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Fed-Court-in-PA-Rejects-Argument-that-Child-Welfare-Agencies-Can-Discriminate

Fed. Court in PA Rejects Argument that Child Welfare Agencies Can Discriminate - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA — A federal district court today ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require foster care agencies with city contracts to abide by its nondiscrimination policies. This ruling is the first time a federal court has said that government-contracted child welfare agencies do not have a right to exclude same-sex couples or others who don't meet an agency's religious ...


Year-of-Creative-Youth-showcase-event-Sept-22

Year of Creative Youth showcase event Sept. 22 - From a press release - Talents of thousands of young artists on display across Millennium Park in free daylong festival Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth — a citywide celebration of Chicago's young artists and the mentors who inspire them. Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, the Year of Creative Youth ...


Chicagoan-among-LGBTQ-Youth-Courage-Award-winners

Chicagoan among LGBTQ Youth Courage Award winners - The Colin Higgins Foundation recently announced its 18th Annual Youth Courage Award winners, whom it will recognize for extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ youth. The 2018 winners are Moises Rodriguez, 20, of Chicago; Grace Dolan-Sandrino, 17, of Washington, D.C.; Mahad Olad, 20, of Ithica, New York: and Dwayne Cole, Jr., 20, of Detroit. Each winner will receive ...


GenForward-surveys-millennials-views-on-LGBT-issues-race-identity-experience-

GenForward surveys millennials' views on LGBT issues: race, identity, experience - From a press release - Do more Millennials self-identify as LGBTQ than in past generations… or are they just more open about it? Are they more connected to their ethnic/racial group or to LGBTQ communities? What are their priorities? Millennials are America's largest, most diverse generation and potential voting bloc. What are they thinking? For the first time, a new survey, GenForward: Millennials Views on ...


Gay-Albion-College-alumni-on-new-project-other-endeavors

Gay Albion College alumni on new project, other endeavors - Over the past few years, Chicago-based Albion College alumni Austin Baidas and Larry Schook have been working on a project to send academically qualified/financially challenged students from Chicago to their small liberal arts college, located in Michigan. Since Albion has small class sizes and professors who are committed to becoming student's mentors as well as a tight-knit campus, Baidas said ...


Lauper-True-Colors-release-LGBTQ-inclusive-youth-homeless-report

Lauper, True Colors release LGBTQ-inclusive youth homeless report - Lauper and the True Colors Fund, in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, have unveiled the State Index on Youth Homelessness—a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The State Index assigns all 50 states and the District of Columbia a score ...


Center-on-Halsteds-Silver-Fork-starting-soon-application-open-now-

Center on Halsted's Silver Fork starting soon, application open now - Center on Halsted's Silver Fork is a free nine-week culinary arts and job readiness program. It is ideal for adults who want to enter or re-enter the hospitality industry and experience a fresh outlook on their career potential. Participants experience intensive culinary training coupled with service training, job readiness and career counseling. Applications are being taken July 10 and 12, ...


Queer-Karaoke-July-14-at-Reunion

'Queer Karaoke!' July 14 at Reunion - The Miller Consulting Group ( MCG ) will present "Queer Karaoke!" on Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave. MCG will donate a portion of the proceeds to a nonprofit organization serving LGBTQ+ youth. For this event, the featured organization is Beautiful Brown Bag ( BeautifulBrownBag.org ). Tickets are $15-$25 each; see https://www.the-millergroup.com/events/queerkaraoke and ...


Chicago-Youth-Storage-Initiative-celebrates-success-

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative celebrates success - Chicago Youth Storage Initiative ( CYSI )—a project that was sparked by a poem by youth activist Breezy Connor at the close of the 2014 Windy City Times summit on LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness—celebrated its wind down June 26 at the Godfrey Hotel. When CYSI started installing storage lockers and other devices into shelters in 2015, there were just 40 ...


Illinois-28th-on-response-to-youth-homelessness

Illinois 28th on response to youth homelessness - Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund, in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, unveiled the State Index on Youth Homelessness —a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The two organizations have also launched a campaign to empower the public to ...


SHOWBIZ-Frank-Ocean-Amandla-Stenberg-Kylie-Minogue-anti-hate-PSA

SHOWBIZ Frank Ocean, Amandla Stenberg, Kylie Minogue, anti-hate PSA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Univ. of California-Berkeley students will be able to take a class about openly LGBT R&B singer Frank Ocean this fall, according to NewNowNext.com. The class is called "Brain Like Berkeley," which is also a lyric from Ocean's song "Novacane." The course will cover the musician's "artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social ...


Temple-Professor-Helps-Launch-First-Exhibit-of-LGBTQ-Video-Game-Archives-

Temple Professor Helps Launch First Exhibit of LGBTQ Video Game Archives - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA — June 21, 2018 — For the first time worldwide, the queer history of video games will be explored in a major museum exhibition: "Rainbow Arcade" will open at Schwules Museum Berlin in December 2018. Temple University's Dr. Adrienne Shaw is serving as a curator in her role as the founder of the LGBTQ Video Game Archive. "Most historical ...


Statement-from-CTU-President-Karen-Lewis

Statement from CTU President Karen Lewis - From a news release - CHICAGO, June 22, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis issued the following statement today in the wake of reports that she has submitted paperwork for retirement as a CPS educator: Given my health challenges, it is unlikely that I will return to my beloved classroom. In light of that, and after much consideration, I recently submitted a retirement request to ...


Point-Foundation-names-45-LGBTQ-students-for-scholarships-

Point Foundation names 45 LGBTQ students for scholarships - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 20, 2018 — Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, today announced its 2018 scholarship recipients. The 20 LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars from more than 2,000 applicants. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its Community College Scholarship ...


Lauren-Heckathorn-on-being-a-genderqueer-special-education-teacher

Lauren Heckathorn on being a genderqueer special-education teacher - Lauren Heckathorn's ( pronouns they/them/their ) dream of becoming a special education teacher began at a young age when their third grade class was paired with students with special needs in another third grade class at their public elementary school in Evanston, Illinois. "We would do a variety of activities together," said Heckathorn. "After that experience, I knew, without a ...


A-brief-history-of-LGBTQ-students-and-proms

A brief history of LGBTQ students and proms - In recent years, many LGBTQ students have attended their high school proms across the country without any "controversy" but that was not always the case due to school officials denying them entry into the annual dance. "Ever since its creation in the 1920s, prom has been a powerful ritual that shapes the gendered and sexual culture of American youth in ...


Precious-Minds-project-seeks-to-mentor-youth

Precious Minds project seeks to mentor youth - Precious Minds Mentoring Program is a program for young women, founded by a youth who has experienced her own struggles and who now seeks to help others. Keonza Phillips is a young entrepreneur adult who grew up on the North and South sides of Chicago. Her main passion was finding a way to give back to the youth in her ...


HRC-Responds-to-Trump-Pence-Executive-Order-House-GOP-Immigration-Bills

HRC Responds to Trump-Pence Executive Order, House GOP Immigration Bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to Donald Trump's executive order retreating from his cruel and dangerous policy of separating families at the border and two bills scheduled for votes tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives that fall far short of addressing the needs of refugees, dreamers, and other undocumented immigrants. HRC will ...


Windy-City-Times-30-Under-30-Awards-held-in-Bridgeport

Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards held in Bridgeport - The 19th annual Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards were held June 20 at Polo Cafe in Bridgeport. A diverse group of people from 18 to 30 were honored for their activism, cultural work, entrepreneurship, promotional work and more. Windy City Times welcomed co-sponsors AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House, Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health and Polo Catering. ...


Parkland-students-launch-voter-registration-tour-from-Chicago

Parkland students launch voter-registration tour from Chicago - The Annual End of School Rally and Peace March presented by Saint Sabina Church June 15 got a lift this year with the attendance of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida—the school which saw the murder of 17 students and teachers on Valentine's Day this year. Grammy winners Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and Will.I.Am, former ...


-Gender-JUST-shows-discusses-queer-film-Naz-and-Maalik

Gender JUST shows, discusses queer film 'Naz and Maalik' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "It's not a jazzy film," said Gender JUST's Yasmin Nair, in introducing the 2015 film Naz and Maalik as part of an event entitled "Black, Queer and Criminalized," held June 5 at the Chicago Freedom School. "It's a film that really forces you to watch." With a close, realistic focus that spans for a day, or perhaps an evening, the ...


NATIONAL-Historic-ad-bullying-case-Trevor-Project-gala

NATIONAL Historic ad, bullying case, Trevor Project gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new campaign ad for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno—focusing on his record of progressive accomplishments for the state—ends with him kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the front lawn of his home, according to a Victory Fund press release. To the organization's knowledge, it is the first political ad in U.S. history to feature a kiss between a candidate ...


Youth-activists-hold-press-conference-on-gun-violence-in-Chicago

Youth activists hold press conference on gun violence in Chicago - Youth activists from Good Kids Mad City ( GKMC ), No Cop Academy Campaign, March4OurLives Chicago, The VOYCE Project and Assata's Daughters held a press conference to address the recent police shooting of Maurice Granton Jr. as well as the gun violence that occurs across Chicago June 11 near Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at City Hall. Joanna Barnado ( Maurice's ...


GLSEN-ED-speaks-on-school-climate-and-culture-before-Federal-School-Safety-Commission-

GLSEN ED speaks on school climate and culture before Federal School Safety Commission - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC ( June 7, 2018 ) —Yesterday, the Federal Commission on School Safety held a Listening Session with educational experts and gun violence activist. The following testimony was given by Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director during the session: We applaud the efforts of the Federal Commission on School Safety in creating and continuing a national dialogue about how ...


National-Museum-of-Mexican-Art-hosts-annual-queer-prom

National Museum of Mexican Art hosts annual queer prom - On June 1, The National Museum of Mexican Art presented its 13th annual gay prom. The event, in Pilsen, attracted students from all over Chicago and featured drag performers, a buffet dinner, a DJ, an on-site photographer and a tabling section. Youth mentor and community leader Emmanuel Garcia said, "Queer prom kicks off Pride Month, and what better way than ...


Philadelphia-student-awarded-500K-in-bullying-case

Philadelphia student awarded $500K in bullying case - A judge has ordered the School District of Philadelphia to pay $500,000 to the family of a former student. The student alleged that the school district failed to prevent severe bullying over her gender presentation, according to Philadelphia Magazine. The article is online at http://bit.ly/2Jk8sFS . ...


The-Kiki-Queens-raise-funds-for-Project-Fierce

The Kiki Queens raise funds for Project Fierce - The live-singing, charity drag performance troupe, the Kiki Queens awarded its first beneficiary, Project Fierce Chicago, with a $3,311 check from funds raised at its premier show, The Pansy Parade, which was held recently. "When Kiki Queens researched which local organizations to support, Project Fierce stood out," said Kyle Hadley, a Kiki Queen drag performer who goes by the stage ...


LGBT-education-bill-vote-pushed-back-to-fall-2018-in-House

LGBT education bill vote pushed back to fall 2018 in House - Legislation that would have specified the inclusion of LGBT-history instruction in Illinois classrooms will not be voted on until at least this fall. The spring session ended May 31 without the House voting on the bill, which passed the state Senate 34-18 in May. "While there is much to celebrate, we leave the spring session disappointed that the Inclusive Curriculum ...


Chicago-Public-Library-celebrates-Pride-Month

Chicago Public Library celebrates Pride Month - From a news release - In honor of Pride Month in June, Chicago Public Library will feature a variety of programs for kids, teens and adults highlighting the culture, history and achievements of the LGBTQ community. The Pride Committee started in 2009 at CPL and has been fully committed to assist in expanding and improving its range of services to the LGBTQ community. They continue ...


History-UnErased-Making-Gay-History-working-to-bring-back-LGBTQ-people-feats

History UnErased, Making Gay History, working to bring back LGBTQ people, feats - In 1948, the United States Congress passed an act "for the treatment of sexual psychopaths." That law combined with an executive order from President Eisenhower began a systematic and legal purge of gays and lesbians from government employment. It is events like this that many people have forgotten—and it is also events like this that have been "erased from our ...


Spare-the-Rod-Do-Black-Lives-Really-Matter-events-in-June

Spare the Rod: Do Black Lives Really Matter? events in June - Chicago artist/activist H.L. Anderson is hosting "Spare the Rod: Do Black Lives Really Matter?," a two-part event that uses found materials to evoke memory, dialogue and provide resources for communities to consider alternative methods for discipline. Anderson has stated, "We invite pro-spankers, non-spankers, and everyone in conversation without shaming or judgements" to the following events: —Friday, June 15, Opening Reception: ...


Hawaii-Enacts-Legislation-Protecting-LGBTQ-Youth-from-Abusive-Conversion-Therapy

Hawaii Enacts Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Abusive Conversion Therapy - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, claimed victory as Hawaii Governor David Ige signed into law SB 270 — legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called "conversion therapy." With Governor Ige's signature, Hawaii joins the growing ...


Federal-Court-Rules-for-Pennsylvania-School-Districts-Trans-Inclusive-Policy

Federal Court Rules for Pennsylvania School District's Trans-Inclusive Policy - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's unanimous decision upholding Boyertown Area School District's LGBTQ-inclusive school policy. "As the Trump-Pence Administration and anti-equality activists continue to ...


UIC-seeks-director-of-gender-sexuality-center

UIC seeks director of gender/sexuality center - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) is seeking applicants for the position of director of the Gender and Sexuality Center. The director is responsible for the administrative leadership and management of the Center, and oversees all operations of the Center. This includes development and administration of programs and activities that provide faculty, staff and students' knowledge of ...


Queer-Prom-on-June-1

Queer Prom on June 1 - Queer Prom 2018 will take place Friday, June 1, 6:30-11 p.m., at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. The 13th annual Queer Prom will feature dancing, food and een information booths about LGBTQ youth and allies. Tickets are $20-$30 each; visit "Queer Prom 2018" on Facebook. ...


LETTER-State-leaders-children-need-your-help

LETTER State leaders, children need your help - An open letter from members and supporters of The Coalition to Rebuild Illinois Child Welfare Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, and Minority Leaders Durkin and Brady, You are the parents of 17,000 children who receive protective services from the state, as well as another 3,000 who are at risk of being removed from their homes. These children ...


-LGBTQI-inclusive-initiatives-at-Urban-Prairie-Waldorf-School

LGBTQI-inclusive initiatives at Urban Prairie Waldorf School - Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago's Southwest Side began more than a decade ago with the goal of educating students from early childhood to eighth grade in the traditional Waldorf model of engaging the whole child intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Waldorf students are encouraged to be curious, compassionate and self-reliant. They also use critical thinking skills in every subject ...


-Holocaust-museums-architectural-honor

Holocaust museum's architectural honor - The Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects ( AIA Illinois ) has named Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center as one of Illinois' 200 Great Places, in honor of the state's bicentennial in 2018. The announcement was made as part of National Architecture Week, on April 12. Nominations came from architects from all parts of the state and ...


CPS-holds-annual-Queer-Prom

CPS holds annual 'Queer Prom' - On May 11, the Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) held "Candyland 2018," its seventh annual prom for LGBTQA students, at Lindbloom High School, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. This year's event was the first held on the South Side, with many students bused in from other areas ( thanks to a grant, according to event co-founder Noa Padowitz ). Precious ...


ACLU-asking-court-to-reverse-allowing-group-to-intervene-in-transgender-student-case

ACLU asking court to reverse allowing group to intervene in transgender student case - From a news release - CHICAGO — In November 2017, Nova Maday and the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Township High School District 211 in Palatine for denying Nova the use of the girls' locker room during physical education class and isolating her from other students because she is transgender. The goal of the suit is a ...


Weather-Channel-to-offer-chance-for-kids

Weather Channel to offer chance for kids - The Weather Channel, in partnership with Lands' End, has launched their Mini Meteorologist Contest. From now through May 21, kids between 6 and 16 are encouraged to submit an essay describing their love of science and the weather. Four lucky winners will travel to The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta for the opportunity to deliver a weather report on air ...


Safe-Schools-Alliance-makes-noise-with-variety-show-fundraiser

Safe Schools Alliance makes noise with variety-show fundraiser - Breaking the silence with loud celebration, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance presented "Night of Noise: Celebrating the Past; Looking Toward the Future" at Uptown Underground on April 29. "We're excited that this is the second year we've had our Night of Noise extravaganza," said Mary Morten, board chair for the Alliance and president of Morten Group. "It's really a way ...


Undocumented-and-Queer-features-young-activists

'Undocumented and Queer' features young activists - As if on cue, just as undocumented queer youth and activists in Chicago were wrapping up an event in the Chicago History Museum on April 24, a federal judge ruled that protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) recipients were to remain in place. The decision marked a major blow to the Trump administration's efforts to rescind ...


LGBTQ-moments-happen-at-WE-Day

LGBTQ moments happen at WE Day - WE Day is the world's largest youth-empowerment event, and Chicago's version ( on April 25 at the Allstate Arena ) featured a local youth star and an adult LGBTQ icon. In a short speech, Ava Santos-Volpe, the young activist behind Ava's Change4Youth, talked about both her inspirations for becoming an activist and why she wanted to help homeless youth. "I ...


LGBT-Education-bill-passes-Illinois-Senate

LGBT Education bill passes Illinois Senate - The Illinois Senate passed the Inclusive Curriculum Bill—legislation calling for the inclusion of LGBT-related historical events and contributions in state classrooms—on May 2. The Senate passed the bill 34-18, with two Republican legislators crossing the aisle to vote in its favor. The legislation, whose chief sponsor is state Senator Heather Steans, D-Chicago, now heads for the state House, where advocates ...


Night-of-Noise-with-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliance

Night of Noise with Illinois Safe Schools Alliance - Curtain call at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's "Night of Noise: Celebrating the Past; Looking Toward the Future." Photo by Melissa Wasserman ...


SAGE-LGBT-speed-mentoring-April-26

SAGE LGBT speed mentoring April 26 - On Thursday, April 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., SAGE Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders will hold an LGBT speed-mentoring event at Gallery Victor Armendariz, 300 W. Superior St. Dinner and drinks will be served at the 21-and-older event. See https://actionnetwork.org/events/lgbt-speed-mentoring-night to RSVP . ...


LGBTQ-Young-Adults-Experience-Homelessness-at-More-Than-Twice-Rate-of-Non-LGBTQs

LGBTQ Young Adults Experience Homelessness at More Than Twice Rate of Non-LGBTQs - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — APRIL 25, 2018 Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer young adults are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness as their non-LGBTQ peers. They are also at greater risk for experiencing high levels of hardship, including higher rates of assault, of exchanging sex for basic needs, and of early death. These findings emerged from groundbreaking research ...


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Illinoisans lobby on behalf of curriculum bill - More than 100 community members became advocates and activists April 11 when Equality Illinois rallied its supporters at LGBTQ Advocacy Day at the Illinois Statehouse. The LGBT-rights organization usually brings community members to Springfield to lobby legislators and other elected officials on matters that are important to LGBT Illinoisans. This year, the principal focus is legislation that would introduce LGBT ...


Precious-Minds-project-seeks-to-mentor-youth

Precious Minds project seeks to mentor youth - Precious Minds Mentoring Program is a program for young women, founded by a youth who has experienced her own struggles and who now seeks to help others. Keonza Phillips is a young entrepreneur adult who grew up on the North and South sides of Chicago. Her main passion was finding a way to give back to the youth in her ...


30-Under-30-Award-nominations-due-April-13

30 Under 30 Award nominations due April 13 - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 20. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, and should have made some ...


Curriculum-work-ERA-among-EI-agenda-items

Curriculum work, ERA among EI agenda items - An inclusive public schools curriculum, an expansion of employment protections, the Equal Rights Amendment ( ERA ) and the state budget are among the issues that LGBT-rights organization Equality Illinois has on its radar as the Illinois General Assembly continues its session this spring. The organization's central lobbying priority is a bill that would implement the teaching of LGBT history ...


Bolder-Than-Out-ball-April-6

'Bolder Than Out' ball April 6 - In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) and Chicago State University ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) will participate in the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) Conference: Bridging the Gap by hosting the "Bolder Than Out" ball on campus at 9501 S. King Dr. on Friday, April 6, at ...


Oleg-Grachev-on-living-in-Russia-and-the-US-

Oleg Grachev on living in Russia and the U.S. - Ever since Oleg Grachev was 10 years old, he had a dream of working on Wall Street. He has fulfulled that dream as J.P. Morgan's new investment banking analyst. Grachev's journey to Wall Street began in his Russian hometown Blagoveshchensk, which borders China. "I was graduating fourth grade and we had to write an essay to ourselves twenty years in ...


Back-2-School-offers-scholarship

Back 2 School offers scholarship - Back 2 School Illinois ( B2SI ) has announced its 2018 College Scholarship program. B2SI, a non-profit organization that creates and supports educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children, will award $2,500 cash grants to 10 college-bound Illinois high school seniors, for their freshman year of study. The application for the B2SI scholarship is available via Back 2 ...


Youth-Outlooks-Nancy-Mullen-reflects-on-her-career-current-challenges

Youth Outlook's Nancy Mullen reflects on her career, current challenges - When Nancy Mullen was hired as Youth Outlook's ( then known as QYC ) first and only executive director in Oct. 1998—the week Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming—LGBTQ+ youth had almost no place to turn to in the Chicago suburbs for resources or support. Since then, Youth Outlook, under Mullen's leadership, has given suburban LGBTQ+ youth not only a ...


Civil-rights-figure-Linda-Brown-dies-at-76

Civil-rights figure Linda Brown dies at 76 - Linda Brown—whose name became known because of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that abolished school segregation—has died at age 76. Because of segregation in her Topeka, Kansas, school district, Brown whad to travel by foot and by bus to a school far fron home. After her father and other Black families unsuccessfully tried to ...


Gay-college-president-to-head-NJ-university

Gay college president to head N.J. university - An openly gay scholar with a strong background in theater was appointed as the new president of New Jersey's William Paterson University, NorthJersey.com reported. Richard J. Helldobler, 56—currently the interim president of Chicago's Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU )—will be the eighth chief administrator in the college's 163-year history when his appointment takes effect on July 1. He had previously ...


Milwaukee-First-Municipality-in-Wisconsin-to-Protect-Youth-from-Conversion-Therapy

Milwaukee First Municipality in Wisconsin to Protect Youth from Conversion Therapy - From a news release - MILWAUKEE — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization and Fair Wisconsin, the statewide group working to advance equality for LGBTQ Wisconsinites, praised the Milwaukee Common Council for passing a measure protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called "conversion therapy." ...


Health-dept-issues-groundbreaking-report-on-LGBT-youth-adults

Health dept. issues groundbreaking report on LGBT youth, adults - City officials released an extensive 89-page report on Chicago's LGBT community's health needs they said they hope will call attention to the community's needs and issues. The report, according to Chicago Department of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Brian Richardson, "is the first time that we have data on LGBT health issues across the spectrum." Among the data highlights of the ...


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More than 85,000 attend Chicago's anti-gun March For Our Lives - Organizers estimated that more than 85,000 Chicago-area students and community members participated in the March For Our Lives event March 24 held in Union Park on Chicago's Near West Side. Schools from Highland Park to Crown Point, Indiana, and from the South, North and West sides of Chicago were represented. The event, organized by survivors of gun violence and high ...


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Chicago March Among 800+ Globally Following the Douglas High School Shooting - From a press release - CHICAGO—March 21, 2018— Students organizing the Chicago "March For Our Lies" event on March 24th today announced programming and media logistics information for the march and rally at Union Park. The march is one of over 800 "sibling marches" happening around the country planned by students and survivors of gun violence in communities big and small in all 50 states ...


SAGE-Condemns-Erasure-of-Lesbian-and-Bi-Women-by-HHS

SAGE Condemns Erasure of Lesbian and Bi Women by HHS - From a SAGE press release - [New York, NY] In what is becoming a trend, the Trump administration is once again trying to make LGBT people invisible. The administration has erased the lesbian and bisexual women's health pages from the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ). Just this past year, the same agency sought to erase LGBT elders from ...


Gun-control-activists-meet-with-Pfleger

Gun-control activists meet with Pfleger - A group of gun-control activists—including outspoken Parkland, Florida, survivor Emma Gonzalez, an out bisexual—met with Chicago's Father Michael Pfleger at Saint Sabina church, 1210 W. 78th Pl. Her tweet noted, "We met up with some more Chicago Students in Father Pfleger's church St. Sabina yesterday - reps from Oaklawn Community, North Lawndale, and Brighton Park. It was an emotional and ...


Cecile-Richards-Tarana-Burke-Dreamers-to-Receive-Civil-and-Human-Rights-Communitys-Highest-Honor

Cecile Richards, Tarana Burke, Dreamers to Receive Civil and Human Rights Community's Highest Honor - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The past year has marked a pivotal point in America's civil rights history, with women's rights, racial justice, and immigration occupying the center of pitched battles to protect the victories of the past and win today's fights for a better future for all. On May 16, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will host its annual ...


Quigley-Presses-HUD-Sec-Carson-on-LGBTQ-Housing-Invites-Him-to-Meet-Chicago-Advocates

Quigley Presses HUD Sec. Carson on LGBTQ Housing, Invites Him to Meet Chicago Advocates - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves on the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development ( THUD ) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after he questioned HUD Secretary Ben Carson during today's hearing. You can watch the exchange here, beginning at timestamp 34:26. "Last year, Secretary Carson testified before this same committee, where I asked ...


Point-Foundation-hosts-networking-event-at-Salero

Point Foundation hosts networking event at Salero - Approximately 80 people attended Point's 2018 Chicago Cornerstone Society Reception at Salero restaurant on March 8. Point board members Alexia Ward and Pete Subkoviak ( also an alum ) welcomed everyone and host committee member Kenn Plebanek spoke to his connection with Point and his experience as a scholarship application reader. ( Point received 2,100 applications for scholarships this year ...


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9 to 12 Bowling hosts Youth Outlook 'fun-raiser' March 31 - The 9 to 12 bowling league is hosting its 23rd annual fundraiser, "Bowl for Their Future," a fun-raiser for Youth Outlook Sat., March 31, at River Rand bowling alley in Des Plaines, 6-10 p.m. There will be door prizes, raffle prizes, food and a bunch of fun games. Organizers stated: "Without your generous donation and participation we cannot make this ...


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As students plan protests of Parkland shooting, UCLU urges civics lessons in education - From an ALCU press release - Chicago — Noting the heightened interest of high school students across the nation and Illinois to participate in public policy discussions, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today issued an open letter to educators across the state on ways to encourage student participation in this process. The letter notes that the students of Parkland, Florida who survived a mass ...


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Olympian Adam Rippon Launches GLAAD Campaign for LGBTQ Youth - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that Olympic medalist Adam Rippon launched a fundraising campaign to support GLAAD's culture-changing LGBTQ youth programs. The announcement was made during Rippon's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen also surprised him with a check for $10,000 from Shutterfly to kick off his GLAAD campaign. GLAAD also ...


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Point notes new college program, holding event - Point Foundation (Point) encourages LGBTQ community-college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year degree program to apply for its Community College Scholarship Program. Students accepted into the program receive a financial award, transfer coaching, and academic planning guidance at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles, as well as access to the Point Foundation network of ...


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University of Chicago teaching program starts LGBTQ initiative - In a new initiative, University of Chicago's Urban Teacher Education Program ( UChicago UTEP ) is adding gender identity and sexuality to its curriculum. UTEP prepares teachers for Chicago Public Schools while testing a model for urban teacher preparation. While it is a two-year master's degree program, UTEP describes itself a five-year experience learning program, called Elementary and Middle Grades ...


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30 Under 30 Awards to honor young LGBT individuals, nominations sought - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 20. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees should be 30 years or younger as of June 30, and should have made some ...


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Professor speaks on 'Black Feminisms and the Mutability of Gender' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cornell University Associate Professor of Africana Studies C. Riley Snorton kicked off the University of Chicago's ( UChicago's ) Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) speaker series with a talk—"Fleshy Encounters: Black Feminisms and the Mutability of Gender"—Feb. 19 at UChicago's CSGS building. Snorton has received multiple fellowships and is the author of two books—Nobody ...


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Journalist explains history of LGBTQ acronym at event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'd like to apologize on behalf of my entire generation," longtime journalist E.J. Graff told the audience who attended her lecture "LGBTQ: How the Amazingly Awkward Acronym Got Foisted On You" at Northwestern's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minorities in Health ( ISGMH ). The Feb. 21 talk was part of ISGMH's Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Series. Before beginning, ...







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