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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 ...


EI-wants-Warren-Township-School-board-member-to-resign

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, ...


Intergenerational-Vives-Q-takes-place-at-renowned-museum-

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 ...


Evanston-Unitarian-church-hosts-panel-on-youth-homelessness

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 ), ...


Evanston-church-Crys-Matthews-to-benefit-youth-

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 ...


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

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 ...


Coming-up-Homeless-LGBT-youth-panel-World-AIDS-Day-at-Center

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 ...


Holiday-gift-guide-to-new-LGBTQ-inclusive-kids-books-

Holiday gift guide to new LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books - MOMBIAN - LGBTQ-inclusive children's books can make great holiday presents. Here are some new ones from the past year to add to your kids' collections. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy. LGBTQ-inclusive books for the middle-grade range—especially ones that focus on a same-sex-headed family instead of just having an LGBT minor character—are few and far between. Levy's book ...


UChicago-students-host-homeless-youth-panel

UChicago students host homeless youth panel - By Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer On Nov. 19, the University of Chicago's ( UChicago's ) LGBTQ Social Justice and Activism organization Queers United in Power ( QUIP ) hosted a panel discussion at the institution's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The discussion centered around how to take action in the fight against LGBTQ youth homelessness. The university's students ...


Center-chef-host-homeless-dinner

Center, chef host homeless dinner - On Nov. 22, Q-Tea-Pie Chef Shiane Wilcoxen, in partnership with the Center on Halsted, hosted the third annual Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and at-risk youth. The event was held in the Center's "Youth Space" and featured a free winter bazaar, a raffle, a massive dinner spread, an awards ceremony, free toiletries and a climactic performance by the duo Sister Speak. ...


Evanston-panel-to-discuss-homeless-LGBT-youth

Evanston panel to discuss homeless LGBT youth - From a press release - Evanston, IL, Nov. 26, 2014— On Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. the Unitarian Church of Evanston will host a panel discussion on LGBT youth homelessness to gain understanding and identify opportunities for action. Included on the panel is Pastor Alli Baker, Associate Minister at Wellington Ave United Church of Christ, whose theological work invites queer interpretations of the Bible. She ...


Chicagoans-among-POZ-100-youth

Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth - POZ magazine, a print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, has announced the fifth annual POZ 100, also marking its 200th issue and 20th year in publication. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate people under the age of 30 in their communities who are making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. ...


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

Apartment Adoption Project starts for homeless Chicago youth - 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 ...


Panel-addresses-education-for-LGBTQ-youth-

Panel addresses education for LGBTQ youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Janean L. Watkins - Teach for America ( TFA ) hosted a Chicago National Conversation Series Event "The State of Education in LGBTQ America" Nov. 12 at the Center on Halsted. Tim'm West, managing director of TFA's LGBTQ Initiative, hosted the program. TFA works in partnership with communities and stakeholders to expand educational opportunities for impoverished children. They are one of many organizations invested ...


Storage-issues-for-youth-experiencing-homelessness-explored-by-new-coalition-

Storage issues for youth experiencing homelessness explored by new coalition - From a press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of foundations and advocates has come together to address the issue of storage of personal belongings for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. Lara Brooks, a longtime advocate for youth, has been hired as a consultant to investigate ways to provide storage at existing facilities, as well as to explore options for increasing overall storage ...


Education-in-Action-summit-unites-youth-leaders-GSA-advisors

'Education in Action' summit unites youth leaders, GSA advisors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 150 middle and high school youth leaders and gay-straight alliance ( GSA ) faculty advisors gathered for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's ( The Alliance's ) Education in Action GSA Youth Summit at Roosevelt University Nov. 22. In years past, the summit was geared towards youth leaders, however, this year's summit was the first to involved both youth leaders ...


Storage-issues-for-youth-experiencing-homelessness-explored-by-new-coalition

Storage issues for youth experiencing homelessness explored by new coalition - From a press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of foundations and advocates has come together to address the issue of storage of personal belongings for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. Lara Brooks, a longtime advocate for youth, has been hired as a consultant to investigate ways to provide storage at existing facilities, as well as to explore options for increasing overall storage ...


Columbia-forum-attempts-to-tackle-diversity-issue-

Columbia forum attempts to tackle diversity issue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A forum initially billed as a discussion on LGBT concerns at Columbia College Nov. 18 ultimately raised questions among participants about that school's real commitment to diversity in its educational mission. Many attending the forum, held at 618 S. Michigan Ave., hoped it would address concerns raised with the cutting down the two-part course Gay and Lesbian Studies down to ...


VIEWS-Gone

VIEWS Gone - Life: A recurring column - On the road again. It was no surprise that I was moving once again. Ever since my adoptive mother kicked me out at 12 years old, it has become normal for me to move at least three times a year. Used to it by now. The drive to my new foster home was not that long. During the car ride ...


Ministry-fundraiser-to-benefit-homeless-LGBT-youth

Ministry fundraiser to benefit homeless LGBT youth - From a press release - The Love's in Need of Love Concert will be presented Nov. 21 by The Lighthouse Church of Chicago to benefit the church and homeless LGBT youth. The concert fundraiser will take place at the Glessner House Museum at 8 p,m, is to be a night of music focused on the subject of love—romance, friendship, family—as well as the care and ...


-U-of-C-hosts-LGBTQ-homelessness-discussion

U of C hosts LGBTQ homelessness discussion - From a press release - UChicago's new RSO Queers United in Power Presents: Action & LGBTQ Homelessness—A Panel Discussion, Wed., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 5733 S. University Ave., Chicago. Organizers stated: "This is an issue that is incredibly important to the queer community, yet sometimes gets lost in certain spaces ( such ...


Survey-LGBT-youth-in-Illinois-often-hear-anti-LGBT-remarks-

Survey: LGBT youth in Illinois often hear anti-LGBT remarks - From a GLSEN press release - Illinois ( Nov. 13, 2014 ) — GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) today released state-level data from its biennial National School Climate Survey report that show that schools remain unsafe for the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) students. The latest edition of GLSEN's National School Climate Survey, which first began ...


Anthony-Papini-takes-over-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliance

Anthony Papini takes over Illinois Safe Schools Alliance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anthony Papini has been named the second executive director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which he labeled as "an incredible organization doing impactful work statewide to ensure LGBTQ youth have safe and supportive schools and communities." Papini, who lives in Edgewater and is a Seattle native, moved to Chicago about three years ago to become the LGBTQA Resource Center ...


LGBT-homelessness-panel-LGBT-rights-leaders-in-Chicago

LGBT homelessness panel; LGBT-rights leaders in Chicago - LGBT homelessness panel Nov. 19 University of Chicago's new RSO Queers United in Power will present "Action & LGBTQ Homelessness: A Panel Discussion" at The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 5733 S. University Ave., on Wed., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. This event will help to spotlight the action that is currently being done ...


Cuts-at-Columbia-College-hit-LGBT-related-course

Cuts at Columbia College hit LGBT-related course - Cuts to the number of sections offered for a popular LGBT-related course at Columbia College, which school officials attribute to declining enrollment numbers, helped ignite a controversy that has left some faculty and students questioning the college's commitment to diversity. Two sections of the course Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Studies had been offered for several years, and taught by ...


Project-Fierce-holds-successful-fundraiser

Project Fierce holds successful fundraiser - Project Fierce Chicago ( PFC ) packed downtown Irish pub Celtic Crossings, 751 N. Clark St., for its first in-person fundraiser, "Breakfast 'N' Beds," on Nov. 9. PFC is a grassroots initiative made up of social workers, housing advocates and young people, and its mission is to "reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness by providing transitional housing and support services" outside of ...


Chicagoan-named-finalist-for-international-teaching-award

Chicagoan named finalist for international teaching award - Andy Bigelow has been teaching for 20 years, and is now in his eighth year as a history teacher and more at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. "I love teaching the value of history and cultural literacy," said Bigelow, 47, who was born and raised in Manchester, N.H., and has lived locally since 2006. "I also ...


Project-Fierce-Chicago-fundraiser-aims-to-reduce-homelessness

Project Fierce Chicago fundraiser aims to reduce homelessness - With more than a year of tireless groundwork completed in its mission to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing transitional housing and support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults," Project Fierce Chicago will be holding its first fundraiser, "Breakfast 'n' Beds," at Celtic Crossings Irish Pub in Chicago on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Its founder, Cassandra ...


Homestretch-screening-features-homeless-Chicago-youth

Homestretch screening features homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - "The Homestretch" follows three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBTQ, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. The free screening of this new film will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, November 13 at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago. The following night, one of the teens, Kasey White, will be ...


Aizumi-to-speak-for-transgender-awareness-at-Roosevelt

Aizumi to speak for transgender awareness at Roosevelt - In connection with Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, Marsha Aizumi will speak on awareness of transgender individuals and families on Nov. 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Roosevelt University, Murray-Green Library, 10th Floor, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michican Ave., Chicago Aizumi's book, Two Spirits, One Heart, chronicles the family's experiences as her adopted daughter came out ...


GLSEN-webinar-shows-climate-for-LGBT-students-in-US-schools

GLSEN webinar shows climate for LGBT students in U.S. schools - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 22, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ( GLSEN ) held a webinar on findings from its 8th biennial National School Climate Survey. Amidst a lack of U.S. data around the LGBT student experience, the survey was launched in 1999 to provide "a national picture of the scope and impact of anti-LGBT bias and violence in our ...


-Sociologist-CJ-Pascoe-talks-bullying-at-Elmhurst-College

Sociologist C.J. Pascoe talks bullying at Elmhurst College - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Gay" and "fag" were the two words that C.J. Pascoe, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, heard the most while shadowing students for 18 months at a high school in California. This was just one of the things that Pascoe noted during her 2014 William R. Johnson Intercultural lecture—Bullied: youth, gender and homophobia—at Elmhurst College Oct. 22. ...


More-than-100-attend-Chicago-LGBTQ-Job-Fair

More than 100 attend Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair - More than 100 young and older adults attended Work!, the first Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair Oct. 22 at Center on Halsted. The event was sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity and the Center on Halsted. The free event featured job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the ...


Project-Fierce-Breakfast-N-Beds-to-support-LGBTQ-Youth-Housing-

Project Fierce, Breakfast 'N' Beds to support LGBTQ Youth Housing - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Project Fierce Chicago invites friends, supporters and community members to attend Breakfast 'n' Beds, its first annual fundraiser on November 9th, 2014 at Celtic Crossings, starting at 1:00pm ( with a VIP lounge at noon ). The money raised at Breakfast 'n' Beds will support the renovation of a building that will house 6-10 LGBTQ young people ...


LGBTQ-youth-job-fair-Oct-22-at-Center

LGBTQ youth job fair Oct. 22 at Center - CHICAGO—The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The fee event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes. The latest studies show an alarmingly high unemployment and poverty ...


Point-accepting-applications-as-of-Nov-1

Point accepting applications as of Nov. 1 - LGBTQ students seeking financial assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school education are encouraged to apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Point Foundation ( Point )—the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit—currently provides financial assistance and programmatic support to 80 full-time students. Students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2015-16 academic year are eligible to ...


ALMA-announces-scholarship-at-event

ALMA announces scholarship at event - To honor Hispanic heritage and LGBT history month the Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) hosted a night of fun and community at Halsted Bar and Grill Oct. 9. The event featured a Bachata dance performance by the Chicago All Stars and a youth scholarship announcement. "As LGBT Latino/as, we cannot simply celebrate one community while ignoring the ...


Point-Foundation-honors-scholars-at-Chicago-event

Point Foundation honors scholars at Chicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Point Foundation ( "Point" ) held its annual Chicago Cornerstone Society fundraising and awareness raising reception at Plante Moran Oct. 16. Since 2001, Point Foundation—the nation's largest LGBTQ scholarship-granting organization—has provided financial and mentoring assistance to 243 students of merit. This year 23 students were added to that number from a pool of 2,100 applicants. Among the 150 attendees were ...


Cumberbatch-on-OUT-cover-lesbian-pundit-canned-

Cumberbatch on OUT cover; lesbian pundit canned - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Benedict Cumberbatch—who stars as gay codebreaker Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game—is on the November cover of OUT magazine. In it, the straight actor talks about sexuality in Hollywood, among other things: "I think if you're going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say 'I'm gay,' sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all ...


Unplugged-performance-to-tackle-rape-suicide

'Unplugged' performance to tackle rape, suicide - Paul McComas and Maya Kuper will rock against rape, depression and suicide with their performance of "Unplugged" at the Evanston venue 27 Live on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. McComas' Unplugged was published in 2002 as a novel. McComas said he envisioned from the beginning that the story would eventually jump off the pages. The novel, performance and screenplay ...


True-Colors-hosts-national-summit-on-LGBTQ-homeless-issues

True Colors hosts national summit on LGBTQ homeless issues - The True Colors Fund's Forty To None project hosted a national LGBTQ youth summit Sept. 29-30 at New York City's LGBT Community Center. True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper spoke at the event, and presented awards to the Palette Fund's Terrence Meck and representatives from Chicago LGBT youth homeless projects. Representing Chicago for the honor were longtime activists, performers, and ...


LGBTQ-youth-job-fair-Oct-22-at-Center-

LGBTQ youth job fair Oct. 22 at Center - CHICAGO — The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The free event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes. The latest studies show an alarmingly high unemployment and ...


Chicago-LGBTQ-Job-Fair-Oct-22

Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair Oct. 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The free event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes. The latest studies show an alarmingly high unemployment and ...


Chicago-LGBTQ-Youth-Job-Fair-Oct-22

Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair Oct. 22 - CHICAGO — The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The free event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes. The latest studies show an alarmingly high unemployment and ...


Sociologist-Pascoe-on-youth-and-homophobia-Oct-22

Sociologist Pascoe on youth and homophobia Oct. 22 - From a press release - ELMHURST, Ill., October 1, 2014—Sociologist C.J. Pascoe has conducted groundbreaking research on youth, gender, sexuality and homophobia. Fascinated by how teenage boys come to see themselves as masculine, Pascoe spent 18 months following male students at a California high school and noted a striking phenomenon: They attempt to demonstrate their masculinity by hurling gay slurs at one another. "To call ...


Illinois-Safe-Schools-says-farewell-to-David-Fischer

Illinois Safe Schools says farewell to David Fischer - On Oct. 9, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( "The Alliance" ) hosted a celebration for David Fischer, who is leaving the organization after seven years to work with the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group ( HMPRG ). The event allowed community members and coworkers influenced by Fischer to honor the impact he has left on The Alliance as ...


Alliance-brunch-looks-at-progress-challenges-for-safe-schools-

Alliance brunch looks at progress, challenges for safe schools - The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ) held its annual fundraiser, the Alliance Brunch, at the Chicago Cultural Center Oct. 6. This is the sixth year the Alliance has held the event to honor organizations and individuals who have fought for safe and healthy learning environments for LGBTQA youth throughout the state of Illinois. Hundreds of supporters attended ...


-LGBTQ-youth-job-fair-Oct-22-at-Center-

LGBTQ youth job fair Oct. 22 at Center - "Work! Chicago," an LGBTQ youth job fair, will take place Wed., Oct. 22, 12-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. All members of the community can attend, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community. This job fair is a followup event to the Windy City Times LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit held in ...


Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliance-welcomes-new-ED

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance welcomes new ED - With the sunset and a sweeping cityscape as a backdrop on the 45th floor of the law firm Jenner & Block, the board of directors for Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the "Alliance" ) celebrated Anthony Papini as its new executive director on Sept. 22. The mission of the Alliance, according to its website, is "to promote safety, support and ...


Group-offering-youths-five-LGBTQ-trips-to-Israel

Group offering youths five LGBTQ trips to Israel - Taglit-Birthright Israel, the organization responsible for sending over 400,000 young Jewish adults ( ages 18-26 ) on a free 10-day trip to Israel to learn about their heritage, has opened its improved application portal for its 2014-15 winter season. This year's registration includes five buses with a LGBTQ itinerary. One of the trips leaves from Chicago. Taglit-Birthright Israel has been ...


Town-hall-focuses-on-bullying-prevention

Town hall focuses on bullying prevention - Bullying prevention was the topic of a presentation and town hall discussion at Senn High School Sept. 23. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, state Rep. Greg Harris, state Sen. Heather Steans, Ald. Harry Osterman, Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) and Lurie Children's Hospital co-hosted the event attended by about 50 people. Ahead of the presentations, Steans shared some facts and ...


NU-grad-school-adds-sexual-orientation-question

NU grad school adds sexual orientation question - Beginning this year, applicants to Northwestern University's graduate school will be asked about their sexual orientation, according to a Chicago Tribune item. The aim of the question, the school stated, is to gain a better understanding of the school's community to better serve all in the school. Dean Dwight McBride said, "If we don't ask the question, we are not ...


Alliance-Brunch-to-recognize-leaders-in-LGBTQ-Safe-Schools-Movement-

Alliance Brunch to recognize leaders in LGBTQ Safe Schools Movement - From a press release - CHICAGO — ( September 29, 2014 ) — The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ) will hold its annual brunch on Oct. 5, 2014, at the Chicago Cultural Center's Sidney R. Yates Gallery located at 78 E Washington St. The event is designed to honor organizations and individuals who have given tirelessly to promote and champion safe learning ...


VIEWS-Black-children-are-beloved-and-beaten-

VIEWS Black children are beloved and beaten - "Beloved and beaten" is a phrase that best depicts how many African-American children—past and present—are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African-American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on allegation of child abuse, he admitted to ...


UIC-receives-national-award-for-diversity

UIC receives national award for diversity - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities for commitment to diversity and inclusion. UIC will be featured in the magazine's ...


Illinois-Safe-Schools-CPS-collaborating-on-trans-policy-

Illinois Safe Schools, CPS collaborating on trans* policy - Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( ISSA ) is working on a transgender rights policy with Chicago Public Schools, according to its executive director. The organization, which promotes safety, support and healthy development for LGBT students, is drafting a model policy with CPS "with the broader hopes that it would be implemented in school districts across the state," said Anthony Papini, ...


UIC-receives-national-award-for-diversity

UIC receives national award for diversity - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities for commitment to diversity and inclusion. UIC will be featured in the magazine's ...


MTV-LOGO-TV-to-premiere-Laverne-Cox-Presents-The-T-Word

MTV, LOGO TV to premiere "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" - Documentary explores the lives of transgenderyouth - From a Press Release New York, NY, September 18, 2014 — MTV and Logo TV today announced plans to simultaneously premiere "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox, the one-hour documentary will take viewers inside the lives of seven transgender ...


Openly-gay-Roosevelt-Univ-president-to-retire

Openly gay Roosevelt Univ. president to retire - During 2015's commencement ceremony, Roosevelt University President Charles R. "Chuck" Middleton will, for the last time, repeat the same request of his graduating students that he has made since joining the school in 2002: "I want you to do well and I want you to do good." After 13 years at the helm of a school that—since its founding in ...


Life-Twelve

Life: Twelve - A recurring column - Twelve, what a great age. It's the year before you officially become a teenager. Most kids this age are hanging out with friends, riding bikes, and just enjoying life. However, my sisters and I weren't most kids. We got kicked out of our adoptive parent's house. One of my sisters and I were relocated to Hopkins Park. The others were ...


Chicago-2014-Homeless-Youth-Summit-generates-projects

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


Fed-Appeals-Court-upholds-NJ-law-banning-conversion-therapy-

Fed Appeals Court upholds NJ law banning conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Trenton, NJ, September 11, 2014 )—Today, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously upheld a 2013 New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression or identity of patients under 18 years old. The Court held that the New Jersey law does not violate the ...


-Rep-Harris-honored-by-Almost-Home-Kids-group

Rep. Harris honored by Almost Home Kids group - From a press release - Almost Home Kids ( AHK ) announces its 2014 Share the Care Ball Awardees for their Oct. 24 Chicago gala at The Drake: Distinguished Donor: Karen Atwood, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Volunteer Extraordinaire: Joseph T. Monahan, ESQ, Monahan Law Group, LLC Share the Care Champion: Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, 13th District Each Awardee shares a common trait ...


Chicago-LGBTQ-Youth-Job-Fair-Oct-22

Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair Oct. 22 - From a press release - Work! Chicago, an LGBTQ youth job fair, will be hosted Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, noon-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity Community Services and the Center on Halsted. All members of the community can attend, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community. This ...


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Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair Oct. 22 - Work! Chicago, an LGBTQ youth job fair, will be hosted Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, noon-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity Community Services and the Center on Halsted. All members of the community can attend, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community. This ...


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Youth counselor talks Night of Hope, suicide prevention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For Brandon Rohlwing, prevention and stigma reduction surrounding suicide and mental-health issues have become his life's work. As a national youth counselor for Reachout.com, Rohlwing helps with the organization's decision making processes and organizes community events in the Chicagoland area. One way that Rohlwing is building awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues is through the Night of Hope ...


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


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


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


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


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


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







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