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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. ...


-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 ...


More-than-85000-attend-Chicagos-anti-gun-March-For-Our-Lives-

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 ...


Chicago-March-Among-800-Globally-Following-the-Douglas-High-School-Shooting-

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 ...


9-to-12-Bowling-hosts-Youth-Outlook-fun-raiser-March-31

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 ...


As-students-plan-protests-of-Parkland-shooting-UCLU-urges-civics-lessons-in-education

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 ...


Olympian-Adam-Rippon-Launches-GLAAD-Campaign-for-LGBTQ-Youth-

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 ...


Point-notes-new-college-program-holding-event-

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 ...


University-of-Chicago-teaching-program-starts-LGBTQ-initiative

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 ...


30-Under-30-Awards-to-honor-young-LGBT-individuals-nominations-sought-

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 ...


Professor-speaks-on-Black-Feminisms-and-the-Mutability-of-Gender

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 ...


Journalist-explains-history-of-LGBTQ-acronym-at-event

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, ...


BOOKS-Jane-Mersky-Leder-gets-Dead-Serious-about-ending-teen-suicide

BOOKS Jane Mersky Leder gets 'Dead Serious' about ending teen suicide - When Jane Mersky Leder first published Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide in the late '80s, the "cultural and social landscape was so different than it is today. Very few people had access to computers, there was no [recognizable] internet, no open discussion about physical and sexual abuse, no suicide prevention programs in schools, no open discussion about ...


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 ...


Point-notes-community-college-program-to-hold-event-

Point notes community college program to hold 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 ...


Bill-introduced-for-school-curriculum-including-LGBTQ-history-

Bill introduced for school curriculum including LGBTQ history - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD—Students in Illinois would learn about the significant historical events and contributions by LGBTQ people under the Inclusive Curriculum Bill introduced in the Illinois Senate, according to Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. The Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, was introduced late Thursday and is sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago and state Rep. Anna Moeller ...


Point-Foundation-helps-LGBTQ-community-college-students-applications-open-soon

Point Foundation helps LGBTQ community college students, applications open soon - From a press release - 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 LGBTQ scholars and alumni. Profiles of Point's current Community College Scholarship recipients and application information are online: www.pointfoundation.org/communitycollege "Due to lack of familial and community ...


University-of-Chicago-student-organizers-to-hold-No-Bannon-teach-in

University of Chicago student organizers to hold No Bannon teach-in - From a press release - CHICAGO 2/15/18 — University of Chicago student organizers will hold three free, public No Bannon teach-ins opposing an announced university speaking event with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. On Friday, Feb. 16, panelists affiliated with the University of Chicago and DePaul student organizers who protested against a Milo Yiannopoulos event will discuss freedom of speech, student safety and ...


Lesbian-teens-will-attend-prom-together-Lambda-Legal-encouraged-by-response-

Lesbian teens will attend prom together, Lambda Legal encouraged by response - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Anniston, AL, February 14, 2018 ) —Lambda Legal received a response from east Alabama's Calhoun County School District today that an Alexandria High School lesbian couple will be able to attend prom together. One of the Alexandria High School juniors had been disciplined for "promposing" to her girlfriend during a school talent show, which cast doubt as to whether ...


August-Wilson-contest-finals-Feb-26

August Wilson contest finals Feb. 26 - Nine hundred high school students are expected to participate in the 2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition in Chicago, which includes in-school workshops and two rounds of competition ( preliminaries and semi-finals ), culminating locally in the Chicago finals at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., on Monday, Feb. 26. The top two winners of the Chicago finals will compete ...


Lambda-Legal-to-Alabama-school-district-Let-lesbian-couple-go-to-prom-

Lambda Legal to Alabama school district: Let lesbian couple go to prom - From a Lambda Legal news release - ( Anniston, AL, February 8, 2018 ) —Lambda Legal sent a letter to eastern Alabama's Calhoun County School District today warning school officials not to prevent a lesbian couple from attending the prom amid reports that one of the Alexandria High School juniors had been disciplined for "promposing" to her girlfriend during a school talent show. "Janizia and Raven have ...


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

Precious Minds project seeks to mentor youth - From a press release - 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 ...


2018-Stonewall-Childrens-and-Young-Adult-Literature-Award-winners-named

2018 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award winners named - From a press release - DENVER —"Little & Lion" by Brandy Colbert and published by Little, Brown and Company, and "The 57 Bus" by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux are the 2018 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards — Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award. The awards were announced today by the American Library Association's ( ALA ...


CSGS-LGBTQ-talk-series-through-May

CSGS LGBTQ talk series through May - The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) will hold its LGBTQ speaker series through May. All events will take place at 5733 S. University Ave. On Monday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., Cornell University Associate Professor of Africana Studies C. Riley Snorton will speak on "Fleshy Encounters: Black Feminism and the Mutability ...


Dept-of-Ed-admits-to-rejecting-civil-rights-complaints-by-transgender-students

Dept. of Ed admits to rejecting civil rights complaints by transgender students - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a shocking admission by the Department of Education regarding their refusal to respond to civil rights complaints filed by transgender students who are barred from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. "While civil rights advocates have suspected that the Department of Education was not acting on ...


Education-dept-to-stop-investigating-trans-restroom-complaints

Education dept. to stop investigating trans restroom complaints - The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Feb. 12 that it will no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students who are barred from school bathrooms that match their gender identity. Transgender students have said this development will subject them to bullying. In 2016, then-President Barack Obama directed public schools to allow students to use bathrooms that align with their ...


ACLU-files-appeal-in-local-trans-students-school-suit

ACLU files appeal in local trans student's school suit - ACLU of Illinois has appealed a Jan. 25 decision by a Cook County judge refusing an injunction that would have allowed a transgender girl to use the girls locker room at her Palatine high school. The appeal was filed Feb. 7. Nova Maday filed her lawsuit in Nov. 2017, maintaining that she has been unlawfully denied access to public accommodations. ...


Planned-Parenthood-launches-youth-led-campaign-about-birth-control-sexual-health

Planned Parenthood launches youth-led campaign about birth control, sexual health - From a press release - ( Chicago ) - Planned Parenthood of Illinois ( PPIL ) has launched My Body. My Story.- a youth-led campaign designed to increase sexual health education and access to birth control for 13-19 year olds in Illinois. My Body. My Story. aims to educate youth about all of Planned Parenthood's services with a focus on birth control options through: - ...


700-parents-sign-letter-condemning-DeVos-failure-to-protect-of-trans-students

700+ parents sign letter condemning DeVos failure to protect of trans students - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, more than 700 parents of transgender children sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos condemning her failure to protect transgender students and calling on her to recognize the basic human and civil rights of transgender young people in our nation's schools. The letter, signed by parents from 47 states and Washington, D.C., was organized by ...


Jackie-Anderson-Scholarship-Fund-endowed-at-Roosevelt-U

Jackie Anderson Scholarship Fund endowed at Roosevelt U - Longtime Chicago civil-rights activist Jackie Anderson will be remembered in a more permanent way, after her passing Jan. 7. Her family has established a scholarship in her name at Roosevelt University. Thanks to initial donations, the $5,000 scholarship is now endowed, but donations are needed to be used toward students. Roosevelt University held a special place in Anderson's heart. One ...


Williams-Institute-says-20000-US-LGBT-teens-will-face-conversion-therapy

Williams Institute says 20,000+ U.S. LGBT teens will face conversion therapy - From a Williams Institute news release - An estimated 20,000 LGBT youth ages 13 to 17 will undergo conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before the age of 18, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Also, approximately 57,000 youth will receive the treatment from a religious or spiritual advisor. These are the first estimates of U.S. youth ...


Harbour-24-7-provides-online-connections-to-services-for-youth-who-are-homeless

Harbour 24/7 provides online connections to services for youth who are homeless - From a press release - Park Ridge, IL — The Harbour, a social agency for homeless youth, is working to lower barriers for youth in crisis to immediately access its emergency shelter in the North and Northwest suburbs. Named "Harbour 24/7," the service uses social media access and a messaging platform to provide more immediate access to shelter and case management services for homeless youth. ...


Judge-denies-motion-by-ACLU-Illinois-for-injunction-in-locker-room-lawsuit-

Judge denies motion by ACLU Illinois for injunction in locker room lawsuit - From an ACLU press 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 separating her from other students because she is transgender. The goal of the suit is a ...


MSIs-Black-Creativity-events-Jan-15-Feb-21-

MSI's Black Creativity events Jan. 15-Feb. 21 - The 2018 Black Creativity program, an annual tradition at the Museum of Science + Industry ( MSI ), kicks off Monday, Jan. 15, and runs through Wed., Feb. 21. According to a press release, "This month-long celebration honors the rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while working to inspire children to develop their creativity in science, technology, engineering ...


Back-2-School-Illinois-accepting-applications-for-college-scholarships

Back 2 School Illinois accepting applications for college scholarships - From a press release - CHICAGO, January, 2018 — Back 2 School Illinois ( B2SI ) is pleased to announce the launch of 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 scholarships ...


Judge-refuses-families-locker-room-injunction-request

Judge refuses families' locker room injunction request - A federal judge has refused a request by Palatine families for an injunction that would prohibit a transgender student from utilizing locker room facilities designated for females at her school in Township High School District 211. The order on the injunction, by Judge Jorge Alonso in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, was ...


Families-of-Chicago-celebrates-LGBTQ-youths-of-color

Families of Chicago celebrates LGBTQ youths of color - "Dance fusion" was the theme of Families of Chicago's ( FOC ) second annual holiday banquet celebrating Chicago's young Black and Brown LGBTQ communities Dec. 10 at University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall. Among the banquet committee members were family leaders, The Village ( University of Chicago ) staff and University of Chicago staff and students. FOC is affiliated with ...


Report-focuses-on-the-lives-of-LGBTQ-students

Report focuses on the lives of LGBTQ students - A special journal of the American Educational Research Association has an article that shows that people do not always accurately know the lives of LGBTQ students, The Washington Post reported. For example, "Introducing a Methodological Research Collection on Pressing Issues for LGBTQ Students" reveals that many topics remain that need further research, such as the growing visibility of trans and ...


New-report-out-on-harms-of-legalizing-discrimination-in-child-services

New report out on harms of legalizing discrimination in child services - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Disregarding the Best Interest of the Child: License to Discriminate In Child Welfare Services, a report detailing the harms of efforts to write anti-LGBTQ discrimination by child welfare agencies ...


After-grant-cuts-director-to-leave-Safe-Schools-Alliance-

After grant cuts, director to leave Safe Schools Alliance - At the beginning of December, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance announced two significant pieces of news: Following cuts in a State of Illinois grant, the Alliance is looking to form a strategic partnership with another organization, and Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter is leaving the organization. Alliance Board Vice Chair Mary Morten said that the organization has already made short-term plans to ...


HRC-to-honor-trans-trailblazer-Grimm-at-conference-on-LGBTQ-youth-safety-and-inclusion

HRC to honor trans trailblazer Grimm at conference on LGBTQ youth safety and inclusion - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor transgender advocate Gavin Grimm with an Upstander Award at the organization's annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The conference is co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association. "Gavin has set ...


Trans-student-talks-fight-to-secure-locker-room-access

Trans student talks fight to secure locker-room access - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender suburban teenager recently filed a lawsuit against her high school's district to ensure equitable access to public accommodations, even though the district has been in the headlines for for more than two years after it failed to make similar accommodations for another student. Nova Maday, 18, is a student in her senior year at Palatine High School, which ...


Vogue-for-Tots-at-Berlin-Nightclub

Vogue for Tots at Berlin Nightclub - From a press release - Chicago - Stardust collective announces the 11th Annual Vogue for Tots at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Bringing together iconic members of the ballroom, drag and queer community, Vogue For Tots continues the gift of giving with a toy drive benefiting Chance The Rapper's SocialWorks Chicago via the WGN Toy Drive, and additionally ...


-HUD-claims-decline-in-homeless-count-for-2017

HUD claims decline in homeless count for 2017 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Homelessness declined in Illinois according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ). While overall homelessness increased by 0.7% nationally since 2016, since 2010 there was a decline of 13.1%. HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found the follow regarding homelessness across Illinois: — In Illinois, local ...


Unfair-treatment-of-trans-students-again-challenged-in-High-School-District-211

Unfair treatment of trans students again challenged in High School District 211 - From a American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois press release - CHICAGO — A Palatine High School student today asked a court to force a suburban Chicago school district to comply with state law and permit the student to use the locker room so that she could take gym. Nova Maday filed the lawsuit against Palatine-based District 211, which previously was found by the U.S. Department of Education to have violated ...







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