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Study-19-of-LA-County-foster-youth-identify-as-LGBTQ

Study: 19% of L.A. County foster youth identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - A first-of-its-kind study finds that approximately 1 in 5 ( or 1,400 ) foster youth in Los Angeles County, home to the nation's largest population of foster youth, identify as LGBTQ. The study report, entitled "Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionately and Disparities," was funded as part of a landmark $13.3 million, five-year ...


GLSEN-launches-25-Days-for-Safer-Schools

GLSEN launches 25 Days for Safer Schools - NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 — GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ), the nation's leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through ...


Honors-roll-in-for-UIC-researcher-

Honors roll in for UIC researcher - Dr. Tonda L. Hughes will receive the inaugural Distinguished Research Award, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the UIC ( University of Illinois at Chicago ) College of Nursing Sept. 26, marking the third career award she's received this year. And those go alongside her 2003 induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame—and countless other ...


Depression-Not-just-the-word-of-the-day

Depression: Not just the word of the day - I am not sure how I got there. I am not sure how many hours I was curled in the corner on the bathroom floor. I am not sure how loud my cries were or how long the screams of despair choked the breath from my body. The folded towel I clutched in my rigid arms stifled the sobs as ...


Report-has-what-youth-of-color-think-about-LGBT-agenda

Report has what youth of color think about LGBT agenda - The Black Youth Project's latest report provides answers to these questions using a nationally representative survey of 1,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 conducted during June 2014. The main findings are as follows: —More Black ( 80.2 percent ) and Latino ( 74.9 percent ) youth believe the marriage-equality movement has taken too much attention away ...


VIEWS-The-stigma-of-Black-suicide-is-killing-us-

VIEWS The stigma of Black suicide is killing us - When the first news reports of Robin Williams' death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country's most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. ...


Possibilities

Possibilities - A recurring column - In the words of Audrey Hepburn, "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible." This is a motto I naturally felt when I began working with Teen Living Programs and once I moved into Belfort House. Before that, I felt as if the more I did, the less recognition I received. And even worse, the more I expressed myself, ...


Campus-Prides-LGBT-friendliest-schools

Campus Pride's LGBT-friendliest schools - Campus Pride has announced the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. According to a press release, "the listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way." Among area schools listed are Indiana University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Chicago, the University ...


Campus-Pride-lists-50-LGBT-friendly-colleges-universities

Campus Pride lists 50 LGBT-friendly colleges, universities - From a press release - Friday, August 15, 2014 - Campus Pride announced today the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way. University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale are in the top ...


Investigation-exposes-housing-discrimination-in-suburbs

Investigation exposes housing discrimination in suburbs - From a press release - Winnetka, IL, August 13, 2014 — Open Communities has completed a three-year project to investigate and address discrimination against all persons protected under the Federal Fair Housing Act, including the underrepresented populations of immigrants, seniors, and the homeless in 16 of Chicago's northern suburbs. Open Communities investigated discriminatory practices in housing markets ( from Lincolnwood to Highwood to Park Ridge ...


Wheaton-among-LGBT-unfriendliest-schools

Wheaton among LGBT-unfriendliest schools - The Princeton Review released its annual list of "The Best 379 Colleges," ranking California's Stanford University as the most LGBT-friendly college in the nation, LGBTQ Nation reported. The review also listed its most LGBT-unfriendly schools, with Illinois' Wheaton College listed third, behind College of the Ozarks ( in Point Lookout, Missouri ) and Grove City College ( in Grove City, ...


Homestretch-youth-homeless-doc-at-Siskel

'Homestretch' youth homeless doc at Siskel - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Homestretch, a new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, will have its theatrical premiere run at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago from September 12th - 18th. September 12-18 Chicago screenings of THE HOMESTRETCH: Friday, September 12 at 8:15 pm Co-presented by ...


NC-court-says-stepparents-can-maintain-contact-with-children

NC court says stepparents can maintain contact with children - From a news release - ( Trenton, NJ, August 6, 2014 )—Today, an appellate court in New Jersey issued a decision recognizing that a same-sex stepparent who has raised a child from a young age can seek custody or visitation with the child if it is in child's best interests. The court recognized that every child has a strong interest in maintaining a relationship with ...


Eychaner-Foundation-launches-1000-Kids-for-Iowa

Eychaner Foundation launches '1,000 Kids for Iowa' - The Eychaner Foundation held a press conference to announce a major new crisis initiative to relocate children incarcerated along the southwestern border of the United States to Iowa. Gay businessman Rich Eychaner, brother of Chicago gay businessman Fred Eychaner, started the program. The program, called "1,000 Kids for Iowa," will involve local communities, churches and individuals registering their willingness to ...


Black-Youth-Project-Report-How-youth-view-LGBT-agenda

Black Youth Project Report: How youth view LGBT agenda - From a press release - Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation. But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, less is known about how young people view the ...


The-Barcus-Bunch-Single-gay-dad-on-unconditional-parenting

The Barcus Bunch: Single gay dad on unconditional parenting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dan Barcus is a single, gay dad living in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago who has said is a lackluster housekeeper and a terrible cook. Still, the parenting experience has been overwhelmingly positive, he said. And quite memorable—times five—and why, along with Little City Foundation and the Allendale Association, he is encouraging more people to think about becoming foster ...


MOMBIAN-How-the-makers-of-DD-won-my-familys-heart

MOMBIAN How the makers of D&D won my family's heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I played the original Dungeons & Dragons ( D&D ) game in high school, back in the early '80s. I've been delighted to see it is experiencing a resurgence—and capturing my son's interest as well. A recent encounter made me love the game, and the company behind it, even more. Beginning the adventure During the July 4th week, my ...


GLSEN-calls-for-further-guidance-on-gender-identity-protections-

GLSEN calls for further guidance on gender identity protections - From a GLSEN press release - July 25, 2014—As reported today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has granted religious exemptions under Title IX to Simpson University in California and Spring Arbor University in Michigan that allow the colleges to discriminate against transgender students. This news comes a few weeks after an identical exemption to George Fox University was made public. In the ...


LGB-parents-and-their-kids-doing-despite-heterosexism-

LGB parents and their kids doing despite heterosexism - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new report finds that despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts—including healthcare, legal and school systems—lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) parents and their children are functioning quite well. Co-authored by Williams Visiting Scholar, Abbie E. Goldberg; Williams Visiting Scholar, Nanette K. Gartrell; and Williams Distinguished Scholar, Gary Gates; the report provides an overview of the contemporary ...


LGBT-youth-more-likely-than-heterosexual-youth-to-try-suicide

LGBT youth more likely than heterosexual youth to try suicide - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— According to a new study authored by several contributing experts published in the American Journal of Public Health, sexual minority youth had higher prevalence than heterosexual youth of each of 6 outcomes studied, including self-harm, feeling sad, and suicide ideation, planning, and attempts. The study, using a large sample pooled from probability samples across the U.S., adds to ...


Youth-homeless-summit-releases-task-force-survey

Youth homeless summit releases task force survey - As a followup to the Windy City Times' 2014 LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit, organizers released an online survey to have people indicate their interest in being part of short-term task forces on a wide range of issues, including issues around job training, food, storage, laundry, housing, DCFS, legal and public policy issues. There are two choices for each subject area: ...


Report-looks-at-youth-of-color-views-on-LGBT-agenda

Report looks at youth of color views on LGBT agenda - From a press release - Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation. But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, less is known about how young people view the ...


Vernita-Gray-LGBTQ-youth-fund-holds-inaugural-fundraiser

Vernita Gray LGBTQ youth fund holds inaugural fundraiser - About 40 people attended the Vernita Gray LGBTQ Youth Fund inaugural fundraiser at Windjammer Room, 6033 N. Sheridan Rd., July 8. Gray's widow, Pat Ewert, hosted the event. Activist and community leader Mary Morten ( Gray's longtime friend ) served as the emcee for the evening. Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-16&AGALLERY=VGrayYouthFunder . "Several months ago Pat and I were ...


Georgia-man-sues

Georgia man sues - A former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Georgia, Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man, according to LGBTQ Nation. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May after announcing on Facebook that he planned to marry ...


Report-outlines-workplace-barriers-for-LGBT-youth-

Report outlines workplace barriers for LGBT youth - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — This generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth is unlike any previous generation. While individual experiences vary, many are coming out earlier and expressing their gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, unemployment for young people under age 25 has been more than twice the national average for years, and the challenges facing young people ...


Alliance-names-Anthony-Papini-new-executive-director

Alliance names Anthony Papini new executive director - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Board of Directors at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the "Alliance" ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Papini as its new Executive Director. Anthony is currently the Founding Director for the LGBTQA Resource Center at Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to his position at the University, Anthony served as the Director of Scholarships at Pride Foundation ...


Film-about-adoption-premieres-at-Center

Film about adoption premieres at Center - Filmmaker Jean Strauss premiered her documentary A Simple Piece of Paper—about Illinois-born adoptees accessing their birth certificates—for the first time at the Center on Halsted this past week. The Original Birth Certificate Access Bill, enacted in 2010, permits increased exchange of information between biological families by allowing adopted adults access to their original birth certificates without obtaining a court order. ...


Eychaner-Foundation-announces-1000-Kids-for-Iowa

Eychaner Foundation announces "1,000 Kids for Iowa" - From a press release - Des Moines, Iowa - The Eychaner Foundation held a press conference today at 3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 209, Des Moines, Iowa, to announce a major new crisis initiative to relocate children incarcerated along the southwestern border of the United States to Iowa. The foundation was started by gay businessman Rich Eychaner, brother of Chicago gay businessman Fred Eychaner. The ...


ISU-to-make-all-gender-restrooms-available-on-campus-

ISU to make 'all-gender' restrooms available on campus - Single-stall restrooms, or "family" restrooms, as they had been known, will now be known as "all-gender" restrooms in signage on the Illinois State University campus in Normal. The change was voluntary, and implemented after officials noticed the signage was being used on other college campuses, videtteonline.com reported July 1. Only a handful of restrooms are affected by the change, as ...


Wade-to-step-down-as-TransLife-director

Wade to step down as TransLife director - Chicago House announced July 8 that Bonn Wade, director of the organization's TransLife Center in Edgewater, will be stepping down from their position at the end of July. Wade has not announced their future plans. "When Chicago House opened up the TransLife Center over a year ago, there was just one person we wanted to be the founding Director, and ...


Buffalo-Grove-student-wins-national-award

Buffalo Grove student wins national award - Broadway in Chicago announced that Jonah Rawitz of Buffalo Grove, Illinois ( Adlai E. Stevenson High School )—representing the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards—was awarded the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor June 30 at Broadway's Minskoff Theater. The award is named in honor of James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer. Rawitz and ...


-Public-invited-to-view-youth-led-art-installation

Public invited to view youth-led art installation - Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to explore how families talk about sexuality through public art. This public art initiative ...


Film-highlights-Birth-Certificate-Access-Law

Film highlights Birth Certificate Access Law - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — Marking the 4th Anniversary of the Original Birth Certificate Access Law, which granted Illinois-born adoptees the opportunity to receive a copy of their original birth certificate for the first time, adopted state Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams will screen the film, "A Simple Piece of Paper," a film about Illinois-born adoptees who were affected by the ...


Study-Religious-counseling-associated-with-suicide-tries

Study: Religious counseling associated with suicide tries - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new study finds that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals ( LGB ) who sought mental health treatment from health care providers were no less likely to attempt suicide than LGB people who did not seek any treatment at all, but seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt. The study, ...


Youth-led-public-art-highlights-need-for-family-conversations

Youth-led public art highlights need for family conversations - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ( July 1, 2014 ) Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum to explore how families talk about ...


Play-takes-a-look-at-undocumented-queer-youth

Play takes a look at undocumented queer youth - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that tremendous strides have been made in the past few years when it comes to same-sex marriage rights in the United States. But that doesn't mean that there aren't battles still to be won for people and groups who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum. This is why the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is turning its attention ...


-ISU-to-host-LGBTA-college-conference-in-2015

ISU to host LGBTA college conference in 2015 - Illinois State University will host the 2015 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ). The event will take place Feb. 13-15, 2015, in Normal, Ill. MBLGTACC is the largest LGBTQIA college conference in the country. It has been held each February since 1993 to promote leadership, activism, networking, diversity, health and empowerment among LGBTIA students, staff ...


Supreme-Court-lets-stand-CAs-ban-on-ex-gay-therapy-

Supreme Court lets stand CA's ban on ex-gay therapy - From a press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out is pleased today that the Supreme Court denied cert to a challenge to California's ban on harmful, ineffective "ex-gay" therapy for minors. California's law, S.B. 1172, was signed in 2012 and has been challenged in higher courts, the law being upheld each time. The Supreme Court's decision to let the law stand protects California minors ...


WCT-30-Under-30-Awards-presented

WCT 30 Under 30 Awards presented - Windy City Times presented its 15th 30 Under 30 Awards June 26 at the Center on Halsted. Co-sponsors of the event were the Center, Chicago House and AIDS Foundation of Chicago. MC's Kirk Williamson and Scott Duff read the highlights of each of the inductees work and activism, and then each spoke briefly. The 30 range from athletes to artists, ...


Gov-Quinn-signs-anti-bullying-bill-

Gov. Quinn signs anti-bullying bill - Gov. Pat Quinn on June 26 signed legislation that installs protections and procedures to help students bullied in Illinois schools. "A child who is bullied is a child who is fearful of learning [and] fearful of coming to school," Quinn said at the signing, which was held at Skinner West Elementary School, 1260 W. Adams St. "We cannot allow bullying ...


Fighting-for-LGBT-rights-earns-student-scholarship

Fighting for LGBT rights earns student scholarship - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. —- Northwestern University student, LGBT activist and hate crime survivor John ( A.J. ) Singletary was named a Point Foundation Scholar this week. The Point Foundation is the nation's largest foundation dedicated to supporting deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in college and graduate school. As a student in the University's joint JD-MBA program, a program of ...


Windy-City-Times-30-Under-30-to-be-honored-June-26

Windy City Times 30 Under 30 to be honored June 26 - At the 15th Annual 30 Under 30 Awards, thirty individuals under thirty years of age from all parts of the LGBTQIA communities will be honored. Windy City Times receives community nominations for the awards each spring and selects the best in LGBTQIA activism, business, culture, non-profit work and more. The awards are co-sponsored by the Center on Halsted, AIDS Foundation ...


Youth-summit-attendee-creates-resource-website

Youth summit attendee creates resource website - While attending the Windy City Times Summit on LGBT Youth Homelessness in May, activist Alison Stanton was struck by a statement made by one of the youths in attendance: "We don't even know what's available to us." So Stanton took matters into her own hands to help. She used her participation in the National Day of Civic Hacking, or "hackathon," ...


Locals-among-newest-Point-Scholars

Locals among newest Point Scholars - Point Foundation ( Point ) announced that it is awarding scholarships to 23 students, according to PR Newswire. Two of the awardees—Bridgette Davis and A.J. Singletary—have local connections. Davis, from Eldridge, Iowa, will attend the University of Chicago School of Social Administration, where she will get her master's in social work. Singletary, who is from Mountain Home, Arkansas, is a ...


University-LGBT-centers-and-ex-gay-attacks

University LGBT centers and ex-gay attacks - ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My university's LGBT center was recently approached by a group that said by law we have to carry materials that promote "ex-gay therapy." Is this true? A: From time to time, staff or students at universities contact us with similar questions and, thankfully, the short answer is, no, the law does not require LGBT centers at universities or colleges ...


LGBTQA-youth-retreat-examines-spirituality

LGBTQA youth retreat examines spirituality - by Robert Castillo - Pre-Retreat: Organizers ironed out last-minute details On a recent Monday evening at Wesley United Methodist Church in Cicero, Alicia Vega, Cesar Robles and Katya Mazon were finalizing details for a unique event taking place, a three-day retreat for LGBTQ youth. They are members of Q-YES ( Queer Youth Exploring Spirituality ), an LGBTQ youth ministry begun nearly a year ago ...


26th-Indy-Pride-marks-diversity

26th Indy Pride marks diversity - by Kim Flowers. Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A diverse group of people is always expected to show up at Circle City Indy Pride, from families with children to the members of Indiana Youth Group to the Indy Pride Bag Ladies, an HIV/AIDS fundraising organization founded in 1981. Each year breaks records in the amount of people and vendors who attend, and this year was no exception. Festivities ...


Chicago-2014-Homeless-Youth-Summit-report-released

Chicago 2014 Homeless Youth Summit report released - From a press release - A detailed report of recommendations from the first LGBTQ youth summit on homelessness has been released by Windy City Times, host of the event, held May 2-5 at three downtown locations. The 70-page report is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/YOUTHSUMMITREPORTSMALL.pdf and also on the Chicago 2014 Homeless Youth Summit website, ...


Chicago-2014-Homeless-Youth-Summit-report-released

Chicago 2014 Homeless Youth Summit report released - Link below - A detailed report of recommendations from the first LGBTQ youth summit on homelessness has been released by Windy City Times, host of the event, held May 2-5 at three downtown locations. The 70-page report is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/YOUTHSUMMITREPORTSMALL.pdf . and also on the Chicago 2014 Homeless Youth Summit ...


About-Face-Youth-Theatre-Ensemble-presents-Checking-Boxes

About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble presents Checking Boxes - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 10, 2014 ) — About Face Theatre, in association with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks initiative, is pleased to present the world premiere of Checking Boxes by Shannon Matesky in collaboration with the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, directed by AFT Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel and featuring Youth Ensemble members. AFT's ...


ALMA-hosts-second-annual-LGBTQ-youth-conference

ALMA hosts second annual LGBTQ youth conference - "Empowering Our Youth" was the theme of ALMA Chicago's 2nd annual Mobilizing our Youth Conference June 6 at Corazon Fuerza Youth Center in Cicero, Illinois. The event was among a number of United Latino Pride activities that took place throughout the week. About 60 people attended the evening's activities. After words of welcome and introductions by Latino Soul, representatives from ...


LGBT-teachers-group-presents-annual-award

LGBT teachers' group presents annual award - Ryan Dolan, an English teacher at Foreman High School, received the 13th annual Allan Wardell Inspiration Award from the Chicago Teacher's Union ( CTU ) LGBT Rights Committee. The award ceremony took place at CTU's executive board meeting June 2. Following introductory remarks from CTU President Karen Lewis, Mel Ferrand, chairperson of the LGBT Rights Committee, presented Dolan with his ...


GSA-Network-alum-Yordy-Cancino-freed-from-ICE-detention-

GSA Network alum Yordy Cancino freed from ICE detention - From a press release - June 6, 2014 - After months of advocacy by thousands of immigrant and LGBT youth, Gay-Straight Alliance leader Yordy Cancino has been released from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center where he was being held. He had been granted his credible fear request weeks earlier, but remained in custody until he could raise a $7500 bond. Yordy was dropped ...


Debut-performance-of-FACES-June-12-13-14-

Debut performance of FACES June 12, 13, 14 - From a press release - YEPP will present its debut of FACES June 12, 13 and 14 at Free Street Theatre. This performance looks at the different faces that society and systems have defined for the ensemble members versus the different faces they strive to build and present for themselves. The ensemble members will bring the audience through a journey of self-deconstruction that finishes up ...


Study-Sex-ed-can-curb-violence

Study: Sex ed can curb violence - From a press release - CHICAGO — MAY 28, 2014 ) — ISSUE A: According to a study, a high percentage of crimes are committed by offenders who come from single parent or emotionally or financially broken homes. ISSUE B: Teen pregnancy is linked to single parent homes and high incarceration rates due to most teens being too young to effectively teach their child( ren ...


Anti-bullying-measure-passes-legislature-

Anti-bullying measure passes legislature - HB 5707, a bill aimed at curbing school bullying in the state, is now waiting for Gov. Pat Quinn's signature. The legislation, sponsored by lesbian state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, passed the Senate May 29 with 37 votes in favor after being amended, and proceeded to pass the house with 75 votes in favor of concurrence. "Bullying in our schools has ...


Nonprofit-pushes-sports-as-a-safe-space-for-youth

Nonprofit pushes sports as a safe space for youth - A New York-based national not-for-profit organization with a Chicago chapter is pushing forward with an initiative to promote sports as the solution to the challenges facing America's youth, including LGBTQ. Up2Us partnered late last year with the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which awarded Up2Us a grant to develop Making Sports A Safe Place, a co-branded bullying-prevention program, which has been ...


Queer-Prom-Fabulous-at-Natl-Museum-of-Mexican-Art

Queer Prom 'Fabulous' at Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art - Youth from across the city gathered at the National Museum of Mexican Art to revel in being absolutely fabulous at the ninth annual Queer Prom's theme. Balloons and dancers filled the floor while DJ Techno Kid kept the beats going. Drag queens dazzled the crowd. Event organizer Emmanuel Garcia stressed the event's importance. "It helps create a safe space [for ...


Students-delve-into-LGBTQ-history-at-fair-finals

Students delve into LGBTQ history at fair finals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to Chicago Metro History Education Center Executive Director Frank Valadez, between 8,000 and 9,000 students originally entered this year's Chicago High School Metro History Fair. They worked individually or in groups creating research papers, websites, live performances, documentaries and interactive exhibits detailing the moments and people that changed Illinois and the world around it such as the Cherry Mine ...


Loyolas-marriage-ban-meets-new-opposition

Loyola's marriage ban meets new opposition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Some students at Loyola University Chicago are mounting a new challenge to the university's ban on same-sex wedding ceremonies. Just weeks after state lawmakers approved the equal marriage bill last fall, school administrators responded by quietly adopting an official policy on weddings, which Windy City Times first uncovered in February. Loyola changed its standard practice of hosting "legally recognized" ceremonies ...


HRC-calls-for-laws-training-to-protect-LGBT-youth-in-foster-care

HRC calls for laws, training to protect LGBT youth in foster care - From a press release - WASHINGTON — A case of horrible neglect, abuse, and sexual violence, followed by the incarceration of the transgender minor in an adult prison has renewed calls by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) for stronger laws to protect LGBT youth in foster care and more training for child welfare professionals. The details surfaced in an op-ed in the New ...


LGBTQ-prom-becomes-a-Nocturnal-Wonderland

LGBTQ prom becomes a 'Nocturnal Wonderland' - As the sun was setting May 16, kids from all over the city and suburbs as far away as Lisle arrived at Edwin G. Foreman High School in Chicago's Portage Park. Some were dressed in flowing silk gowns and dapper tuxedos, some in just as eye-catching combinations of brightly colored T-shirts and pants. Hair was styled in elaborate detail or ...


ISSA-gets-Fierce-with-fashion-show

ISSA gets 'Fierce' with fashion show - The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance work with LGBT youth across the state. For a second year, a "Fierce and Fabulous" fashion show was held at Sidetrack Video Bar, this time early in the afternoon May 17. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-05-18&AGALLERY=ISSAFeirceFabNunn . With fashion by Akira Men and Tel Aviv Couture, among other designers, models strutted down the ...


Forty-to-None-director-talks-about-bringing-resources-together

Forty to None director talks about bringing resources together - Key components of ending homelessness among LGBT youth are streamlining information and resources amongst organizations facing the issue, and listening to the perspectives of homeless youths themselves. Those were among the observations shared by Jama Shelton, director of the Forty to None Project, launched by the NYC-based True Colors Fund. Shelton spoke May 3 on the second day of the ...


Summit-panel-talks-govmt-efforts-on-youth-homelessness

Summit panel talks govm't efforts on youth homelessness - According to state Rep. Greg Harris, Illinoisans concerned about LGBT youth homelessness need to go to Springfield and lobby with the same intensity they were willing to channel for marriage equality. Harris, speaking as part of a panel at the LGBT Homeless Youth Summit May 3, said his colleagues have had their awareness raised about the issue from individuals who ...


Anti-bullying-bill-heads-for-Senate-floor

Anti-bullying bill heads for Senate floor - The Illinois Senate Education Committee May 13 passed a bill that further enhances the state's previous standards in curbing school bullying. The bill, HB 5707, introduced in the House by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy and sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Heather Steans, requires schools to have an anti-bullying policy, investigate bullying cases and report back on all incidents ...


Chicago-teen-honored-with-national-youth-courage-award

Chicago teen honored with national youth courage award - Jacques Agbobly moved to Chicago with his family from his native Togo, Africa, at age 9—when a family member sought treatment for HIV/AIDS, as well as better educational opportunities for himself and his three siblings ( two brothers, one sister ). "This person helps me a lot. Whenever I hit rock bottom, this family member is always there for me," ...


Bishop-looks-ahead-to-LGBT-education-program

Bishop looks ahead to LGBT education program - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A South Side minister is helping spearhead a project that will help LGBT homeless youth finish school. Bishop James E. Dukes of Pentecostal Liberation Christian Center, 6810 S. Ashland Ave., said the project came about after he and church members became aware that homeless LGBT youth were a major concern for their community. In April 2013, Dukes occupied an Englewood ...


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Wheaton College students release LGBT audio documentary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The stories of LGBT students and alumni of Wheaton College are featured in a new audio documentary More Than a Single Story. Created by senior Luke Vander Ploeg and sophomore Jordan-Ashley Barney, both straight allies, the project aims to educate and enlighten people who aren't LGBT-friendly through individual stories of LGBT student's experiences at Wheaton College as well as Wheaton ...


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Inside Lurie's Gender & Sex Development Program, Part two - The Sex Development Clinic - According to the Intersex Society of North America, the number of times a child is "born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, comes out to about 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 2,000 births." However, the society also notes that some children can be born with "subtler forms of sex-anatomy ...


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GLSEN to honor Champaign superintendent - An assistant superintendent in Illinois will be among those GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) will be honoring in New York on May 19. Dr. Laura Taylor—an assistant superintendent for Champaign Schools in Champaign, Illinois—will be honored as Educator of the Year. Previously, she served as principal of Urbana High School, where she used her background ...


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Educational program for LGBT youth planned - An educational program is being planned that will provide academic and other support services for LGBT at-risk youth, especially those living on the South Side. The initiative, to be known as the Lorde Rustin Education & Social Justice Program, is being spearheaded by Bishop James E. Dukes of Pentecostal Liberation Christian Center, 6810 S. Ashland Ave., in conjunction with Prologue, ...


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Chicago activist Agbobly, 16, among Courage Award Winners - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — The Colin Higgins Foundation today announced its 14th Annual Youth Courage Award winners including: Jacques Agbobly, 16, of Chicago, IL; Ashton Lee, 17, of Manteca, CA; and Edidiong "Didi" Adiakpan, 19, of San Antonio, TX. The winners are being recognized for their extraordinary personal leadership and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning ...


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Activist to LGBTQ youth: knowledge is power - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At the top of a narrow flight of stairs tucked amidst a busy line of restaurants and shops on West 26th Street in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood is one of two headquarters of Project VIDA. Visitors will immediately find the kind of welcome from staff and volunteers that is akin to that of a returning relative and the intoxicating smell ...


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LGBTQ youth summit looks at homelessness - Area youth, activists, service providers and other community members gathered May 2-5 for the 2014 Chicago Summit on LGBT Youth Homelessness, an event hosted by Windy City Times as a followup to its Generation Halsted series. LGBT youths actively participated in the summit from planning through the final reporting out. Young people were the main participants in sessions held May ...







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