston-High-School-committee-to-send-locker-room-policy-to-full-board-

Evanston High School committee to send locker room policy to full board - Officials from Evanston Township High School Board of Education Policy Committee, on March 16, said they would draft a policy permitting trans students to use the locker room facilities designated for the gender for which they identify; that policy will go before the full board at its meeting next month. ETHS already has robust diversity policies in place, but the ...


Transgender-Women-of-Color-to-Rally-on-National-Day-of-Action-to-End-Violence

Transgender Women of Color to Rally on National Day of Action to End Violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ advocates in a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color. Since the beginning of the year, seven transgender women of color have been murdered across the country. In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, hate crimes targeting transgender women have skyrocketed since the election ...


Committee-sends-transgender-ID-marker-bill-to-House

Committee sends transgender ID-marker bill to House - Legislation easing requirements for transgender Illinoisans wishing to change the gender-marker on their state-issued identification, on March 15, cleared the House Human Services committee by a vote of 7-4. HB 1785, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Harris ( D-Chicago ), would allow transgender individuals wishing to change their ID gender-marker to do so with proof of clinically appropriate treatment. The ...


Comptroller-to-honor-trans-woman-of-color

Comptroller to honor trans woman of color - On Friday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., African-American transgender activist LaSaia Wade will be among those Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza will recognize for Women's History Month. In a letter to Wade, Mendoza wrote, in part, "As we honor the trailblazers of the past whose impact through grassroots efforts and struggles ...


National-roundup-ProtectTransWomen-Black-AIDS-Institute-soccer-incident

National roundup: #ProtectTransWomen, Black AIDS Institute, soccer incident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike, a press release noted. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Entertainment-Laverne-Cox-Katy-Perry-Justin-Hartley-Womens-Day-backers

Entertainment: Laverne Cox, Katy Perry, Justin Hartley, Women's Day backers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox has been tapped as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in ABC's The Trustee, Deadline noted. The show is a comedic one-hour pilot from the Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Cox is coming off CBS' midseason legal drama Doubt, in ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-endorses-in-District-211-School-Board-Races

Equality Illinois PAC endorses in District 211 School Board Races - From a press release - Palatine-based Township High School District 211 has become a flash point recently in the fight to protect the civil rights of transgender students. That's why the Equality Illinois PAC ( EI PAC ) believes it is important to weigh in on the school board election there with the endorsements of three candidates: Anna Klimkowicz, Robert LeFevre, and Edward Yung. These ...


Iowa-House-Passes-Voter-ID-Bill-Disenfranchising-Transgender-Voters

Iowa House Passes Voter ID Bill Disenfranchising Transgender Voters - From a press release - [Des Moines]— On Thursday, March 9, the Iowa House passed HF 516, a bill that requires voters to present photo identification documents at the polls. The bill passed with a 59-41 vote. One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement on the bill's passage. "This bill disenfranchises many Iowa voters who may be members of the LGBTQ community like ...


Cast-of-Amazon-Series-Transparent-Releases-PSA-Urging-Support-for-Gavin-Grimm

Cast of Amazon Series 'Transparent' Releases PSA Urging Support for Gavin Grimm - From a press release - NEW YORK — The cast and crew of the award-winning Amazon series "Transparent" today released a Public Service Announcement urging support for Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose lawsuit against his school board over its refusal to allow him to use the boys' restroom helped bring the fight for transgender rights to the national stage. The American Civil ...


Community-supports-suburban-trans-students

Community supports suburban trans students - Members of the organization Progress for D15 & D211, on March 8, gathered at Walter R. Sundling, Jr., High School in suburban Palatine to support transgender students and District 15 school board members who have likewise supported transgender rights. In late 2015, a transgender girl in suburban High School District 211 sued for the right to change in an isolated ...


TGNCLGBTSQ-coalition-calls-for-Day-of-Action-to-protect-trans-women-femmes

TGNCLGBTSQ coalition calls for Day of Action to protect trans women, femmes - From a press release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, a group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Lambda-Legal-looks-ahead-to-Title-VII-decisions

Lambda Legal looks ahead to Title VII decisions - An appellate court's acceptance of the idea that Title VII anti-discrimination rules—which give federal protections against gender-bias in the workplace—also apply to cases of anti-LGBT discrimination would be a "remarkable sea-change in the law as we know it," said Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal in a Feb. 28 conference call. The legal advocacy group is waiting to hear the decisions ...


World-news-Gay-Games-trans-killings-Italian-partner-ruling

World news: Gay Games, trans killings, Italian partner ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 2022 Gay Games XI host city shortlist vote by the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) General Assembly took place Feb. 28, one year after the bid process was announced, an organizational press release noted. The shortlisted host cities are Guadalajara, Mexico; Hong Kong; and Washington, D.C. Site inspections are the next steps in the bid process, and ...


Parents-of-trans-child-fight-DCFS-for-custody

Parents of trans child fight DCFS for custody - The parents of a transgender child presently in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) had a March 7 custody hearing in front of Cook County Juvenile Justice And Child Protection Division Judge Robert Balanoff March 7. Present at the proceedings were the child's parents, their attorneys and family friends some of whom ...


SCOTUS-sends-Grimm-case-back-to-lower-court

SCOTUS sends Grimm case back to lower court - The United States Supreme Court, on March 6, sent a closely-watched case involving a trans student back to a lower court. The court was scheduled to hear the Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. March 28, but remanded the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, asking the appellate court to reconsider the case ...


Grimm-vows-to-keep-fighting-in-court

Grimm vows to keep fighting in court - Gavin Grimm and his ACLU attorney, on March 6, spoke with reporters on a conference call just hours after the United States Supreme Court announced that they would remand Grimm's case to a lower appellate court. Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his Virginia school district after officials required him to use an isolated washroom, away from other facilities. The Supreme ...


DCFS-Advocate-accused-of-misgendering-trans-child

DCFS, Advocate accused of misgendering trans child - A Chicago woman and parent of a transgender child Kathy Blazer-Williams has leveled charges against both Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) that they have not only seized the transgender child of a friend but are misgendering her, referring to her with a male name and forcing her ...


March-for-transgender-rights-and-liberation-makes-history-in-Chicago

March for transgender rights and liberation makes history in Chicago - Video below - In what organizers called "one of the largest and most diverse mobilizations for trans equality and equity to ever take place in the Midwest," well over 1,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals gathered alongside cisgender allies March 3 for the Trans March for Liberation in downtown Chicago. Beginning with a rally set against the backdrop of Trump Tower at Wacker and ...


101-transgender-Americans-voice-support-as-Gavin-Grimms-case-heads-to-Supreme-Court-

101 transgender Americans voice support as Gavin Grimm's case heads to Supreme Court - From a press release - New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a friend-of-the court brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the Gloucester County School Board's discriminatory policy that prohibits transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. His lawsuit, brought by ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-files-amicus-brief-in-Supreme-Court-in-trans-rights-case

Attorney General Madigan files amicus brief in Supreme Court in trans rights case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a transgender student — known as G.G. — who is suing the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for its policy prohibiting transgender boys and girls from using restrooms that match their gender identity. The attorneys general argue the policy discriminates ...


Yelp-helps-find-gender-neutral-restrooms-joins-amicus-brief-supporting-Grimm

Yelp helps find gender neutral restrooms, joins amicus brief supporting Grimm - From a press release - Yelp has begun rolling out a new business attribute that helps users identify businesses that offer gender neutral restrooms to patrons. Gender neutral restrooms are those that are accessible to persons of any gender and are a locking, single-stall bathroom. On desktop and mobile versions of Yelp, users will be able to see whether or not a business offers gender ...


Natl-leaders-groups-individuals-file-briefs-in-Supreme-Court-supporting-trans-rights

Nat'l leaders, groups, individuals file briefs in Supreme Court supporting trans rights - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, individuals and institutions from across the country representing a diverse and extraordinary cross-section of interests, perspectives, and concerns filed friend-of-court briefs in support of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old high school student from Virginia whose case against his school board over their refusal to allow him access to the boys' restroom at school because he is transgender will ...


Quigley-House-LGBT-Caucus-re-launch-Transgender-Equality-Task-Force

Quigley, House LGBT Caucus re-launch Transgender Equality Task Force - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) and The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced that it is re-launching the Transgender Equality Task Force. This task force was first launched during the 114th Congress and Rep. Quigley was a founding member. The Transgender Equality Task Force will be chaired by Vice Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy ( MA-04 ). ...


-Trans-multimedia-project-announced

Trans multimedia project announced - Regarding the annual observance of International Transgender Day of Visibility ( March 31 ), Chicago activist Meggan Sommerville has announced a multimedia project, "See Me!," in collaboration with singer/songwriter Sidney Chase. The crowd-sourced project will culminate in a video series showing selfies sent by members of the U.S. and international transgender community set to original, exclusive music by Chase. Visit ...


Trans-Liberation-protest-March-3-

Trans Liberation protest March 3 - A pro-transgender rally will take place Friday, March 3, 6-9 p.m., in Chicago's Loop at Wacker Street and Wabash Avenue. According to the event's Facebook page, approximately 1,500 people planned on attending as of Feb. 28. On that same people, it is stated "We will be protesting the overturned school protections for trans students across this nation and fighting for ...


Jaquarrius-Holland-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Louisiana

Jaquarrius Holland, Black transgender woman, killed in Louisiana - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Jaquarrius Holland, a Black transgender woman killed in Monroe, Louisiana; the 7th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Jaquarrius Holland, a Black transgender woman, killed in Monroe, Louisiana on February 19th, 2017. Her homicide ...


Ciara-McElveen-Black-transgender-New-Orleans-woman-6th-reported-2017-killing

Ciara McElveen, Black transgender New Orleans woman, 6th reported 2017 killing - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ciara McElveen, a Black transgender woman killed in New Orleans, Louisiana; the 6th reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Ciara McElveen, a Black transgender woman, killed in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 27th, 2017. According ...


Federal-Court-Tells-High-School-to-Let-Transgender-Students-Use-the-Bathroom

Federal Court Tells High School to Let Transgender Students Use the Bathroom - From a press release - ( Pittsburgh, PA, February 27, 2017 ) — A federal district court judge today ruled in favor of three Lambda Legal clients — transgender students at Pine-Richland High School — and ordered the suburban Pittsburgh school district to allow the students to use the bathroom that matches who they are. The court ruled in favor of Lambda Legal's Motion for ...


Fifth-trans-woman-of-color-murdered-in-New-Orleans

Fifth trans woman of color murdered in New Orleans - On Feb. 25, New Orleans ballroom star Chyna Gibson AKA Chyna Doll Dupree became the fifth transgender woman of color murdered in 2017 and the sixth transgender/gender non-conforming individual to be killed since January 1. Her death was reported by award-winning journalist Monica Roberts on her Trans Griot blog. According to Roberts. Gibson's body was found in the parking lot ...


Opportunities-open-for-multimedia-project-for-Intl-Transgender-Day-of-Visibility

Opportunities open for multimedia project for Int'l Transgender Day of Visibility - From a press release - On the annual observance of International Transgender Day of Visibility ( March 31 ), the transgender community will celebrate the lives and achievements of transgender men, women and youth around the world. The day is also used to bring attention to the issues that the transgender community still faces. This year, Chicago activist Meggan Sommerville has announced a massive multimedia ...


Pro-trans-rally-takes-place-in-Boystown

Pro-trans rally takes place in Boystown - Chicago's LGBT community joined communities across the nation to protest the Trump administration's rescinded guidance from the Obama administration that protected transgender students in public schools. Intersectionality was highlighted in nearly every speech at the Feb. 25 event, held at Halsted and Roscoe. The majority of the speakers were trans and non-binary speakers. The non-trans organizers took on a role ...


Local-response-to-removal-of-TITLE-IX-trans-protections-rallies-planned

Local response to removal of TITLE IX trans protections, rallies planned - Following the Trump administration's Feb. 22 revocation of guidelines extending Title IX protections to transgender students, political and advocacy leaders from both Chicago and Illinois responded with anger, defiance and optimism. Two Chicago protests are planned. See information below. On Feb. 23 Chicago-based Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Illinois and the Illinois ...


Atty-Gen-Madigan-commits-to-protect-trans-students-under-Illinois-Human-Rights-Act

Atty Gen Madigan commits to protect trans students under Illinois Human Rights Act - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned the actions by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education rescinding federal guidance that set out protections for transgender students across the country from discrimination and harassment. The federal government rescinded guidance which provided that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of ...


AG-Lisa-Madigan-meets-with-advocates-for-hate-crimes-summit

AG Lisa Madigan meets with advocates for hate crimes summit - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, on Feb. 23, convened a summit at the James L. Thompson Center with nearly two dozen representatives from advocacy groups to discuss how the state will address hate crimes and discrimination in the years ahead. "All of us are concerned ...and very troubled by the actions taken by the new [presidential] administration," said Madigan in ...


Trump-removes-Title-IX-transgender-protection-natl-local-groups-respond-

Trump removes Title IX transgender protection, nat'l, local groups respond - The Trump administration drew first blood in what many believe is a systematic erosion of LGBTQ civil rights during the evening hours of Feb. 22 when President Obama's guidelines extending Title IX protections to transgender students were rolled back, ironically, without the fanfare of publicity which has surrounded each of Trump's executive orders. Nevertheless, reaction from advocacy groups nationwide and ...


ACLU-Lambda-Legal-oppose-latest-HB2-repeal-proposal

ACLU & Lambda Legal oppose latest HB2 repeal proposal - From a press release - RALEIGH — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, groups that are representing LGBT North Carolinians in a federal lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, say they oppose a new proposal to repeal the law because it still enables discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. H.B. 2 bans many transgender people from restrooms matching their gender and prohibits ...


GLSEN-PFLAG-National-relaunch-ClaimYourRights-in-support-of-transgender-students

GLSEN, PFLAG National relaunch #ClaimYourRights in support of transgender students - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—In the wake of rescinding guidance on Title IX protections for transgender students, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued a statement that said, in part: "At my direction, the Department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools." Eliza Byard, Executive Director of ...


Anti-trans-bathroom-bill-sent-to-state-House-subcommittee

Anti-trans 'bathroom bill' sent to state House subcommittee - Anti-trans legislation limiting transgender students to using either the changing-room and restroom facilities of the gender they were assigned at birth or designated staff facilities, introduced by a suburban legislator Jan. 25, has been sent to a House subcommittee. The bill, HR 664, was introduced by state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) and sent to the Human Services Committee, ...


Title-IX-guidance-for-transgender-students-revoked-groups-and-leaders-respond

Title IX guidance for transgender students revoked, groups and leaders respond - From news releases - From Lambda Legal: Even for a bully like Trump, attacking children is a new low. Administration withdraws guidance for schools on what the law requires for transgender students WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Education today rescinded the Obama administration's 2016 Title IX guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students. Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the ...


Tiara-Richmond-a-trans-woman-of-color-murdered-on-Chicagos-South-Side

Tiara Richmond: a trans woman of color murdered on Chicago's South Side - On the morning of Feb. 21, national media was slowly picking up on the story that the Trump administration intended to roll back Title IX guidance for transgender students. As has been the pattern since, Jan. 20 attention nationwide was focused entirely on what was precisely going to emerge from The White House and when. At 6 am in the ...


Gender-identity-sexual-orientation-genetics-boundaries-researched-

Gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics boundaries researched - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although some "macho men" may not want to admit it, each person is a mix of male and female. Men have some estrogen circulating through their bodies, and women have some testosterone in theirs. And although there are stereotypical male and female behavior patterns, these too cross gender lines to produce a broad spectrum of personalities. Transgender people totally erase ...


National-roundup-LGBT-DREAMers-David-Furnish-death-of-Ohio-trans-woman

National roundup: LGBT DREAMers, David Furnish, death of Ohio trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Williams Institute estimates that there are more than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the United States, and more than 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program, a press release noted. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, ...


Trump-to-rescind-guidance-on-Title-IX-transgender-protections

Trump to rescind guidance on Title IX transgender protections - During a Feb. 21 press conference, White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer hinted that an Obama administration guidance from the Department of Education offering Title IX protections for transgender students would be rescinded by the Trump administration that, according to Spicer, believes that it is a "state's-rights issue." The statement appeared to confirm rumors which nationwide advocacy groups had been ...


Ads-address-stigma-with-Asian-American-queer-community

Ads address stigma with Asian-American queer community - When Joanne Lee's child, Skyler, who was born female, told his mother he was transgender, she had trouble accepting it. "I made progress, but it was too slow," said Lee, who was born and raised in South Korea, which had a culture she described as "strict and binary." But when Lee received the news one morning in 2015 that Skyler ...


Trump-administration-may-plan-to-rescind-guidance-regarding-schools-and-trans-

Trump administration may plan to rescind guidance regarding schools and trans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded Feb. 20 to media reports that the Trump administration plans to rescind guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education regarding schools' obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This news comes on the heels of the DOJ's recent decision to eliminate the ...


Transgender-survivor-of-domestic-violence-arrested-by-ICE-in-Texas

Transgender survivor of domestic violence arrested by ICE in Texas - From a press release - NATIONAL - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and Transgender Law Center denounce the arrest by immigration authorities of an undocumented transgender woman who is a survivor of domestic violence, and call for her immediate release. She was detained last week in an El Paso, Texas courthouse immediately after she was granted a protective order against her abusive partner. NCAVP's ...


TELEVISION-Gender-non-binary-actor-set-to-star-on-Billions

TELEVISION Gender non-binary actor set to star on 'Billions' - Performer, writer and director Asia Kate Dillon will be debuting in the groundbreaking role of Taylor on Showtime's Billions this season. Both Dillon and the character they ( Dillon's preferred pronoun ) play are playing are gender non-binary indentifying. This marks the first time a gender non-binary indentifying actor has ever been cast in a major television series. "I will ...


800-parents-of-trans-kids-sign-HRCs-letter-to-Trump-on-undermining-protections

800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections for transgender students, nearly 800 parents of transgender children sent a letter to President Donald Trump condemning the decision and calling on his administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The letter, signed by parents from ...


JoJo-Striker-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Toledo-OH

JoJo Striker, Black transgender woman, killed in Toledo, OH - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of JoJo Striker, a Black transgender woman, killed in Toledo, OH on Feb. 8, 2017; the 3rd reported killing of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017. All three homicide victims have been transgender women of color. Initial reports misgendered JoJo, but recent ...


DoJ-withdraws-pro-trans-protections

DoJ withdraws pro-trans protections - In a brief filed Feb. 10, the Department of Justice ( DoJ )—less than two days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general—started withdrawing its support for Title IX protections for transgender students. The DoJ withdrew its request for a partial stay on a Texas court ruling that prohibited the federal government from enforcing a President Obama-related provision that ...


Supreme-Court-to-hear-trans-student-case-March-28

Supreme Court to hear trans student case March 28 - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear, on March 28, the case of a transgender student who's suing his Virginia school to obtain access to the restroom consistent with his gender identity. The court, which agreed to take up the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board late last year, announced it would hold arguments in the case on that ...


Estimate-150K-trans-youth-in-US

Estimate: 150K trans youth in U.S. - An estimated 0.7 percent of U.S. youth ages 13 to 17—or 150,000 youth—identify as transgender, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the United States," is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each ...


Scientific-evidence-suggests-biological-influences-on-gender-identity

Scientific evidence suggests biological influences on gender identity - What causes an individual to have a particular gender identity? What precisely is it about biology, psychology, environment or some complex combination of all of these factors that makes a person feel male or female, neither or both? Exactly why do an estimated one in 100 individuals have what are medically considered "disorders of gender identity"—that is, psychological gender identities ...


Chicago-Theatre-Week-Feb-9-19

Chicago Theatre Week Feb. 9-19 - Chicago Theatre Week ( #CTW17 )—an annual celebration of theatergoing in Chicago—will take place Feb. 9-19. Some of the slated productions include The Wolf at the End of the Block ( Teatro Vista ), Death of a Salesman ( Redtwist Theatre ), Gloria ( Goodman Theatre ), Carmen ( Lyric Opera of Chicago ) and Sweeney Todd ( Paramount Theatre ...


Harris-reintroduces-bill-easing-gender-marker-change

Harris reintroduces bill easing gender-marker change - State Rep. Greg Harris (D), on Feb. 1, re-introduced legislation allowing transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender-marker on their birth certificate. While the state has allowed for changing gender-markers since the '50s, current law requires the applicant to show proof that they have undergone gender-reassignment surgery, which some transgender persons may not be willing or able to undergo. ...


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Kelly Ducheny on her career, award and being an ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kelly Ducheny has spent many years advocating for the LGBT community as an ally in all aspects of her life. She currently serves as Howard Brown Health's director of behavioral health and previously worked in a variety of capacities at Howard Brown and as an associate professor and department chair at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. This year, Ducheny ...


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Legislation targets Illinois trans students, statewide coalition responds - From a press release - As organizations that work with LGBTQ communities, we call on the Illinois General Assembly to reject discriminatory legislation introduced this week that would isolate and stigmatize transgender and gender non-conforming youth by forcing them to use separate restrooms and locker rooms from their peers in schools. Related coverage at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Morrison-files-new-anti-trans-bathroom-bill/57907.html . House Bill 664 is sponsored by State ...


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The USS Bonhomme Richard introduces Navy's transgender policy change - From a U.S. Navy press release - SASEBO, Japan ( Jan. 25, 2017 ) Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard ( LHD 6 ), facilitates transgender training with chiefs and officers in the ship's wardroom. The training was conducted to provide command leadership guidance on transgender policy in accordance with Secretary of the Navy ( SECNAV ) instructions. Bonhomme Richard, forward-deployed ...


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Morrison files new anti-trans bathroom bill - State Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ), on Jan. 25, again filed a new bathroom bill that would essentially relegate transgender Illinois students to using either designated washroom and changing-room facilities or the facilities available for their gender-identity assigned at birth. This is Morrision's second attempt at such a bill. His first try, filed in Jan. 2016, stalled in the ...


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National roundup: Trans immigrants, Rachel Tiven, Philly gayborhood report - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In preparation for the Trump administration, Transgender Law Center has launched an emergency response project, the Trans Immigrant Defense Effort ( TIDE ), that is devoted to expanding legal support and services available to transgender and gender-nonconforming immigrants, a press release noted. TIDE builds on Transgender Law Center's existing immigration programs and campaigns, including leadership in the #Not1More Deportation coalition, ...


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Int'l model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she's intersex, will work for youth - From a press release - New York, New York— In an effort to be true to herself and spotlight an often invisible human rights issue, internationally acclaimed fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has announced that she is intersex and will advocate for intersex bodily autonomy alongside the non-profit organization, interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth. The 29-year old Odiele is from Belgium. She is widely known ...


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Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted - U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted transgender U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks in 2010, after Manning served more than six years of a 35-year sentence. Manning, 29, will be released May 17. The commutation reduces Manning's sentence but is not a pardon. Incidentally, May 17 is the International Day Against ...


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VIEWS Most have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not everywhere? - Most people have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not have them everywhere? Just in time for holiday shopping last month, the retail giant Target absorbed some boycotting noise from a conservative website calling for a boycott of the stores because of its policy of allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom of their choice. The website, 2nd Vote, has been ...


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National: Judy Shepard, lesbian co-pastors, trans White House staffer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The mother of Matthew Shepard urged senators to oppose Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to become President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general, citing his opposition to hate-crimes legislation, CNN reported. n a report issued by the Human Rights Campaign, Judy Shepard—whose son Matthew was beaten and left to die in Wyoming in 1998 in a crime motivated by anti-gay sentiment—criticized Sessions ...


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Felicia, 36, and Miguel Barahona, 4, dead of hate violence, intimate partner violence - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the hate violence and intimate partner violence related homicides of Felicia Barahona, age 36, and Miguel Barahona, age 4. According to media reports, Felicia and Miguel were found dead in their apartment on Monday, December 26th, 2016, and the child's father, Isaac Duran Infante, age 23, has been ...







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