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Dept-of-Ed-Publishes-Names-of-Schools-Receiving-Right-To-Discriminate-Against-LGBTs-

Dept. of Ed Publishes Names of Schools Receiving Right To Discriminate Against LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the U.S. Department of Education for helping to increase transparency and accountability by publishing a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. HRC first called on the Department of Education in December to take action ...


Center-on-Halsted-starts-housing-initiative

Center on Halsted starts housing initiative - Center on Halsted announced, on April 21, that it is accepting applications for its Youth Housing Initiative. The program is part of the Center's two-pronged Youth Housing Strategy, which it developed last year, according to a press release. The first goal was for the Center to operate a cluster site housing program for youth from the existing program, developing a ...


Storage-project-gears-up-to-help-youth-experiencing-homelessness-

Storage project gears up to help youth experiencing homelessness - CHICAGO, IL - Imagine trying to get to work or school or a doctor's appointment while carrying everything that matters to you. Now add some of Chicago's extreme weather elements and one has a sense of what young people experiencing homelessness navigate. Left with unreliable or infrequent storage options, young people hide their belongings in alleys, dumpsters, yards, abandoned buildings, ...


Urban-Initiatives-holds-fundraiser-at-Sidetrack-

Urban Initiatives holds fundraiser at Sidetrack - Urban Initiatives, a nonprofit that works on connecting underserved children to sports and healthy lifestyles, held a fundraiser at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on April 14. Between networking, donations and appetizers from Limelight Catering, friends and members of the organization had plenty to say about its impact in the Chicago area. In a video put together by the organization, ...


Cross-country-hiker-raises-awareness-for-foster-youth

Cross-country hiker raises awareness for foster youth - Jarett Wilkins, on April 15, arrived at the Santa Monica Pier. He had made it halfway through a 6,000-mile trek across the United States and back. Wilkins, who is gay, undertook the hike to raise awareness about children who are in the foster care system. He started a non-profit organization, the Forever Family Walk, and is interviewing stakeholders in children's ...


Gender-JUST-collaborative-examines-radical-solutions-to-transgender-issues

Gender JUST collaborative examines radical solutions to transgender issues - On the cusp of celebrating a decade's worth of work creating "new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world," The Chicago Freedom School, located in Chicago's South Loop, served as a tailor-made donated venue for members of the grassroots multiracial, multigenerational collective Gender JUST to hold an ...


Cradles-to-Crayons-expands-into-Chicago-names-Bernard-Cherkasov-ED

Cradles to Crayons expands into Chicago, names Bernard Cherkasov ED - From a press release - BRIGHTON, MA—April 18, 2016 — Cradles to Crayons, the national nonprofit providing everyday essentials to children living in poverty, today announced that it has named Bernard Cherkasov as Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons—Chicago. Cherkasov will assume responsibility effective immediately for Cradles to Crayons' activities across Chicagoland and also serve as a member of the organization's National Leadership Team, which sets ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-responds-to-homelessness

Tiny Home Summit responds to homelessness - A full-scale model of the tiny home design that won a recent contest for housing for youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago was on display in advance of the April 18-19 Tiny Homes for the Homeless Summit at UIC. Architects Marty Sandberg, Lon Stousland and Terry Howell designed the winning model, selected among almost 300 entries in a competition. Price Construction ...


20th-Day-of-Silence-has-thousands-of-students-taking-action

20th Day of Silence has thousands of students taking action - On April 15, 1996, Maria Pulzetti organized 150 of her fellow University of Virginia students to take a stand against bullying and harassment in a statement against those who wished to marginalize LGBTQ individuals and so mute their growing chorus of demands to be recognized in a society who wished them to silently disappear. For Pulzetti and her classmates, the ...


Childrens-Museum-marks-Family-Equality-Day

Children's Museum marks Family Equality Day - From a press release - Chicago Children's Museum celebrates International Family Equality Day on May 1 and kicks off two months of programming honoring the diversity of what constitutes family. International Family Equality Day is a worldwide celebration recognizing and supporting LGBTQ families and gender non-conforming children. All children ages 15 and under will receive free admission to the museum with access to all museum ...


Summit-focuses-on-Tiny-Home-designs-to-combat-homelessness

Summit focuses on Tiny Home designs to combat homelessness - CHICAGO—Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago. Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home Summit at the ...


FL-Department-of-Children-and-Families-to-remove-LGBTQ-inclusive-language-from-rules

FL Department of Children and Families to remove LGBTQ-inclusive language from rules - Press release from Lambda Legal and Equality Florida - Florida's Department of Children and Families ( DCF ) took steps last year to protect LGBTQ youth in group homes and have since removed all protective language on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression from their drafted rules. These new rules protected youth from bullying and harassment, banned psychologically harmful "conversion" therapy, and provided affirming guidelines ...


Youth-protest-Rauner-at-governors-mansion-over-homeless-funds

Youth protest Rauner at governor's mansion over homeless funds - About 100 youth experiencing homelessness, providers, and allies took to the Illinois governor's mansion April 5 to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's refusal to release funding for housing services. They pushed for Rauner to support HB 4955/SB 2603, legislation that releases millions from state funds earmarked for services that provide affordable housing and end homelessness. "I traveled hundreds of miles to ...


Campaign-launched-to-create-unity-in-ending-LGBTQ-poverty

Campaign launched to create unity in ending LGBTQ poverty - A glorious view of the City of Chicago as seen from the offices of Jenner & Block served as a fitting backdrop for the nonprofit advocacy organization Chicago House and its partners to announce the launch of the Proud2Share at a March 31 event attended by some of the most prolific LGBT activists and advocacy groups in the city alongside ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards-ceremony-at-new-site

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards-ceremony-at-new-site

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be ...


Covenant-House-youth-shelter-expanding-to-Chicago

Covenant House youth shelter expanding to Chicago - News analysis by Tracy Baim - A New York-based international non-profit that operates youth shelters in 27 cities in six countries is going to open in Chicago later this year. Covenant House International President Kevin Ryan told Windy City Times they selected Chicago after a lengthy search, "largely influenced by the willingness of the local provider community to partner with us. It was dramatically more substantial ...


Center-announces-broadened-mission-at-gala

Center announces broadened mission at gala - Services and programming aimed at LGBT youth, transgender individuals and LGBT families will be a larger part of the mission of Center on Halsted in the years ahead, according to officials. That was the central announcement at the Center's annual Human First gala, held this year at Geraghty Chicago, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave., April 2. About 675 guests attended the ...


New-BYC-location-announced-at-Howard-Brown-annual-meeting

New BYC location announced at Howard Brown annual meeting - A new, permanent location for the Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) was among the announcements at the 2016 annual meeting for Howard Brown Health, held March 30 at its Andersonville Brown Elephant Resale Shop location, 5404 N. Clark St. President and CEO David Ernesto Munar described Howard Brown's previously announced efforts to move the BYC facility—currently located at Wellington ...


Boystown-welcomes-student-groups-on-Legacy-Walk

Boystown welcomes student groups on Legacy Walk - Recently, through a new collaboration between the Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) and The Legacy Project, Boystown hosted a group of 24 students from LaPorte High School to participate in The Legacy Walk tour. The students were able to see the LGBT icons from throughout history, as well as shop at neighborhood businesses including Nookies Tree and Beatnix. The ...


Nominations-sought-for-30-Under-30-Awards-ceremony-at-new-site

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees ...


Tiny-Homes-Summit-to-focus-on-housing-designs-to-combat-homelessness

Tiny Homes Summit to focus on housing designs to combat homelessness - From a press release - CHICAGO — Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19, 2016 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago. Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home ...


Summit-to-focus-on-tiny-home-designs-to-combat-homelessness

Summit to focus on tiny home designs to combat homelessness - CHICAGO — Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19, 2016 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago. Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home ...


Fast-food-workers-to-strike-April-1-joining-Chicago-teachers-Day-of-Action

Fast food workers to strike April 1, joining Chicago teachers 'Day of Action' - From a press release - CHICAGO—Fast food workers will go on strike on April 1st and join the Chicago Teachers Union's 'Day of Action' to Fight for Funding. Workers will demand $15 & union rights from fast food corporations and demand that the $368 million that taxpayers pay to subsidize fast food corporations be used for schools and community programs. "$368 million in Illinois alone, ...


Crossroads-Fund-announces-2016-honorees

Crossroads Fund announces 2016 honorees - From a press release - The annual Crossroads Fund Seeds of Change benefit will honor three groups with awards this year: Invisible Institute, Coalition to Revitalize Walter H. Dyatt High School and Black Youth Project 100. The awards are April 8 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago. The Ron Sable Award for Activism goes to Invisible Institute, a journalistic production company ...


Anti-trans-youth-bill-advances-to-House-committee

Anti-trans youth bill advances to House committee - Legislation that would force transgender students to use separate restroom facilities from their peers, on March 23, advanced into the Illinois House Human Services Committee. HB 4474, which state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) introduced, requires school boards to designate school restrooms as being for the exclusive use of persons of a single sex, and defines "sex" as the ...


Boystown-welcomes-student-groups

Boystown welcomes student groups - From a press release - Recently, through a new collaboration between the Northalsted Business Alliance and The Legacy Project, Boystown hosted a group of 24 students from LaPorte High School to participate in The Legacy Walk tour. The students were able to see the LGBT icons from throughout history, as well as shop at neighborhood businesses including Nookies Tree and Beatnix. The students' story is ...


Hundreds-of-educators-attend-McHenry-County-transgender-seminar

Hundreds of educators attend McHenry County transgender seminar - With the national media attention that recently zeroed in Palatine's Township School District 211 after the board found itself at odds with the US Board of Education over the school's treatment of a student who simply wished to use the locker room in accordance with her gender identity, one could be forgiven for assuming that student transgender and gender nonconforming ...


NU-study-Some-LGBT-youth-still-face-bullying

NU study: Some LGBT youth still face bullying - A new Northwestern University study has found that most adolescents would agree that the situation involving LGBT youth and bullying does, in fact, get better—but that it's still a major hurdle for some. The study—which involved 248 youths—found that harassment, discrimination and even physical/sexual assault affect about one-third of the adolescents. It also revealed that said bullying can lead to ...


Life-Dear-young-people-and-adults

Life: Dear young people and adults - When I was a tween I used to be a 'Yes, Ma'm' and 'Yes, Sir' type of person. Not now though. People took advantage of how polite I was and they still try and do that to this day. I am still very respectful, but only to those who deserve my respect and give it in return. It is kind ...


National-roundup-Calif-pro-LGBT-bill-Sanders-video-bisexual-teens-death

National roundup: Calif. pro-LGBT bill; Sanders video; bisexual teen's death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California is sponsoring two bills authored by Assemblymember Evan Low ( D-Silicon Valley ) that would prohibit the use of state funds to support entities that allow discrimination by creating exemptions based on religious beliefs, a press release stated. AB 1887 would ban state-funded travel to any state with a law in effect that sanctions or requires discrimination on ...


Child-advocacy-groups-call-for-governors-to-reject-legislatures-attacks-on-trans-kids-

Child advocacy groups call for governors to reject legislatures' attacks on trans kids - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard faces a decision on whether to veto HB 1008 — outrageous legislation that would prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity — seven national health, education, and child advocacy groups joined the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) in calling on Daugaard ...


Lambda-to-South-Carolina-schools-Suspension-of-trans-student-could-lead-to-lawsuit-

Lambda to South Carolina schools: Suspension of trans student could lead to lawsuit - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Myrtle Beach, February 17, 2016 ) —Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Horry County School District today urging school officials to reverse their decision to suspend a transgender student and to adopt inclusive bathroom policies that respect the gender identities of its students and are in line with federal law, after news reports that a transgender student was ...


South-Dakota-legislature-makes-second-move-against-trans-kids-in-two-days

South Dakota legislature makes second move against trans kids in two days - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — As the nation waits to see if Governor Dennis Daugaard will veto the vile piece of legislation targeting transgender children that the South Dakota Senate passed yesterday, today the state's House State Affairs Committee voted 8 to 4 to advance yet another shameful attack on trans kids. HB 1209, which is wholly different from the bill that passed ...


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

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 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, 2016, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other ...


Northwestern-study-Some-LGBT-youth-still-face-bullying

Northwestern study: Some LGBT youth still face bullying - It Doesn't 'Get Better' For Some Bullied LGBT Youths - From a Northwestern Press Release CHICAGO, Ill. —- Since 2010, more than 613,000 people have pledged to combat bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) teens as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign. And a new Northwestern Medicine study has found that most adolescents would agree that it does, in fact, get better. But not all. ...


National-Conversion-therapy-in-NY-church-takeover-Tyler-Clementi

National: Conversion therapy in N.Y.; church takeover; Tyler Clementi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York is taking steps to stop conversion therapy for minors, according to USA Today. The Democratic governor's move comes as LGBT-rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental-health organizations have repudiated. "Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice" that punishes people ...


NYC-LGBT-youth-agency-reaches-goal-in-plan-to-purchase-anti-gay-church-

NYC LGBT youth agency reaches goal in plan to purchase anti-gay church - From a press release - FEBRUARY 9, 2016, New York, NY…….Less than two weeks after the ATLAH church, home of virulently anti-LGBT Rev. James David Manning, announced it had been foreclosed and was being put up for auction, the Ali Forney Center launched the #harlemnohate campaign and has raised $200,000 as an initial goal towards buying the building to provide housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-to-address-youth-homelessness-in-Chicago

Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago. The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, April 18, 9 ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-to-address-youth-homelessness-in-Chicago-experts-join-from-across-country

Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago; experts join from across country - CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago. The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, April 18, 9 ...


Girl-Scout-turns-anti-trans-incident-into-cookie-sale-success

Girl Scout turns anti-trans incident into cookie sale success - A transgender girl in Downstate Herrin, Illinois, has used an incident of anti-trans bigotry as the impetus to sell thousands of Girl Scout cookies, according to Buzzfeed. The nine-year-old girl, named Stormi ( just her first name was revealed in the report ), was told by a neighbor that, "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress." ...


Teacher-talks-about-coming-out-and-being-OUTspoken

Teacher talks about coming out and being 'OUTspoken' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This past summer, Jeffrey Tomlinson was one of the featured performers at OUTspoken! ( Sidetrack's monthly LGBTQ storytelling event ) and his story centered around the day he came out to his students in the spring 2007 while teaching at Kelly Miller Middle School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Tomlinson grew up in the politically conservative central Illinois ...


New-research-released-Spatial-Stigma-Health-in-Post-Industrial-Detroit

New research released: Spatial Stigma, Health in Post-Industrial Detroit - From a press release - DETROIT, MI, February 1, 2016……Detroit Youth Passages ( DYP ), a project dedicated to understanding how young peoples' life circumstances impact their lives and promoting positive change, has published a groundbreaking research paper in the most recent issue of The International Quarterly of Community Health Education ( IQCH ) entitled "Spatial Stigma and Health in Post-Industrial Detroit." Louis Graham, a ...


March-4-Naperville-event-to-focus-on-LGBTQ-youth-

March 4 Naperville event to focus on LGBTQ+ youth - The DuPage Community Network will present "LGBTQ+ Youth: Incorporating Affirming Policies, Practices and Supporting Intersectionality in Schools" on Friday, March 4, at BMO Harris Bank, 1200 E. Warrenville Rd., Naperville, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jeremy Majeski, from Berwyn School District 100, will deliver the keynote address, presenting the policy the district implemented in 2015 to support transgender students. Topics that will ...


Creating-Change-Closing-Plenary-honors-youth

Creating Change Closing Plenary honors youth - Video below article - The Closing Plenary of Creating Change Jan. 24 offered up performances and awards focused on LGBTQ youth and their allies. In presenting the Paul A. Anderson Youth leadership Award to Chicago-based poet, painter, Windy City Times contributor and advocate for homeless and LGBTQ youth Kasey White, Task Force Senior Policy Counsel, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director Meghan Maury recalled ...


First-lockers-for-youth-installed-at-Ujima-Village-

First lockers for youth installed at Ujima Village - On Jan 16. workers began hauling in, unpacking and installing parallel lines of 65 blue lockers at the South Side location of Ujima Village shelter—a program of the Chicago-based Unity Parenting and Counseling—under the watchful eyes of Supportive Services Supervisor A. Anne Holcomb and Director of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative Lara Brooks. It was the culmination of a concerted ...


HRC-praises-move-by-Dept-of-Education-

HRC praises move by Dept. of Education - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in a statement, praised the U.S. Department of Education for deciding to publish a searchable database—in the coming months—of educational institutions who have sought and/or received an exemption from federal civil-rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. In December, the organization called on the department to make such a move. "We ...


Upcoming-Oscar-YEPPs-Making-It-Home-sexual-assault-exhibit-Artemis-Siskel-

Upcoming: Oscar; YEPP's 'Making It Home'; sexual-assault exhibit; Artemis; Siskel - 'A Night with Oscar' Feb. 28 at Center The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host the Academy Award-related event "A Night with Oscar" on Sunday, Feb. 28. Doors will open for red-carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., and there will be bar service and a buffet. The Oscars telecast starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be the Green ...


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

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - 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, 2016, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other ...


Trans-student-gets-locker-room-access-Trans-military-ban-decision-expected

Trans student gets locker-room access; Trans-military ban decision expected - The transgender student who waged a legal battle to use the girl's locker room at her suburban high school was granted access Jan. 15, Chicago Tribune reported. The student had asked to use an isolated portion of the locker room to change clothes, but officials of the Palatine-based Township High School District 211 initially denied that request, prompting a discrimination ...


Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day-at-Northwestern-Jan-18

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Northwestern Jan. 18 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. —- Legendary civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash and Nicholas A. Pearce, an ordained minister, Northwestern alumnus and Kellogg professor whose research examines values-driven leadership, diversity and inclusion, collaboration and change in organizations around the world, will be the featured speakers at Northwestern University's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of the late civil and human ...


Unitarian-Church-of-Evanston-to-screening-The-Homestretch

Unitarian Church of Evanston to screening The Homestretch - From a press release - "The Homestretch puts a face on the reality of teen homelessness often "hidden" in plain sight, sometimes silently sitting in high school classrooms unsuspected by classmates and teachers. The Homestretch is a story of poverty, violence, loneliness, and pain." — Bob Dugan, Big Think Evanston, IL — January 16, 2016: Last year, over 19,000 students were identified as homeless in ...


Purdue-ending-benefits-for-same-sex-partners

Purdue ending benefits for same-sex partners - In Indiana, Purdue University will likely terminate benefits for same-sex domestic partners in 2017, according to the Indy Star. The university's board of trustees audit and insurance committee approved the proposal Dec. 18, with the full board okaying the measure the following day. Legal counsel Steve Schultz has said that now that there's nationwide marriage equality, keeping the benefits discriminates ...


Campus-Pride-vows-to-keep-shedding-light-on-religion-based-bigotry

Campus Pride vows to keep shedding light on religion-based bigotry - Campus Pride confirmed today with the U.S. Department of Education that a total of 57 campuses have applied or pending review for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth. On December 1, Campus Pride launched the national listing of colleges and universities who requested Title IX exemption to ban LGBTQ students. Campus Pride titled the list the "Shame ...


HRC-calls-on-Dept-of-Ed-to-look-at-anti-LGBT-religious-exemptions

HRC calls on Dept. of Ed to look at anti-LGBT religious exemptions - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on the Department of Education to take action in light of a disturbing trend by religious colleges and universities to request exemptions from existing civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. In a comprehensive new report, HRC details the growing trend and calls on the Department ...


District-questions-why-GSA-announcements-pulled

District questions why GSA announcements pulled - York Community High School students, instructors and family members attended a meeting of the Elmhurst School District board Dec. 15 in response to that district's superintendent's decision to pull morning announcements that were on behalf of that school's Gay-Straight Alliance, according to Chicago Tribune. The morning announcements were set to run in October, but Superintendent David Moyer would not allow ...


Charlene-Carruthers-talks-Black-Youth-Project-100

Charlene Carruthers talks Black Youth Project 100 - - "If those of us who are the most marginalized are safer and more protected, it will improve the lives of everybody."—Charlene Carruthers, national director of Black Youth Project 100 The Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), a collective of young Black activists that started in 2013 in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, has been one of the ...


Back2School-Illinois-helps-those-in-need

Back2School Illinois helps those in need - Back2School Illinois ( formerly The Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation ) has multiple programs, yet its 800-pound gorilla, as director and CEO Matthew Kurtzman tagged it, is the B2SI Free School Supplies Program. There are more than 1 million students in Illinois who come from low-income families, Kurtzman said, a total that increases annually. "Ideally, we'd be able to provide ...


Indiana-measure-called-bathroom-bill

Indiana measure called 'bathroom bill' - Opponents of Indiana state Sen. Travis Holdman's measure is calling the item a "bathroom bill," according to NewsAndTribune.com. Holdman's LGBT-rights proposal covers issues such as hiring and the use of public facilities; in addition, he made exemptions based on religious beliefs. The Republican senator's effort to broaden the state's civil-rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity may soon ...


Creating-Change-awardees-named

Creating Change awardees named - The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced the award recipients for the 28th annual Creating Change conference—the nation's largest LGBTQ advocacy conference—set to take place Jan. 20-24, 2016 at the Downtown Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave. During the conference, Barbara Smith will be presented with the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Smith, a lifelong activist ...


Feelings-charged-between-sides-at-District-211-meeting

Feelings charged between sides at District 211 meeting - Emotions were running high between opposing sides who attended the Township District 211 emergency school board meeting held Dec. 7 at James B. Conant High School to affirm or rescind their ruling upon the rights of a transgender student to use the locker room in accordance with her gender identity. For advocate Meggan R. Sommerville, the case hit close to ...


Chicagoan-develops-high-security-backpack-for-those-experiencing-homelessness-

Chicagoan develops high-security backpack for those experiencing homelessness - Ron Kaplan wanted to do more than just write checks at the end of the year to charitable causes—that just wasn't enough; it made him feel disconnected from the true process of giving. "As I found success in my work, and was overseeing a small family foundation, I realized that there was some point in my life that I had ...


Chicago-LGBT-youth-share-stories-at-Creating-Change-event

Chicago LGBT youth share stories at Creating Change event - About 50 community members and activists gathered at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., for #CHI4CHANGE: Stories from Chicago's Queer Youth, a storytelling event in support of the Creating Change conference to be held in Chicago January 20-24. "This is a room of love and support," said emcee Shaily Hakimian in her introductory remarks for the nine performers, who all ...


Controversy-continues-over-Palatine-trans-student-decision-

Controversy continues over Palatine trans student decision - The decision over whether a transgender girl at a Palatine high school can use the locker room corresponding to the gender with which she identifies has stirred more controversy, with the school district's board now saying that federal authorities have misrepresented the agreement. After a long meeting Wednesday night, members of the Township High School District 211 School Board announced ...


Youth-trans-group-announces-launch-on-South-Side

Youth trans group announces launch on South Side - In order to create a safe space for transgender and gender-expansive youth, clinicians from Chicago Counseling Associates & Beverly Therapists and The Juniper Center formed a support group, Gendernauts, for Chicago area youth ages 14-21. The first group kicked off this past summer at The Juniper Center in Park Ridge, Illinois, and had seven members. The group has moved to ...


Lack-of-comprehensive-sex-ed-putting-LGBTQ-youth-at-risk

Lack of comprehensive sex ed putting LGBTQ youth at risk - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with Advocates for Youth, Answer, GLSEN, Planned Parenthood Federation of America ( PPFA ), and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. ( SIECUS ), called for significant improvements in sex education programs to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth have access ...


OP-ED-by-Andy-Thayer-An-un-civil-war-Ald-Cappleman-response-

OP-ED by Andy Thayer: An un-civil war; Ald. Cappleman response - "Do you think police officers who violate the rights of homeless people should be punished, yes or no?" To this simple question, put to him several times during a Nov. 8 demonstration at his office, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman refused to give a direct answer. Instead he kept repeating that the homeless should file complaints with the Independent Police ...


Christian-schools-win-waivers-to-ban-LGBTs

Christian schools win waivers to ban LGBTs - Campus Pride released today a national listing of colleges and universities who requested Title IX exemption to ban LGBTQ students. The organization titled the list the "Shame List" for the purpose of calling out the harmful and shameful acts of religion-based prejudice and bigotry. View the campuses on the list at CampusPride.org/ShameList . "Religion-based bigotry is careless and life-threatening," said ...


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Lockers key to survival for youth experiencing homelessness - Lockers large enough to fit three carry-on suitcases could make all the difference to Chicago's youth who are homeless. A new citywide safe storage program—the first of its kind in the U.S., according to Lara Brooks, director of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative—will be placing its first lockers in shelters this month in Chicago. "For young people experiencing homelessness and ...


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Briefs: PrEP study; Point opens applications; Social workers to be honored - Low infection rates in new PrEP study A study released Nov. 16 that followed 557 men who have sex with men ( MSM ) and transgender women who use pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, showed low HIV infection rates among the cohort. The study was conducted from October, 2012, through February, 2015, at two STI clinics in San Francisco and Miami, ...


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Berwyn school district offering pro-trans policies, outreach - Berywn South School District 100 holds the distinction of being the first K-8 school district in Illinois to pass a comprehensive administrative procedure to support transgender students. This procedure is tailored to each student's needs and takes into account the entire school day, including gender-specific facilities and sports teams. Several people vetted the policy, including numerous attorneys at Lambda Legal; ...


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Chicago sex ed gets makeover; youth launch 'Chicago Wears Condoms' campaign - From a press release - Internationally December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day to educate and prevent the deadly disease. In Chicago, high school students in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the marketing agency, Serve, are launching a provocative advertising and public education campaign, "Chicago Wears Condoms." The concept was developed by high school youth who want to reduce the ...


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Northwestern professor on the making of LGBTQ history - by Anna Waters - "I teach the largest gay and lesbian history class in the country," said Gender & Sexuality Studies Professor Lane Fenrich. "Not that size matters." That sense of humor makes the 6'2" yoga instructor and dean of the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences one of the most popular professors at Northwestern University. Before his rise to teaching fame, however, he ...


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Wis. school cancels book after anti-gay group's possible suit - A Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, elementary school canceled a reading and discussion about the book I am Jazz—about a transgender girl—after an anti-gay organization, the Liberty Counsel, threatened a federal lawsuit, according to WORT-Radio ( Madison ). The book was scheduled to be presented Nov. 23 in a primary school in Mount Horeb, about 25 miles from Madison. Parents were notified ...


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The Chicago Youth Worker Collective hosts 'Friendsgiving' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 21, The Chicago Youth Worker Collective hosted the annual Friendsgiving Dinner and Youth Excellence Awards Ceremony in the Youth Space at The Center on Halsted. The event, now in its fourth year, is a welcoming celebration for LGBTQ homeless youth and their allies. The evening featured a full-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner by Chef Shiane, a well-received acoustic performance ...







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