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E-Patrick-Johnson-now-heading-NUs-African-American-studies

E. Patrick Johnson now heading NU's African-American studies - by M. Shelly Conner - E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of African-American Studies and Performance Studies, has been named the new chair of the African-American studies department at Northwestern University. Johnson is no stranger to university administrative posts, having previously served as the chair and director of graduate studies for the Department of Performance Studies. He replaces colleague and African-American Studies scholar Martha Biondi ...


Controversial-NU-professor-can-return-to-teaching

Controversial NU professor can return to teaching - A lesbian Northwestern University political science professor who was, this summer, banned from campus and student contact was, on Sept. 19, given the go-ahead to return to her job. Prof. Jacqueline Stevens was banned from contact with colleagues and students in late July in response to an exchange with a colleague that took place the previous March. Stevens maintained that ...


Educators-Tackle-Race-in-Color-of-Education-Panel-Discussion-

Educators Tackle Race in "Color of Education" Panel Discussion - From a press release - Join an esteemed panel of educators in an honest discussion of race and education at the upcoming "Color of Education" Roundtable Discussion, Thursday, October 6, 2016 the Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law. The Cradle Adoption Agency recently launched the "Our Children" education and empowerment series designed to educate parents on raising African-American children in a society still plagued ...


Point-Foundation-Scholarship-event-to-support-LGBTQ-students-

Point Foundation Scholarship event to support LGBTQ students - From a press release - Point Foundation ( Point ), which provides higher education scholarship, mentoring and leadership training to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, invites the public to help support the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. The Oct. 27 event in Chicago is an opportunity to meet Point Scholars and Alumni, enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and for individuals ...


Trevor-Project-educates-audience-on-youth-suicide-risks

Trevor Project educates audience on youth suicide risks - With anti-LGBT, and in particular anti-transgender, rhetoric on the rise during one of the most hate-filled and divisive political climates in recent history, the services provided by organizations like The Trevor Project, which has led the way in suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBT youth since 1998, have never been more imperative. On Sept. 16, the Gray Hotel ...


Safe-Schools-Alliance-hosts-annual-benefit

Safe Schools Alliance hosts annual benefit - The Illinois Safe Schools hosted their annual benefit brunch Sept. 18 at Christy Webber Landscapes on Chicago's West Side. This was their first benefit under the leadership of new Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter. Kim Hunt received the Safe Schools advocate of the year award; Harlem School District 122 received the ally of the year; and Alex McCray was named activist ...


Fostering-Our-Teens-event-Oct-22

'Fostering Our Teens' event Oct. 22 - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times and the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster our Teens" with the goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the foster ...


Millions-to-go-purple-in-unified-stand-against-bullying-on-Spirit-Day-Oct-20-

Millions to 'go purple' in unified stand against bullying on Spirit Day, Oct. 20 - From a press release - New York — Today GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, launched the official countdown to Spirit Day, largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th, and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or 'go purple' online in a united stand against bullying and ...


Plans-revived-for-LGBT-focused-school-

Plans revived for LGBT-focused school - A symposium will be held in mid-October seeking community input for a renewed effort for an education program sensitive to the needs of LGBT students. Bishop James E. Dukes of Pentecostal Liberation Christian Center, 6810 S. Ashland Ave., is organizing the gathering, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., 10 a.m.-noon. In 2014, ...


Lambda-decries-suburban-Pittsburgh-School-District-vote-against-trans-students

Lambda decries suburban Pittsburgh School District vote against trans students - From a press release - ( New York, September 13, 2016 ) — Lambda Legal today condemned last night's 5-4 vote by the Pine-Richland School District school board in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to implement a new policy on restroom and locker room access that singles out transgender students for discriminatory treatment. "Addressing imaginary problems, a bare majority of the Pine-Richland school board reversed years of ...


ALMA-announces-Young-Latino-Leaders-For-Creating-Change-Scholarship

ALMA announces Young Latino Leaders For Creating Change Scholarship - From a press release - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) Chicago is proud to announce its annual ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. This scholarship was developed in order to provide financial assistance to outstanding Illinois Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth leaders and youth allies to attend the annual Creating Change Conference. Sponsored by ALMA, Comcast, ...


Eric-B-Eatherly-Memorial-Scholarship-established-at-Joffrey-Ballet

Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship established at Joffrey Ballet - From a press release - September 12, 2016 — A true Southern gentleman, Eric B. Eatherly contributed to Chicago's dance image003.jpgcommunity extensively, passionately and always with great generosity after making the city his home upon graduating from Northwestern University in 2001. He soon graced many stages here, dancing professionally with Hedwig Dances and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, and also appearing as a guest ...


Chicago-Filmmakers-continues-LGBTQ-Youth-Media-Project-scholarships

Chicago Filmmakers continues LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, scholarships - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers is proud to continue The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, an exciting filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming, and allied teens. The workshop will teach participants to use professional filmmaking equipment and editing software to create identity-focused work that challenges the status quo. SESSION THREE: Oct. 15th - Dec. 10th, Saturdays 3:30 - 6:30 PM ( No class ...


Chicago-Ideas-Week-includes-Wambach-Vargas-and-more

Chicago Ideas Week includes Wambach, Vargas and more - From a press release - CHICAGO — September 8, 2016 — The lineup for the sixth annual Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ), one of the largest, most affordable ideas festivals in the world from October 17-23, has officially been released with member tickets on sale now at ChicagoIdeas.com . The program will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from refugees to comedy ...


Elgin-school-allows-trans-student-locker-room-access

Elgin school allows trans student locker room access - An Elgin transgender middle school student was, on Sept. 6, allowed access to the locker room of the gender identity with which they identified. Though one District U-46 school board member did issue online objections about the matter being addressed without a board vote, school administrators maintained that the matter was resolved fairly and in compliance with federal Title IX ...


Trevor-event-Sept-16-at-Kimpton-Gray

Trevor event Sept. 16 at Kimpton Gray - People are urged to join the fight to end suicide at "A Night Out for Trevor" Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at The Kimpton Gray Hotel, 122 W. Monroe St. Out musician Steve Grand is slated to perform. The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. The organization provides crisis counseling, resources, education and ...


Trevor-Project-works-to-make-a-difference-in-the-lives-of-LGBTQ-youth

Trevor Project works to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — During National Suicide Prevention Month this September, The Trevor Project, the only national accredited suicide prevention and crisis intervention resource for LGBTQ youth under age 25, is using various forms of digital media to engage with hundreds of thousands of people about the many ways they can make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth. ...


Covenant-House-Interim-ED-has-come-home

Covenant House Interim E.D. has come home - In the 1927 William Faulkner novel Mosquitoes, Dorothy Jameson—an artist and guest on board the yacht Nausikaa—tells the young man she is trying to seduce "I think the serious things really are the things that make for happiness—people and things that are compatible, love. So many people are content just to sit around and talk about them instead of getting ...


Japanese-American-center-hosts-workshop-on-LGBTQ-affirming-spaces

Japanese-American center hosts workshop on LGBTQ-affirming spaces - The Japanese American Service Committee ( JASC ) Legacy Center hosted a Memories of Now seminar series presentation—NIKKEI QUEER: A workshop on making our spaces LGBTQ affirming—Aug. 18 at the JASC headquarters on Clark Street. JASC CEO Michael Takada spoke about the history of the organization that started as the Chicago Resettlers Committee 70 years ago this month. Takada explained ...


Wheaton-College-on-shame-list-of-worst-campuses-for-LGBT-youth

Wheaton College on "shame list" of worst campuses for LGBT youth - From a press release - Charlotte, NC….August 29, 2016,…..Campus Pride today releases its 2016 "Shame List," highlighting for the first time a national list of "The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth." The national listing includes 102 campuses, including Wheaton College in Illinois, that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices as documented on the site listing. Find the detailed list online ...


Community-welcomes-Daniel-McCarter-to-Alliance-helm

Community welcomes Daniel-McCarter to Alliance helm - Owen Daniel-McCarter, who is now the first transgender man to lead an LGBT organization, was welcomed by community members at an Aug. 25 reception at the downtown headquarters of Access Living Chicago. Daniel-McCarter was named executive director of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ) in June, replacing Anthony Papini, who left to take a new position in his ...


La-Casa-Norte-breaks-ground-for-Pierce-House-and-Community-Center-in-Humboldt-Park

La Casa Norte breaks ground for Pierce House and Community Center in Humboldt Park - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL ) August 26, 2016 — La Casa Norte, one of Chicago's key provider of services to homeless youth and families, is excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 9th at 10:00 am, for its new vibrant Pierce House and Community Center located at 3533 W North Avenue. The new facility will become an anchor of ...


MOMBIAN-Hope-and-help-for-back-to-school-time

MOMBIAN Hope and help for back-to-school time - Back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. There are supplies to buy, schedules to arrange, and forms to fill out. For many LGBTQ parents, it can also bring up worries about our children's inclusion and safety—but it can also be an opportunity for building bridges. As I see it, there are three basic approaches we can take. First, we ...


Welcome-for-Daniel-McCarter-Aug-25

Welcome for Daniel-McCarter Aug. 25 - There will be a community welcome for new Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter on Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave. The event is free, although donations can be made. RSVP at http://welcomeowen.eventbrite.com. ...


US-juvenile-criminal-justice-systems-endanger-lives-futures-of-LGBTQ-youth

U.S. juvenile, criminal justice systems endanger lives, futures of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Denver, CO, August 23, 2016 — A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). Among the report's most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBT youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBT ...


UIC-among-top-30-LGBTQ-friendly-campuses

UIC among top 30 LGBTQ-friendly campuses - From a press release - Campus Pride announced today it's 2016 "Best of the Best" Top 30 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. For eight years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education. VIEW ONLINE at http://campuspride.org/campuspridetopcampuses . Campus Pride chose thirty campuses to highlight this year based on their ...


Judge-hears-District-211-injunction-arguments-on-trans-student-

Judge hears District 211 injunction arguments on trans student - A federal judge, on Aug. 15, heard oral arguments as to whether a transgender girl who last year won the right to use the locker room facilities in her Northwest suburban high school can continue to do so while parents and right-wing activists mount a legal challenge. Plaintiffs in the case, heard by U.S. District Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, asked ...


CDC-LGBTQ-youth-face-high-rates-of-violence-and-bullying-

CDC: LGBTQ youth face high rates of violence and bullying - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation today responded to the alarming results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) nationwide survey of high school students, which found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people are far more likely to experience violence and bullying, and attempt suicide, than their heterosexual peers. "Anti-LGBTQ bullying ...


Tiny-Homes-model-tours-in-August

Tiny Homes model tours in August - The winning design entry from the recent Tiny Homes for the Homeless competition will be on display for a few months on Chicago's Southwest Side. August tour dates are set, and additional tours available on request, [email protected] The home, built by Price Construction, is up at 4631 S. Marshfield Ave., one block west of Ashland Avenue in the Back of ...


Covenant-House-hires-Illinois-director-

Covenant House hires Illinois director - From a press release - UPDATE Sept. 2, 2016: After an initial acceptance of the position of executive director of Covenant House Illinois, Warren K. Chapman soon announced that he would not take the position. NEW YORK—Covenant House has hired Warren K. Chapman as the first executive director of Covenant House Illinois. "After a very thorough search, we found exactly the person we need right ...


Youth-center-supporting-LGBT-young-adults-changing-workspaces

Youth center supporting LGBT young adults, changing workspaces - Tucked away in the basement of the Wellington Avenue United Church is a refuge. It's not a place to find comfort in spirituality, as one may guess, but a place for LGBTQ youth to find support in social services, medical care and much more. The Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) of Howard Brown Health is this safe haven. BYC ...


Kenosha-trans-student-alleges-school-bias

Kenosha trans student alleges school bias - A 16-year-old transgender boy sued the Kenosha ( Wisconsin ) Unified School District in federal court July 19, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The district's superintendent was also named in the suit, which alleges that the plaintiff, Ash Whitaker, was discriminated against on the basis of his gender identity. The lawsuit was filed by the Oakland, California-based Transgender Law Center ...


HRC-Foundation-Video-Features-Proud-Dads-of-Transgender-Children

HRC Foundation Video Features Proud Dads of Transgender Children - The HRC Foundation has released a first-of-its-kind web video exclusively featuring fathers of transgender children describing their experiences. The video also highlights the fear and hurt their families face due to anti-transgender prejudice and policies. The fathers highlighted in video include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family's story was also ...


National-PTA-Adopts-Res-on-Recognition-of-LGBTQ-Individuals-as-a-Protected-Class

National PTA Adopts Res on Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class - ALEXANDRIA, Va., ( July 5, 2016 )—National PTA, the nation's oldest and largest child advocacy association, adopted a resolution during its 2016 Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, on the Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning ( LGBTQ ) Individuals as a Protected Class. The resolution calls for federal policies that specifically protect LGBTQ youth and local ...


Out-teachers-talk-anti-bullying-plans-at-NNSTOY-confab

Out teachers talk anti-bullying plans at NNSTOY confab - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out teachers Brett Bigham ( 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year ), Jane McMahon ( 2014 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year ) and Shanna Peeples ( 2015 Texas State Teacher of the Year and 2015 United States National Teacher of the Year ) held a session focused on anti-bullying information and supports for LGBTQ youth who are being bullied ...


CA-Education-Board-Adopts-LGBT-Inclusive-History-Social-Science-Guidelines-

CA Education Board Adopts LGBT-Inclusive History-Social Science Guidelines - From a press release - Sacramento - The California State Board of Education today unanimously voted to adopt a new History-Social Science Framework. The Framework sets out guidelines for K-12 schools to implement content standards for history and social science instruction. Among the many changes made to the Framework, LGBT people and their contributions to California and US history are accurately represented for the first ...


Event-focuses-on-foster-care-and-adoption-in-LGBTQ-community-

Event focuses on foster care and adoption in LGBTQ community - Let it Be Us focused on finding foster and adoptive families within Chicago's LGBTQ community with its program "Call to Action! Foster and Adopt Our Children" July 9 at University of Illinois at Chicago's Student Center. "Call to Action! Foster and Adopt Our Children" was the first event of its kind. Let it Be Us hosted the town-hall style event ...


TRANS-JUSTICE-Owen-Daniel-McCarter-takes-helm-of-Illinois-Safe-Schools

TRANS JUSTICE Owen Daniel-McCarter takes helm of Illinois Safe Schools - Attorney Owen Daniel-McCarter usually begins every meeting he leads or every email he sends with the words "Beautiful people." It is a philosophy that has guided his life, despite a childhood beset by the kind of merciless bullying that would leave anyone with an understandably negative view of the world. However, Daniel-McCarter's belief that there is inherent value in every ...


Award-winning-teacher-talks-settlement-White-House-visit

Award-winning teacher talks settlement, White House visit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Teacher of the year awardee Brett Bigham's journey as an educator began when he took a job as a substitute teacher and was nearly ended when he was fired for saying he was gay. "I became a substitute teacher because I was bored with my writing job and I ended up loving it," said Bigham. After completing his master of ...


Local-news-briefs

Local news briefs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Newest Point scholars announced Point Foundation ( Point ) announced its 2016 class of 22 Point Foundation Scholars, as well as the launch of its new Community College Scholarship Program, which awarded scholarships to its first class of 11 students. One has a local connection, as Bridgette Davis—who hails from Donahue, Iowa—is obtaining a Ph.D. in social work at the ...


Activist-Janae-Bonsu-talks-BYP100-queer-Black-identity

Activist Janae Bonsu talks BYP100, queer Black identity - Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) National Public Policy Chair Janaé Bonsu's journey as an activist began about three years ago. However, the seeds were sown during her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, where she learned what the Confederate flag was and what it represented—hate and white supremacy. Bonsu was 9 years old at the time, and attended a ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Being-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW Being Jazz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Jazz Jennings. $17.99; Crown Books for Young Readers; 272 pages There's nothing special about you. You're just an ordinary kid, nothing unique—except, there is. You have your own thoughts, passions, creativity, and sense of humor. There's nobody else like you; you're ordinary and special and so is Jazz Jennings. In her new book Being Jazz, she writes about ...


Windy-City-Times-30-Under-30-Honors-event-held-

Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Honors event held - The 17th annual Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards were held June 22 at Polo Cafe in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. This was the first time the event was held on the South Side. The event, held less than two weeks after the murder of 49 mostly Latinx and mostly LGBTQ people in Orlando, had both a somber and determined ...


Groups-Call-on-Legislators-to-Reject-Appalling-Attacks-on-Trans-Children-

Groups Call on Legislators to Reject Appalling Attacks on Trans Children - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As state lawmakers continue to attack transgender children with outrageous and shameful bills, four leading national health, education and child advocacy groups have added their names to the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) letter calling on state lawmakers and governors across the nation to reject the discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and ...


Transgender-Youth-Employment-Toolkit-released-

Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit released - From a press release - The Los Angeles LGBT Center has released the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit as a resource for case managers and others to assist them in helping to prepare transgender youth for the workforce. The toolkit is available in print and online at http://lalgbtcenter.org/transgender-youth-employment-toolkit . "This toolkit supplements what case managers already know about working with young people, and provides knowledge and ...


PRIDE-Day-at-Brookfield-Zoo-

PRIDE Day at Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield, Ill. — On Friday, June 24, the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo will be displaying rainbow flags to celebrate diversity and inclusion of all as well as joining Chicago's PRIDE celebration with its second annual PRIDE Day at the zoo. Families will be able to connect with wildlife and nature by enjoying the zoo's many exhibits and attractions like ...


Alliance-makes-history-in-naming-Daniel-McCarter-as-new-director

Alliance makes history in naming Daniel-McCarter as new director - The board of directors at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the "Alliance" ) has announced Owen Daniel-McCarter as the group's new executive director—becoming the first transgender man to lead a major LGBT nonprofit organization in the process. He succeeds Anthony Papini, who relocated to his hometown of Seattle in April. Daniel-McCarter has been the Alliance's policy & advocacy director ...


Foster-care-seminar-July-9-has-special-LGBTQ-focus-

Foster care seminar July 9 has special LGBTQ focus - From a press release - In conjunction with the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency, Pride Action Tank and Windy City Times, Let It Be Us is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster and Adopt Our Children" with the specific goal of finding foster and adoptive families within Chicago's LGBTQ community on Saturday, ...


UNESCO-report-looks-at-anti-LGBT-violence-in-education

UNESCO report looks at anti-LGBT violence in education - UNESCO ( The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) has compiled "Out in the Open," a global report on education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Put together for the International Day of Action Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia ( IDAHOT ), the report reveals the nature, scope and impact of ...


DePaul-professor-explains-controversial-article

DePaul professor explains controversial article - Jason Hill, professor of philosophy at DePaul University, published, in late May, a harsh critique of gay culture in The Federalist, a conservative web magazine. In the article, titled "Loveless, Narcissistic Sex Addicts: A Gay Man Critiques His Community," Hill asserts that gay men foster a hypersexualized, decadent culture that renders them unable to participate in meaningful relationships. He is ...


Event-to-look-at-NY-LGBTQ-youth-and-survival-sex

Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


Alice-Rapoport-Center-opens

Alice Rapoport Center opens - On May 18, the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement opened at Goodman Theatre above Petterino's restaurant at 170 N. Dearborn St. This is named for Alice B. Rapoport, a Goodman trustee until her death in 2014. Her husband, Michael A. Sachs, attended a ceremony to name the center in her honor. The expansion project exceeded a $15 million ...


Event-to-look-at-NY-LGBTQ-youth-and-survival-sex

Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


23-civil-rights-groups-back-Title-IX-moves-trans-students-

23 civil-rights groups back Title IX moves trans students - From a press release - See details below on a letter sent from 23 civil-rights groups backing Title IX interpretations to cover transgender people. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch, On ...


NEIU-becomes-site-of-Evan-Wolfsons-first-commencement-address

NEIU becomes site of Evan Wolfson's first commencement address - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Evan Wolfson—LGBT activist, attorney, author and founder and president of the now defunct Freedom to Marry group—delivered his first-ever commencement address to Northeastern Illinois University's ( NEIU ) 2016 graduating class May 9 at UIC Pavilion. NEIU President Sharon Hahs presented Wolfson with his first honorary doctorate degree—Doctor of Humane Letters—ahead of his address. She also spoke to the graduates ...


Queer-Youth-Exploring-Spirituality-Holds-Fundraiser-in-Pilsen-May-14-

Queer Youth Exploring Spirituality Holds Fundraiser in Pilsen May 14 - From a press release - Queer Youth Exploring Spirituality ( QYES ) will be hosting its first fundraising event 5-7 p.m. at Lincoln United Methodist Church located at 2242 S. Damen May 14. The event will be emceed by the QYES Youth Leader Jasean Purdis who has donated his birthday at the fundraiser. There will be storying telling by youth, dance performance by Healthy Hood ...


Duncan-addresses-City-College-graduates

Duncan addresses City College graduates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Graduates of City Colleges of Chicago are getting ready to head off to in-demand careers or transfer to four-year colleges after receiving their associate degrees April 30 at the 2016 City Colleges of Chicago commencement ceremony at the UIC Pavilion. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the keynote address to the more than 1,800 graduates and 8,000 guests ...


Filmmakers-Sets-Digital-Media-Scholarships-for-LGBTQ-Youth-

Filmmakers Sets Digital Media Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Youth - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers is proud to launch The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project — a free educational program for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming, and allied teens. During the course of the program, students will get hands-on digital filmmaking experience while focusing on media literacy - specifically the roles and effects of identity and representation in mainstream media. There are three upcoming sessions ...


Chicago-Filmmakers-Announces-Digital-Media-Scholarships-for-LGBTQ-Youth

Chicago Filmmakers Announces Digital Media Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Youth - From a press release - May 10th, 2016 ( CHICAGO, IL ) - Chicago Filmmakers is proud to launch The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project — a free educational program for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming, and allied teens. During the course of the program, students will get hands-on digital filmmaking experience while focusing on media literacy - specifically the roles and effects of identity and representation ...


LGBTQ-prom-takes-place-in-Lake-View-

LGBTQ prom takes place in Lake View - On May 6, the fifth annual Chicago Public Schools LGBTQ Students and Allies Prom took place at Lake View High School. The event, which CPS ( Chicago Public Schools ) largely sponsors, included students from suburban and private schools as well as allies and chaperones. The students, some of whom attended in drag, were treated to a full-course dinner and ...


LGBT-life-front-and-center-on-historically-black-college-campuses-

LGBT life front and center on historically black college campuses - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC— Many Voices, a Black church movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) justice, on May 5 launched a first-of-its-kind video campaign in partnership with Morgan State University ( MSU ), to increase awareness about LGBTQ life on historically Black College and University ( HBCU ) campuses, and the ways in which it is shaped by ...


Conservative-groups-file-suit-against-District-211-and-feds-in-school-bathroom-case

Conservative groups file suit against District 211 and feds in school bathroom case - Updated May 8, 2016 - A federal lawsuit was filed against the government and a suburban school district May 4 over that district's rules allowing a transgender student to use the locker room facilities of the gender with which she identified. Alliance Defending Freedom and the Thomas More Society filed suit on behalf of 51 area families against the United States Department of Education, United ...


Report-reveals-colleges-requesting-religious-exemptions

Report reveals colleges requesting religious exemptions - The U.S. Department of Education has published new documents that identify religious colleges that have sought and received exemptions from Title IX. The controversial waivers allow the colleges to receive federal funding without violating their religious beliefs. As of April 1, 232 colleges had obtained a religious exemption from Title IX and 31 requests are pending, according to the department. ...


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 ...


Storage-project-gears-up-to-help-youth-experiencing-homelessness

Storage project gears up to help youth experiencing homelessness - CHICAGO—Imagine trying to get to work or school or a doctor's appointment while carrying everything that matters to you. Now add some of Chicago's extreme weather elements and one has a sense of what young people experiencing homelessness navigate. Left with unreliable or infrequent storage options, young people hide their belongings in alleys, dumpsters, yards, abandoned buildings, bushes, and under ...


Chicago-Public-Schools-Guidelines-Support-Trans-Students-Employees-Adults-

Chicago Public Schools Guidelines Support Trans Students, Employees, Adults - Chicago Public Schools, on May 3, issued revised guidelines pertaining to its transgender students, staff and volunteers, tackling head-on questions surrounding restroom and locker room use that have been vexing school districts across the country in recent months. The guidelines—which revise policies that CPS issued in 2014—explicitly state that students will be able to use the lavatory and changing facilities ...


Dept-of-Ed-Publishes-Names-of-Schools-Receiving-Right-To-Discriminate-Against-LGBTs-

Dept. of Ed Publishes Names of Schools Receiving Right To Discriminate Against LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the U.S. Department of Education for helping to increase transparency and accountability by publishing a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. HRC first called on the Department of Education in December to take action ...


Center-on-Halsted-starts-housing-initiative

Center on Halsted starts housing initiative - Center on Halsted announced, on April 21, that it is accepting applications for its Youth Housing Initiative. The program is part of the Center's two-pronged Youth Housing Strategy, which it developed last year, according to a press release. The first goal was for the Center to operate a cluster site housing program for youth from the existing program, developing a ...


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Storage project gears up to help youth experiencing homelessness - CHICAGO, IL - Imagine trying to get to work or school or a doctor's appointment while carrying everything that matters to you. Now add some of Chicago's extreme weather elements and one has a sense of what young people experiencing homelessness navigate. Left with unreliable or infrequent storage options, young people hide their belongings in alleys, dumpsters, yards, abandoned buildings, ...


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Urban Initiatives holds fundraiser at Sidetrack - Urban Initiatives, a nonprofit that works on connecting underserved children to sports and healthy lifestyles, held a fundraiser at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on April 14. Between networking, donations and appetizers from Limelight Catering, friends and members of the organization had plenty to say about its impact in the Chicago area. In a video put together by the organization, ...


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Cross-country hiker raises awareness for foster youth - Jarett Wilkins, on April 15, arrived at the Santa Monica Pier. He had made it halfway through a 6,000-mile trek across the United States and back. Wilkins, who is gay, undertook the hike to raise awareness about children who are in the foster care system. He started a non-profit organization, the Forever Family Walk, and is interviewing stakeholders in children's ...


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Gender JUST collaborative examines radical solutions to transgender issues - On the cusp of celebrating a decade's worth of work creating "new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world," The Chicago Freedom School, located in Chicago's South Loop, served as a tailor-made donated venue for members of the grassroots multiracial, multigenerational collective Gender JUST to hold an ...


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Cradles to Crayons expands into Chicago, names Bernard Cherkasov ED - From a press release - BRIGHTON, MA—April 18, 2016 — Cradles to Crayons, the national nonprofit providing everyday essentials to children living in poverty, today announced that it has named Bernard Cherkasov as Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons—Chicago. Cherkasov will assume responsibility effective immediately for Cradles to Crayons' activities across Chicagoland and also serve as a member of the organization's National Leadership Team, which sets ...


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Tiny Home Summit responds to homelessness - A full-scale model of the tiny home design that won a recent contest for housing for youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago was on display in advance of the April 18-19 Tiny Homes for the Homeless Summit at UIC. Architects Marty Sandberg, Lon Stousland and Terry Howell designed the winning model, selected among almost 300 entries in a competition. Price Construction ...


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20th Day of Silence has thousands of students taking action - On April 15, 1996, Maria Pulzetti organized 150 of her fellow University of Virginia students to take a stand against bullying and harassment in a statement against those who wished to marginalize LGBTQ individuals and so mute their growing chorus of demands to be recognized in a society who wished them to silently disappear. For Pulzetti and her classmates, the ...







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