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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 ...


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 ...


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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


First-apartment-for-youth-adopted-by-750-Club

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 ...


YEPP-marks-fourth-anniversary-with-ALIVE

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 ...


Latin-School-teacher-devotes-entire-week-to-gay-history

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 ...


Entrepreneurs-event-hosted-for-youth

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. ...


Alfre-Woodard-talks-State-of-Affairs-before-local-benefit

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 ...


Youth-homelessness-behind-teaming-of-AFC-Vida-SIDA

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 ...


ACLU-urges-federal-court-to-force-DCFS-changes

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 ...


Muslim-youth-group-condemns-shooting-in-Copenhagen

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 ...


Study-Coming-as-LGBT-in-school-contributes-to-well-beling

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 ...


Kirk-co-sponsors-safe-schools-act

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 ...


Apartment-Adoption-Projects-starts-for-homeless-Chicago-youth

Apartment Adoption Projects starts for homeless Chicago youth - CHICAGO—The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project has launched in Chicago to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted earlier in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club aims to provide additional scattered-site housing to unstably housed youth who are in school or working at ...


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PBS series includes 'Limited Partnership' and 'Homestretch' - A film about a couple's decades-long fight for the right to marry and a documentary about homeless Chicago youths are in the line-up of PBS' Independent Lens' winter/spring 2015 season. Limited Partnership, which will air June 15, centers on a gay couple's 40-year fight for the right to marry in the United States. The Homestretch, which will run April 13, ...


Lambda-Legal-on-nomination-of-Rev-Meeks-as-Chair-IL-State-Board-of-Education-

Lambda Legal on nomination of Rev. Meeks as Chair, IL State Board of Education - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, January 23, 2015 ) — In response to Governor Rauner's nomination of Reverend James Meeks as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education, Christopher Clark, Counsel and Youth and Schools Program Strategist for Lambda Legal, released the following statement: "Keeping LGBTQ students safe in school and protecting their right to a fair and equal education is ...


Performance-series-highlights-youth-seniors-LGBTQ-isolation-

Performance series highlights youth, seniors, LGBTQ isolation - From a press release - Many in the LGBTQ community are or have at one point experienced loneliness or isolation because of how they identify. As a community-based organization, Center on Halsted tackles this need through providing programs, services, and space for individuals to commune and live powerfully in supportive inclusive environments. In a new collaboration with About Face Theatre, Center on Halsted is hosting ...


Community-responds-to-Rauners-nomination-of-Meeks-as-ISBE-Chair-

Community responds to Rauner's nomination of Meeks as ISBE Chair - Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (ISSA) and a coalition of organizations have joined together to challenge the nomination of former state Sen. Rev. James Meeks as the chairman of the state School Board. Gov. Bruce Rauner named Meeks for the post Jan. 10. In a Jan. 20 statement, ISSA LGBTQA Youth Engagement Manager Lawrence Carter questioned Rauner's commitment to education by ...


-National-roundup-Pol-backs-Leelah-GLSENs-week-gay-Nikon-ad

National roundup: Pol backs Leelah; GLSEN's week; gay Nikon ad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cincinnati, Ohio, the city's first openly gay councilman is offering his support to youth who are struggling with being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the Associated Press reported. Chris Seelbach has been speaking out following the apparent suicide of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn in southwest Ohio. "You can because you're exactly who you're supposed to be," Seelbach has ...


Shimer-College-president-talks-about-worst-college-label

Shimer College president talks about 'worst college' label - "There's no such thing as bad publicity."—P.T. Barnum; author, publisher, philanthropist, politician, and perhaps best known as the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. Shimer College—a small liberal arts college in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood that was established in 1853 and boasts a unique academic program—has been under an unwanted national spotlight since last September. Shimer was tagged "the worst ...


YEPP-event-features-Crys-Matthews

YEPP event features Crys Matthews - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 10, the Unitarian Church of Evanston hosted a benefit performance and dinner for YEPP ( Youth Empowerment Performance Project ) featuring a concert from out singer/songwriter Crys Matthews. YEPP works with homeless LGBTQ youth in yearlong "cycles" to help evolve personal experiences and identities into theatrical performance pieces. Once the pieces are set, YEPP then tours the show ...


-National-roundup-Indiana-gay-straight-alliance-gay-panic-bill

National roundup: Indiana gay-straight alliance; 'gay panic' bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of three students at North Putnam High School who have been denied the right to form a gay-straight alliance ( GSA ) club during non-instructional time at school, claiming the school's denial violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution, a press release stated. ( ...


Local-teens-giving-campaign-

Local teen's giving campaign - Local gay teen Naheige Lewis was among the first youths to deliver VING checks to a deserving person in their life. Each person received $1,000 to give away and Lewis chose Kristin Trammell, his best friend's mom. "She's a very important woman in my life. It's not just that she's my best friend's mom she's a great support to me ...


EDITORIAL-Unconditional

EDITORIAL Unconditional - Growing up, my family was a bit unorthodox, on multiple levels. At the same time it was the best of what a family can be. The love was unconditional. I have been thinking about that word a lot this year. As I delve deep into the issues of homeless LGBTQ youth, I often hear the youth say that what they ...


Childrens-book-about-embracing-differences

Children's book about embracing differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Craig Pomranz noticed that his godson seemed anxious one night when he was putting him to bed. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing him anxiety, Pomranz said his godson asked, "Is there such a thing as a tomgirl?" "I just thought out of the mouths of babes," Pomranz said. "We are such a misogynistic society ...


School-board-member-causes-controversy-with-anti-gay-remarks

School board member causes controversy with anti-gay remarks - A Warren Township High School District 121 board member, on Dec. 11, apologized for comments she made about the possibility of a gay or lesbian school superintendent, but said that she would not step down over the matter, NBC-5 reported. In a public meeting Dec. 2 in Gurney, Liz Biondi said, "I'm concerned that if we hired someone that we ...


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EI wants Warren Township School board member to resign - Equality Illinois is calling for the resignation of Warren Township High School District 121 Board member Liz Biondi for suggesting that the search for a new school superintendent exclude gay or lesbian candidates, thereby violating the clear Illinois law prohibiting discrimination against gay and lesbian job candidates. At a public meeting of the board on Dec. 2, 2014 in Gurnee, ...


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Intergenerational 'Vives Q' takes place at renowned museum - The third and final edition of Vives Q for 2014 took place Dec. 2 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in front of an enthusiastic and packed crowd that included supportive families, engaged children, queer youth, drag queens, and one mayoral candidate. The symposium/show was designed as an intergenerational space, with LGBT trailblazers of color engaging with LGBT youth ...


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Evanston Unitarian church hosts panel on youth homelessness - LGBT youth homelessness was the topic of a panel discussion at the Unitarian Church of Evanston Dec. 5. Alex J. ( AJ ) Segneri, executive director at Foundation for a United Front and Unitarian Church of Evanston Rainbow Alliance member, served as the moderator. Panelists included Rev. Aidan McCormack ( community and congregational relations coordinator at the Night Ministry ), ...


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Evanston church, Crys Matthews to benefit youth - From a press release - Evanston, IL, December 5, 2014— Friday January 10th at 7:00 pm the Unitarian Church of Evanston will host singer songwriter Crys Matthews in a concert to benefit Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ). Crys Matthews is a blend of American, folk, funk, blues and jazz and with influences ranging from Otis Redding all the way to Ani DiFranco. In ...


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Apartment Adoption Project starts for homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - CHICAGO — The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project is launching this week in Chicago to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted earlier in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club aims to provide additional scattered-site housing to unstably housed youth who are in ...


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Coming up: Homeless LGBT youth panel; World AIDS Day at Center - Homeless LGBT youth panel Dec. 5 The Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., will host a panel discussion on LGBT youth homelessness on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The format includes 45 minutes of questions that Alex J. Segneri, executive director at Foundation for a United Front, will moderate. Then, there will be a 45-minute Q&A involving the audience. The event ...


The-Homestretch-A-movement-to-end-youth-homelessness

'The Homestretch': A movement to end youth homelessness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The increasing amount of young people in the United States experiencing homelessness, including school-aged children, is nothing less than a national crisis. Yet, these homeless youth—sleeping in parks and cars, couch-surfing, and staying in hotels or other very temporary and often unsafe places—often go unseen. They go unnoticed. But now with the national release of a new documentary film, The ...







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