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Bring-in-Da-Funk-celebrates-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliances-10th-Night-of-Noise-

Bring in Da Funk celebrates Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's 10th Night of Noise - From a press release - Each year, students all across the country participate in an annual protest to call attention to the silence LGBTQ+ youth endure. A lasting legacy from the merging of the Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation ( CESO ) and GLSEN Chicago, Day of Silence is one of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's largest annual youth events. Thousands of pins, shirts, and ...


Adler-president-reveals-HIV-status

Adler president reveals HIV status - For Raymond Crossman—president of Adler University, a Chicago school for social and health sciences—the recent weeks under the Trump Administration have played out eerily similar to the years under the Reagan Administration. That unease led Crossman to make an important decision. On March 11, Salon printed a commentary wherein Crossman publicly disclosed his HIV status for the first time. "I ...


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

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The honorees will be notified in May and officially recognized in late June. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether ...


Forging-from-Fire-March-23-26

'Forging from Fire' March 23-26 - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will perform Forging from Fire at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on March 23-26. Forging from Fire tells of the various journeys that individual ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships as well as how circumstances, behaviors and choices can create compromising situations. This is the first stop of a ...


Boston-LGBTQ-youth-theater-group-first-to-receive-White-House-honor-

Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive White House honor - The night following Moonlight's win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater—the country's longest running LGBTQ youth theater company—celebrated a first, too, with a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented last November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. Receiving the award is a ...


Night-Ministry-group-seeks-to-empower-homeless-youth

Night Ministry group seeks to empower homeless youth - by Molly Sprayregen - Last February, Candace Musick—youth development manager for The Night Ministry, which offers services to the homeless in Chicago—held a focus group at the Home Run Inn pizza restaurant in Lake View. The group, composed of homeless and formerly homeless Chicago youth, had come together to brainstorm the best way to create a unified youth leadership team that integrated young people ...


Childrens-Museum-hosts-inclusive-castle-exhibit

Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit - Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) invites young imaginations to reign in a castle fit for royalty at their new Once Upon a Castle, now open. In this original exhibit, children hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. The Once ...


Youth-center-opens-in-Washington-Park

Youth center opens in Washington Park - C2P Youth Center has reopened at Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr., on Tuesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. The center offers services to LGBTQ youth and allies ages 12-24, including youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Services include HIV testing as well as STI testing and treatment. Individuals can receive other health services, including pregnancy tests, cold and flu care, and ...


Groundbreaking-held-for-Rogers-Park-housing-facility

Groundbreaking held for Rogers Park housing facility - Celebrated transgender advocate, philanthropist and business leader Col. Jennifer Pritzker, alongside 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore, architect Zisong Feng, TAWANI Chief Investment Officer Mary F. Parthe and Pepper Construction Executive Vice President Scot Pepper, took up shovels during a March 3 groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art affordable housing facility in Rogers Park. According to a press release, the building is ...


LGBT-Groups-meet-with-DOE-Secretary-DeVos-

LGBT Groups meet with DOE Secretary DeVos - From a press release - The following statement was issued by Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, on a meeting held with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and parents who have been affected by ...


Pro-LGBT-groups-families-meet-with-DeVos

Pro-LGBT groups, families meet with DeVos - Families and a trio of pro-LGBT organizations met with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Feb. 8. According to a press release from GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard, "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators ...


Mayor-Emanuel-visits-tiny-home-model

Mayor Emanuel visits tiny home model - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the Pride Action Tank tiny home model March 3, along with Ald. Ray Lopez and Lisa Morrison Butler, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The model, located for three more months at 4631 S. Marshfield, is part of an effort, funded by Alphawood Foundation and Polk Bros. Foundation, to advocate for ...


DCFS-Advocate-accused-of-misgendering-trans-child

DCFS, Advocate accused of misgendering trans child - A Chicago woman and parent of a transgender child Kathy Blazer-Williams has leveled charges against both Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) that they have not only seized the transgender child of a friend but are misgendering her, referring to her with a male name and forcing her ...


Empire-stars-visit-BYC

'Empire' stars visit BYC - MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam/MAC AIDS Fund spokespeople—and Empire co-stars—Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett visited Howard Brown Health's Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) on Feb. 13. After several years in temporary quarters, BYC has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on Feb. 22. ...


More-than-20K-raised-at-Sleep-In-to-benefit-youth-homeless-agencies

More than $20K raised at Sleep In to benefit youth homeless agencies - Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett made a surprise appearance Feb. 24 at the second Out in the Open Sleep In to benefit youth-serving homeless projects in Chicago. More than 100 people attended the concert portion of the event, and about two dozen stayed over night inside the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., host of this year's Sleep In. More ...


Study-No-difference-among-kids-of-same-sex-different-sex-parent-families

Study: No difference among kids of same-sex, different-sex parent families - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new study found that there was no difference in child outcomes among Dutch same-sex and different-sex parent families. Based upon a nationally representative sample from the Netherlands, the study compared same-sex and different-sex parent households on children's psychological well-being, parenting stress, and the parents' use of informal and formal support in child rearing. Key findings from ...


Sonny-Apollo-From-homelessness-to-successful-artist

Sonny Apollo: From homelessness to successful artist - "One of the first things you have to learn is that you can't base your life on other people's expectations." Musician Stevie Wonder spoke those words in a reflective 1985 interview with The Los Angeles Times. Today it is a quote used on multiple occasions across the internet on social media, blogs and in articles as a catchall for those ...


Seminary-offering-LGBTQ-scholarships

Seminary offering LGBTQ scholarships - Bexley Seabury Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.—one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church—announced receipt of a $279,000 grant to fund three three-year Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarships for entering Master of Divinity students from the LGBTQ community. The grant—which two anonymous donors established through the Central Indiana Community Foundation—stipulates that the scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, ...


Broadway-Youth-Center-launches-Uptown-location-

Broadway Youth Center launches Uptown location - After several years in temporary quarters, Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on feb. 22. In his remarks, David Munar, president and CEO of Howard Brown Health, which operates BYC, said, "We've worked the last three years to get to this place ...


Trump-administration-may-plan-to-rescind-guidance-regarding-schools-and-trans-

Trump administration may plan to rescind guidance regarding schools and trans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded Feb. 20 to media reports that the Trump administration plans to rescind guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education regarding schools' obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This news comes on the heels of the DOJ's recent decision to eliminate the ...


Music-art-advocacy-Sleep-In-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Music, art, advocacy, Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


New-art-by-Erik-R-Sosa-on-display-at-Sleep-In-Feb-24

New art by Erik R. Sosa on display at Sleep In Feb. 24 - "No Paint Left Behind," a one-night art exhibition of new paintings by Erik R. Sosa will be unveiled Friday, Feb. 24 at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. It is part of the 2nd Out in the Open Sleep In to benefit 13 homeless agencies seeing youth. Sosa is a self-taught Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico ...


Human-Rights-Watch-plans-Kiki-screening-panel-Mar-10

Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by a panel. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who demand happiness and political power. The film is ...


GLSEN-to-DeVos-Protect-LGBTQ-youth-protections-from-Department-of-Ed-cuts-

GLSEN to DeVos: Protect LGBTQ youth protections from Department of Ed. cuts - From a press release - NEW YORK ( February 16, 2017 ) — In a recent interview with a Michigan radio program, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos telegraphed her intentions to cut what she deems "unnecessary" Department of Education programs, saying: "I can't tell you today what is being done [at the Department of Education] that's unnecessary. But I can guarantee that there are things ...


Music-art-advocacy-Sleep-In-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Music, art, advocacy: Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


LGBTA-college-confab-at-Navy-Pier-on-Feb-17-19-

LGBTA college confab at Navy Pier on Feb. 17-19 - The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) will take place Feb. 17-19 at Chicago's Navy Pier, and will kick off with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Cullors, an openly queer performance artist from Los Angeles, started the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter ( with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi ) in response to George Zimmerman's 2013 acquittal ...


Covenant-House-opens-in-Chicago

Covenant House opens in Chicago - Covenant House, an international youth homeless support agency, has opened its first new location in 17 years, choosing Chicago to expand its brand. They are starting as a drop-in center in the Lawson House, 30 W. Chicago Ave., but they plan to open an actual shelter later this year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Covenant House International for the official opening ...


Casting-call-for-boy-in-Spielberg-film-Feb-12-

Casting call for boy in Spielberg film Feb. 12 - Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is hosting open casting calls for the role of Edgardo in the film The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. An area casting call will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Dr., Northbrook. Online video submissions also accepted; visit https://www.castittalent.com/TKOEM by Friday, Feb. 10. No acting experience ...


Sleep-In-music-art-advocacy-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Sleep In, music, art, advocacy to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - The Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop and Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


Will-US-DoE-protect-trans-youth-young-adults-from-discrimination

Will U.S. DoE protect trans youth, young adults from discrimination? - From a press release - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Her confirmation places in jeopardy Guidance that protects over 350,000 transgender youth and young adults in the United States from discrimination in education. This fact sheet describes what's at stake and the importance of the Guidance to transgender school age youth. Secretary DeVos & ...


Estimate-150K-trans-youth-in-US

Estimate: 150K trans youth in U.S. - An estimated 0.7 percent of U.S. youth ages 13 to 17—or 150,000 youth—identify as transgender, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the United States," is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each ...


Betsy-DeVos-confirmed-US-Secretary-of-Education-groups-react

Betsy DeVos confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education, groups react - From a press release - From PFLAG National: WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—issued the following statement from Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm on today's confirmation of Betsy DeVos—decided by a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence—to the post of Secretary of Education of the United States. "On behalf of the ...


Lake-Zurich-High-School-sued-over-hazing-rituals

Lake Zurich High School sued over hazing rituals - Two former members of suburban Lake Zurich High School's football team have sued Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in federal court, alleging that they were subjected to sexual assault and degrading behavior as part of the team's hazing rituals, according to Chicago Tribune. The suit was filed Feb. 1 and also names various coaching staff and school officials ...


Boy-Scouts-to-allow-transgender-boys

Boy Scouts to allow transgender boys - The Boy Scouts of America has said it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, allowing transgender boys to join. Previously, the organization relied on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for its single-gender programs. The new policy takes effect immediately, and affects Cub and Boy scout troops. Other youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts, have already ...


Childrens-Museum-hosts-inclusive-castle-exhibit

Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit - Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) invites young imaginations to reign in a castle fit for royalty at their new Once Upon a Castle, now open. In this original exhibit, children hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more, setting the ...


American-Theater-Co-Natl-Public-Housing-Museum-pilot-public-housing-curriculum

American Theater Co., Nat'l Public Housing Museum pilot public housing curriculum - From a press release - January, 26, 2017 ( CHICAGO, IL )—American Theater Company ( ATC ) and the National Public Housing Museum ( NPHM ) are proud to announce a new partnership to co-create and pilot an educational curriculum in Chicago Public Schools based on ATC's critically acclaimed The Project( s )—a documentary play on Chicago's public housing conceived, co-written and directed by ATC's ...


Intl-model-Hanne-Gaby-Odiele-reveals-shes-intersex-will-work-for-youth

Int'l model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she's intersex, will work for youth - From a press release - New York, New York— In an effort to be true to herself and spotlight an often invisible human rights issue, internationally acclaimed fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has announced that she is intersex and will advocate for intersex bodily autonomy alongside the non-profit organization, interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth. The 29-year old Odiele is from Belgium. She is widely known ...


DeVos-nominated-Sec-of-Education-Lambda-Legal-GLSEN-HRC-respond

DeVos nominated Sec. of Education, Lambda Legal, GLSEN, HRC respond - From press releases - Lambda Legal As Congress begins hearings on Betsy DeVos's nomination to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's leading non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, provided the following statement: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school. We need a Secretary ...


Survey-of-50000-youth-reveals-post-election-spike-in-bullying-harassment-

Survey of 50,000+ youth reveals post-election spike in bullying, harassment - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States. The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of ...


Estimates-show-150000-youth-ages-13-to-17-identify-as-transgender-in-US-

Estimates show 150,000 youth ages 13 to 17 identify as transgender in U.S. - From a press release - LOS ANGELES —An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13 to 17, or 150,000 youth, identify as transgender in the United States, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus ...


GLSEN-Illinois-schools-hostile-for-many-LGBTQ-secondary-students

GLSEN: Illinois schools hostile for many LGBTQ secondary students - From a press release - ILLINOIS ( January 11, 2017 ) — GLSEN today released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey, which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students. The biennial survey, which began in 1999, found that harassment and discrimination negatively affect LGBTQ students' ...


Award-named-for-Mildred-Loving-to-honor-a-young-community-hero-on-MLK-Day

Award named for Mildred Loving to honor a young community hero on MLK Day - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) January 11, 2017 — The legacy of Mildred Loving, the real-life protagonist of the critically acclaimed filmLoving, will be celebrated this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the presentation of the inaugural Mildred Loving Community Activism Award during the National Action Network's ( NAN ) MLK Jr. Day Breakfast on Monday, January 16. The Award, named ...


ALMA-announces-Creating-Change-scholarship-winners-

ALMA announces Creating Change scholarship winners - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) has announced the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship: Anthony Carrera and Carlos Fragoso. The scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latinx and allies to attend the National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change, considered the largest LGBTQ conference in ...


Chicago-Youth-Organize-Delegation-to-Attend-Jan-21-Womens-March-on-Washington-

Chicago Youth Organize Delegation to Attend Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington - CHICAGO—As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women's March on Washington - Illinois Youth Chapter will join tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle. Chicago teenagers Chloe Wagner and Morenike Fabiyi, who are juniors at Francis ...


New-president-takes-the-helm-at-Mills-College

New president takes the helm at Mills College - Growing up in a middle-class neighborhood in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Hillman's family didn't rub shoulders with academics, lawyers, or college presidents. But her parents constantly emphasized the importance of higher education, a message Hillman took to heart. Armed with four degrees, including an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, a master's degree in history from the University ...


Sleep-in-to-benefit-Chicago-youth-homeless-agencies-on-Feb-24

Sleep-in to benefit Chicago youth homeless agencies on Feb. 24 - With winter already spreading its arctic grip across the Chicago area, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter. In response to this housing crisis, a region-wide "sleep-n" will be held in Chicago's South Loop Friday night, Feb. 24, to benefit 13 organizations providing shelter, drop-in space and advocacy for youth ...


Uptown-homeless-shelter-expected-to-close-48-hours-before-Christmas

Uptown homeless shelter expected to close 48 hours before Christmas - According to Gay Liberation Network co-founder Andy Thayer, on Dec. 23 the homeless shelter in Uptown's Preston Bradley Center ( operated by Northside Housing and Support Services ) will close, leaving the 72 people who relied on it even for a single night's respite from Chicago's already brutal winter facing the holidays robbed of another of the neighborhood's dwindling options ...


Dept-of-Education-issues-report-on-8-years-of-progress-challenges

Dept. of Education issues report on 8 years of progress, challenges - From a press release - Protecting our students' civil rights is fundamental to ensuring they receive a high-quality education. Two reports released today spotlight the challenges and achievements of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ( OCR ). According to OCR's FY 2016 annual report, the number of complaints filed last fiscal year skyrocketed to a record 16,720 at a time when ...


Millennial-Impact-Project-five-year-report-A-generation-largely-eager-to-give

Millennial Impact Project five-year report: A generation largely eager to give - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS ( Nov. 29, 2016 ) — Today Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, released a five-year retrospective on the Millennial Impact Project. The project has heard from more than 75,000 millennials ( born 1980 to 2000 ) to date, providing new insights into how the generation activates and engages with the causes they care about. The report details ...


BYC-prepares-for-move-into-new-building

BYC prepares for move into new building - Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) is entering the final weeks of preparation for its move to a new Uptown location in January 2017. The drop-in center, operated by Howard Brown Health, has for some time been located at Wellington United Church of Christ, 615 Wellington Ave., but will now have its own building "entirely dedicated to youth services, and ...


Serving-the-rainbow-youth

Serving the rainbow youth - By David Thill - Several Illinois agencies are taking action to reduce the problems that are specific to LGBTQ youth in the child-welfare system. Renee Lehocky, LCSW, began her career in social services in 1989, a time when same-sex couples looking to adopt children faced obstacles in doing so, and the needs of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system were much less accounted ...


Tel-Aviv-shelter-specializes-in-helping-LGBT-youth

Tel Aviv shelter specializes in helping LGBT youth - Beit Dror, which means "House of Freedom" in English, is the only facility for LGBT youths experiencing homelessness in the Middle East. The shelter, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, has 14 beds. Lesbian, gay and bisexual clients usually can stay for up to three months, and six months in extreme cases. Transgender residents, whom authorities often have more difficulty placing ...


Sock-drive-adds-to-holiday-spirit-for-youth-at-The-Crib

Sock drive adds to holiday spirit for youth at The Crib - For the youth experiencing homelessness who enjoyed the Nov. 24 Thanksgiving dinner at The Night Ministry's Lake View shelter The Crib, there was an extra serving and it was one that had some of them literally screaming with happiness. Chicago activist, volunteer and organizer Abby Minton alongside her wife Dahlia Odishoo delivered dozens of brand new packets of socks to ...


Federal-court-rehears-gay-discrimination-case

Federal court rehears gay discrimination case - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on Nov. 30, reheard oral arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, an Indiana math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, tests whether the sex discrimination protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply ...


5th-Friendship-Dinner-for-youth-held-at-Center-on-Halsted

5th Friendship Dinner for youth held at Center on Halsted - The 38 LGBT youth experiencing homelessness who arrived for the 5th annual Friendsgiving Dinner put together with a lot of love and talent by Team 101 Chicago at the Center on Halsted's Youth Center Nov. 19 was down from the numbers who attended the four previous years, but for Chef Shiane Wilcoxen and her team of volunteers from Omega Pi ...


Youth-crisis-calls-to-Trevor-Project-go-up-in-days-following-election

Youth crisis calls to Trevor Project go up in days following election - From a press release - NEW YORK — November 15, 2016 — The election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence took many by surprise, especially young people. After a divisive campaign marked by threats of stripping LGBTQ rights, and arguably the most anti-LGBT political party platform in U.S. history, the Republicans took control of our congress and executive branch of government leading many to fear ...


First-Lady-honors-True-Colors-as-top-youth-creative-develoment-program

First Lady honors True Colors as top youth creative develoment program - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, DC ) — True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive and the country's largest and longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth theater program, today received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Represented by participant Traeshayona "Trae" Weekes, 18, True Colors was ...


New-mobile-phone-app-StreetLight-will-help-homeless-Chicago-youth

New mobile phone app StreetLight will help homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - StreetLight Chicago—a free mobile phone app designed for use by youth experiencing homelessness (to age 24) and social-service providers that support this vulnerable population—has launched. Listings include health care services, overnight shelters, drop-in centers and legal-aid programs that serve Chicago youth. The app also sends push notifications for weather emergencies, program closings and other issues vital to youth on the ...


Michelle-Obama-to-recognize-Bostons-True-Colors-Out-Youth-Theater

Michelle Obama to recognize Boston's True Colors: Out Youth Theater - From a press release - Boston-based True Colors: Out Youth Theater, the nation's longest running queer youth theater group, will receive the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. True Colors is the first LGBTQ organization in history to receive this award. True Colors is the country's longest-running queer youth theater group. The First Lady will invite the 12 winners ...


BlGTA-College-Conference-in-Chicago-in-February

BlGTA College Conference in Chicago in February - The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBGLTACC ) will take place Feb. 17-19, 2017, at Chicago's Navy Pier, and will kick off with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Cullors, an openly queer performance artist from Los Angeles, started the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter ( with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi ) in response to George Zimmerman's 2013 ...


Housing-available-for-HIV-positive-young-adults

Housing available for HIV-positive young adults - El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ), provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-24 who are struggling with housing stability and identify as LGBTQ or are HIV+. They are providing immediate enrollment for eligible individuals who are living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Residents can live at El Rescate for up ...


Project-Fierce-Chicagos-LGBTQ-youth-home-rehab-underway

Project Fierce Chicago's LGBTQ youth home rehab underway - Project Fierce Chicago ( PFC ) launched publicly in April 2013 and is the brainchild of Cassandra Avenatti. Prior to the organization's launch, Avenatti brought four other people onboard as co-founders. PFC is, according to its website, "a grassroots collective of radical social workers, youth advocates and other community members who are working together to establish community-driven, identity-affirming housing in ...


Loyola-students-interrupt-inauguration-protest-University-handling-of-sexual-assault-

Loyola students interrupt inauguration, protest University handling of sexual assault - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, November 4, 2016- A group of Loyola University Chicago students, under the name of Students for Reproductive Justice, interrupted President Rooney's inauguration ceremony. The action began in the afternoon on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. In an act of silent protest, students duct taped their mouths shut and held up a 'blood-stained' bed sheet with "Silence is Violence" written ...


Youth-Outlook-provides-LGBTQ-youth-with-support

Youth Outlook provides LGBTQ youth with support - Fifty-five percent of students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 38 percent feel unsafe because of their gender expression, according to the 2013 National School Climate Survey released by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ( GLSEN ). This lack of safety in school seems to lead many young people to seek it after they ...


Lakeview-Learning-Center-Wrigleyville-landmark-closing

Lakeview Learning Center, Wrigleyville landmark, closing - A historic landmark of progressive education is being forced to close, less than a mile from Wrigley Field just as the Chicago Cubs play in the World Series for the first time in seven decades. The City Colleges of Chicago announced on October 14th that Lakeview Learning Center, an off-campus program of Truman College, will close in May 2017. The ...


Fundraiser-stresses-the-Point-of-LGBTQ-scholarships-

Fundraiser stresses the 'Point' of LGBTQ scholarships - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At a time when college is becoming increasingly unaffordable in the United States, the need for the now 15-year work of the Point Foundation ( Point ) providing national scholarships to LGBTQ students in order for them "to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society" has ...


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CPS: School won't host haunted house depicting Pulse shooting - A Far South Side grade school will not co-host a haunted house that contained, among other depictions, a representation of the June, 2016, shootings at the Pulse nightclub, according to CPS officials. Fernwood Elementary School, 10041 S. Union Ave., was advertised by promoters as the location of a haunted house entitled The Room: A Journey to Hell that was scheduled ...


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Campaign aims to end Chicago youth homelessness by 2020 - Even with some of the sheer numbers of youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago and the challenges they face reinforced to an Oct. 25 audience at the Chicago loop offices of Chase Bank, it was the testimony of Unity Parenting and Counseling youth leader Caprice Williams that presented the most devastating and persuasive case for the unprecedented goal of the I ...


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HRC praises Clinton's plan on bullying, 500 million effort includes policies on LGBTQs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign praised Hillary Clinton's just-announced "Better than Bullying" initiative, which aims to provide students, families and educators with resources to better combat the epidemic of bullying in our nation's schools. The effort, which would include $500 million of funding in states all over the country, explicitly includes policies that would protect and provide resources ...


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Event focuses on potential foster parents of teens - An Oct. 22 gathering at Kennedy-King College encouraged families to open their homes for teenage foster children. Approximately 40 people attended. In a program that Jeremy Harvey—associate deputy director of in the Division of Strategic Planning and Innovations at the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services—moderated, three teens in foster care and three foster parents weighed the challenges facing ...


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5 Easy Ways Parents Can Be More LGBTQ-friendly - "The experience of being welcome or unwelcome, visible, or invisible begins in early childhood." —from Do No Harm ( article ) in Young Children, January 2010, NAEYC We parents and caregivers have the privilege and opportunity to model inclusion and acceptance every day. Here are a few tips to help ensure our LGBTQ* family and friends are welcomed and included ...


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Community members discuss school for LGBT students - Video below - About 20 community advocates gathered Oct. 18 at McCormick Theological Seminary in Hyde Park for a brainstorming session about a possible LGBT-focused high school. The effort, which is the third attempt at such a school in the last several years, is initially being led by Bishop James Dukes of Pentecostal Christian Liberation Center. Dukes' initial idea is for an alternative ...


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Housing opportunities for youth 18-24 living with HIV - From a press release - El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ), provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-24 who are struggling with housing stability and identify as LGBTQ or are HIV+. They are providing immediate enrollment for eligible individuals who are living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Residents can live at El Rescate for up ...


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National Runaway Safeline co-chair discusses its mission and annual benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Troy McDonald Kane is a board member of the National Runaway Safeline ( NRS ), an organization that communicates with youth across the United States who are going through a rough time in their lives. Kane, an openly gay man, talked with Windy City Times about the work of the NRS and the annual Spirit of Youth fundraising event, of ...


ALMA-announces-scholarship

ALMA announces scholarship - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) Chicago has announced its annual ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. This scholarship was developed in order to provide financial assistance to outstanding Illinois Latino LGBTQ youth leaders and youth allies to attend the annual Creating Change Conference. With ALMA, Comcast and other donors sponsoring, two young leaders will ...







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