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GLSEN-responds-as-Sec-of-Education-stonewalls-on-policy-on-LGBTQ-students

GLSEN responds as Sec. of Education stonewalls on policy on LGBTQ students - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) - July 18, 2017 - In a July 11 letter to Senator Patty Murray ( D-WA ), Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, under President Obama, had overly broadened the scope of investigations into discrimination against students, leading to an inability to adequately investigate individual complaints. ...


Lawsuit-filed-in-support-of-suspended-CPS-teacher-Chambers-

Lawsuit filed in support of suspended CPS teacher Chambers - In the two months since suspended Chicago Public School ( CPS ) special-education teacher Sarah Chambers' supporters held a Twitter storm with the #LetSarahTeach hashtag, she has gotten more and more support from students, parents, fellow teachers, community leaders and elected officials—including legal backing, in the form of a lawsuit. Despite this support, CPS is still pushing for her termination; ...


Night-Ministry-opens-bus-to-community

Night Ministry opens bus to community - The Night Ministry brought the Health Outreach Bus to the Daley Plaza to help communicate its mission of providing housing, medical exams and other forms of care to people experiencing homeless to the community July 12. Visitors were offered the opportunity to take a tour of the custom designed 38-foot bus, learn about volunteering opportunities, meet with direct service staff ...


The-Crib-to-reinstate-overnight-shelter-services-on-July-26

The Crib to reinstate overnight-shelter services on July 26 - Officials from The Night Ministry announced, on July 17, that The Crib, the organization's emergency shelter for persons ages 18-24 in Lake View, will resume overnight services starting on July 26. The organization temporarily suspended those services in early June for staff retraining, among other reasons. Daytime services have still been in effect. "We appreciate the support from our community ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-22-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 22 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...


Symposium-examines-disconnect-between-LGBTQ-youth-researchers-

Symposium examines disconnect between LGBTQ youth, researchers - Despite disagreements, panelists, youth seek common ground - The second annual "State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing" symposium presented plenty of research on LGBTQ youth. The question now seems to be how—and whether—that research can serve LGBTQ youth. The June 29 symposium—subtitled "Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience," and with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) at Northwestern University ...


PRIDE-17-WCT-honors-36-at-30-Under-30

PRIDE '17 WCT honors 36 at 30 Under 30 - Expanding its number of honorees due to what the determining body saw as a surplus of qualified applicants, Windy City Times actually honored 36 individuals during its 18th annual 30 Under 30 Awards, held at Polo Cafe on Chicago's South Side. WCT Art Director Kirk Williamson and senior entertainment reporter Jerry Nunn emceed the ceremony, which honored 32 people under ...


Community-rallies-around-former-Catholic-teacher

Community rallies around former Catholic teacher - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Community members rallied June 24 to demand change at a local Catholic high school where a former teacher says he was fired after students outed and harassed him. Amidst chanting and picketing, including signs with messages such as "Make Ignatius Jesuit Again," roughly 30 alumni, friends, community organizers and a former administrator gathered near Saint Ignatius College Prep to support ...


Point-Foundation-Scholarships-go-to-largest-and-most-diverse-group-ever

Point Foundation Scholarships go to largest and most diverse group ever - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 22, 2017 — Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's most prominent scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, today announced its 2017 scholarship recipients. The 52 scholarship recipients are the largest and most diverse group in the organization's history. From more than 2,000 applicants, 27 LGBTQ students were chosen to ...


18th-annual-30-Under-30-Awards-on-Wed-June-21

18th annual 30 Under 30 Awards on Wed., June 21 - Each year Windy City Times honors 30 outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. The honors will be presented Wed., June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Polo Cafe, 3322 S. Morgan St., Chicago. Nickecia "Nick" Alder Nickecia ...


Youth-Outlook-to-honor-Garofalo

Youth Outlook to honor Garofalo - Youth Outlook has announced that Dr. Robert Garafalo—division head of Adolescent Medicine and director of the Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago—will be honored with the Lorrie Lane Brenneman Lifetime Achievement Award at the agency's gala, "Dare to Dream," on Saturday, Oct. 21. In an unprecedented move, the Leadership Committee of the Youth Outlook Board ...


Ken-Schneck-on-his-travelogue-radio-show-and-teaching-career

Ken Schneck on his travelogue, radio show and teaching career - Ken Schneck's world changed forever in 2010, when he decided to go on a NGO ( non-governmental organization ) volunteer trip to Uganda. Before that trip, Schneck's experience with adventure consisted of Club Meds during his childhood and, as an adult, Manhattan below 16th Street. After Uganda, Schneck decided he had to go on other adventures and has turned those ...


Vernita-Gray-LGBT-Youth-Fund-seeks-donations-for-yearly-grant

Vernita Gray LGBT Youth Fund seeks donations for yearly grant - People are being asked to donate to the Vernita Gray LGBT Youth Fund, which makes yearly grants to grassroots non-profit organizations that provide services to youth. Those who donate will receive a "Marching with Vernita" button, complete with a photo of the late activist. Gray, a lesbian activist who was a native Chicagoan, died in 2014 at age 65. Gray ...


Book-calls-for-LGBTQ2S-specific-approach-to-youth-homelessness

Book calls for LGBTQ2S-specific approach to youth homelessness - From a press release - Toronto - Canada and the U.S. need to better serve the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit ( LGBTQ2S ) youth experiencing homelessness, says a new book published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness ( COH ). "LGBTQ2S youth homelessness is a big problem, involving other big problems, like poverty, racism, cissexism, transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, ...


Windy-City-Times-Job-Fair-Sept-22-at-Center-on-Halsted

Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 22 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...


Coalition-condemns-administrations-new-instructions-on-transgender-student-discrimination-

Coalition condemns administration's new instructions on transgender student discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: "In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools' obligations under Title IX to ...


30-Under-30-Awards-taking-place-June-21

30 Under 30 Awards taking place June 21 - Windy City Times will again mark Pride Month with its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 21. Like last year, the event will take place at Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Honorees are 30 years or under as ...


Youth-resident-of-Chicago-House-stabbed-to-death

Youth resident of Chicago House stabbed to death - A youth resident of a Sheridan Park housing facility owned by Chicago House was brutally beaten and stabbed to death in the evening hours of June 11 according to multiple news reports. Unconfirmed reports state that 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs was the victim of a domestic assault. On June 12, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced that a Chicago man John ...


The-last-president-of-Shimer-College

The last president of Shimer College - On June 4, 1895 Mrs. A.J. Sawyer spoke to the graduating class of Mount Carroll Seminary in Illinois. The topic of her address was What Becomes of the Girl Graduates? It was reprinted in that summer's edition of the Seminary's newspaper The Oread. "Progress is not determined by the amount of intelligence or intellectuality on deposit at any one time ...


Field-Museum-scientists-at-Sidetrack-to-discuss-natures-variety-of-sexual-behavior-

Field Museum scientists at Sidetrack to discuss nature's variety of sexual behavior - From a press release - The Field Museum's LGBTQ affinity group Outfielders will host its second annual Out in the Field: Slushies and Science, which will take place on Tuesday, June 20, from 6-8pm, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, one of Chicago's largest gay bars. This year, there will be even more Field Museum scientists doing show-and-tells about some of nature's most unusual sexual behavior, ...


Civil-and-Human-Rights-Coalition-responds-to-Secretary-DeVos-testimony

Civil and Human Rights Coalition responds to Secretary DeVos' testimony - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to Secretary DeVos' testimony today before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee: "We were glad to hear Secretary DeVos restate the law today — that recipients of federal funds must follow federal law and may not discriminate ...


LGBTQ-Youth-Courage-award-winners-announced

LGBTQ Youth Courage award winners announced - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — The Colin Higgins Foundation today announced its 17th Annual Youth Courage Award winners, whom it recognizes for extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth. The 2017 winners are: Daniel Garcia, 18, of Gulfport, Miss.; Julieta Ramirez-Solis, 18, of Gresham, Ore., and Dafahlia Mosley, 21, of Lodi, ...


Lambda-Legal-to-Texas-Legislature-Dont-Tempt-us-to-Sue-You

Lambda Legal to Texas Legislature: Don't Tempt us to Sue You - From a press release - ( Austin, TX — June 6, 2017 ) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced he would be calling the Texas legislature into special session July 18 to complete unfinished business on the state budget. Inexplicably, among 18 other measures, Gov. Abbott also announced he would be including on the agenda for the special session reconsideration of misguided legislation driven ...


The-Crib-youth-shelter-to-suspend-overnight-services-

The Crib youth shelter to suspend overnight services - The Crib, the emergency youth shelter operated in Lake View by The Night Ministry, announced June 3 that it would be temporarily suspending its overnight services as of June 7. The facility, which attracts many LGBTQ youth, will remain open and provide services such as daily meals, case management and street outreach, said Erin Ryan, senior vice-president for The Night ...


Every-Child-Deserves-a-Family-ECDF-Act-of-2017-introduced

Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act of 2017 introduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Family Equality Council and PFLAG National, Co-Chairs of the National Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, welcome the reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family ( ECDF ) Act of 2017 in the House of Representatives, and thank Congressman John Lewis ( D-GA ) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( R-FL ) for their leadership on behalf ...


Crowd-rallies-around-gay-couple-at-Yorkville-school-board-meeting

Crowd rallies around gay couple at Yorkville school-board meeting - During the public comments section of the May 22 Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 ( Y115 ) board meeting at Yorkville High School, Chad Konow-Muri ( whose husband, Craig Konow-Muri, did not speak that night ) and a number of their supporters addressed an alleged ongoing anti-LGBT situation involving their now seven-year-old daughter. More than 100 people attended the ...


Budget-has-no-plan-to-withhold-funding-based-on-discrimination-in-schools

Budget has no plan to withhold funding based on discrimination in schools - From a GLSEN press release - ( New York, NY ) - May 25, 2017 - While presenting the Department of Education's requested budget, which includes $150 million in public funds to be spent on sending students to private schools, Secretary DeVos left little doubt that she would not intervene if states allowed discrimination. GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard, and Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, ...


Former-bodybuilder-is-advocate-for-LGBTQ-Asian-Pacific-Islander-youth-

Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...


GLAAD-20-percent-of-millennials-identify-as-LGBTQ

GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. adults ...


Queer-Prom-May-26-

'Queer Prom' May 26 - The 12th Annual Queer Prom will take place Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. There will be food, music ( by DJ OCD ) and information booths. Tickets are $20-$30 each; visit "Queer Prom 2017" on Facebook. ...


Social-media-campaign-launched-supporting-suspended-Saucedo-teacher

Social media campaign launched supporting suspended Saucedo teacher - The groundswell of support for suspended Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers has grown both locally and online since the April 18 rally that called for her reinstatement ( she was suspended April 6 ) at the school. In addition to the 100 people who attended the rally, the #LetSarahTeach hashtag reached over 3.1 million people on Twitter that day. ...


Gay-teacher-fired-after-being-outed-by-students

Gay teacher fired after being outed by students - Democratic candidate for Congress Marie Newman, who will be challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-CHicago) in the 2018 elections, on May 19, expressed outrage over the firing of a gay Catholic high school teacher. DNA Info, on May 18, first reported on Matt Tedeschi, a Chicagoan who was fired from St. Ignatius College Prep after students found his online ...


CPS-closes-year-with-queer-prom

CPS closes year with queer prom - On May 14, Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ), in partnership with GSA Network and The Egalite Group, presented the annual LGBTQ Prom at Allcott College Prep. The event, celebrating its sixth year, played host to LGBTQ high school students from as many as 26 schools in Illinois and one in Milwaukee. Precious Brady Davis emceed, with Khloe providing entertainment. ...


Amicus-brief-supporting-transgender-student-Grimm-filed-by-HRC-59-major-companies-

Amicus brief supporting transgender student Grimm filed by HRC, 59 major companies - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, filed a "friend of the court" brief signed by 59 major U.S. companies supporting transgender student Gavin Grimm in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Grimm, a transgender boy, filed suit ...


LGB-Focused-Resources-Help-Stressed-Teens-Cope

LGB-Focused Resources Help Stressed Teens Cope - From a press release - TUCSON, Ariz. — "It gets better." These three words have become a pop-culture mantra for struggling young people in the gay and lesbian community. Yet, simply imaging a better future — however well-intentioned the idea — is not the best coping strategy for teens dealing with stress related to their sexual orientation, and, in some cases, it may even do ...


DCFS-director-signs-LGBTQ-affirming-policy

DCFS director signs LGBTQ-affirming policy - After years of negotiations and input from a wide range of local and national stakeholders, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director George H. Sheldon has signed a landmark revision of DCFS policy centered upon the "Support and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Children and Youth" within the system. The signing came during a ...


Texas-House-Passes-Damaging-Child-Welfare-Bill-

Texas House Passes Damaging Child Welfare Bill - From a press release - ( Austin, TX — May 10, 2017 ) — The Texas House of Representatives today passed HB 3859, a discriminatory bill that would allow child placement agencies in the state foster care system — including agencies receiving state and federal funding — to prioritize their religious beliefs above the needs of children in its care. The bill would prevent the ...


IPV-study-taking-place-at-NU

IPV study taking place at NU - The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health ( ISGMH ) at Northwestern University, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, launched a new research study in November 2016. The new research study, FAB 400, focuses on the personal experiences of sexual minority teenagers in Chicago who are assigned female at birth ( AFAB ). Taking place over two years, ...


Childrens-museum-to-mark-equality-day

Children's museum to mark equality day - Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ community with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) on Sunday, May 7. Now in its sixth year, International Family Equality Day is an official event of the Family Equality Council that recognizes all family structures while providing visibility and support to ...


Evanston-Township-High-School-passes-revised-transgender-policy

Evanston Township High School passes revised transgender policy - The Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) District 202 Board of Education, on May 1, passed a comprehensive policy affirming the rights of transgender and gender-expansive students. The policy passed nearly unanimously, with only one board member—Douglas Holt, who will be leaving the board as it starts a new term—voting against it. ETHS had previously implemented comparatively liberal, if ...


Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliance-brings-Da-Noise

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance brings 'Da Noise' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 24, The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, with the participation of The Morten Group, presented "Bring in 'Da Funk, Bring in 'Da Noise," a fundraiser and variety show celebrating the close of The National Day of Silence. The event, held at The Uptown Underground, also marked the 10th anniversary of the alliance and featured a variety show and raffle. ...


Chicago-Childrens-Museum-to-host-Family-Equality-Day-celebrating-LGBTQ-families

Chicago Children's Museum to host Family Equality Day celebrating LGBTQ families - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, April 27, 2017— Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ community with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) on Sunday, May 7, 2017. As a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to create an inclusive environment for all, LGBTQ families and more will enjoy a day ...


EDITORIAL-Changing-course-on-child-welfare

EDITORIAL Changing course on child welfare - Windy City Times ( WCT ) just concluded a lengthy three-part series on troubles at child welfare agencies in Illinois and across the U.S. when it comes to supporting parents of children who present as transgender or gender nonconforming. As the series unfolded, WCT was contacted by multiple additional families who were terrified of agents from the government, including the ...


National-groups-respond-to-WCTs-DCFS-investigation

National groups respond to WCT's DCFS investigation - Several national advocacy organizations responded to Windy City Times' three-part investigation into Illinois DCFS and children welfare agencies nationwide removing transgender or gender nonconforming children from affirming homes. From PFLAG's national office: "PFLAG believes that all children, including transgender children, should have safe, fair and equal treatment both as candidates and as participants in foster care, and that is why ...


Little-Village-community-members-hold-rally-for-suspended-teacher

Little Village community members hold rally for suspended teacher - About 100 people attended a rally outside of Saucedo Academy to support suspended special education teacher Sarah Chambers April 18. The rally was spearheaded by Chambers' students as well as former students, Saucedo parents, fellow teachers and community leaders. Chambers told Windy City Times that she was unable to attend the rally because she is barred from being on any ...


City-pledges-new-resources-to-include-help-for-doubled-Up-homeless-families

City pledges new resources to include help for "doubled-Up" homeless families - From a press release - CHICAGO- A new analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ( CCH ) shows that 82% of homeless people in Chicago in 2015 sought shelter with relatives and friends, also known as being "doubled-up." CCH's report was released Thursday as its HomeWorks campaign joined the city of Chicago in announcing the city's new school-based housing initiative. The Housing Homeless Families ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Final Part of a 3-Part Series LGBTQ activist Dee McCord has spent her adult life engaged in ensuring equality for all while building her four Chicago businesses with a comparable pride for the history of the city. In the summer of 2015, McCord leased and renovated the 102-year-old Alvin Theatre on Chicago's West Side, transforming it into The Shapiro Ballroom. ...


Trans-advocacy-groups-demand-DCFS-stop-stealing-trans-kids

Trans-advocacy groups demand DCFS stop stealing trans kids - Motivated by the case of a transgender child that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) seized from an affirming home, members of the Chicago-based Trans Liberation Collective, the Chicago BTGNC Collective and the Chicago Two Spirit Society have organized themselves under the hashtag #StopStealingTransKids. A press conference held in front of the DCFS Thompson Center ...


Avas-Change4Youth-collects-votes-to-raise-visual-awareness-of-youth-homelessness

Ava's Change4Youth collects votes to raise visual awareness of youth homelessness - From a press release - Young activist Ava Santos-Volpe, age 12, is a girl on a mission. While working on a class leadership project two years ago, Ava asked a youth homelessness advocate to visit her school to discuss Chicago's youth housing crisis. After learning more, Ava decided she needed to help — but didn't know how. That summer, while on a family trip to ...


30-Under-30-Awards-to-honor-youth-nominations-sought-

30 Under 30 Awards to honor youth, nominations sought - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 21. Like last year, the event will take place at Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 ...


Queer-special-ed-teacher-suspended-indefinitely

Queer special-ed teacher suspended indefinitely - On April 6, the day of her middle school's GSA dance, openly queer Saucedo Academy special education teacher Sarah Chambers received an email letter from Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) telling her that she was suspended indefinitely, pending further action. Speaking with Windy City Times, Chambers said the letter gave no reason for the suspension; however, later that day ...


New-Nevada-law-Child-welfare-juvenile-justice-agencies-must-respect-gender-identity-

New Nevada law: Child welfare, juvenile justice agencies must respect gender identity - From a press release - ( Carson City, NV — April 11, 2017 ) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 99, a bill that requires child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in Nevada to treat transgender children in their care in accordance with their gender identity. The law also requires child welfare agency and juvenile justice staff as well as foster parents ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children-Part-Two

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part Two - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - In the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, a family has been raising their transgender daughter Amy ( alias ) in an affirming home. According to the mother Donna ( alias ), Amy started presenting at 18 months of age. Donna began her conversation with Windy City Times describing her daughter with a proud energy and laughed as she talked about ...


New-social-campaign-tells-youth-smart-sex-is-sexy

New social campaign tells youth smart sex is sexy - From a press release - Sexperts: they're the people in your life who you turn to for helping navigating the good, the bad and the uncomfy in your sex life. In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, April 10, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching Sexperts Slay, a celebration of those wise warriors in our lives who own good sex practices ...


Can-the-Child-Welfare-System-Handle-Trans-Children

Can the Child Welfare System Handle Trans Children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Part One of a Series On Nov. 8, 1978, the United States Congress enacted a law that would "establish standards for the placement of Indian children in foster or adoptive homes, to prevent the breakup of Indian families, and for other purposes." The Indian Child Welfare Act was the result of hearings which began four years earlier. In their ...


New-GLAAD-Study-Reveals-Twenty-Percent-of-Millennials-Identify-as-LGBTQ-

New GLAAD Study Reveals Twenty Percent of Millennials Identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll, which shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. The survey — fielded online November 2-4, 2016 among 2,037 U.S. adults ages 18 ...


An-analysis-of-the-state-foster-care-system

An analysis of the state foster-care system - ACLU is advocating for better outcomes for LGBT youth The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has had an official policy on caring for LGBT youth in foster care since 2001, according to DCFS sources. But it seems that many of the people responsible for enforcing that policy are unaware of its existence. While it does require caregivers to ...


Notable-youth-to-be-honored-with-30-Under-30-Awards-nomination-open

Notable youth to be honored with 30 Under 30 Awards, nomination open - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 21. Like last year, the event will take place at Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 ...


Anniversary-of-Kings-assassination-marked-with-citywide-teach-in-April-4

Anniversary of King's assassination marked with citywide teach-in April 4 - From a press release - Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black ...


Emotion-regulation-vital-to-HIV-STI-prevention-in-Black-teens-with-mental-illness

Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( March 27, 2017 ) — Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it's estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a ...


Anti-trans-forces-try-to-influence-April-4-Palatine-area-school-board-election

Anti-trans forces try to influence April 4 Palatine-area school board election - As April 4 general elections loom in suburban Cook and collar county municipalities, few local school board races will be watched more closely than that of Township High School District 211, in the Northwest suburbs including Palatine, where board members have long been grappling with public accommodations rules for its transgender students. Some local parents formed a coalition with both ...


Bring-in-Da-Funk-celebrates-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliances-10th-Night-of-Noise-

Bring in Da Funk celebrates Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's 10th Night of Noise - From a press release - Each year, students all across the country participate in an annual protest to call attention to the silence LGBTQ+ youth endure. A lasting legacy from the merging of the Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation ( CESO ) and GLSEN Chicago, Day of Silence is one of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's largest annual youth events. Thousands of pins, shirts, and ...


Adler-president-reveals-HIV-status

Adler president reveals HIV status - For Raymond Crossman—president of Adler University, a Chicago school for social and health sciences—the recent weeks under the Trump Administration have played out eerily similar to the years under the Reagan Administration. That unease led Crossman to make an important decision. On March 11, Salon printed a commentary wherein Crossman publicly disclosed his HIV status for the first time. "I ...


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. The honorees will be notified in May and officially recognized in late June. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether ...


Forging-from-Fire-March-23-26

'Forging from Fire' March 23-26 - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will perform Forging from Fire at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on March 23-26. Forging from Fire tells of the various journeys that individual ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships as well as how circumstances, behaviors and choices can create compromising situations. This is the first stop of a ...


Boston-LGBTQ-youth-theater-group-first-to-receive-White-House-honor-

Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive White House honor - The night following Moonlight's win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater—the country's longest running LGBTQ youth theater company—celebrated a first, too, with a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented last November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. Receiving the award is a ...


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Night Ministry group seeks to empower homeless youth - Last February, Candace Musick—youth development manager for The Night Ministry, which offers services to the homeless in Chicago—held a focus group at the Home Run Inn pizza restaurant in Lake View. The group, composed of homeless and formerly homeless Chicago youth, had come together to brainstorm the best way to create a unified youth leadership team that integrated young people ...


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Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit - Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) invites young imaginations to reign in a castle fit for royalty at their new Once Upon a Castle, now open. In this original exhibit, children hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. The Once ...


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Youth center opens in Washington Park - C2P Youth Center has reopened at Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr., on Tuesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. The center offers services to LGBTQ youth and allies ages 12-24, including youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Services include HIV testing as well as STI testing and treatment. Individuals can receive other health services, including pregnancy tests, cold and flu care, and ...


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Groundbreaking held for Rogers Park housing facility - Celebrated transgender advocate, philanthropist and business leader Col. Jennifer Pritzker, alongside 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore, architect Zisong Feng, TAWANI Chief Investment Officer Mary F. Parthe and Pepper Construction Executive Vice President Scot Pepper, took up shovels during a March 3 groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art affordable housing facility in Rogers Park. According to a press release, the building is ...


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LGBT Groups meet with DOE Secretary DeVos - From a press release - The following statement was issued by Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, on a meeting held with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and parents who have been affected by ...


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Pro-LGBT groups, families meet with DeVos - Families and a trio of pro-LGBT organizations met with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Feb. 8. According to a press release from GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard, "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators ...


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Mayor Emanuel visits tiny home model - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the Pride Action Tank tiny home model March 3, along with Ald. Ray Lopez and Lisa Morrison Butler, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The model, located for three more months at 4631 S. Marshfield, is part of an effort, funded by Alphawood Foundation and Polk Bros. Foundation, to advocate for ...


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DCFS, Advocate accused of misgendering trans child - A Chicago woman and parent of a transgender child Kathy Blazer-Williams has leveled charges against both Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) that they have not only seized the transgender child of a friend but are misgendering her, referring to her with a male name and forcing her ...


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'Empire' stars visit BYC - MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam/MAC AIDS Fund spokespeople—and Empire co-stars—Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett visited Howard Brown Health's Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) on Feb. 13. After several years in temporary quarters, BYC has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on Feb. 22. ...







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