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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 ...


Illinois-campaign-seeks-funds-for-supplies-to-help-underserved-students-achieve

Illinois campaign seeks funds for supplies to help underserved students achieve - From a press release - CHICAGO — Back 2 School Illinois ( B2SI ), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families with free school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom, is pleased to announce its first-ever holiday campaign. B2SI is launching the campaign — which runs from today through December 31 — to raise funds to ...


The-Night-Ministry-addresses-needs-of-youth-at-risk-for-homelessness

The Night Ministry addresses needs of youth at risk for homelessness - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Through its Youth Housing and Outreach Programs, The Night Ministry offers a lifeline to teens and young adults identified in a new study as being disproportionately at risk of experiencing homelessness. Research released by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on the prevalence of youth homelessness in America reveals that young people who are pregnant or ...


Researchers-No-simple-solutions-for-tackling-LGBTQ-youth-homelessness-crisis

Researchers: No simple solutions for tackling LGBTQ youth-homelessness crisis - A newly released brief by an area research institute is shedding light on the issue of youth homelessness, which, according to the report, is experienced by one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18-25 and one in 30 adolescents between 13-17. Chapin Hall, a youth-centered policy research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, released the report, Missed ...


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 ...


-Covenant-House-Illinois-helps-with-independent-living

Covenant House Illinois helps with independent living - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Derek Chairs is 21 years old and is finally living in his own apartment. Having faced challenges such as homelessness and abuse through his life, this new change is significant for him and he was able to do this with help from Covenant House Illinois ( CHIL ). Chairs one day dreams of being a movie star and has the ...


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Annual oSTEM confab Nov. 16-19 - oSTEM—a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics ) fields—will host its seventh annual conference, "Finding Unity in Community," Nov. 16-19 in Chicago. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The 2016 conference had more than 550 students and professionals in attendance. Among other ...


HHS-accused-of-censoring-LGBTQ-homeless-advocates-

HHS accused of censoring LGBTQ homeless advocates - A federally funded conference on youth experiencing homelessness that begins Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Missouri will take place, according to some advocates, without programs making a significant mention of LGBTQ youth, a demographic disproportionately represented amongst youth experiencing homelessness. The 2017 National RHY ( Runaway and Homeless Youth ) Grantees Training "provides a significant opportunity for RHY grantees to ...


4-Star-City-campaign-on-homelessness-in-Chicago

'4-Star City' campaign on homelessness in Chicago - Launching Nov. 10, a new integrated ad campaign seeks to create awareness and empathy for Chicagoans who cope with homelessness while living on the street, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Developed pro bono by marketing communications firm MARC USA, the integrated campaign plays on Chicago's popular 4-star city flag. One of the best-known and most visible city ...


Sleep-Out-Nov-16-at-St-James

'Sleep Out' Nov. 16 at St. James - The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reports that, each night, approximately 1,800-3,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless in Chicago. However, there are only 375 units of housing, collectively, for homeless youth in the city. On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., local celebrities, business leaders and young professionals are invited to "sleep out" at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron St., ...


Sleep-Out-Nov-16-at-St-James

'Sleep Out' Nov. 16 at St. James - The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reports that, each night, approximately 1,800-3,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless in Chicago. However, there are only 375 units of housing, collectively, for homeless youth in the city. On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., local celebrities, business leaders and young professionals are invited to "sleep out" at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron St., ...


-Homeless-organization-to-present-at-natl-conference-on-educating-children-youth

Homeless organization to present at nat'l conference on educating children, youth - Staff of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ( CCH ) will be among the presenters at the upcoming conference of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Called "Together in the Heartland," the conference will train hundreds of youth service providers, educators, and advocates to work effectively with children and teens experiencing homelessness. The conference ...


Child-Links-15th-Wine-Fest-benefit-for-foster-children-

Child Link's 15th Wine Fest, benefit for foster children - From a press release - By the end of every third Thursday of November, there are 65 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine that are sold and drunk. This is a celebration known globally as Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Fest, which commemorates the first wine of the season. This year, Child Link is hosting their annual Beaujolais Nouveau in downtown LaGrange on Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30-8:30 ...


Symposium-panelists-speak-on-youth-activism

Symposium panelists speak on youth activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Panelists during lunchtime panels at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's inaugural symposium on Oct. 9 spoke about the importance of LGBT youth becoming involved with activism and the ongoing efforts to preserve the community's rights in the state. At a panel of high school- and college-age activists, Evan, who comes from a rural Illinois community and is active in establishing gay-straight ...


-Parking-meter-art-project-launches-to-benefit-youth-homeless-projects

Parking meter art project launches, to benefit youth homeless projects - Ava's Change4Youth, a program of Pride Action Tank ( PAT ), launched Oct. 11 as part of the Andersonville Arts Week on Chicago's North Side. The first parking meter, designed by artist Sam Kirk, is now on display outside of Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. The bookstore will continue to house the art meter after arts week. ...


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 ...


Parking-meter-art-to-benefit-youth-homeless-projects

Parking-meter art to benefit youth homeless projects - CHICAGO—Ava's Change4Youth, a program of Pride Action Tank ( PAT ), is launching Oct. 11 as part of the Andersonville Arts Week on Chicago's North Side. The campaign visually raises awareness of youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago while collecting small change in donation stations to make big differences in the lives of youth. This program also promotes community building through ...


LGBT-YouTube-ads-promote-Asian-South-Asian-and-Southeast-Asian-family-acceptance-

LGBT YouTube ads promote Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian family acceptance - From a press release - NEW YORK — For LGBTQ National Coming Out Day on October 11, emotionally moving new videos of Asian parents of LGBT children appeared as pop up ads on YouTube before viewers watch their favorite Chinese Soap Opera, Filipino comedy, Korean drama, Vietnamese talent show, or Bollywood movie. This innovate effort to reach mainstream Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Muslim ...


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 ...


Parking-meter-art-project-to-benefit-youth-homeless-projects

Parking meter art project to benefit youth homeless projects - CHICAGO — Ava's Change4Youth, a program of Pride Action Tank ( PAT ), will launch Oct. 11 as part of the Andersonville Arts Week on Chicago's North Side. The campaign visually raises awareness of youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago while collecting small change in donation stations to make big differences in the lives of youth. This program also promotes community ...


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 ...


Lawyers-say-school-didnt-stop-racial-harassment-retaliated-against-student

Lawyers say school didn't stop racial harassment, retaliated against student - From a press release - CHICAGO — In a lawsuit filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois a Black family represented by Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Schiff Hardin LLP is alleging that school administrators acted with deliberate indifference to racial harassment and deprived their daughter of her right to an education. According to the complaint, in ...


Advocates-for-Student-Sexual-Assault-Survivors-condemn-Educations-ending-guidelines

Advocates for Student Sexual Assault Survivors condemn Education's ending guidelines - From a press release - Washington, DC — A coalition of legal and policy advocates today condemned a decision by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to rescind and replace guidance on federal Title IX law originally issued in 2011 to assist schools in addressing and investigating campus sexual violence. DeVos announced new guidance today which will make it harder for schools to hold students accountable ...


Singer-songwriter-Jess-Godwin-helps-students-find-their-voices-in-Shameless-workshop-

Singer songwriter Jess Godwin helps students find their voices in Shameless workshop - From a press release - CHICAGO — Singer songwriter Jess Godwin has crafted an avenue for students to build essential communication skills by way of the creative arts. Her collaborative music workshop SHAMELESS offers young people an opportunity to confront, express, and transform their experiences of shame. Godwin guides groups in structured songwriting activities. These poetry and music exercises engage and challenge students to find ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-29-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted More than 75 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The ...


Students-sought-for-Chicago-Ideas-Week

Students sought for Chicago Ideas Week - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that ThinkChicago is now accepting applications for its seventh annual installment of ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week, taking place Oct. 19-21. Mayor Emanuel, ChicagoNEXT, the University of Illinois System and Chicago Ideas Week will welcome 200 students from top universities across the country to Chicago. Student participants will have the opportunity to experience Chicago's growing tech scene, ...


People-react-swiftly-to-DeVos-changing-Title-IX-guidance

People react swiftly to DeVos' changing Title IX guidance - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) was among those groups and individuals who expressed concern over the decision by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to begin a process to rescind 2011 Title IX guidance related to schools' obligations to address sexual harassment, including sexual violence. While historically known for its impact on women's athletics admissions, Title IX's prohibition ...


Illinois-Attny-Gen-blasts-US-Sec-of-Eds-scrapping-of-guidance-on-campus-assault-

Illinois Attny Gen blasts US Sec of Ed's scrapping of guidance on campus assault - From a Illinois Attorney General's Office press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to replace guidance that ensured college campuses around the country respond to allegations of sexual violence. Madigan said DeVos' decision abandons survivors and causes confusion for students and schools nationwide. The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' current guidance instructs colleges on how to respond to ...


Trump-considering-ending-DACA

Trump considering ending DACA - According to reports, as of Sept. 4, President Donald Trump was strongly considering a plan that would end DACA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals )—the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to The New York Times. However, Trump will give Congress half a year to replace the initative. Some have speculated that, given the legislative ...


Lady-Gagas-Foundation-honors-Chicago-youth

Lady Gaga's Foundation honors Chicago youth - In conjunction with her concert at Wrigley Field on Friday, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, founded by Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, bestowed the organization's Channel Kindness Award on Chicago youth Shay Johnson, 20. Shay, formerly homeless and a previous resident of the Night Ministry's Crib shelter, won the award based on her proposal to host a BBQ ...


Wheaton-College-on-anti-LGBT-list

Wheaton College on anti-LGBT list - Illinois' Wheaton College made The Princeton Review's list of the 20 colleges most hostile to LGBT students, The Advocate reported. According to The Advocate, Julie Rodgers wrote about her experience as a staff member at Wheaton for Time magazine: "Even though they had known I referred to myself as gay prior to hiring me, they encouraged me not to refer ...


Lighthouse-provides-for-LGBTQ-youth-in-south-suburbs

Lighthouse provides for LGBTQ youth in south suburbs - By Tarina Hargrays - Chicago's south suburbs has recently gotten a bit more inclusive with the help of a local LGBTQ organization called Lighthouse. Lighthouse is in organization designed to support LGBTQ youth and their families. Stephanie Wright, Valerie Litchfield and Phillip Barker, a social worker at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, founded the organization last April. Both Wright and Litchfield bonded over having sons who ...


Parents-group-holds-first-ever-reunion

Parents' group holds first-ever reunion - The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Parents Group held its first-ever reunion at Sidetrack on July 30. The group formed in the late '70s, a time when gays and lesbians were starting to feel more comfortable coming out, many were in a unique situation: They had previously been married and had children. "Other single gay people didn't always quite get it," ...


Knight-Family-Foundation-and-LYTE-Collective-partner-on-youth-homelessness

Knight Family Foundation and LYTE Collective partner on youth homelessness - CHICAGO, Aug. 03, 2017 — According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless over 11,000 Chicago youth ages 14-24 are homeless and living on their own without the support of family or a guardian. As gun violence continues to take young lives in our communities, and with the links between poverty and violence well established, local philanthropists and youth homelessness ...


LGBTQ-youth-HIV-AIDS-affected-youth-in-Vietnam-complete-leadership-program

LGBTQ youth, HIV-AIDS affected youth in Vietnam complete leadership program - From a press release - Ha Noi, 30 July 2017 - Today, Amazin LeThi Foundation announces the closing ceremony of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ). The program took place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017, with the mission ...


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NQAPIA awards event Aug. 5 - The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) is hosting the Community Catalyst Awards on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Cai Restaurant, 2100 S. Archer Ave., 6-11 p.m. Honorees will include Chicago Desi Youth Rising ( CDYR ); Tanvi Sheth, of the Transformative Justice Law Project ( TJLP ); and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago. Admission is $100-$125, and includes ...


Report-LGBTQ-youth-disproportionately-jailed-mistreated

Report: LGBTQ youth disproportionately jailed, mistreated - LGBTQ youth are astoundingly overrepresented in the justice system. While only 7 to 9 percent of all youth nationwide identify as LGB, they make up 20 percent of all youth who are in juvenile justice facilities in the nation with LGB girls alone making up 39.4 percent. Of all these LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in juvenile justice facilities, 85 ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-riot-grrrl-rewind

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT riot grrrl rewind - The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is ready to rock with Brave Like Them. The world-premiere play with punk music explores the pluses and minuses of the underground "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s, and is devised by an LGBTQIA youth group. Admittedly, many of the group members ( who are between the ages of 13 to 23 ) had ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-29-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...


Restorative-Justice-Community-Court-to-launch-next-month

Restorative Justice Community Court to launch next month - The first Restorative Justice Community Court ( RJCC ) in the state of Illinois will launch at UCAN's North Lawndale campus in August, with Cook County Circuit Court Judge Colleen Sheehan presiding. RJCC will be held once a week on Thursdays beginning Aug. 31. Sheehan, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, RJCC ...


Leadership-program-for-LGBTQ-youth-HIV-AIDS-affected-youth-begins-in-Vietnam

Leadership program for LGBTQ youth, HIV/AIDS-affected youth begins in Vietnam - From a press release - Hanoi, 19 July 2017 — Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of ...


GLSEN-responds-as-Sec-of-Education-stonewalls-on-policy-on-LGBTQ-students

GLSEN responds as Sec. of Education stonewalls on policy on LGBTQ students - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) - July 18, 2017 - In a July 11 letter to Senator Patty Murray ( D-WA ), Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, under President Obama, had overly broadened the scope of investigations into discrimination against students, leading to an inability to adequately investigate individual complaints. ...


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Lawsuit filed in support of suspended CPS teacher Chambers - In the two months since suspended Chicago Public School ( CPS ) special-education teacher Sarah Chambers' supporters held a Twitter storm with the #LetSarahTeach hashtag, she has gotten more and more support from students, parents, fellow teachers, community leaders and elected officials—including legal backing, in the form of a lawsuit. Despite this support, CPS is still pushing for her termination; ...


Night-Ministry-opens-bus-to-community

Night Ministry opens bus to community - The Night Ministry brought the Health Outreach Bus to the Daley Plaza to help communicate its mission of providing housing, medical exams and other forms of care to people experiencing homeless to the community July 12. Visitors were offered the opportunity to take a tour of the custom designed 38-foot bus, learn about volunteering opportunities, meet with direct service staff ...


The-Crib-to-reinstate-overnight-shelter-services-on-July-26

The Crib to reinstate overnight-shelter services on July 26 - Officials from The Night Ministry announced, on July 17, that The Crib, the organization's emergency shelter for persons ages 18-24 in Lake View, will resume overnight services starting on July 26. The organization temporarily suspended those services in early June for staff retraining, among other reasons. Daytime services have still been in effect. "We appreciate the support from our community ...


Symposium-examines-disconnect-between-LGBTQ-youth-researchers-

Symposium examines disconnect between LGBTQ youth, researchers - Despite disagreements, panelists, youth seek common ground - The second annual "State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing" symposium presented plenty of research on LGBTQ youth. The question now seems to be how—and whether—that research can serve LGBTQ youth. The June 29 symposium—subtitled "Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience," and with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) at Northwestern University ...


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PRIDE '17 WCT honors 36 at 30 Under 30 - Expanding its number of honorees due to what the determining body saw as a surplus of qualified applicants, Windy City Times actually honored 36 individuals during its 18th annual 30 Under 30 Awards, held at Polo Cafe on Chicago's South Side. WCT Art Director Kirk Williamson and senior entertainment reporter Jerry Nunn emceed the ceremony, which honored 32 people under ...


Community-rallies-around-former-Catholic-teacher

Community rallies around former Catholic teacher - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Community members rallied June 24 to demand change at a local Catholic high school where a former teacher says he was fired after students outed and harassed him. Amidst chanting and picketing, including signs with messages such as "Make Ignatius Jesuit Again," roughly 30 alumni, friends, community organizers and a former administrator gathered near Saint Ignatius College Prep to support ...


Point-Foundation-Scholarships-go-to-largest-and-most-diverse-group-ever

Point Foundation Scholarships go to largest and most diverse group ever - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 22, 2017 — Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's most prominent scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, today announced its 2017 scholarship recipients. The 52 scholarship recipients are the largest and most diverse group in the organization's history. From more than 2,000 applicants, 27 LGBTQ students were chosen to ...


18th-annual-30-Under-30-Awards-on-Wed-June-21

18th annual 30 Under 30 Awards on Wed., June 21 - Each year Windy City Times honors 30 outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. The honors will be presented Wed., June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Polo Cafe, 3322 S. Morgan St., Chicago. Nickecia "Nick" Alder Nickecia ...


Youth-Outlook-to-honor-Garofalo

Youth Outlook to honor Garofalo - Youth Outlook has announced that Dr. Robert Garafalo—division head of Adolescent Medicine and director of the Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago—will be honored with the Lorrie Lane Brenneman Lifetime Achievement Award at the agency's gala, "Dare to Dream," on Saturday, Oct. 21. In an unprecedented move, the Leadership Committee of the Youth Outlook Board ...


Ken-Schneck-on-his-travelogue-radio-show-and-teaching-career

Ken Schneck on his travelogue, radio show and teaching career - Ken Schneck's world changed forever in 2010, when he decided to go on a NGO ( non-governmental organization ) volunteer trip to Uganda. Before that trip, Schneck's experience with adventure consisted of Club Meds during his childhood and, as an adult, Manhattan below 16th Street. After Uganda, Schneck decided he had to go on other adventures and has turned those ...


Vernita-Gray-LGBT-Youth-Fund-seeks-donations-for-yearly-grant

Vernita Gray LGBT Youth Fund seeks donations for yearly grant - People are being asked to donate to the Vernita Gray LGBT Youth Fund, which makes yearly grants to grassroots non-profit organizations that provide services to youth. Those who donate will receive a "Marching with Vernita" button, complete with a photo of the late activist. Gray, a lesbian activist who was a native Chicagoan, died in 2014 at age 65. Gray ...


Book-calls-for-LGBTQ2S-specific-approach-to-youth-homelessness

Book calls for LGBTQ2S-specific approach to youth homelessness - From a press release - Toronto - Canada and the U.S. need to better serve the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit ( LGBTQ2S ) youth experiencing homelessness, says a new book published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness ( COH ). "LGBTQ2S youth homelessness is a big problem, involving other big problems, like poverty, racism, cissexism, transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-29-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...


Coalition-condemns-administrations-new-instructions-on-transgender-student-discrimination-

Coalition condemns administration's new instructions on transgender student discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: "In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools' obligations under Title IX to ...


30-Under-30-Awards-taking-place-June-21

30 Under 30 Awards taking place June 21 - Windy City Times will again mark Pride Month with its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 21. Like last year, the event will take place at Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Honorees are 30 years or under as ...


Youth-resident-of-Chicago-House-stabbed-to-death

Youth resident of Chicago House stabbed to death - A youth resident of a Sheridan Park housing facility owned by Chicago House was brutally beaten and stabbed to death in the evening hours of June 11 according to multiple news reports. Unconfirmed reports state that 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs was the victim of a domestic assault. On June 12, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced that a Chicago man John ...


The-last-president-of-Shimer-College

The last president of Shimer College - On June 4, 1895 Mrs. A.J. Sawyer spoke to the graduating class of Mount Carroll Seminary in Illinois. The topic of her address was What Becomes of the Girl Graduates? It was reprinted in that summer's edition of the Seminary's newspaper The Oread. "Progress is not determined by the amount of intelligence or intellectuality on deposit at any one time ...


Field-Museum-scientists-at-Sidetrack-to-discuss-natures-variety-of-sexual-behavior-

Field Museum scientists at Sidetrack to discuss nature's variety of sexual behavior - From a press release - The Field Museum's LGBTQ affinity group Outfielders will host its second annual Out in the Field: Slushies and Science, which will take place on Tuesday, June 20, from 6-8pm, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, one of Chicago's largest gay bars. This year, there will be even more Field Museum scientists doing show-and-tells about some of nature's most unusual sexual behavior, ...


Civil-and-Human-Rights-Coalition-responds-to-Secretary-DeVos-testimony

Civil and Human Rights Coalition responds to Secretary DeVos' testimony - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to Secretary DeVos' testimony today before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee: "We were glad to hear Secretary DeVos restate the law today — that recipients of federal funds must follow federal law and may not discriminate ...


LGBTQ-Youth-Courage-award-winners-announced

LGBTQ Youth Courage award winners announced - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — The Colin Higgins Foundation today announced its 17th Annual Youth Courage Award winners, whom it recognizes for extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth. The 2017 winners are: Daniel Garcia, 18, of Gulfport, Miss.; Julieta Ramirez-Solis, 18, of Gresham, Ore., and Dafahlia Mosley, 21, of Lodi, ...


Lambda-Legal-to-Texas-Legislature-Dont-Tempt-us-to-Sue-You

Lambda Legal to Texas Legislature: Don't Tempt us to Sue You - From a press release - ( Austin, TX — June 6, 2017 ) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced he would be calling the Texas legislature into special session July 18 to complete unfinished business on the state budget. Inexplicably, among 18 other measures, Gov. Abbott also announced he would be including on the agenda for the special session reconsideration of misguided legislation driven ...


The-Crib-youth-shelter-to-suspend-overnight-services-

The Crib youth shelter to suspend overnight services - The Crib, the emergency youth shelter operated in Lake View by The Night Ministry, announced June 3 that it would be temporarily suspending its overnight services as of June 7. The facility, which attracts many LGBTQ youth, will remain open and provide services such as daily meals, case management and street outreach, said Erin Ryan, senior vice-president for The Night ...


Every-Child-Deserves-a-Family-ECDF-Act-of-2017-introduced

Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act of 2017 introduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Family Equality Council and PFLAG National, Co-Chairs of the National Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, welcome the reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family ( ECDF ) Act of 2017 in the House of Representatives, and thank Congressman John Lewis ( D-GA ) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( R-FL ) for their leadership on behalf ...


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Crowd rallies around gay couple at Yorkville school-board meeting - During the public comments section of the May 22 Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 ( Y115 ) board meeting at Yorkville High School, Chad Konow-Muri ( whose husband, Craig Konow-Muri, did not speak that night ) and a number of their supporters addressed an alleged ongoing anti-LGBT situation involving their now seven-year-old daughter. More than 100 people attended the ...


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Budget has no plan to withhold funding based on discrimination in schools - From a GLSEN press release - ( New York, NY ) - May 25, 2017 - While presenting the Department of Education's requested budget, which includes $150 million in public funds to be spent on sending students to private schools, Secretary DeVos left little doubt that she would not intervene if states allowed discrimination. GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard, and Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, ...


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Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...


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GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. adults ...


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'Queer Prom' May 26 - The 12th Annual Queer Prom will take place Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. There will be food, music ( by DJ OCD ) and information booths. Tickets are $20-$30 each; visit "Queer Prom 2017" on Facebook. ...


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Social media campaign launched supporting suspended Saucedo teacher - The groundswell of support for suspended Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers has grown both locally and online since the April 18 rally that called for her reinstatement ( she was suspended April 6 ) at the school. In addition to the 100 people who attended the rally, the #LetSarahTeach hashtag reached over 3.1 million people on Twitter that day. ...


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Gay teacher fired after being outed by students - Democratic candidate for Congress Marie Newman, who will be challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-CHicago) in the 2018 elections, on May 19, expressed outrage over the firing of a gay Catholic high school teacher. DNA Info, on May 18, first reported on Matt Tedeschi, a Chicagoan who was fired from St. Ignatius College Prep after students found his online ...


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CPS closes year with queer prom - On May 14, Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ), in partnership with GSA Network and The Egalite Group, presented the annual LGBTQ Prom at Allcott College Prep. The event, celebrating its sixth year, played host to LGBTQ high school students from as many as 26 schools in Illinois and one in Milwaukee. Precious Brady Davis emceed, with Khloe providing entertainment. ...


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Amicus brief supporting transgender student Grimm filed by HRC, 59 major companies - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, filed a "friend of the court" brief signed by 59 major U.S. companies supporting transgender student Gavin Grimm in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Grimm, a transgender boy, filed suit ...


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LGB-Focused Resources Help Stressed Teens Cope - From a press release - TUCSON, Ariz. — "It gets better." These three words have become a pop-culture mantra for struggling young people in the gay and lesbian community. Yet, simply imaging a better future — however well-intentioned the idea — is not the best coping strategy for teens dealing with stress related to their sexual orientation, and, in some cases, it may even do ...







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