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Homeless-agency-looks-at-increasing-needs

Homeless agency looks at increasing needs - Fewer people were happier to see the winter of 2013-14 end than Paul W. Hamann, president of the Night Ministry. "It was, needless to say, incredibly tough on our clients and on our staff," said Hamann. "We were constantly scrambling when those vortexes would hit without warning. Our staff did a fantastic job, wanting to be really nimble and respond ...


WCT-seeks-nominations-for-30-Under-30-Awards

WCT seeks nominations for 30 Under 30 Awards - CHICAGO—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, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. The ...


NEIU-faculty-students-ask-for-renaming-of-Walesa-building

NEIU faculty, students ask for renaming of Walesa building - Faculty and students of Northeastern Illinois University on April 10 spoke out in a favor of a proposal, which had already been rejected by the school's president, to rename a building named after former Polish President Lech Walesa. The objections, raised at NEIU's Board of Trustees meeting, held at Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd., ...


National-Day-of-Silence-Chicago-Night-of-Noise-today

National Day of Silence, Chicago Night of Noise today - NEW YORK, APRIL 11, 2014 — Hundreds of thousands of students at more than 8,000 schools are expected to participate in the 19th annual GLSEN Day of Silence today to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. UPDATE: See coverage of the event at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Day-of-Silence-broken-with-stories-and-celebration/47016.html . Students will remain silent throughout the school day ...


Day-of-Silence-broken-with-stories-and-celebration

Day of Silence broken with stories and celebration - Niles West High School junior Caitlin Shropshire was one of many voices who ended the 2014 Day of Silence with a Night of Noise in Thompson Center Plaza on April 11. "Stop silencing us, stop pushing us away, beating us down, spitting Bible-bashing, superstitious hate," she cried from the stage to enthusiastic agreement. "Stop allowing us to be tossed about ...


LGBT-prom-to-be-held-May-16

LGBT prom to be held May 16 - For all practical purposes, "Nocturnal Wonderland," to be held May 16, from 7-10 p.m. at Edwin G. Foreman High School, 3235 N. Leclaire Ave., will be like a typical prom, according to Ryan Dolan, who teaches Freshman English at the school and is helping organize the event. "There's a place to take pictures, catered food, a dance floor, a DJ ...


Rep-Cassidy-advances-bullying-bill-

Rep. Cassidy advances bullying bill - From a press release - CHICAGO — On Thursday, April 10 State Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago ) advanced legislation to curb school bullying. The Cassidy-sponsored legislation passed the House with 64 votes in favor. "Bullying in our schools devastates the victims and disrupts the education of our children," Cassidy said. "The negative impacts cannot be understated. Victims have reduced test scores, lower involvement and ...


Online-media-project-shapes-info-on-Black-LGBT-youth

Online media project shapes info on Black, LGBT youth - Chicago's North-South divide continues to define the city, even after decades of social change for Black and LGBT communities. Challenging that reality has united South Side youth and university researchers for a new digital storytelling project, which seeks to build bridges of understanding. The University of Chicago's Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health, otherwise known ...


LGBT-confab-at-McHenry-April-12

LGBT confab at McHenry April 12 - McHenry County College will present "Pride: The Changing Perceptions of the LGBTQ Community" conference on Saturday, April 12, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., at 8900 W. Route 14, Crystal Lake. The annual drag show ( with the theme "The Fabulous '20s" ) will be held Friday, April 11, at 6-9 p.m. in the MCC Conference Center. Admission is $10. Tickets for both ...


Project-Fierce-goes-online-to-finance-LGBT-youth-housing

Project Fierce goes online to finance LGBT youth housing - A local grassroots organization is in the midst of a month-long, online fundraising drive to raise $25,000 for a transitional home for LGBT youth on the South or West Sides. Project Fierce Chicago, which formed in 2013, hopes to have the home purchased by September of 2014, and gat it ready for its residents by January 2015. "Local organizations have ...


Night-of-Noise-in-Loop-on-April-11

'Night of Noise' in Loop on April 11 - The 11th Annual Night of Noise—a "Break the Silence" rally—will take place Friday, April 11, 5:30 p.m., at the Thompson Center Plaza, 100 W. Randolph St. The Night of Noise features young students and advocates from both city and suburban high schools who will take the stage to talk about their efforts to improve school environments for LGBT students. This ...


Arizona-student-fights-for-right-to-walk-while-trans

Arizona student fights for right to walk while trans - On April 11, Monica Jones— a 29-year-old trans woman and student of the Arizona State University's School of Social Work—will enter the Municipal Court of Phoenix and fight for her constitutional right to be able to walk down a city street without being arrested on suspicion of prostitution. Section 23-52 A of the Phoenix Municipal Code prohibits the "manifest[ation] [of] ...


Get-Us-Home-builds-support-for-LGBTQ-homeless-youth

Get Us Home builds support for LGBTQ homeless youth - From a press release - Despite dangerously low temperatures, thousands of homeless LGBTQ youth are on the street each night in Chicago. Project Fierce Chicago is a grassroots group working to create transitional housing for these young people on Chicago's South or West side. The group has been organizing for a year, and is launching an Indiegogo campaign on April 1 to raise the remaining ...


LGBTQ-homeless-youth-project-heals-through-performance

LGBTQ homeless youth project heals through performance - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) encourages LGBTQ Chicago youths experiencing homelessness or housing instability to rewrite their lives, transforming each of their own stories of hardship and heartache into personalized performance pieces. YEPP was established in 2011 to aid LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in exploring their history and to discover new ways to address their challenges and find ...


LGBTQ-Homeless-Youth-Summit-May-2-5-in-Chicago

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit May 2-5 in Chicago - CHICAGO — Windy City Times is hosting a summit May 2-5 on LGBTQ youth in the Chicago region, to assess the current issues impacting homeless youth, and new solutions to these complex issues. Kim Hunt, executive director of Affinity Community Services, is the summit's director. The title of the summit is "Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!" ...


Conversion-therapy-ban-advances-to-House-floor

Conversion therapy ban advances to House floor - The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which prohibits therapy claiming to 'cure' homosexuality for minors, passed the House Human Services Committee March 26 by a vote of 9-6 and is on its way to the House floor. HB5569, introduced in the House Feb. 14 by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, forbids mental health providers from engaging in practices aimed at changing ...


Oak-Park-LGBTQ-group-sponsors-scholarships

Oak Park LGBTQ group sponsors scholarships - The Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ( OPALGA ) is sponsoring scholarships for graduating high school students who have shown service, activism and an understanding of the LGBTQ community, and continuing education students who are planning to work with the LGBTQ community and its issues. The application deadline is April 1. The program is designed to provide financial ...


Rustin-honored-by-Black-LGBT-Emerging-Leaders-Campaign-

Rustin honored by Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Campaign - From a press release - Today, March 17, NBJC celebrates the birthday of the late Bayard Rustin by honoring Rustin's legacy and dedication to youth mobilizing with the launch of the 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch Campaign. Bayard Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement. He started his career as a youth activist ...


Dialogues-on-the-Black-gay-bisexual-male-experience

Dialogues on the Black gay/bisexual male experience - From a press release - The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) will host its first of quarterly dialogues centering on Black gay/bisexual male experiences on Tuesday, March 25. This installment will highlight the work of THE Southside Stories Project which uses digital storytelling to raise the voices of young people on the South Side of Chicago. Digital stories are rich narratives relating ...


School-survey-reveals-racial-disparities-lack-of-access

School survey reveals racial disparities, lack of access - From a U.S. Department of Education press release - The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ( OCR ) released today the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years. The Civil Rights Data Collection ( CRDC ) from the 2011-12 school year was announced by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General ...


TransHealth-UIC-A-Community-Forum-April-9

Trans*Health @ UIC, A Community Forum April 9 - From a press release - The UIC Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy's Race, Sexuality and Violence Series and the Gender and Sexuality Center will present Trans*Health @ UIC, A Community Forum to Celebrate, Educate, and Create Alliances on Wed. April 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Student Center East, Room 613, 750 S. Halsted St. The event is a forum to ...


Roosevelt-Univ-senior-moves-to-Chicago-and-finds-freedom

Roosevelt Univ. senior moves to Chicago and finds freedom - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the fall of 2009, Grant Ladniak—a college student at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.—was sitting down to eat with a group of friends at the school's cafeteria. It was there that he said he became a target for the first time in his life. Born and raised in Darien, Ill., Ladniak is the middle child of three ...


Plan-advanced-to-improve-conditions-in-juvenile-justice-facilities-

Plan advanced to improve conditions in juvenile justice facilities - From ACLU-IL - March 17, 2014CHICAGO — Conditions and services for young persons detained at six state-run juvenile justice facilities across Illinois will dramatically improve under a plan filed in court late last week. The agreed plan was jointly filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois ( ACLU ) and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice ( DJJ ) in R.J. ...


Chicago-homeless-teens-depicted-in-The-Homestretch

Chicago homeless teens depicted in 'The Homestretch' - There are certain things most American teenagers don't have to worry about: the privacy to take a shower; where their next meal will come from; where they will find a quiet spot to study for an exam; what address they can use to put down on a job application so that they can afford to survive; and where they are ...


LGBTQ-Homeless-Youth-Summit-May-2-5-in-Chicago

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit May 2-5 in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Windy City Times is hosting a summit May 2-5 on LGBTQ youth in the Chicago region, to assess the current issues impacting homeless youth, and new solutions to these complex issues. Kim Hunt, executive director of Affinity Community Services, is the summit's director. The title of the summit is "Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!" ...


Campus-Pride-launches-National-LGBT-Scholarship-Database

Campus Pride launches National LGBT Scholarship Database - ( Charlotte, NC ) — Campus Pride announced today the launch of the National LGBT Scholarship Database in partnership with Point Foundation. The new online dynamic database is free and provides LGBT and ally students with the largest, most comprehensive source of LGBT scholarship and funding resources in the nation. Search online and learn more: CampusPride.org/Scholarship . The problem of ...


Online-course-to-aid-LGBTQ-youth-in-coming-out

Online course to aid LGBTQ youth in coming out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to its website, the online magazine Everyday Feminism seeks to end violence and discrimination against people due to gender, sexual orientation, race and class. Ultimately, the organization wants to see a world where self-determination and loving communities are the new norm. Founder/Executive Director Sandra Kim noted that Everyday Feminism is one voice trying to counter the more toxic voices ...


LGBT-Writers-in-Schools-brings-writers-into-classrooms

"LGBT Writers in Schools" brings writers into classrooms - From a Lambda Literary Foundation: press release - Lambda Literary Foundation, in partnership with the Gay/Straight Educators Alliance and the National Council of Teachers of English, is proud to announce a new pilot program aimed at including LGBT issues and texts in English studies and English language arts classrooms. LGBT Writers in Schools will connect authors with classrooms via free Skype or inclass visit to discuss the author's ...


Adler-School-launches-Chicagoland-LGBTQ-Services-Directory-

Adler School launches Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory - From the Adler School - Seeking a support group for gay dads near Jefferson Park? In need of trans-friendly shelter housing for a homeless client in Pilsen, or legal advocacy for a lesbian friend who has suffered from violence? The Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory at www.chicagolgbtservices.org launches today as the first comprehensive, searchable website of such resources for LGBTQ people in Chicago and its near ...


Opponents-fail-to-force-vote-on-pro-trans-school-sct

Opponents fail to force vote on pro-trans school sct - Foes of the School Success and Opportunity Act—a new California measure that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools —have failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot, according to the Associated Press. At least 504,760 signatures were required to force a public vote on the statute the California ...


Award-to-honor-under-30s-seeks-nominations

Award to honor under 30s, seeks nominations - CHICAGO—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, 2014, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. ...


Groups-team-to-develop-safe-schools-in-suburbs

Groups team to develop safe schools in suburbs - In 1996, a group of adults in DuPage County came together with concerns that, outside of Chicago, there were very few agencies, organizations or services to support LGBTQ youth. Two years later, they had organized a group called "Questioning Youth Center" and opened up the first drop-in facility in Naperville. Anne Rickleff, a graduate student and intern with the organization, ...


Lakeview-suicide-awareness-event-offers-Hope-for-the-Day

Lakeview suicide awareness event offers Hope for the Day - According to the Center for Disease Control, a nationally representative study of adolescents in grades 7—12 found that LGBTQ youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. [Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-14&AGALLERY=HopeGretch .] For over two years, the Chicago based non-profit Hope for the Day has used music and the arts as ...


Search-for-missing-gay-FSU-student-continues

Search for missing gay FSU student continues - Investigators are again reaching out to the public for help in finding missing Florida State University ( FSU ) student Ryan Uhre, according to WTXL.com. Friends of Uhre reported him missing Feb. 7, nearly a week after he was last seen Feb. 2 leaving a bar. A SouthFloridaGayNews.com op-ed by Norm Kent states that the 23-year-old Uhre—who was last enrolled ...


30-Under-30-Awards-seeks-nominations-for-honorees

30 Under 30 Awards seeks nominations for honorees - CHICAGO—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, 2014, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. ...


ISU-LGBTQA-alumni-event-Feb-20

ISU LGBTQA alumni event Feb. 20 - Illinois State University's LGBTQA Alumni Network will hold its first event, an after-work mixer, 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Replay, 3439 N. Halsted St. The event will feature a cash bar and free appetizers. The goal of the newly established group is to bring together alums not only to reconnect them to the university but also to each ...


Transgender-Homecoming-King-fulfills-dream

Transgender Homecoming King fulfills dream - Since his freshman year at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C., Blake Brockington has always wanted to be the school's Homecoming King. "I thought it would be nothing more than that—a dream," he said. But, on the first Friday of February, Brockington's dream became reality—to the cheering, overflow, soldout crowd attending an East Meck home basketball game. Brockington, 17, ...


Oak-Park-LGBTQ-group-sponsors-scholarships

Oak Park LGBTQ group sponsors scholarships - From a press release - The Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association is sponsoring scholarships for graduating high school students who have shown service, activism and an understanding of the LGBTQ community, and continuing education students who are planning to work with the LGBTQ community and its issues. The application Deadline is April 1, 2014. OPALGA announces a new scholarship program designed to provide ...


McHenry-County-College-to-host-Pride-conference

McHenry County College to host Pride conference - Pride, the LGBTQA club at McHenry County College ( MCC ), will host its first conference, Pride: The Changing Perception of the LGBTQ Community, on Saturday, April 12, at the college at 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual drag show on Friday, April 11, which starts at 7 p.m. Pre-registration for the drag ...


Safe-Schools-suicide-prevention-report-out

Safe Schools, suicide prevention report out - From a news release - ( February 5, 2014, Los Angeles, CA ) — In time for National School Counseling Week, four leading organizations supporting the mental health of youth are releasing a "Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention." This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. When suicide is the third leading cause ...


Suburban-high-school-stages-Laramie-Project-raises-discussion

Suburban high school stages 'Laramie Project, raises discussion - Rolling Meadows High School is using its own production of The Laramie Project, running Feb. 6-8, as an educational resource and discussion piece for its students and the community. The Laramie Project is based on the reactions surrounding the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student in Laramie, Wyo. The murder was classified as a hate ...


High-school-senior-going-to-prom-as-drag-alter-ego

High school senior going to prom as drag alter ego - Jacob Szymanski is already planning for his senior year at Carl Sandburg High School, which will be Friday, April 25, at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. His alter ego, drag diva Harlet Wench, will be in all her glory. Szymanski, 17, who lives in suburban Orland Park and is openly gay, will be dressing in drag for the Eagles' ...


IMPACT-to-conduct-first-survey-of-LGBT-youths-and-their-parents

IMPACT to conduct first survey of LGBT youths and their parents - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The LGBT health-research group IMPACT is currently running the first survey of gay and same-sex-attracted adolescent boys and their parents. Dr. Michael E. Newcomb, research assistant professor at Northwestern University and a staff member of IMPACT, is leading the study. When asked what makes this study so new, Newcomb told Windy City Times "there's been a number of studies in ...


ISU-LGBTQA-Alumni-Mixer-Feb-20

ISU LGBTQA Alumni Mixer Feb. 20 - From a news release - Illinois State University's LGBTQA Alumni Network will hold its first event, an after-work mixer, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Replay, 3439 N. Halsted. The event will feature a cash bar and free appetizers. The goal of the newly established group is to bring together alums not only to reconnect them to the university but also ...


McHenry-County-College-to-host-Pride-conference

McHenry County College to host Pride conference - Pride, the LGBTQA club at McHenry County College ( MCC ), will host its first conference, Pride: The Changing Perception of the LGBTQ Community, on Saturday, April 12, at the college at 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual drag show on Friday, April 11, which starts at 7 p.m. Pre-registration for the drag ...


Report-Bias-linked-to-transgender-suicide-attempts

Report: Bias linked to transgender suicide attempts - From the Williams Institute - LOS ANGELES— New analysis of responses to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey ( NTDS ) shows that transgender respondents who experienced rejection by family and friends, discrimination, victimization, or violence have a higher risk of attempting suicide. 78 percent of survey respondents who suffered physical or sexual violence at school reported suicide attempts, as did 65 percent of respondents who ...


Broadway-Youth-Center-wins-zoning-appeal

Broadway Youth Center wins zoning appeal - The Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday announced its decision that Broadway Youth Center can stay in its current location at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave. The ruling, granting a variance to BYC, comes with provisions. The decision mentions that BYC must clearly post contact information and operating hours, and that it is only ...


IFI-blasts-Notre-Dame-for-recognizing-LGBT-student-group

IFI blasts Notre Dame for recognizing LGBT student group - A statewide anti-gay organization is on yet another tear in the culture war, this time striking out in South Bend, Ind. Writing on behalf of the Illinois Family Institute ( IFI ), Laura Higgins, the organization's cultural analyst, penned an open letter dated Jan. 13 to University of Notre Dame President The Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, chastising the university ...


Broadway-Youth-Center-has-zoning-hearing-

Broadway Youth Center has zoning hearing - Broadway Youth Center on Jan. 17 made its case before the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals regarding a variance that would allow it to stay in its current location on Wellington Avenue. BYC supporters filled the gallery of the City Council chambers at 121 N. LaSalle St. Many wore yellow or orange t-shirts in solidarity. Opponents to the variance were ...


Loyola-student-apologizes-for-anti-gay-tweet

Loyola student apologizes for anti-gay tweet - An incoming student at Chicago's Loyola University has apologized for an anti-gay tweet. The student, who owns the Twitter account Pipe_Dawwg, originally posted, "Got into Loyola Chicago with $70,000 MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU FAGGOTTS [sic]!!!" The student emailed an apology to Windy City Times: "I just wanted to reach out to you and apologize for any way in which I may ...


New-guidelines-may-help-end-school-prison-link

New guidelines may help end school/prison link - The U.S. Dept. of Education and Dept. of Justice Jan. 8 released groundbreaking federal guidance to assist schools in making their disciplinary practices—which research shows disproportionately impacts youth of color and LGBT youth—less discriminatory while encouraging positive interventions over student push-out or removal, according to a press release. The guidelines, however, do not specifically reference LGBT youth. Last year GLSEN ...


SELVN-wont-back-Broadway-Youth-Center-zoning-appeal

SELVN won't back Broadway Youth Center zoning appeal - Members of South East Lake View Neighbors (SELVN) voted 41-21 Jan. 13 not to endorse Broadway Youth Center's (BYC's) bid for a zoning variance allowing it to stay in its present location at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Ald. Tom Tunney must now decide whether to follow SELVN's recommendation when BYC's appeal is heard Jan. ...


Harassers-of-bullied-transgender-student-merely-suspended

Harassers of bullied transgender student merely suspended - From a GLSEN press release - NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2014 — GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is calling on the Contra Costa County, Calif., district attorney's office to drop charges against a bullied transgender student, Jewlyes Gutierrez, who was the only student charged in an alleged altercation on campus with three other students, all of whom were suspended. Mobile phone video of ...


New-guidelines-may-help-end-school-to-prison-pipeline

New guidelines may help end school-to-prison pipeline - From a press release - The U.S. Dept. of Education and Dept. of Justice Jan. 8 released groundbreaking federal guidance to assist schools in making their disciplinary practices, which research shows disproportionately impacts youth of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) youth, less discriminatory while encouraging positive interventions over student push-out or removal. The guidelines, however, do not specifically reference LGBT ...


Effort-to-kill-Calif-trans-student-law-moves-forward

Effort to kill Calif. trans student law moves forward - From a press release - Washington, DC - Today, the California Secretary of State announced that California's School Success and Opportunity Act, a law that gives transgender students equal footing to participate in school activities and access facilities, has failed to qualify for a referendum pending a full count of all signatures. Pro-repeal groups were 22,178 signatures short of the 504,760 needed to qualify in ...


Former-Marine-leading-gay-college-activist

Former Marine, leading gay college activist - Bradley Setter was at the end of his rope. He had endured all he could while in the U.S. Marine Corps while trying to silence rumors that he was gay in 2010 during the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era. He even faced death threats. "I was so depressed that I was tying a noose to no longer feel the pain ...


US-Ed-Dept-to-recognize-same-sex-marriages-for-aid

U.S. Ed. Dept. to recognize same-sex marriages for aid - As part of the U.S. Department of Education's ongoing efforts to implement inclusive policies that reflect the diversity of country's families, and consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) in United States v. Windsor, the department announced new guidance on the use of "marriage" and "spouse" in the ...


SPLC-sues-to-stop-anti-LGBT-harassment-in-Miss-Schools

SPLC sues to stop anti-LGBT harassment in Miss. Schools - From a press release - MOSS POINT, Miss. — The Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) filed a federal lawsuit today to stop pervasive anti-LGBT bullying and harassment committed by students — and even faculty members and administrators — within the schools of Mississippi's Moss Point School District. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Destin Holmes, a district student who endured such severe ...


-US-Ed-Dept-to-recognize-same-sex-marriages-for-aide-forms

U.S. Ed Dept to recognize same-sex marriages for aide forms - From a press release - As part of the U.S. Department of Education's ongoing efforts to implement inclusive policies that reflect the diversity of American families, and consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) in United States v. Windsor, the Department announced today new guidance on the use of "marriage" and "spouse" in ...


SELVN-delays-BYC-vote-until-January

SELVN delays BYC vote until January - Members of South East Lake View Neighbors ( SELVN ) will wait another month before voting on whether to recommend that Ald. Tom Tunney back an appeal for a zoning variance allowing Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) to continue in their current location at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ ( WAUCC ), 615 W. Wellington Ave. Much of ...


Catholic-HS-fires-gay-teacher-seeking-marriage-license

Catholic HS fires gay teacher seeking marriage license - HRC to school: Heed Pope Francis, end unjust discrimination - From a press release Washington — The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, PA to immediately cease discriminatory employment practices targeting their LGBT teachers. Last week, Michael Griffin, a teacher at Holy Ghost Prep, emailed the principal of the school telling him he might be late on Friday because he was applying for a ...


Center-on-Halsted-awarded-45000-from-Comcast

Center on Halsted awarded $45,000 from Comcast - From a press release - CHICAGO ( December 6, 2013 ) —Center on Halsted today announced it was awarded a three-year grant totaling $45,000 from the Comcast Foundation to support the Dr. David J. Lochman Cyber Center. Center on Halsted's mission is to advance the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer ( LGBTQ ) people of Chicagoland. To this end, ...


Lambda-Legal-applauds-federal-resolution-opposing-ex-gay-therapy-

Lambda Legal applauds federal resolution opposing ex-gay therapy - From a press release - "LGBTQ youth across the country deserve to be protected from the trauma of so-called 'ex-gay therapy' and the devastation these discredited methods cause youth and their families." ( New York, December 4, 2013 ) - U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier today introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution ( SHOK ), a federal resolution supporting efforts to stop mental health providers ...


Sullivan-bids-farewell-to-ISSA

Sullivan bids farewell to ISSA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An intimate group of friends and colleagues recently gathered to honor and say their goodbyes to Shannon Sullivan, the outgoing executive director of The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ), at an event at the law firm Baker & McKenzie. Board members and staff gave touching speeches praising Sullivan for her many years of hard work and dedication ...


Northeastern-asks-gay-and-gender-ID-questions

Northeastern asks gay and gender ID questions - Based on a Press Release - Northeastern Illinois University is the first Illinois public university to include a question about a prospective student's sexual orientation or gender identity on its admissions application for fall 2014. The question is meant to help the University connect prospective LGBTQ students to resources and information and scholarships that might be of interest to members of the LGBTQ community. Elmhurst College, ...


Center-hosts-youth-Thanksgiving-event

Center hosts youth Thanksgiving event - The Youth Program at Center on Halsted and TEAM 101 hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, spearheaded by Chef Shiane. Youth participants had an opportunity to engage with trained chefs while eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and the Youth Program honored young people who have demonstrated excellence in various program tracks with the 1st Annual Expect More Leadership Awards. Awards were given ...


Youth-rights-advocate-reflects-on-decades-work-

Youth-rights advocate reflects on decade's work - Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( ISSA ) Executive Director Shannon Sullivan will be leaving the non-profit advocacy group at the end of the month. The alliance was established in 2007 with the same mission it has today—"to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning ( LGBTQ ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through ...


Loyola-student-petitions-for-school-to-host-same-sex-ceremonies

Loyola student petitions for school to host same-sex ceremonies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Having recently transferred to Loyola University Chicago, Christine Irvine was "thrilled" by the prospect of host her upcoming wedding ceremony on the school's lakefront campus. But when university officials learned Irvine would marry a woman, her request was denied. In response, Irvine launched a Change.org petition Sept. 11 urging Loyola to "end the discriminatory policy banning same-sex ceremonies on campus." ...


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Center hosts panel on LGBT adoption and fostering - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to the U.S. Department of Social Services, as of September 2011 there were 400,540 children in foster care. The Children's Defense Fund estimated 17,080 children in Illinois. With Illinois now part of 16 states with marriage equality, organizations such as Raise a Child hope that LGBTQ couples will welcome one of those children into their family. On Nov. 18, ...


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Former Defense Secretary Gates to lead Boy Scouts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - National gay-rights leaders are responding positively to reports that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will lead the Boy Scouts of America ( BSA ). The Scouts' national executive board selected Gates late last month; and if approved by a BSA oversight council, he will serve a two-year term. National volunteer and professional leaders, including the BSA national nominating committee, ...


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Groups support transgender Texas teen - From a press release UPDATE Nov. 16 - UPDATE Nov. 16: Transgender Student Won't Be Barred from Senior Yearbook La Feria School Board Ends Campaign of Discrimination Against Transgender Student WASHINGTON — Today the La Feria School Board decided to allow the formal tuxedo senior portrait of Jeydon Loredo to appear in the yearbook, after previously forbidding it because Jeydon is transgender. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ...


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Lakeview residents debate youth center appeal - Ald. Tom Tunney was among the speakers at a Nov. 11 standing-room-only South East Lake View Neighbors (SELVN) meeting at Second Unitarian Church, 726 W. Barry Ave., on the future of Broadway Youth Center's (BYC) current location. BYC is appealing the city's denial of a special-use permit for BYC's space at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 Wellington Ave. ...


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Confab examines STIs and HIV among youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - University of Chicago's STI/HIV Intervention Network ( SHINE ) held its third annual conference focusing on prevention and reduction of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. The daylong event, titled "Building Bold, Innovative Partnerships to Prevent and Reduce STIs/HIV Among Youth," took place Friday, Nov. 8 at Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. Alida Bouris, co-principal investigator for SHINE, ...


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Court upholds NJ law against therapists trying to change orientation - From a press release - ( Trenton, NJ, November 8, 2013 )—Today, Judge Freda Wolfson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld a 2013 New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of a patient under 18 years old. The ruling dismissed a legal challenge to the law filed ...


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Russian film about LGBTQ youth seeks funds - Children 404, a Russian-made documentary about Russian LGBTQ children and youth, is at the heart of a fundraising campaign, and North American scholars and activists are working to help the anonymous filmmakers make it a reality. Windy City Times was able to speak to one of the filmmakers, on condition of anonymity, in an exclusive interview about the project, as ...







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