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Millions-to-go-purple-to-stand-against-bullying-Oct-15

Millions to 'go purple' to stand against bullying Oct. 15 - From a press release - New York, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today launched the official countdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world accelerating acceptance of LGBT youth. Spirit Day, taking place on October 15, inspires millions of people around the world to wear ...


Springfield-bishop-implements-guidelines-for-Catholic-schools-

Springfield bishop implements guidelines for Catholic schools - Following a same-sex married couple attempting to enroll their child in an area Catholic school, Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has attempted to implement far-reaching agreements that would require parents of students to live within church guidelines, State Journal-Register reported Aug. 21. Among the requirements in the document are that families must tithe 8 percent of their income and ...


Project-Fierce-Chicago-buys-building-in-North-Lawndale

Project Fierce Chicago buys building in North Lawndale - PIt's all smiles these days at Project Fierce Chicago ( PFC ), but now the real work starts—and that's a good thing. Project Fierce Chicago—which promotes itself as a grassroots collective of radical social workers, youth advocates and other community members who are working together to establish community-driven, identity-affirming housing in Chicago—announced in late August that it had purchased a ...


Portland-Oregon-Catholic-school-to-protect-openly-gay-employees-

Portland, Oregon, Catholic school to protect openly gay employees - From press releases - Press release from DignityUSA: DignityUSA, the nation's foremost organization of LGBT Catholics, celebrates the decision of the Board and administration of St. Mary's Academy to add sexual orientation to their employment non-discrimination policy, and to welcome LGBT people, even if married or considering marriage, to their staff. The decision follows a community outcry after the Catholic school withdrew a job ...


Project-Fierce-buys-building-for-LGBTQ-youth-housing

Project Fierce buys building for LGBTQ youth housing - Chicago, IL —Project Fierce Chicago purchased a four-flat building on Chicago's Southwest side last week, that will eventually be home to LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. The group, comprised of independent advocates, social workers and community members, launched in 2013; the purchase of the building is the culmination of collective organizing and fundraising by dedicated volunteers. Renovation to prepare the ...


School-news-Campus-Pride-list-new-GBT-research-study

School news: Campus Pride list; new GBT research study - Wis., Ind. schools make Campus Pride list Campus Pride has released its list of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in the United States. For seven years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education. This is the first year Campus Pride has released a Top ...


-Alliances-Homecoming-to-honor-visionary-Safe-Schools-heroes

Alliance's Homecoming to honor visionary Safe Schools heroes - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( August 17, 2015 )— The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will host An Alliance Homecoming, on Sept. 25 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State St., with a VIP Reception at 5:30 p.m. and the general event at 7 p.m. The event features restaurant tastings, a silent auction, awards, dancing and drinks. Similar to the Alliance's ...


Purple-Tie-Affair-to-benefit-Youth-Empowerment-Performance-Project-

Purple Tie Affair to benefit Youth Empowerment Performance Project - E3 Radio is planning a party with a purpose. In 2013, Anna DeShawn founder of E3 Radio wanted to do something different to celebrate her birthday. She decided to start the Purple Tie Affair to raise money for her favorite nonprofits. Over the last two years the proceeds have gone to benefit Affinity Community Services, the Church Within a Church ...


Queer-Studies-minor-offered-at-WIU

Queer Studies minor offered at WIU - From a WIU News press release - MACOMB, IL — The field of queer studies is growing in importance nationwide, and to keep up with demands of academic programming that supports sex and gender diversity, Western Illinois University will begin offering a minor in queer studies beginning this fall. According to Merrill Cole, WIU English professor and creator of the minor, while the University has been a ...


Guide-for-helping-trans-students-released

Guide for helping trans students released - Five national organizations have introduced "Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools," a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all transgender students, kindergarten through 12th grade. The lead authors are Asaf Orr, the Transgender Youth Project staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian ...


-Treasurer-pushes-college-savings-accounts

Treasurer pushes college savings accounts - State treasurer Michael Frerichs is asking Illinois residents to make sure college savings plans are part of their back-to-school lists. A press release reads, in part, "For $25, anyone can open a college savings account. You do not need to be a parent. You do not even need to be related to the child." Accounts can be opened at IllinoisTreasurer.gov. ...


Youth-families-share-their-transTRUTH

Youth & families share their #transTRUTH - From a press release - TRUTH campaign launches to build storytelling movement for trans youth and supportive families Oakland, CA — Today, Transgender Law Center and GSA Network launched TRUTH, a national storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families to share their stories in their own words and in their own way. ...


Scout-leaders-laud-BSA-ruling-but-others-still-skeptical

Scout leaders laud BSA ruling, but others still skeptical - Many within the Boy Scouts of America ( BSA ) are excited to see the national organization lift its ban against gay troop leaders, but some rights-advocates say that BSA needs to require troops under the auspices of religious organizations—to whom the rule does not apply—to accept that requirement as well. BSA voted, on July 27, to change the rule. ...


Groups-want-common-college-app-to-ask-LGBT-questions

Groups want common college app to ask LGBT questions - From a press release - Campus Pride has signed onto a national letter to the Common Application requesting the addition of optional demographic questions related to gender identity and sexual orientation to its standard form. Campus Pride joins 24 other national education, LGBTQ and youth advocacy organizations in the formal request issued today. Full copy of the letter is available online atwww.campuspride.org/commonapp . The Common ...


Into-the-Lights-mixer-to-benefit-The-Crib

"Into the Lights" mixer to benefit The Crib - From a press release - On Aug. 22 UAW Local 551 will host the "Into the Lights" charity mixer to benefit a youth homeless shelter. "The Crib" primarily serves LGBT youth aged 18-24 and is operated by The Night Ministry. The Crib is open 7 days a week from 9pm-9am and is able to house up to twenty youth a night and also provides dinner, ...


Queer-trans-man-leaves-impact-at-Northwestern-and-beyond

Queer trans man leaves impact at Northwestern and beyond - Dr. Kai M. Green has crisscrossed the country, having been born and raised in Oakland, California, and then at age 15 moving to Massachusetts to attend an all-girls boarding school and then on to Williams College. Next it was off to Los Angeles to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California. And since last summer, Green has called ...


Prologue-Inc-holds-first-Freedom-Fest

Prologue Inc. holds first Freedom Fest - Prologue Inc. hosted its first-ever Freedom Fest at the Miracle Marina & Village on the Little Calumet River July 18. The free festival was attended by about 150 people and featured officials' remarks, an awards ceremony, an eco-art installation unveiling, local artisan booths and a Journey to Freedom boat tour of Underground Railroad sites, among other events. Founded in 1973, ...


Cyndi-Laupers-True-Colors-Make-A-Difference-Everyday-help-homeless-LGBT-

Cyndi Lauper's True Colors, Make A Difference Everyday help homeless LGBT - From a press release - New York, New York ( July 16, 2015 ) — M4D3, a dynamic social purpose online retailer, has partnered with the True Colors Fund to develop a shoe collection with a purpose. The True Colors and M4D3 shoe collection will benefit the True Colors Fund, a leading national organization co-founded by Cyndi Lauper in 2008. The organization works to end ...


Boy-Scouts-looks-ahead-to-vote-on-gay-leaders-

Boy Scouts looks ahead to vote on gay leaders - The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America [BSA], on July 27, will vote to ratify a measure that would allow gay adults to serve as scout leaders. The measure was approved unanimously July 13 by BSA's Executive Committee and comes in response to calls to dismantle the organization's ban on gay leaders. The organization has allowed gay ...


Ali-Forney-Center-to-break-ground-for-Bea-Arthur-Residence

Ali Forney Center to break ground for Bea Arthur Residence - From a press release - New York, NY, July 15, 2015 - On Monday, July 20, 2015, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed residence for homeless LGBT youth operated by the Ali Forney Center. In 2012 the New York City Council and the Manhattan Borough President awarded $3,300,000 for the renovation of a long vacant building owned by ...


-Senate-fails-to-pass-the-Student-Non-Discrimination-Act

Senate fails to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, in the first major vote on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) equality since the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, the Senate failed to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act ( SNDA ) - a bill that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human ...


Center-launches-youth-family-directory

Center launches youth/family directory - Center on Halsted has launched the LGBTQ Youth & Family Directory. Identified by the board of directors as a growing need in the community for these populations, the organization worked cross-departmentally to identify partner organizations and services catered to those in the LGBTQ community. The youth sections specifically highlight services and programming in legal, employment, housing and health care. LGBTQ ...


Catholic-school-under-fire-for-terminating-married-lesbian-teacher-

Catholic school under fire for terminating married lesbian teacher - From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today condemned another Catholic school firing of a valued LGBT employee as evidence of the church's continuing efforts to punish workers who have legalized their unions. Philadelphia-area teacher Margie Winters was fired ...


2015-Action-Camp-for-gay-straight-alliances-is-its-largest-ever-

2015 Action Camp, for gay-straight alliances, is its largest ever - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The third-annual Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( ISSA ) Action Camp, running July 14-17, is the largest ever, and promises to once again be an emotional event for teens and counselors alike. The four-day sleepover camp attracted 30 teens for the inaugural event and 50 last year. There are 63 registered this year, with students from ISSA's network of about ...


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 ...


Chapin-Hall-seeks-national-estimate-understanding-of-homeless-youth-

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 ...


Windy-City-Times-hosts-30-Under-30-Awards

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 ...


16th-annual-30-Under-30-Honoring-the-best

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 ...


LGBT-council-members-promise-citywide-focus

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 ...


The-Night-Ministry-hosts-annual-gala

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 ...


Theater-news-New-ATC-artistic-director-High-school-theater-award-

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 ...


Sexual-minority-young-adults-at-higher-risk-of-suicide-prejudice-contributes

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 ...


DHS-Committee-holds-hearing-on-education-czars-salary-funding-

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 ...


Gender-bender-scholar-talks-activism-her-arrest-and-race

'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, ...


LGBT-homelessness-training-Bilingual-trans-history-Black-lesbian-history-survey

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 ...


Over-700-asylum-wins-celebrated-at-Safe-Haven-Awards-

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 ...


Girl-Scouts-include-transgender-girls-

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 ...


Illinois-Legislative-Black-Caucus-Remember-youth-when-drafting-budget

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 ...


DIVERSIONS-Shedd-opens-exhibit-on-amphibians-

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 ...


LGBTQ-and-Allies-prom-biggest-one-yet

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 ...


Childrens-Museum-hosts-All-Families-Matter-event

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 ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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#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. ...


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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 ...







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