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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 ...


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

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, ...


Urban-Initiatives-holds-fundraiser-at-Sidetrack-

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, ...


Cross-country-hiker-raises-awareness-for-foster-youth

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 ...


Gender-JUST-collaborative-examines-radical-solutions-to-transgender-issues

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 ...


Cradles-to-Crayons-expands-into-Chicago-names-Bernard-Cherkasov-ED

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 ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-responds-to-homelessness

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 ...


20th-Day-of-Silence-has-thousands-of-students-taking-action

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 ...


Childrens-Museum-marks-Family-Equality-Day

Children's Museum marks Family Equality Day - From a press release - Chicago Children's Museum celebrates International Family Equality Day on May 1 and kicks off two months of programming honoring the diversity of what constitutes family. International Family Equality Day is a worldwide celebration recognizing and supporting LGBTQ families and gender non-conforming children. All children ages 15 and under will receive free admission to the museum with access to all museum ...


Summit-focuses-on-Tiny-Home-designs-to-combat-homelessness

Summit focuses on Tiny Home designs to combat homelessness - CHICAGO—Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago. Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home Summit at the ...


FL-Department-of-Children-and-Families-to-remove-LGBTQ-inclusive-language-from-rules

FL Department of Children and Families to remove LGBTQ-inclusive language from rules - Press release from Lambda Legal and Equality Florida - Florida's Department of Children and Families ( DCF ) took steps last year to protect LGBTQ youth in group homes and have since removed all protective language on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression from their drafted rules. These new rules protected youth from bullying and harassment, banned psychologically harmful "conversion" therapy, and provided affirming guidelines ...


Youth-protest-Rauner-at-governors-mansion-over-homeless-funds

Youth protest Rauner at governor's mansion over homeless funds - About 100 youth experiencing homelessness, providers, and allies took to the Illinois governor's mansion April 5 to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's refusal to release funding for housing services. They pushed for Rauner to support HB 4955/SB 2603, legislation that releases millions from state funds earmarked for services that provide affordable housing and end homelessness. "I traveled hundreds of miles to ...


Campaign-launched-to-create-unity-in-ending-LGBTQ-poverty

Campaign launched to create unity in ending LGBTQ poverty - A glorious view of the City of Chicago as seen from the offices of Jenner & Block served as a fitting backdrop for the nonprofit advocacy organization Chicago House and its partners to announce the launch of the Proud2Share at a March 31 event attended by some of the most prolific LGBT activists and advocacy groups in the city alongside ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards-ceremony-at-new-site

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards-ceremony-at-new-site

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be ...


Covenant-House-youth-shelter-expanding-to-Chicago

Covenant House youth shelter expanding to Chicago - News analysis by Tracy Baim - A New York-based international non-profit that operates youth shelters in 27 cities in six countries is going to open in Chicago later this year. Covenant House International President Kevin Ryan told Windy City Times they selected Chicago after a lengthy search, "largely influenced by the willingness of the local provider community to partner with us. It was dramatically more substantial ...


Center-announces-broadened-mission-at-gala

Center announces broadened mission at gala - Services and programming aimed at LGBT youth, transgender individuals and LGBT families will be a larger part of the mission of Center on Halsted in the years ahead, according to officials. That was the central announcement at the Center's annual Human First gala, held this year at Geraghty Chicago, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave., April 2. About 675 guests attended the ...


New-BYC-location-announced-at-Howard-Brown-annual-meeting

New BYC location announced at Howard Brown annual meeting - A new, permanent location for the Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) was among the announcements at the 2016 annual meeting for Howard Brown Health, held March 30 at its Andersonville Brown Elephant Resale Shop location, 5404 N. Clark St. President and CEO David Ernesto Munar described Howard Brown's previously announced efforts to move the BYC facility—currently located at Wellington ...


Boystown-welcomes-student-groups-on-Legacy-Walk

Boystown welcomes student groups on Legacy Walk - Recently, through a new collaboration between the Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) and The Legacy Project, Boystown hosted a group of 24 students from LaPorte High School to participate in The Legacy Walk tour. The students were able to see the LGBT icons from throughout history, as well as shop at neighborhood businesses including Nookies Tree and Beatnix. The ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards-ceremony-at-new-site

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees ...


Tiny-Homes-Summit-to-focus-on-housing-designs-to-combat-homelessness

Tiny Homes Summit to focus on housing designs to combat homelessness - From a press release - CHICAGO — Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19, 2016 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago. Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home ...


Summit-to-focus-on-tiny-home-designs-to-combat-homelessness

Summit to focus on tiny home designs to combat homelessness - CHICAGO — Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19, 2016 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago. Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home ...


Fast-food-workers-to-strike-April-1-joining-Chicago-teachers-Day-of-Action

Fast food workers to strike April 1, joining Chicago teachers 'Day of Action' - From a press release - CHICAGO—Fast food workers will go on strike on April 1st and join the Chicago Teachers Union's 'Day of Action' to Fight for Funding. Workers will demand $15 & union rights from fast food corporations and demand that the $368 million that taxpayers pay to subsidize fast food corporations be used for schools and community programs. "$368 million in Illinois alone, ...


Crossroads-Fund-announces-2016-honorees

Crossroads Fund announces 2016 honorees - From a press release - The annual Crossroads Fund Seeds of Change benefit will honor three groups with awards this year: Invisible Institute, Coalition to Revitalize Walter H. Dyatt High School and Black Youth Project 100. The awards are April 8 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago. The Ron Sable Award for Activism goes to Invisible Institute, a journalistic production company ...


Anti-trans-youth-bill-advances-to-House-committee

Anti-trans youth bill advances to House committee - Legislation that would force transgender students to use separate restroom facilities from their peers, on March 23, advanced into the Illinois House Human Services Committee. HB 4474, which state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) introduced, requires school boards to designate school restrooms as being for the exclusive use of persons of a single sex, and defines "sex" as the ...


Boystown-welcomes-student-groups

Boystown welcomes student groups - From a press release - Recently, through a new collaboration between the Northalsted Business Alliance and The Legacy Project, Boystown hosted a group of 24 students from LaPorte High School to participate in The Legacy Walk tour. The students were able to see the LGBT icons from throughout history, as well as shop at neighborhood businesses including Nookies Tree and Beatnix. The students' story is ...


Hundreds-of-educators-attend-McHenry-County-transgender-seminar

Hundreds of educators attend McHenry County transgender seminar - With the national media attention that recently zeroed in Palatine's Township School District 211 after the board found itself at odds with the US Board of Education over the school's treatment of a student who simply wished to use the locker room in accordance with her gender identity, one could be forgiven for assuming that student transgender and gender nonconforming ...


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

NU study: Some LGBT youth still face bullying - A new Northwestern University study has found that most adolescents would agree that the situation involving LGBT youth and bullying does, in fact, get better—but that it's still a major hurdle for some. The study—which involved 248 youths—found that harassment, discrimination and even physical/sexual assault affect about one-third of the adolescents. It also revealed that said bullying can lead to ...


Life-Dear-young-people-and-adults

Life: Dear young people and adults - When I was a tween I used to be a 'Yes, Ma'm' and 'Yes, Sir' type of person. Not now though. People took advantage of how polite I was and they still try and do that to this day. I am still very respectful, but only to those who deserve my respect and give it in return. It is kind ...


National-roundup-Calif-pro-LGBT-bill-Sanders-video-bisexual-teens-death

National roundup: Calif. pro-LGBT bill; Sanders video; bisexual teen's death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California is sponsoring two bills authored by Assemblymember Evan Low ( D-Silicon Valley ) that would prohibit the use of state funds to support entities that allow discrimination by creating exemptions based on religious beliefs, a press release stated. AB 1887 would ban state-funded travel to any state with a law in effect that sanctions or requires discrimination on ...


Child-advocacy-groups-call-for-governors-to-reject-legislatures-attacks-on-trans-kids-

Child advocacy groups call for governors to reject legislatures' attacks on trans kids - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard faces a decision on whether to veto HB 1008 — outrageous legislation that would prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity — seven national health, education, and child advocacy groups joined the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) in calling on Daugaard ...


Lambda-to-South-Carolina-schools-Suspension-of-trans-student-could-lead-to-lawsuit-

Lambda to South Carolina schools: Suspension of trans student could lead to lawsuit - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Myrtle Beach, February 17, 2016 ) —Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Horry County School District today urging school officials to reverse their decision to suspend a transgender student and to adopt inclusive bathroom policies that respect the gender identities of its students and are in line with federal law, after news reports that a transgender student was ...


South-Dakota-legislature-makes-second-move-against-trans-kids-in-two-days

South Dakota legislature makes second move against trans kids in two days - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — As the nation waits to see if Governor Dennis Daugaard will veto the vile piece of legislation targeting transgender children that the South Dakota Senate passed yesterday, today the state's House State Affairs Committee voted 8 to 4 to advance yet another shameful attack on trans kids. HB 1209, which is wholly different from the bill that passed ...


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 ...


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 Northwestern 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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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