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US-rep-keynotes-higher-education-event

U.S. rep keynotes higher-education event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. David Cicilline was the keynote speaker at the "LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education: Shaping Our Futures" conference hosted by LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education June 27 at Chicago's Adler University. LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education began in 2010 and its mission is, according to its website, "to advance effective leadership in the realm of post-secondary education, support professional ...


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Chapin Hall seeks national estimate, understanding of homeless youth - From a press release - Chicago — June 25, 2015 - With headlines across the country calling attention to a growing population of homeless youth, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is launching Voices of Youth Count, a multi-year original research and policy effort designed to understand how many unaccompanied homeless and runaway youth there are in the United States, create a clear and ...


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Windy City Times hosts 30 Under 30 Awards - Passionate speeches were the theme of the night during the 16th annual Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards June 24 at the Center on Halsted. MCs were Kirk Williamson and Jerry Nunn, and contest coordinator was Andrew Davis. The event is hosted and curated by Windy City Times. Co-sponsors were AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House and Center on ...


-City-Treasurer-hosts-discussion-on-youth-homeless-issues

City Treasurer hosts discussion on youth homeless issues - Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers hosted an LGBTQ Pride Week event with Windy City Times newspaper, Tuesday, June 23 in the South Loop. The event featured a discussion on LGBT issues, including youth homelessness. Summers and his staff joined in the discussion about how the treasurer's office can impact community development and policy issues. Summers especially focused on the two ...


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16th annual 30 Under 30: Honoring the best - HONORING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST INDIVIDUALS IN CHICAGO'S LGBTQQIA+ YOUTH COMMUNITY WED., JUNE 24, 5:30 PM RECEPTION/6 PM EVENT, CENTER ON HALSTED, 3656 N. HALSTED ST. FREE EVENT. CATERING BY POLO CAFE & CATERING. HOSTED BY KIRK WILLIAMSON & JERRY NUNN L'Oreal Bailey L'Oreal Bailey, 29, is a lifelong resident of the West Side of Chicago. L'Oreal holds ...


Study-Social-support-networks-important-to-LGBT-youth-adjustment

Study: Social support networks important to LGBT youth adjustment - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO — JUNE 23, 2015 — The need to prevent stigma-related health risks for LGBT youth and young adults — including mental health, substance abuse, suicide, homelessness and sexual health risks — calls for developing low cost options that promote well-being and increase connectedness. A new study from the Family Acceptance Project that examined the role of family, peers ...


LGBTQ-higher-ed-leaders-to-convene-for-first-of-its-kind-conference

LGBTQ higher-ed leaders to convene for first-of-its-kind conference - When Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., arrived in Chicago from Hawaii in order to assume the role of president at Chicago's Adler University in 2003, one of the first calls that he made was to Charles R. "Chuck" Middleton, who had become president of Roosevelt University one year earlier. Crossman told Windy City Times that, at the time, he didn't know ...


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LGBT council members promise citywide focus - Members of the newly formed LGBT caucus of the Chicago City Council gathered June 17 shortly after the council's monthly meeting to discuss their upcoming work and laud the fact that a diverse swath of constituents would be represented by the caucus' five members. Among those present were all five openly LGBT Chicago councilmembers: Alds. Raymond Lopez ( 15th ), ...


ACLU-sues-over-discriminatory-transgender-school-restroom-policy-

ACLU sues over discriminatory transgender school restroom policy - From a press release - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. The case was filed on behalf of ...


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The Night Ministry hosts annual gala - More than 450 guests attended The Night Ministry's 2015 Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction June 4 at The Standard Club to recognize several groups who share a commitment to serving those who experience poverty and homelessness in Chicago. Attendees raised more than $400,000 to address adult and youth homelessness. Laurie McCollum and Carl Warschausky, president and CEO ...


Study-LGBTQ-overrepresented-among-youth-experiencing-homelessness-

Study: LGBTQ overrepresented among youth experiencing homelessness - From a Williams Institute and True Colors Fund press release - LOS ANGELES — LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ youth experience many similar issues leading to homelessness, but some of these issues are estimated by agency staff to be exacerbated for LGBTQ youth, according to a report released today by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and the True Colors Fund. The study, titled "Serving Our Youth 2015: The ...


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Theater news: New ATC artistic director; High school theater award - Metzgar named ATC's artistic director American Theater Company's (ATC's) board of directors has named respected Chicago artist Bonnie Metzgar as its interim artistic director, effective immediately. Metzgar, the former artistic director of About Face Theatre, had an ongoing relationship with ATC, including directing the documentary play Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith earlier this season. The board also ...


School-districts-issue-pro-trans-protections-

School districts issue pro-trans protections - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Media Matters has collected the pro-transgender measures and developments involving 17 school districts across the nation in an effort to refute what it calls "the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior." Regarding Illinois, the article cites a 2006 development in which the state amended its Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in ...


LUCHA-holds-housing-fair-for-LGBTQ-youth

LUCHA holds housing fair for LGBTQ youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Latin United Community Housing Association ( LUCHA ) hosted its first Bringing Resources Home Fair for LGBTQ youth at Northeastern Illinois University El Centro. Twelve community agencies participated in the event. Resources includes included housing, case management, HIV testing, women health services, tenants rights and civil rights. Due to an extremely low turnout, the day turned into a networking ...


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Sexual minority young adults at higher risk of suicide; prejudice contributes - From a press release - Central Michigan University associate professor of sociology Elbert Almazan's research indicates suicide risk is more prevalent among lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults.? "Sexual minorities are persons who have a same-sex romantic or sexual attraction; have experienced same-sex romantic or sexual behavior; or have a same-sex sexual identity such as lesbian, gay or bisexual," Almazan said. "Because sexual minorities are ...


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DHS Committee holds hearing on education czar's salary funding - Members of the House Appropriations Human Services Committee met with an official of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on June 4 about why a staffer in the governor's office is being paid out of the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget. Richard Goldberg, Rauner's deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs, appeared before the committee at the Capitol in Springfield ...


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'Gender-bender' scholar talks activism, her arrest and race - Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest—philosopher, scholar, former professor, poet and artivist performer—was a guest lecturer this past April at Illinois State University ( ISU ) and Southern Illinois University ( SIU ), where she gave a speech entitled, "Peculiar Requests for Peculiar Bodies: Black Lives Matter, [Trans] Gendered Violence, Disability, and Women in the Post-racial, Post-sexist Present." A self-described mixed-blood person, ...


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LGBT homelessness training; Bilingual trans history; Black lesbian history survey - Survey on Black lesbian history Longtime Chicago lesbian activist and historian Melvyna Gaynor is seeking survey respondents for her new history project. She would like people to answer the questions below to help us compile data essential to producing a video documentary on the Black LGBT community in Chicago from 1970 until today. Email awareone7@yahoo.com for more information. Homelessness training ...


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Over 700 asylum wins celebrated at Safe Haven Awards - From a press release - New York, NY. — Immigration Equality hosted its signature fundraising event, the Safe Haven Awards, at the iconic New-York Historical Society on May 21, 2015. Over 400 of the non-profit's supporters, clients and activists united to honor LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. The organization celebrated its accomplishments over the last year, which includes over 700 asylum wins. More than $450,000 was ...


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Girl Scouts include transgender girls - The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is an organization that welcomes transgender girls. The group's guidance on serving transgender girls, on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page, was actually publicized four years ago. The page ( http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith/faqs.asp#a5 ) states: "Q: What is Girl Scouts' position on serving transgender youth? "A: Girl Scouts is proud to be the ...


UK-YouTube-sensation-Pop-N-Olly-launch-LGBT-videos-for-children

UK YouTube sensation Pop 'N' Olly launch LGBT videos for children - From a press release - London, UK. May 20, 2015 — A gay fairytale romance is the latest story amongst Pop'n'Olly's educational videos for young children. The Youtube channel, created by presenter Olly Pike, is a free resource which provides educational establishments with media involving LGBT themes. "I feel the best way to battle discrimination for future generations is to start with children" says Pike ...


Homeless-youth-and-reproductive-justice

Homeless youth and reproductive justice - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In the early '90s a group of women of color came together to caucus at a primarily white pro-choice conference here in Chicago. Obviously abortion was the theme and primary agenda. Abortion legalized in 1973 ensured that a woman had the right to determine whether she wanted to parent or not. Yet, in the '90s most women impacted by the ...


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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus: Remember youth when drafting budget - From a press release - Springfield — A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab revealed that summer youth employment initiatives supported by members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus resulted in a decreased amount violent crime during summer months. Violence prevention programs provided jobs for thousands of at-risk youth during the summer months. Participants held a variety of jobs, ranging from ...


Therapeutic-Fraud-Prevention-Act-introduced-to-block-conversion-therapy

Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act introduced to block conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, May 19, 2015 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) applauds U.S. Congressman Ted W. Lieu's introduction of the Therapeutic Fraud Act, the first nationwide bill that would protect LGBT people from the dangers of conversion therapy. Lieu announced the bill this morning at a press conference attended by survivors of conversion therapy, members of ...


Chicago-Youth-Storage-Initiative-issues-report-recommendations

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative issues report, recommendations - From a press release - CHICAGO — Health outcomes, safety, the ability to access needed services, and social well-being are all influenced by the inability to safely store belongings, according to the final report of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. The report was released May 19 to Chicago-area youth agencies and funders. The needs assessment and recommendations ...


Chicago-Youth-Storage-Initiative-issues-report-recommendations

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative issues report, recommendations - From a press release - CHICAGO — Health outcomes, safety, the ability to access needed services, and social well-being are all influenced by the inability to safely store belongings, according to the final report of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. The report was released May 19 to Chicago-area youth agencies and funders. The needs assessment and recommendations ...


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DIVERSIONS Shedd opens exhibit on amphibians - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an exhibit it calls "toadally ribbiting," Shedd Aquarium has opened "Amphibians." The exhibit, which runs through 2017 and which Walgreens is sponsoring, features 40 species of salamanders, frogs, toads and wormlike caecilians. Some parts of the exhibit are interactive, while other areas showcase animals such as tadpoles, sirens, an African bullfrog, the cane toad ( which weighs up to ...


Queer-Prom-marks-10th-anniversary

Queer Prom marks 10th anniversary - On May 15, The National Museum of Mexican Art hosted "Queer Prom 2015," a celebratory 10th-anniversary event aimed at LGBTQ youth of color. The event featured a buffet dinner, live performances, a tabling section for organizations that serve and support LGBTQ youth, onsite HIV testing and a dance party. The dry event played host to LGBTQ youth who are currently ...


-Feigenholtz-commends-scout-for-courageous-stance-on-equality-

Feigenholtz commends scout for courageous stance on equality - From a press release - Statement from State Representative Sara Feigenholtz Chicago, Ill. — State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, expressed her admiration for David Fite, the soon-to-be decorated Eagle Scout, on the completion of his Eagle rank assignment. Fite tied the last fabric strip onto the colorful fence outside of Nettelhorst Elementary School, located in the 12th district that Feigenholtz represents. "David chose this ...


Teen-Eagle-Scouts-projects-focuses-on-LGBT-community-

Teen Eagle Scout's projects focuses on LGBT community - To achieve Eagle Scout status, 15-year-old David Fite decided to do a project consisting of two events focusing on the LGBTQ community. They will take place at two locations, Nettlehorst Elementary School on Friday, May 15, and the Center on Halsted a month later on Wed., June 17. According to Fite, Eagle Scout projects are designed to give back to ...


Giovanni-and-Brackett-to-get-GSU-honorary-degrees

Giovanni and Brackett to get GSU honorary degrees - From a press release - Two innovative communicators who connect the troubles and concerns of modern America to the day-to-day lives of its people are the recipients of Honorary Degrees from Governors State University. The honorees—poet, writer, and educator Nikki Giovanni, and journalist and author Elizabeth Brackett— "exemplify GSU's values: education, civic engagement, and the search for truth," said GSU President Elaine P. Maimon. "Each ...


Trans-student-petitions-for-gender-neutral-accommodations

Trans student petitions for gender-neutral accommodations - Round Lake High School student Jonas Valentine—who came out as transgender earlier this year—has lobbied for more gender-neutral accommodations at the school, The Chicago Tribune reported. "What happened was, when I came out [as male], they pretty much isolated me off to the teachers' locker room to get changed for gym and to use the restroom. It's just for the ...


Rainbow-Train-on-track-to-childrens-gender-expression

'Rainbow Train' on track to children's gender expression - Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter and music educator Chana Rothman may look like she lives a mainstream life with a male partner, her 4 and 2 year-old sons and a baby on the way. However, she plays an unconventional tune, which has gone into her first children's album, Rainbow Train. Rothman grew up in Toronto, Canada. Her musical track began at 14, when ...


UIC-holds-ninth-annual-Lavender-Graduation

UIC holds ninth annual Lavender Graduation - By Chuck Kramer - On April 29, the UIC ( University of Illinois at Chicago ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) held its annual culminating ceremony at the Forum to honor the academic achievements of LGBTQ students and their allies at the school. This celebratory event brought together students, faculty, staff and administration from across the university as well as families and ...


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LGBTQ and Allies prom biggest one yet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The students from high schools across Chicago who journeyed to Northside College Prep on the evening of May 1 discovered their heart's desire was no farther than their own backyard. From wall to wall, the Emerald City of Oz had been conjured in the school's gymnasium by Northside's students for the annual LGBTQ & Allies Prom. Instead of the green-tinted ...


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Children's Museum hosts All Families Matter event - The Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ), located at Navy Pier, kicked off two months of All Families Matter programming, as part of its commitment to ensure the museum serves the needs of LGBT-led families and gender non-conforming children, with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) at the museum Sunday, May 3. The event included music and lots of ...


President-Obama-speaks-on-National-Foster-Care-Month

President Obama speaks on National Foster Care Month - NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, 2015 A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA /B> At the heart of the American story is the simple truth that all children should have a fair chance at success, no matter who they are or where they come from. Central to this promise of opportunity are the love and support of ...


Gay-student-battles-cancer-but-set-to-graduate-college

Gay student battles cancer but set to graduate college - Roy Lucas Coker was "frozen in disbelief" when he heard the news, which came as complete shock. Doctors, on Dec. 17, 2013, told Coker that he had a mass in his liver, colon and possibly his kidney. A few days later, after some test results came back, his kidney was not an issue. But Coker learned he had a 60-percent ...


Childrens-museum-to-host-equality-event

Children's museum to host equality event - To commemorate International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) the Chicago Children's Museum will be holding an all day event for LGBT families and their allies on Sunday, May 3, at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier. "In 2011, a group of eight staff at Chicago Children's Museum founded an initiative called 'All Families Matter' to ensure the museum ...


LGBTQ-Leaders-in-Higher-Education-June-26-28

'LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education' June 26-28 - "LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education: Shaping Our Futures" will take place June 26-28 in Chicago. The intended audience for this first-of-its-kind conference is LGBTQ administrators in higher education, as well as early professionals considering or desiring to be administrators. The conference is the first presented by LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education, an organization begun in 2010 that now has a ...


Gender-Fusions-explores-the-Galaxy-

Gender Fusions explores the 'Galaxy' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While many people were glued to their televisions watching the Bruce Jenner interview, Columbia College Chicago LGBT Students, in coordination with the Office of LGBTQ Culture & Community, held its 11th annual event Gender Fusions. Gender Fusions is an annual night of queer performances and community dialogue, spoken word, dance, song, drag and burlesque within a context of creative and ...


Chicago-Childrens-Museum-shows-commitment-to-LGBT-families

Chicago Children's Museum shows commitment to LGBT families - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 24, 2015 — Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of All Families Matter programming, as part of its ongoing commitment to ensure the museum serves the needs of LGBT-led families and gender non-conforming children, with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) at the museum on Sunday, May 3, 2015. All children ages 15 ...


Upon-entering-school-LGBTs-of-color-face-lifelong-risk-of-poverty

Upon entering school, LGBTs of color face lifelong risk of poverty - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— A new report released today documents how systemic failures to protect certain students, recognize modern families, and protect people from discrimination drive and trap lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty. Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color examines the economic insecurity experienced ...


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

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - [NOTE: Update: Deadline extended to April 24.] 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, 2015, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, ...


Night-of-Noise-puts-LGBTQ-youth-issues-on-blast

Night of Noise puts LGBTQ youth issues on blast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Unzipping the lip, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ended the Day of Silence with the 14th annual Night of Noise on April 17 at the Thompson Center. The Day of Silence is a day at school when students, teachers, school administrators and other supporters across the country protest with silence to bring awareness of the effects of LGBTQA bullying. The Alliance ...


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750 Club donors adopt first apartment - CHICAGO-The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, a new Chicago effort launched in December to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing, has announced the first apartment adoption. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club is named for the average monthly rental amount utilized ...


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First apartment for youth adopted by 750 Club - From a 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project press release - CHICAGO-The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, a new Chicago effort launched in December to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing, has announced the first apartment adoption. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club is named for the average monthly rental amount utilized ...


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YEPP marks fourth anniversary with 'ALIVE' - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) celebrated its 4th anniversary, "4th YEPPiversary: ALIVE," on April 9 at 835 W. Addison Ave. The night's celebration included performances from past ensemble members and the guest artist, house/dance music recording artist RaShaan Houston. Also, new ensemble members were introduced. La Tony emceed the event. The program, "Proposal for Life," was created through ...


Resolution-asks-states-to-protect-LGBT-youth-from-conversion-therapy

Resolution asks states to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy - From an NCLR press release - ( San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2015 )—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier ( CA-14th ) introduced the "Stop Harming Our Kids" ( SHOK ) Resolution of 2015, calling on states to pass laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity. Congresswoman ...


BornPerfect-event-raises-awareness-of-conversion-therapy-

#BornPerfect event raises awareness of conversion therapy - About 125 people attended a rally calling for an end to conversion therapy practices on LGBT minors in Illinois April 9 at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). The "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy in Illinois" rally sprung from the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) #BornPerfect campaign that was launched in June 2014. ...


WIU-survey-includes-LGBTQ-info-for-students

WIU survey includes LGBTQ info for students - From a press release - MACOMB, IL — During Summer 2014 orientation and registration sessions, incoming Western Illinois University students were asked about their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, making WIU among the first universities to directly ask students about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. According to Craig Tollini, chair of the University Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression ( UCOSOGIE ), having this ...


Equality-Illinois-summit-ponders-youth-related-issues

Equality Illinois summit ponders youth-related issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The challenges facing LGBT youth were among the issues highlighted at Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Summit on March 20-21. Jane Clementi, who continues mourning the loss of her 18-year-old son, Tyler, stressed the need to combat bullying. Tyler jumped from the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after his roommate broadcast an encounter with his boyfriend online. But, there's more to ...


-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliance-to-host-LGBTQA-youth-Night-of-Noise

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to host LGBTQA youth Night of Noise - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, Mar. 23, 2015—The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will be hosting the 14th Night of Noise at 5:30 pm on April 17 at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street. Hundreds of Gay/Straight Alliance ( GSA ) students from schools across Chicago will gather to conclude the Day of Silence, which protests the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...


LGBTQ-Poverty-Collaborative-hosts-Chicago-meeting

LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative hosts Chicago meeting - The LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative, a new national network of individuals and organizations fighting economic disparities, hosted a forum for Chicago-area foundations March 26 at the offices of Clark Hill PLC. Reverend Stan Sloan, CEO of Chicago House and Social Service Agency, has working on this national poverty visibility effort for the past couple of years. This collaborative will have a ...


Q-YES-to-host-panel-on-Latin-issues

Q-YES to host panel on Latin@ issues - Wesley United Methodist Church of Cicero's Queer Youth Exploring Spirituality ( Q-YES ) group will be hosting a community strategy session, "Latin@ LGBTQA United For Action," Saturday, March 28, 12-3 p.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church in Cicero. This will be the third Latin@ community strategy session of its kind. ALMA Chicago hosted the first session in July 2014 and ...


ALMA-names-recipients-of-Young-Latino-Leaders-for-Creating-Change-scholarship

ALMA names recipients of Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) has announced the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship: Alfredo Flores and Roberto Mendez. The scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latino and/or allies to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the largest LGBTQ conference in the country. They ...


New-BYC-location-among-Howard-Brown-meeting-announcements

New BYC location among Howard Brown meeting announcements - Video coveraage - A future permanent home to Broadway Youth Center was just one of the announcements issued by Howard Brown Health Center at its 2015 annual meeting, held March 23 at its flagship Brown Elephant Location, 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue. The event celebrated the agency's 40th anniversary. HBHC is launching a "planning process" so that BYC will ultimately move into the second ...


GLSEN-releases-Illinois-data-from-National-School-Climate-Survey

GLSEN releases Illinois data from National School Climate Survey - GLSEN ( Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) released its eighth biennial National School Climate Survey report late last year. The report and subsequent state snapshot results—which were release last week—includes information about LGBT student's experiences in middle and high schools across the country along with demographic and school characteristic differences and information about changes in school climate over ...


DG-anger-many-celebrities-respond

D&G anger many; celebrities respond - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana made some statements about same-sex families that have caused a firestorm of controversy, The Huffington Post noted. According to translations, the pair—who dated for 23 years and broke up in 2005—stated that babies born through in vitro fertilization are "children of chemistry, ...


-Rep-Cassidy-moving-bill-to-ban-conversion-therapy-on-children

Rep. Cassidy moving bill to ban conversion therapy on children - From a press release - Mental health organizations release statement highlighting risk of suicide and severe trauma State Representative Kelly Cassidy will be calling HB 217 for a vote in committee today, seeking to prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy, a practice deemed disastrous for the well being of children by every prominent mental health organization. "This archaic form of so-called treatment is based on an ...


Online-college-fair-March-19-to-focus-on-LGBTQAs

Online college fair March 19 to focus on LGBTQAs - Campus Pride and GLSEN will host the first-ever online college fair specifically focused on helping LGBTQA students find a college or university that is inclusive and supportive. The fair will take place Thursday, March 19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CT. ( College representatives will be available 12:30-5 p.m. ) More than 50 colleges, universities and supporters, including Duke University, New Mexico ...


-Illinois-youth-leaders-lobby-on-conversion-therapy-ban

Illinois youth leaders lobby on conversion therapy ban - From a press release - Youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health will be meeting with their legislators in Springfield March 24 to advocate for the rights and health of young people, regardless of identity. Specifically, the youth leaders, ages 16-24, are standing in opposition to conversion therapy and asking for a repeal of the dangerous Parental Notification of Abortion Law in Illinois. ...


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

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - From a press release - [Update: Last call for Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards. Deadline Friday, April 24. Individuals, organizations, co-workers, etc. can nominate a person by emailing Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com or faxed to Andrew Davis' attention to 773-871-7609. Self-nominations are welcome. CHICAGO—Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 ...


LGBT-club-at-Michigan-university-in-rift-with-school

LGBT club at Michigan university in rift with school - A simple charity fundraising bake sale has triggered a major gay-related debate at Andrews University, the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist school system and the largest evangelical Christian college or university in Michigan. Eliel Cruz helped start Aull4one four years ago with a faculty sponsor. He was president of the club for three years and passed the torch to ...


Rauner-cuts-hit-anti-bullying-programs

Rauner cuts hit anti-bullying programs - Among the budget cuts handed down in the Feb. 18 budget from Gov. Bruce Rauner was the elimination of funding for programs that stem school bullying. "There's so little rhyme or reason to this," said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who was chief House sponsor of SB 5707, passed in 2014, which implemented a number of anti-bullying initiatives. She called the ...


Portal-looks-at-gay-parenting-conversion-therapy

Portal looks at gay parenting, conversion therapy - A new research portal focused on public policy issues has chosen gay parenting and conversion therapy as its first topics of interest. Nathaniel Frank, one of the What We Know portal's founders, worked for a decade at the Palm Center doing research advocacy work on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and he said he saw first hand the part research advocacy ...


Gay-Wheaton-College-student-makes-waves

Gay Wheaton College student makes waves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Justin Massey entered Wheaton College almost four years ago he never imagined being out as a gay man while on campus much less taking on a leadership role within the college's LGBT community. Massey, a 21-year-old senior political science major, grew up in Orange County California and attended Dana Hills High School. He was very involved in the evangelical ...


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Latin School teacher devotes entire week to gay history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every year the Latin School of Chicago hosts a project week where students explore a topic in-depth and for the first time students have the choice to learn about gay history and issues. The brainchild of history teacher David Fript, "Gay Activism: The Plague Years" will focus on mid to late 20th century gay activism with a good deal of ...


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Entrepreneurs event hosted for youth - Windy City Times, StartOut, Center on Halsted and MB Financial Bank hosted a one-day seminar on entrepreneurship Feb. 28. About two dozen LGBTQ and allied youth worked alongside MBA students and other volunteers, discussing ideas and the "how-to" of starting and running your own business. Some of the youth came through Chicago-area organizations that help those who are unstably housed. ...


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Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in the world has the talented Alfre Woodard attending an all day event. She is not only an award-winning actress but a producer and political ...


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Youth homelessness behind teaming of AFC, Vida/SIDA - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Vida/SIDA—a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC )—are teaming on a new initiative, El Rescate 2.0, to help HIV positive homeless youth get a new lease on life. This isn't the first time that the AFC and Vida/SIDA has worked together on an initiative. AFC provides case management ...


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ACLU urges federal court to force DCFS changes - From a press release - CHICAGO — Citing risk of harm to thousands of children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ), the ACLU of Illinois has asked a federal judge to order DCFS to jump-start reforms at the agency. The request to the court comes after more than four months of unsuccessful negotiations during which the ...


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Muslim youth group condemns shooting in Copenhagen - From a press release - Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ( AMYA ), an auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, categorically condemns today's unconscionable shooting in Copenhagen and offers its prayers and support for the citizens of Denmark and all peace-loving people around the world. "We are deeply pained to know that another shooting has taken place," said Dr. Bilal Rana, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim ...


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Study: Coming as LGBT in school contributes to well-beling - From a press release - FEBRUARY 9, 2015 — A timely new study has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) youth who come out at school report more positive adjustment as young adults and have significantly lower levels of depression with higher levels of self-esteem and life satisfaction, compared with LGBT youth who did not disclose or who concealed their sexual ...


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Kirk co-sponsors safe-schools act - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act ( SSIA ) Jan. 29, according to a press release from education organization GLSEN. The bill would require all public K-12 schools to enact fully inclusive anti-bullying policies that have specific protections against bullying and harassment of all students. Local school districts would ...







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