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Northwestern-study-Some-LGBT-youth-still-face-bullying

Northwestern study: Some LGBT youth still face bullying - It Doesn't 'Get Better' For Some Bullied LGBT Youths - From a Press Release CHICAGO, Ill. —- Since 2010, more than 613,000 people have pledged to combat bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) teens as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign. And a new Northwestern Medicine study has found that most adolescents would agree that it does, in fact, get better. But not all. Discrimination, ...


National-Conversion-therapy-in-NY-church-takeover-Tyler-Clementi

National: Conversion therapy in N.Y.; church takeover; Tyler Clementi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York is taking steps to stop conversion therapy for minors, according to USA Today. The Democratic governor's move comes as LGBT-rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental-health organizations have repudiated. "Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice" that punishes people ...


NYC-LGBT-youth-agency-reaches-goal-in-plan-to-purchase-anti-gay-church-

NYC LGBT youth agency reaches goal in plan to purchase anti-gay church - From a press release - FEBRUARY 9, 2016, New York, NY…….Less than two weeks after the ATLAH church, home of virulently anti-LGBT Rev. James David Manning, announced it had been foreclosed and was being put up for auction, the Ali Forney Center launched the #harlemnohate campaign and has raised $200,000 as an initial goal towards buying the building to provide housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-to-address-youth-homelessness-in-Chicago

Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago. The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, April 18, 9 ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-to-address-youth-homelessness-in-Chicago-experts-join-from-across-country

Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago; experts join from across country - CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago. The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, April 18, 9 ...


Girl-Scout-turns-anti-trans-incident-into-cookie-sale-success

Girl Scout turns anti-trans incident into cookie sale success - A transgender girl in Downstate Herrin, Illinois, has used an incident of anti-trans bigotry as the impetus to sell thousands of Girl Scout cookies, according to Buzzfeed. The nine-year-old girl, named Stormi ( just her first name was revealed in the report ), was told by a neighbor that, "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress." ...


Teacher-talks-about-coming-out-and-being-OUTspoken

Teacher talks about coming out and being 'OUTspoken' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This past summer, Jeffrey Tomlinson was one of the featured performers at OUTspoken! ( Sidetrack's monthly LGBTQ storytelling event ) and his story centered around the day he came out to his students in the spring 2007 while teaching at Kelly Miller Middle School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Tomlinson grew up in the politically conservative central Illinois ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, 2016, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other ...


New-research-released-Spatial-Stigma-Health-in-Post-Industrial-Detroit

New research released: Spatial Stigma, Health in Post-Industrial Detroit - From a press release - DETROIT, MI, February 1, 2016……Detroit Youth Passages ( DYP ), a project dedicated to understanding how young peoples' life circumstances impact their lives and promoting positive change, has published a groundbreaking research paper in the most recent issue of The International Quarterly of Community Health Education ( IQCH ) entitled "Spatial Stigma and Health in Post-Industrial Detroit." Louis Graham, a ...


March-4-Naperville-event-to-focus-on-LGBTQ-youth-

March 4 Naperville event to focus on LGBTQ+ youth - The DuPage Community Network will present "LGBTQ+ Youth: Incorporating Affirming Policies, Practices and Supporting Intersectionality in Schools" on Friday, March 4, at BMO Harris Bank, 1200 E. Warrenville Rd., Naperville, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jeremy Majeski, from Berwyn School District 100, will deliver the keynote address, presenting the policy the district implemented in 2015 to support transgender students. Topics that will ...


Creating-Change-Closing-Plenary-honors-youth

Creating Change Closing Plenary honors youth - Video below article - The Closing Plenary of Creating Change Jan. 24 offered up performances and awards focused on LGBTQ youth and their allies. In presenting the Paul A. Anderson Youth leadership Award to Chicago-based poet, painter, Windy City Times contributor and advocate for homeless and LGBTQ youth Kasey White, Task Force Senior Policy Counsel, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director Meghan Maury recalled ...


First-lockers-for-youth-installed-at-Ujima-Village-

First lockers for youth installed at Ujima Village - On Jan 16. workers began hauling in, unpacking and installing parallel lines of 65 blue lockers at the South Side location of Ujima Village shelter—a program of the Chicago-based Unity Parenting and Counseling—under the watchful eyes of Supportive Services Supervisor A. Anne Holcomb and Director of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative Lara Brooks. It was the culmination of a concerted ...


HRC-praises-move-by-Dept-of-Education-

HRC praises move by Dept. of Education - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in a statement, praised the U.S. Department of Education for deciding to publish a searchable database—in the coming months—of educational institutions who have sought and/or received an exemption from federal civil-rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. In December, the organization called on the department to make such a move. "We ...


Upcoming-Oscar-YEPPs-Making-It-Home-sexual-assault-exhibit-Artemis-Siskel-

Upcoming: Oscar; YEPP's 'Making It Home'; sexual-assault exhibit; Artemis; Siskel - 'A Night with Oscar' Feb. 28 at Center The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host the Academy Award-related event "A Night with Oscar" on Sunday, Feb. 28. Doors will open for red-carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., and there will be bar service and a buffet. The Oscars telecast starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be the Green ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, 2016, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other ...


Trans-student-gets-locker-room-access-Trans-military-ban-decision-expected

Trans student gets locker-room access; Trans-military ban decision expected - The transgender student who waged a legal battle to use the girl's locker room at her suburban high school was granted access Jan. 15, Chicago Tribune reported. The student had asked to use an isolated portion of the locker room to change clothes, but officials of the Palatine-based Township High School District 211 initially denied that request, prompting a discrimination ...


Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day-at-Northwestern-Jan-18

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Northwestern Jan. 18 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. —- Legendary civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash and Nicholas A. Pearce, an ordained minister, Northwestern alumnus and Kellogg professor whose research examines values-driven leadership, diversity and inclusion, collaboration and change in organizations around the world, will be the featured speakers at Northwestern University's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of the late civil and human ...


Unitarian-Church-of-Evanston-to-screening-The-Homestretch

Unitarian Church of Evanston to screening The Homestretch - From a press release - "The Homestretch puts a face on the reality of teen homelessness often "hidden" in plain sight, sometimes silently sitting in high school classrooms unsuspected by classmates and teachers. The Homestretch is a story of poverty, violence, loneliness, and pain." — Bob Dugan, Big Think Evanston, IL — January 16, 2016: Last year, over 19,000 students were identified as homeless in ...


Purdue-ending-benefits-for-same-sex-partners

Purdue ending benefits for same-sex partners - In Indiana, Purdue University will likely terminate benefits for same-sex domestic partners in 2017, according to the Indy Star. The university's board of trustees audit and insurance committee approved the proposal Dec. 18, with the full board okaying the measure the following day. Legal counsel Steve Schultz has said that now that there's nationwide marriage equality, keeping the benefits discriminates ...


Campus-Pride-vows-to-keep-shedding-light-on-religion-based-bigotry

Campus Pride vows to keep shedding light on religion-based bigotry - Campus Pride confirmed today with the U.S. Department of Education that a total of 57 campuses have applied or pending review for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth. On December 1, Campus Pride launched the national listing of colleges and universities who requested Title IX exemption to ban LGBTQ students. Campus Pride titled the list the "Shame ...


HRC-calls-on-Dept-of-Ed-to-look-at-anti-LGBT-religious-exemptions

HRC calls on Dept. of Ed to look at anti-LGBT religious exemptions - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on the Department of Education to take action in light of a disturbing trend by religious colleges and universities to request exemptions from existing civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. In a comprehensive new report, HRC details the growing trend and calls on the Department ...


District-questions-why-GSA-announcements-pulled

District questions why GSA announcements pulled - York Community High School students, instructors and family members attended a meeting of the Elmhurst School District board Dec. 15 in response to that district's superintendent's decision to pull morning announcements that were on behalf of that school's Gay-Straight Alliance, according to Chicago Tribune. The morning announcements were set to run in October, but Superintendent David Moyer would not allow ...


Charlene-Carruthers-talks-Black-Youth-Project-100

Charlene Carruthers talks Black Youth Project 100 - - "If those of us who are the most marginalized are safer and more protected, it will improve the lives of everybody."—Charlene Carruthers, national director of Black Youth Project 100 The Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), a collective of young Black activists that started in 2013 in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, has been one of the ...


Back2School-Illinois-helps-those-in-need

Back2School Illinois helps those in need - Back2School Illinois ( formerly The Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation ) has multiple programs, yet its 800-pound gorilla, as director and CEO Matthew Kurtzman tagged it, is the B2SI Free School Supplies Program. There are more than 1 million students in Illinois who come from low-income families, Kurtzman said, a total that increases annually. "Ideally, we'd be able to provide ...


Indiana-measure-called-bathroom-bill

Indiana measure called 'bathroom bill' - Opponents of Indiana state Sen. Travis Holdman's measure is calling the item a "bathroom bill," according to NewsAndTribune.com. Holdman's LGBT-rights proposal covers issues such as hiring and the use of public facilities; in addition, he made exemptions based on religious beliefs. The Republican senator's effort to broaden the state's civil-rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity may soon ...


Creating-Change-awardees-named

Creating Change awardees named - The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced the award recipients for the 28th annual Creating Change conference—the nation's largest LGBTQ advocacy conference—set to take place Jan. 20-24, 2016 at the Downtown Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave. During the conference, Barbara Smith will be presented with the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Smith, a lifelong activist ...


Feelings-charged-between-sides-at-District-211-meeting

Feelings charged between sides at District 211 meeting - Emotions were running high between opposing sides who attended the Township District 211 emergency school board meeting held Dec. 7 at James B. Conant High School to affirm or rescind their ruling upon the rights of a transgender student to use the locker room in accordance with her gender identity. For advocate Meggan R. Sommerville, the case hit close to ...


Chicagoan-develops-high-security-backpack-for-those-experiencing-homelessness-

Chicagoan develops high-security backpack for those experiencing homelessness - Ron Kaplan wanted to do more than just write checks at the end of the year to charitable causes—that just wasn't enough; it made him feel disconnected from the true process of giving. "As I found success in my work, and was overseeing a small family foundation, I realized that there was some point in my life that I had ...


Chicago-LGBT-youth-share-stories-at-Creating-Change-event

Chicago LGBT youth share stories at Creating Change event - About 50 community members and activists gathered at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., for #CHI4CHANGE: Stories from Chicago's Queer Youth, a storytelling event in support of the Creating Change conference to be held in Chicago January 20-24. "This is a room of love and support," said emcee Shaily Hakimian in her introductory remarks for the nine performers, who all ...


Controversy-continues-over-Palatine-trans-student-decision-

Controversy continues over Palatine trans student decision - The decision over whether a transgender girl at a Palatine high school can use the locker room corresponding to the gender with which she identifies has stirred more controversy, with the school district's board now saying that federal authorities have misrepresented the agreement. After a long meeting Wednesday night, members of the Township High School District 211 School Board announced ...


Youth-trans-group-announces-launch-on-South-Side

Youth trans group announces launch on South Side - In order to create a safe space for transgender and gender-expansive youth, clinicians from Chicago Counseling Associates & Beverly Therapists and The Juniper Center formed a support group, Gendernauts, for Chicago area youth ages 14-21. The first group kicked off this past summer at The Juniper Center in Park Ridge, Illinois, and had seven members. The group has moved to ...


Lack-of-comprehensive-sex-ed-putting-LGBTQ-youth-at-risk

Lack of comprehensive sex ed putting LGBTQ youth at risk - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with Advocates for Youth, Answer, GLSEN, Planned Parenthood Federation of America ( PPFA ), and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. ( SIECUS ), called for significant improvements in sex education programs to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth have access ...


OP-ED-by-Andy-Thayer-An-un-civil-war-Ald-Cappleman-response-

OP-ED by Andy Thayer: An un-civil war; Ald. Cappleman response - "Do you think police officers who violate the rights of homeless people should be punished, yes or no?" To this simple question, put to him several times during a Nov. 8 demonstration at his office, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman refused to give a direct answer. Instead he kept repeating that the homeless should file complaints with the Independent Police ...


Christian-schools-win-waivers-to-ban-LGBTs

Christian schools win waivers to ban LGBTs - Campus Pride released today a national listing of colleges and universities who requested Title IX exemption to ban LGBTQ students. The organization titled the list the "Shame List" for the purpose of calling out the harmful and shameful acts of religion-based prejudice and bigotry. View the campuses on the list at CampusPride.org/ShameList . "Religion-based bigotry is careless and life-threatening," said ...


Lockers-key-to-survival-for-youth-experiencing-homelessness

Lockers key to survival for youth experiencing homelessness - Lockers large enough to fit three carry-on suitcases could make all the difference to Chicago's youth who are homeless. A new citywide safe storage program—the first of its kind in the U.S., according to Lara Brooks, director of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative—will be placing its first lockers in shelters this month in Chicago. "For young people experiencing homelessness and ...


Briefs-PrEP-study-Point-opens-applications-Social-workers-to-be-honored

Briefs: PrEP study; Point opens applications; Social workers to be honored - Low infection rates in new PrEP study A study released Nov. 16 that followed 557 men who have sex with men ( MSM ) and transgender women who use pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, showed low HIV infection rates among the cohort. The study was conducted from October, 2012, through February, 2015, at two STI clinics in San Francisco and Miami, ...


Berwyn-school-district-offering-pro-trans-policies-outreach

Berwyn school district offering pro-trans policies, outreach - Berywn South School District 100 holds the distinction of being the first K-8 school district in Illinois to pass a comprehensive administrative procedure to support transgender students. This procedure is tailored to each student's needs and takes into account the entire school day, including gender-specific facilities and sports teams. Several people vetted the policy, including numerous attorneys at Lambda Legal; ...


Chicago-sex-ed-gets-makeover-youth-launch-Chicago-Wears-Condoms-campaign-

Chicago sex ed gets makeover; youth launch 'Chicago Wears Condoms' campaign - From a press release - Internationally December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day to educate and prevent the deadly disease. In Chicago, high school students in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the marketing agency, Serve, are launching a provocative advertising and public education campaign, "Chicago Wears Condoms." The concept was developed by high school youth who want to reduce the ...


Northwestern-professor-on-the-making-of-LGBTQ-history

Northwestern professor on the making of LGBTQ history - by Anna Waters - "I teach the largest gay and lesbian history class in the country," said Gender & Sexuality Studies Professor Lane Fenrich. "Not that size matters." That sense of humor makes the 6'2" yoga instructor and dean of the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences one of the most popular professors at Northwestern University. Before his rise to teaching fame, however, he ...


Wis-school-cancels-book-after-anti-gay-groups-possible-suit

Wis. school cancels book after anti-gay group's possible suit - A Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, elementary school canceled a reading and discussion about the book I am Jazz—about a transgender girl—after an anti-gay organization, the Liberty Counsel, threatened a federal lawsuit, according to WORT-Radio ( Madison ). The book was scheduled to be presented Nov. 23 in a primary school in Mount Horeb, about 25 miles from Madison. Parents were notified ...


The-Chicago-Youth-Worker-Collective-hosts-Friendsgiving

The Chicago Youth Worker Collective hosts 'Friendsgiving' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 21, The Chicago Youth Worker Collective hosted the annual Friendsgiving Dinner and Youth Excellence Awards Ceremony in the Youth Space at The Center on Halsted. The event, now in its fourth year, is a welcoming celebration for LGBTQ homeless youth and their allies. The evening featured a full-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner by Chef Shiane, a well-received acoustic performance ...


Hundreds-attend-Sleep-Out-for-youth-homelessness-visibility-fundraising

Hundreds attend Sleep Out for youth homelessness visibility, fundraising - Nearly 400 people, about half camping overnight, showed up at Chicago's Cricket Hill at Montrose and the Lake Nov. 20 and braved the season's first snowfall for the first Out in the Open Sleep Out. The event has so far raised more than $40,000 from over 700 people for 19 Chicago-area charities that work on issues pertaining to homeless LGBT ...


Tiny-Homes-Competition-launches-in-Chicago

Tiny Homes Competition launches in Chicago - From a press release - From Los Angeles, CA to Denver, CO, tiny homes are in the spotlight as architects and activists are turning toward "living small" as a potential solution to homelessness. AIA Chicago, partnering with Landon Bone Baker Architects, Windy City Times and Pride Action Tank, announces a nationwide Tiny Home Competition, encouraging students, architects, designers and the public to plan and design ...


Speakers-performers-announced-for-Sleep-Out-Nov-20-

Speakers, performers announced for Sleep Out Nov. 20 - A range of speakers and performers will join the Out in the Open Sleep Out Friday, Nov. 20, at Montrose and the Lake, on the east side of Cricket Hill, to benefit 19 youth homeless related projects and organizations. Those who have not registered online for the Sleep Out can still attend. They can register on site to sleep out, ...


Safe-Schools-Alliance-holds-youth-conference

Safe Schools Alliance holds youth conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ), on Nov. 7, presented Education in Action, an LGBT youth conference, at Chicago State University. Presenters spoke on a wide variety of issues, among them raising money for community causes, respecting gender identities in schools, working within the structure of gay-straight alliances ( GSAs ) and integrating LGBT history into the classroom. ...


Tiny-Home-Competition-to-launch-in-Chicago

Tiny Home Competition to launch in Chicago - From Los Angeles, CA to Denver, CO, tiny homes are in the spotlight as architects and activists are turning toward "living small" as a potential solution to homelessness. AIA Chicago, partnering with Landon Bone Baker Architects, Windy City Times and Pride Action Tank, announces a nationwide Tiny Home Competition, encouraging students, architects, designers and the public to plan and design ...


ViiV-Healthcare-awards-grants-for-HIV-programs-focused-on-MSM-youth

ViiV Healthcare awards grants for HIV programs focused on MSM youth - From a press release - Research Triangle Park, NC — November 2, 2015 — ViiV Healthcare today announced it will award grants to five organizations across the country as part of the Positive Action MSM Youth Engagement Initiative. These grants focus on youth-led social and digital communications solutions to help increase sexual health knowledge, reduce stigma and link young MSM to care, aligned with their ...


Report-Utah-judge-orders-child-removed-from-home-of-same-sex-parents

Report: Utah judge orders child removed from home of same-sex parents - From a press release - Today, in response to reports that a juvenile court judge in Utah has ordered a child removed from the home of her married foster parents because they are a same-sex couple, Chad Griffin, President of HRC, released the following statement: "Removing a child from a loving home simply because the parents are LGBT is outrageous, shocking, and unjust. It also ...


Sleep-Out-kick-off-attracts-top-musical-talent

Sleep Out kick-off attracts top musical talent - The Out in the Open Sleep Out, to be held Nov. 20 to benefit 19 area youth homeless projects and groups, held a kickoff event Nov. 9 at Sidetrack featuring a wide array of talent from Chicago, and even two coming in from the national tour of Motown: The Musical. Honey West and Scott Duff MC'd the event, which was ...


Chicago-homeless-advocates-confront-Ald-Cappleman

Chicago homeless, advocates confront Ald. Cappleman - Almost 200 individuals experiencing homelessness and their advocates marched on 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman's Uptown home and, then, his office Nov. 9 to protest what organizers called "an apparent campaign to drive [homeless] people out of Uptown." The temperatures were already hovering around freezing when people began to gather at the Cricket Hill Park on the corner of Wilson ...


KaRiel-Gaiter-talks-new-role-at-YEPP-social-justice-activism

Ka'Riel Gaiter talks new role at YEPP, social-justice activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ka'Riel Gaiter has been a social-justice advocate for more than 10 years. That advocacy has led to a new, still unnamed, full-time paid staff position with Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ). The position is funded through a collaboration between Public Allies ( an AmeriCorps program dedicated to young adult leadership development that matches applicants with non-profit organizations ) ...


Task-Force-lauds-Missouri-students-courage-racial-justice-campaign

Task Force lauds Missouri students' courage, racial justice campaign - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2015—Today, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe announced he would be resigning from his post. The decision comes after months of peaceful protests organized by the university's students and faculty calling for an end to racism and discrimination against black students and people of color. Over the weekend, the school's football team joined the boycott by ...


Project-Fierce-celebrates-new-home-at-annual-brunch

Project Fierce celebrates new home at annual brunch - Project Fierce Chicago held its second annual Breakfast 'N' Beds brunch Nov. 8 at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood. Project Fierce Chicago is, according to its website, "a grassroots collective of radical social workers, youth advocates and other community members who are working together to establish community-driven, identity-affirming housing in Chicago. Project Fierce's mission is to ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Sleeping-out-for-youth

GUEST COLUMN: Sleeping out for youth - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Pride Action Tank are hosting the inaugural Out In the Open Sleep Out Friday, Nov. 20. This event seeks to bring awareness to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago and provide needed resources to youth-serving organizations. Nationally, approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ, with nearly 70% indicating that family rejection was a ...


Youth-faith-leaders-county-commissioners-call-for-funding-for-violence-prevention-

Youth, faith leaders, county commissioners call for funding for violence prevention - From a Community Renewal Society press release - Chicago ( November 3, 2015 )- more than 50 youth and faith leaders joined County Commissioners Robert Steele and Bridget Gainer to rally for an increase in violence prevention funding in the upcoming County budget. The advocates, members of the Reclaim Campaign, announced that they will be pushing to pass an amendment to the proposed budget to increase funding for ...


Experts-address-homelessness-among-LGBT-youth

Experts address homelessness among LGBT youth - Community advocates, on Oct. 27, gathered for a workshop about the challenges facing LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. Experts addressed the issue from a number of perspectives at the meeting, which was held in the offices of the homelessness-advocacy organization All Chicago. Kim Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, discussed LGBT youth homelessness in a larger socio-economic context, first noting ...


Lambda-Legal-joins-brief-for-U-of-Texas-using-race-for-admissions-diversity-

Lambda Legal joins brief for U. of Texas using race for admissions diversity - From a press release - ( New York, November 3, 2015 )—Late yesterday, Lambda Legal joined the National Women's Law Center and other allied organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court for the second time challenging the use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions. The brief, which focuses on the ...


HRC-hosts-leadership-summit-for-Historically-Black-Colleges-and-Universities

HRC hosts leadership summit for Historically Black Colleges and Universities - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, in collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ), on Friday will convene a delegation of students, faculty and administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCUs ) for a leadership summit designed to help foster campuses that are welcoming and affirming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...


Northalsted-Business-Alliances-Ruby-Red-Relay-to-benefit-AIDS-Fdn-Out-in-Open-Sleep-Out

Northalsted Business Alliance's Ruby Red Relay to benefit AIDS Fdn, Out in Open Sleep Out - From a press release - On Saturday, October 31, The Northalsted Business Alliance hosts the inaugural Ruby Red Relay to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Out in the Open Sleep Out, a first of its kind overnight sleep out to raise visibility and funds for youth experiencing homelessness. Out in the Open Sleep Out, an event of the newly formed Pride Action Tank, ...


HRC-Foundation-Partnership-for-Drug-Free-Kids-join-against-LGBTQ-teen-substance-abuse

HRC Foundation, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids join against LGBTQ teen substance abuse - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids released Preventing Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Teens, an issue brief focusing on helping parents, educators and other youth-serving professionals understand the unique challenges — including bullying and family rejection — faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth that contribute ...


Teach-for-America-hosts-Midwest-LGBTQ-Education-Summit-in-Chicago

Teach for America hosts Midwest LGBTQ Education Summit in Chicago - Within a year of launching a nationwide LGBTQ community initiative during 2014's Coming Out Day, the K-12 teacher recruitment nonprofit giant Teach for America ( TFA ) announced four education summits in Washington DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago. Each of the events are designed to enhance the initiative's mission—according to its website—to "support LGBTQ students and create safe classrooms ...


Launch-party-held-for-LGBT-history-book-for-kids-

Launch party held for LGBT history book for kids - Families of all backgrounds gathered to celebrate the launch of a first-of-its-kind book from author Jerome Pohlen, Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, recently at Open Books in the West Loop. Pohlen's (Chicago Review Press senior editor, author of "Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and ...


Palatine-school-board-segregates-transgender-student-

Palatine school board segregates transgender student - The board and administrators at Palatine-Schaumburg Illinois School District 211 have ordered a transgender student to use a private locker room in order to change her clothes before and after physical education classes as well as for after-school activities. District 211 claims in its mission that it challenges its students to "achieve their potential to become contributing, informed citizens capable ...


SAMHSA-Conversion-therapy-not-appropriate-for-minors

SAMHSA: Conversion therapy not appropriate for minors - - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a report calling for an end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth, Reuters noted. The practice aims to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, but the Obama Administration called for an end to the therapy a year ago. "Conversion therapies or other efforts to change ...


Millions-confront-bullying-by-to-going-purple-on-social-media-Oct-15-

Millions confront bullying by to "going purple" on social media Oct. 15 - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — GLAAD announced today the launch of the "Go Purple for #SpiritDay" app, powered by Toyota Financial Services. The free app allows users to take part in Spirit Day, the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world supporting LGBT youth, by making their social media photos purple. The app also offers anti-bullying resources for students, ...


Chicagoans-to-Sleep-Out-to-fight-youth-homelessness-

Chicagoans to 'Sleep Out' to fight youth homelessness - From a press release - CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2015 — Chicagoans know fall means bitter cold is on its way. People will soon scurry to stay inside day and night. Yet, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter. In the spirit of giving back this upcoming holiday season, the Chicago-area community will come together on ...


Talk-on-youth-homelessness-Oct-27-at-All-Chicago

Talk on youth homelessness Oct. 27 at All Chicago - On Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m., the Learning Center at All Chicago Making Homelessness History will host four local experts in LGBTQ communities, homelessness, youth homelessness, fair-housing issues and cultural competencies at 651 W. Washington St., Suite 504. In 2012, Chicago launched a community plan to end homelessness. The plan identifies youth experiencing homelessness as a strategic area of focus. The ...


LGBT-Student-Safety-Program-piloted-in-LA-school-district

LGBT Student Safety Program piloted in LA school district - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, October 7, 2015—A pilot program developed and launched two years ago by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District ( LAUSD ) with community partners to help make schools safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning ( LGBTQ ) students, has proven so successful—with students, teachers and administrators—that it's being adopted ...


Chicagoans-Sleep-Out-to-fight-youth-homelessness-

Chicagoans 'Sleep Out' to fight youth homelessness - CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2015 — Chicagoans know fall means bitter cold is on its way. People will soon scurry to stay inside day and night. Yet, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter. In the spirit of giving back this upcoming holiday season, the Chicago-area community will come together on ...


Safe-schools-group-honors-allies-advocates-at-homecoming

Safe-schools group honors allies, advocates at homecoming - The Museum of Broadcast Industry was transformed into both a high-school cafeteria and magical homecoming dance venue Sept. 25 as the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance celebrated another year on the front lines of creating safe and supportive environments for the state's LGBTQ students. The evening was an opportunity for Alliance staff and board members, volunteers and supporters to reflect not ...


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Lambda Legal expands LGBT youth advocacy - Lambda Legal has added 2015 Skadden fellow and former legal intern Kara Ingelhart to its Midwest Regional Office team. Ingelhart, a University of Chicago Law School graduate, was awarded the fellowship to assist LGBTQ youth with juvenile or criminal records by addressing the barriers low-income LGBTQ youth face in accessing housing, employment and educational opportunities. At the University of Chicago, ...


All-Chicagos-Learning-Center-to-discuss-LGBTQ-homelessness

All Chicago's Learning Center to discuss LGBTQ homelessness - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — On October 27, 2015 from 1:00pm - 4:00am, the Learning Center at All Chicago Making Homelessness History will host four local experts in LGBTQ communities, homelessness, youth homelessness, fair housing issues, and cultural competencies. In 2012, the city of Chicago launched a community plan to end homelessness. The plan identifies youth homelessness as a strategic area of ...


Report-offers-solutions-in-fighting-school-to-prison-pipeline

Report offers solutions in fighting school-to-prison pipeline - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nearly 3.5 million students missed out on instructional time due to suspension in 2011-2012, with students of color and LGBTQ students being disproportionately affected, according to a recent report. The report, "Power in Partnerships: Building Connections at the Intersections of Racial Justice and LGBTQ Movements to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline," is a product of the work being done by the ...


Lambda-expands-work-for-LGBT-youth-Ingelhart-joins-Midwest-Regional-Office

Lambda expands work for LGBT youth: Ingelhart joins Midwest Regional Office - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( October 2, 2015, Chicago, IL ) — Lambda Legal is pleased to welcome 2015 Skadden fellow and former legal intern Kara Ingelhart to its Midwest Regional Office team. Ingelhart, a University of Chicago Law School graduate, was awarded the fellowship to assist LGBTQ youth with juvenile or criminal records by addressing the many barriers low-income LGBTQ youth face in ...


LGBT-Community-Fund-awards-280000-to-local-groups-addressing-gaps-for-youth-aging-

LGBT Community Fund awards $280,000+ to local groups, addressing gaps for youth, aging - From a press release - CHICAGO — October 1, 2015 — The LGBT Community Fund ( the LGBT Fund ), at The Chicago Community Trust, is pleased to announce that it has chosen its inaugural group of grant recipients. A total of $282,500 in grants were presented to organizations at a breakfast reception this morning at the Trust. "This is a significant milestone for the ...







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