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DeVos-nominated-Sec-of-Education-Lambda-Legal-GLSEN-HRC-respond

DeVos nominated Sec. of Education, Lambda Legal, GLSEN, HRC respond - From press releases - Lambda Legal As Congress begins hearings on Betsy DeVos's nomination to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's leading non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, provided the following statement: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school. We need a Secretary ...


Survey-of-50000-youth-reveals-post-election-spike-in-bullying-harassment-

Survey of 50,000+ youth reveals post-election spike in bullying, harassment - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States. The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of ...


Estimates-show-150000-youth-ages-13-to-17-identify-as-transgender-in-US-

Estimates show 150,000 youth ages 13 to 17 identify as transgender in U.S. - From a press release - LOS ANGELES —An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13 to 17, or 150,000 youth, identify as transgender in the United States, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus ...


GLSEN-Illinois-schools-hostile-for-many-LGBTQ-secondary-students

GLSEN: Illinois schools hostile for many LGBTQ secondary students - From a press release - ILLINOIS ( January 11, 2017 ) — GLSEN today released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey, which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students. The biennial survey, which began in 1999, found that harassment and discrimination negatively affect LGBTQ students' ...


Award-named-for-Mildred-Loving-to-honor-a-young-community-hero-on-MLK-Day

Award named for Mildred Loving to honor a young community hero on MLK Day - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) January 11, 2017 — The legacy of Mildred Loving, the real-life protagonist of the critically acclaimed filmLoving, will be celebrated this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the presentation of the inaugural Mildred Loving Community Activism Award during the National Action Network's ( NAN ) MLK Jr. Day Breakfast on Monday, January 16. The Award, named ...


ALMA-announces-Creating-Change-scholarship-winners-

ALMA announces Creating Change scholarship winners - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) has announced the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship: Anthony Carrera and Carlos Fragoso. The scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latinx and allies to attend the National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change, considered the largest LGBTQ conference in ...


Chicago-Youth-Organize-Delegation-to-Attend-Jan-21-Womens-March-on-Washington-

Chicago Youth Organize Delegation to Attend Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington - CHICAGO—As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women's March on Washington - Illinois Youth Chapter will join tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle. Chicago teenagers Chloe Wagner and Morenike Fabiyi, who are juniors at Francis ...


New-president-takes-the-helm-at-Mills-College

New president takes the helm at Mills College - by Sari Staver - Growing up in a middle-class neighborhood in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Hillman's family didn't rub shoulders with academics, lawyers, or college presidents. But her parents constantly emphasized the importance of higher education, a message Hillman took to heart. Armed with four degrees, including an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, a master's degree in history from the University ...


Sleep-in-to-benefit-Chicago-youth-homeless-agencies-on-Feb-24

Sleep-in to benefit Chicago youth homeless agencies on Feb. 24 - With winter already spreading its arctic grip across the Chicago area, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter. In response to this housing crisis, a region-wide "sleep-n" will be held in Chicago's South Loop Friday night, Feb. 24, to benefit 13 organizations providing shelter, drop-in space and advocacy for youth ...


Uptown-homeless-shelter-expected-to-close-48-hours-before-Christmas

Uptown homeless shelter expected to close 48 hours before Christmas - According to Gay Liberation Network co-founder Andy Thayer, on Dec. 23 the homeless shelter in Uptown's Preston Bradley Center ( operated by Northside Housing and Support Services ) will close, leaving the 72 people who relied on it even for a single night's respite from Chicago's already brutal winter facing the holidays robbed of another of the neighborhood's dwindling options ...


Dept-of-Education-issues-report-on-8-years-of-progress-challenges

Dept. of Education issues report on 8 years of progress, challenges - From a press release - Protecting our students' civil rights is fundamental to ensuring they receive a high-quality education. Two reports released today spotlight the challenges and achievements of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ( OCR ). According to OCR's FY 2016 annual report, the number of complaints filed last fiscal year skyrocketed to a record 16,720 at a time when ...


Millennial-Impact-Project-five-year-report-A-generation-largely-eager-to-give

Millennial Impact Project five-year report: A generation largely eager to give - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS ( Nov. 29, 2016 ) — Today Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, released a five-year retrospective on the Millennial Impact Project. The project has heard from more than 75,000 millennials ( born 1980 to 2000 ) to date, providing new insights into how the generation activates and engages with the causes they care about. The report details ...


BYC-prepares-for-move-into-new-building

BYC prepares for move into new building - Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) is entering the final weeks of preparation for its move to a new Uptown location in January 2017. The drop-in center, operated by Howard Brown Health, has for some time been located at Wellington United Church of Christ, 615 Wellington Ave., but will now have its own building "entirely dedicated to youth services, and ...


Serving-the-rainbow-youth

Serving the rainbow youth - By David Thill - Several Illinois agencies are taking action to reduce the problems that are specific to LGBTQ youth in the child-welfare system. Renee Lehocky, LCSW, began her career in social services in 1989, a time when same-sex couples looking to adopt children faced obstacles in doing so, and the needs of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system were much less accounted ...


Tel-Aviv-shelter-specializes-in-helping-LGBT-youth

Tel Aviv shelter specializes in helping LGBT youth - Beit Dror, which means "House of Freedom" in English, is the only facility for LGBT youths experiencing homelessness in the Middle East. The shelter, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, has 14 beds. Lesbian, gay and bisexual clients usually can stay for up to three months, and six months in extreme cases. Transgender residents, whom authorities often have more difficulty placing ...


Sock-drive-adds-to-holiday-spirit-for-youth-at-The-Crib

Sock drive adds to holiday spirit for youth at The Crib - For the youth experiencing homelessness who enjoyed the Nov. 24 Thanksgiving dinner at The Night Ministry's Lake View shelter The Crib, there was an extra serving and it was one that had some of them literally screaming with happiness. Chicago activist, volunteer and organizer Abby Minton alongside her wife Dahlia Odishoo delivered dozens of brand new packets of socks to ...


Federal-court-rehears-gay-discrimination-case

Federal court rehears gay discrimination case - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on Nov. 30, reheard oral arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, an Indiana math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, tests whether the sex discrimination protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply ...


5th-Friendship-Dinner-for-youth-held-at-Center-on-Halsted

5th Friendship Dinner for youth held at Center on Halsted - The 38 LGBT youth experiencing homelessness who arrived for the 5th annual Friendsgiving Dinner put together with a lot of love and talent by Team 101 Chicago at the Center on Halsted's Youth Center Nov. 19 was down from the numbers who attended the four previous years, but for Chef Shiane Wilcoxen and her team of volunteers from Omega Pi ...


Youth-crisis-calls-to-Trevor-Project-go-up-in-days-following-election

Youth crisis calls to Trevor Project go up in days following election - From a press release - NEW YORK — November 15, 2016 — The election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence took many by surprise, especially young people. After a divisive campaign marked by threats of stripping LGBTQ rights, and arguably the most anti-LGBT political party platform in U.S. history, the Republicans took control of our congress and executive branch of government leading many to fear ...


First-Lady-honors-True-Colors-as-top-youth-creative-develoment-program

First Lady honors True Colors as top youth creative develoment program - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, DC ) — True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive and the country's largest and longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth theater program, today received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Represented by participant Traeshayona "Trae" Weekes, 18, True Colors was ...


New-mobile-phone-app-StreetLight-will-help-homeless-Chicago-youth

New mobile phone app StreetLight will help homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - StreetLight Chicago—a free mobile phone app designed for use by youth experiencing homelessness (to age 24) and social-service providers that support this vulnerable population—has launched. Listings include health care services, overnight shelters, drop-in centers and legal-aid programs that serve Chicago youth. The app also sends push notifications for weather emergencies, program closings and other issues vital to youth on the ...


Michelle-Obama-to-recognize-Bostons-True-Colors-Out-Youth-Theater

Michelle Obama to recognize Boston's True Colors: Out Youth Theater - From a press release - Boston-based True Colors: Out Youth Theater, the nation's longest running queer youth theater group, will receive the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. True Colors is the first LGBTQ organization in history to receive this award. True Colors is the country's longest-running queer youth theater group. The First Lady will invite the 12 winners ...


BlGTA-College-Conference-in-Chicago-in-February

BlGTA College Conference in Chicago in February - The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBGLTACC ) will take place Feb. 17-19, 2017, at Chicago's Navy Pier, and will kick off with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Cullors, an openly queer performance artist from Los Angeles, started the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter ( with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi ) in response to George Zimmerman's 2013 ...


Housing-available-for-HIV-positive-young-adults

Housing available for HIV-positive young adults - El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ), provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-24 who are struggling with housing stability and identify as LGBTQ or are HIV+. They are providing immediate enrollment for eligible individuals who are living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Residents can live at El Rescate for up ...


Project-Fierce-Chicagos-LGBTQ-youth-home-rehab-underway

Project Fierce Chicago's LGBTQ youth home rehab underway - Project Fierce Chicago ( PFC ) launched publicly in April 2013 and is the brainchild of Cassandra Avenatti. Prior to the organization's launch, Avenatti brought four other people onboard as co-founders. PFC is, according to its website, "a grassroots collective of radical social workers, youth advocates and other community members who are working together to establish community-driven, identity-affirming housing in ...


Loyola-students-interrupt-inauguration-protest-University-handling-of-sexual-assault-

Loyola students interrupt inauguration, protest University handling of sexual assault - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, November 4, 2016- A group of Loyola University Chicago students, under the name of Students for Reproductive Justice, interrupted President Rooney's inauguration ceremony. The action began in the afternoon on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. In an act of silent protest, students duct taped their mouths shut and held up a 'blood-stained' bed sheet with "Silence is Violence" written ...


Youth-Outlook-provides-LGBTQ-youth-with-support

Youth Outlook provides LGBTQ youth with support - Fifty-five percent of students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 38 percent feel unsafe because of their gender expression, according to the 2013 National School Climate Survey released by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ( GLSEN ). This lack of safety in school seems to lead many young people to seek it after they ...


Lakeview-Learning-Center-Wrigleyville-landmark-closing

Lakeview Learning Center, Wrigleyville landmark, closing - A historic landmark of progressive education is being forced to close, less than a mile from Wrigley Field just as the Chicago Cubs play in the World Series for the first time in seven decades. The City Colleges of Chicago announced on October 14th that Lakeview Learning Center, an off-campus program of Truman College, will close in May 2017. The ...


Fundraiser-stresses-the-Point-of-LGBTQ-scholarships-

Fundraiser stresses the 'Point' of LGBTQ scholarships - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At a time when college is becoming increasingly unaffordable in the United States, the need for the now 15-year work of the Point Foundation ( Point ) providing national scholarships to LGBTQ students in order for them "to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society" has ...


CPS-School-wont-host-haunted-house-depicting-Pulse-shooting

CPS: School won't host haunted house depicting Pulse shooting - A Far South Side grade school will not co-host a haunted house that contained, among other depictions, a representation of the June, 2016, shootings at the Pulse nightclub, according to CPS officials. Fernwood Elementary School, 10041 S. Union Ave., was advertised by promoters as the location of a haunted house entitled The Room: A Journey to Hell that was scheduled ...


Campaign-aims-to-end-Chicago-youth-homelessness-by-2020

Campaign aims to end Chicago youth homelessness by 2020 - Even with some of the sheer numbers of youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago and the challenges they face reinforced to an Oct. 25 audience at the Chicago loop offices of Chase Bank, it was the testimony of Unity Parenting and Counseling youth leader Caprice Williams that presented the most devastating and persuasive case for the unprecedented goal of the I ...


HRC-praises-Clintons-plan-on-bullying-500-million-effort-includes-policies-on-LGBTQs

HRC praises Clinton's plan on bullying, 500 million effort includes policies on LGBTQs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign praised Hillary Clinton's just-announced "Better than Bullying" initiative, which aims to provide students, families and educators with resources to better combat the epidemic of bullying in our nation's schools. The effort, which would include $500 million of funding in states all over the country, explicitly includes policies that would protect and provide resources ...


Event-focuses-on-potential-foster-parents-of-teens

Event focuses on potential foster parents of teens - An Oct. 22 gathering at Kennedy-King College encouraged families to open their homes for teenage foster children. Approximately 40 people attended. In a program that Jeremy Harvey—associate deputy director of in the Division of Strategic Planning and Innovations at the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services—moderated, three teens in foster care and three foster parents weighed the challenges facing ...


5-Easy-Ways-Parents-Can-Be-More-LGBTQ-friendly

5 Easy Ways Parents Can Be More LGBTQ-friendly - "The experience of being welcome or unwelcome, visible, or invisible begins in early childhood." —from Do No Harm ( article ) in Young Children, January 2010, NAEYC We parents and caregivers have the privilege and opportunity to model inclusion and acceptance every day. Here are a few tips to help ensure our LGBTQ* family and friends are welcomed and included ...


Community-members-discuss-school-for-LGBT-students

Community members discuss school for LGBT students - Video below - About 20 community advocates gathered Oct. 18 at McCormick Theological Seminary in Hyde Park for a brainstorming session about a possible LGBT-focused high school. The effort, which is the third attempt at such a school in the last several years, is initially being led by Bishop James Dukes of Pentecostal Christian Liberation Center. Dukes' initial idea is for an alternative ...


Housing-opportunities-for-youth-18-24-living-with-HIV

Housing opportunities for youth 18-24 living with HIV - From a press release - El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ), provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-24 who are struggling with housing stability and identify as LGBTQ or are HIV+. They are providing immediate enrollment for eligible individuals who are living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Residents can live at El Rescate for up ...


National-Runaway-Safeline-co-chair-discusses-its-mission-and-annual-benefit

National Runaway Safeline co-chair discusses its mission and annual benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Troy McDonald Kane is a board member of the National Runaway Safeline ( NRS ), an organization that communicates with youth across the United States who are going through a rough time in their lives. Kane, an openly gay man, talked with Windy City Times about the work of the NRS and the annual Spirit of Youth fundraising event, of ...


ALMA-announces-scholarship

ALMA announces scholarship - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) Chicago has announced its annual ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. This scholarship was developed in order to provide financial assistance to outstanding Illinois Latino LGBTQ youth leaders and youth allies to attend the annual Creating Change Conference. With ALMA, Comcast and other donors sponsoring, two young leaders will ...


USCIS-reverses-plan-to-punish-civil-disobedience-Chicago-youth-granted-DACA

USCIS reverses plan to punish civil disobedience, Chicago youth granted DACA - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Chicago immigrant rights organizer and educator Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco has received notice that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) has approved her request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ). Unzueta Carrasco had previously been denied due to "public safety concerns" cited by the Chicago USCIS Ombudsman related to ...


Governor-Signs-Bill-to-Protect-LGBT-Students-at-Private-Universities-

Governor Signs Bill to Protect LGBT Students at Private Universities - From a press release - Sacramento — California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill ( SB ) 1146, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara ( D-Bell Gardens ) and sponsored by Equality California. The bill requires private universities receiving public funds to publicly disclose if they discriminate against students with respect to gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Senate Bill 1146 requires universities that ...


-Fostering-and-adopting-teens-is-focus-of-Foster-Our-Youth-event-Oct-22-

Fostering and adopting teens is focus of Foster Our Youth event Oct. 22 - From a press release - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times and the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster our Teens" with the specific goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the ...


HRC-top-pediatric-groups-release-guide-supporting-transgender-youth

HRC. top pediatric groups release guide supporting transgender youth - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP ) and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians ( ACOP ), which together represent more than 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric specialists across the country, to release Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children [viewable at the link: http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/documents/SupportingCaringforTransChildren.pdf ] , a ...


E-Patrick-Johnson-now-heading-NUs-African-American-studies

E. Patrick Johnson now heading NU's African-American studies - E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of African-American Studies and Performance Studies, has been named the new chair of the African-American studies department at Northwestern University. Johnson is no stranger to university administrative posts, having previously served as the chair and director of graduate studies for the Department of Performance Studies. He replaces colleague and African-American Studies scholar Martha Biondi ...


Controversial-NU-professor-can-return-to-teaching

Controversial NU professor can return to teaching - A lesbian Northwestern University political science professor who was, this summer, banned from campus and student contact was, on Sept. 19, given the go-ahead to return to her job. Prof. Jacqueline Stevens was banned from contact with colleagues and students in late July in response to an exchange with a colleague that took place the previous March. Stevens maintained that ...


Educators-Tackle-Race-in-Color-of-Education-Panel-Discussion-

Educators Tackle Race in "Color of Education" Panel Discussion - From a press release - Join an esteemed panel of educators in an honest discussion of race and education at the upcoming "Color of Education" Roundtable Discussion, Thursday, October 6, 2016 the Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law. The Cradle Adoption Agency recently launched the "Our Children" education and empowerment series designed to educate parents on raising African-American children in a society still plagued ...


Point-Foundation-Scholarship-event-to-support-LGBTQ-students-

Point Foundation Scholarship event to support LGBTQ students - From a press release - Point Foundation ( Point ), which provides higher education scholarship, mentoring and leadership training to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, invites the public to help support the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. The Oct. 27 event in Chicago is an opportunity to meet Point Scholars and Alumni, enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and for individuals ...


Trevor-Project-educates-audience-on-youth-suicide-risks

Trevor Project educates audience on youth suicide risks - With anti-LGBT, and in particular anti-transgender, rhetoric on the rise during one of the most hate-filled and divisive political climates in recent history, the services provided by organizations like The Trevor Project, which has led the way in suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBT youth since 1998, have never been more imperative. On Sept. 16, the Gray Hotel ...


Safe-Schools-Alliance-hosts-annual-benefit

Safe Schools Alliance hosts annual benefit - The Illinois Safe Schools hosted their annual benefit brunch Sept. 18 at Christy Webber Landscapes on Chicago's West Side. This was their first benefit under the leadership of new Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter. Kim Hunt received the Safe Schools advocate of the year award; Harlem School District 122 received the ally of the year; and Alex McCray was named activist ...


Fostering-Our-Teens-event-Oct-22

'Fostering Our Teens' event Oct. 22 - The Call to Action: Foster our Youth! Coalition in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times and the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster our Teens" with the goal of finding foster and adoptive families for Illinois teen youth within the foster ...


Millions-to-go-purple-in-unified-stand-against-bullying-on-Spirit-Day-Oct-20-

Millions to 'go purple' in unified stand against bullying on Spirit Day, Oct. 20 - From a press release - New York — Today GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, launched the official countdown to Spirit Day, largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th, and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or 'go purple' online in a united stand against bullying and ...


Plans-revived-for-LGBT-focused-school-

Plans revived for LGBT-focused school - A symposium will be held in mid-October seeking community input for a renewed effort for an education program sensitive to the needs of LGBT students. Bishop James E. Dukes of Pentecostal Liberation Christian Center, 6810 S. Ashland Ave., is organizing the gathering, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., 10 a.m.-noon. In 2014, ...


Lambda-decries-suburban-Pittsburgh-School-District-vote-against-trans-students

Lambda decries suburban Pittsburgh School District vote against trans students - From a press release - ( New York, September 13, 2016 ) — Lambda Legal today condemned last night's 5-4 vote by the Pine-Richland School District school board in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to implement a new policy on restroom and locker room access that singles out transgender students for discriminatory treatment. "Addressing imaginary problems, a bare majority of the Pine-Richland school board reversed years of ...


ALMA-announces-Young-Latino-Leaders-For-Creating-Change-Scholarship

ALMA announces Young Latino Leaders For Creating Change Scholarship - From a press release - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) Chicago is proud to announce its annual ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. This scholarship was developed in order to provide financial assistance to outstanding Illinois Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth leaders and youth allies to attend the annual Creating Change Conference. Sponsored by ALMA, Comcast, ...


Eric-B-Eatherly-Memorial-Scholarship-established-at-Joffrey-Ballet

Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship established at Joffrey Ballet - From a press release - September 12, 2016 — A true Southern gentleman, Eric B. Eatherly contributed to Chicago's dance image003.jpgcommunity extensively, passionately and always with great generosity after making the city his home upon graduating from Northwestern University in 2001. He soon graced many stages here, dancing professionally with Hedwig Dances and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, and also appearing as a guest ...


Chicago-Filmmakers-continues-LGBTQ-Youth-Media-Project-scholarships

Chicago Filmmakers continues LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, scholarships - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers is proud to continue The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, an exciting filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming, and allied teens. The workshop will teach participants to use professional filmmaking equipment and editing software to create identity-focused work that challenges the status quo. SESSION THREE: Oct. 15th - Dec. 10th, Saturdays 3:30 - 6:30 PM ( No class ...


Chicago-Ideas-Week-includes-Wambach-Vargas-and-more

Chicago Ideas Week includes Wambach, Vargas and more - From a press release - CHICAGO — September 8, 2016 — The lineup for the sixth annual Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ), one of the largest, most affordable ideas festivals in the world from October 17-23, has officially been released with member tickets on sale now at ChicagoIdeas.com . The program will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from refugees to comedy ...


Elgin-school-allows-trans-student-locker-room-access

Elgin school allows trans student locker room access - An Elgin transgender middle school student was, on Sept. 6, allowed access to the locker room of the gender identity with which they identified. Though one District U-46 school board member did issue online objections about the matter being addressed without a board vote, school administrators maintained that the matter was resolved fairly and in compliance with federal Title IX ...


Trevor-event-Sept-16-at-Kimpton-Gray

Trevor event Sept. 16 at Kimpton Gray - People are urged to join the fight to end suicide at "A Night Out for Trevor" Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at The Kimpton Gray Hotel, 122 W. Monroe St. Out musician Steve Grand is slated to perform. The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. The organization provides crisis counseling, resources, education and ...


Trevor-Project-works-to-make-a-difference-in-the-lives-of-LGBTQ-youth

Trevor Project works to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — During National Suicide Prevention Month this September, The Trevor Project, the only national accredited suicide prevention and crisis intervention resource for LGBTQ youth under age 25, is using various forms of digital media to engage with hundreds of thousands of people about the many ways they can make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth. ...


Covenant-House-Interim-ED-has-come-home

Covenant House Interim E.D. has come home - In the 1927 William Faulkner novel Mosquitoes, Dorothy Jameson—an artist and guest on board the yacht Nausikaa—tells the young man she is trying to seduce "I think the serious things really are the things that make for happiness—people and things that are compatible, love. So many people are content just to sit around and talk about them instead of getting ...


Japanese-American-center-hosts-workshop-on-LGBTQ-affirming-spaces

Japanese-American center hosts workshop on LGBTQ-affirming spaces - The Japanese American Service Committee ( JASC ) Legacy Center hosted a Memories of Now seminar series presentation—NIKKEI QUEER: A workshop on making our spaces LGBTQ affirming—Aug. 18 at the JASC headquarters on Clark Street. JASC CEO Michael Takada spoke about the history of the organization that started as the Chicago Resettlers Committee 70 years ago this month. Takada explained ...


Wheaton-College-on-shame-list-of-worst-campuses-for-LGBT-youth

Wheaton College on "shame list" of worst campuses for LGBT youth - From a press release - Charlotte, NC….August 29, 2016,…..Campus Pride today releases its 2016 "Shame List," highlighting for the first time a national list of "The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth." The national listing includes 102 campuses, including Wheaton College in Illinois, that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices as documented on the site listing. Find the detailed list online ...


Community-welcomes-Daniel-McCarter-to-Alliance-helm

Community welcomes Daniel-McCarter to Alliance helm - Owen Daniel-McCarter, who is now the first transgender man to lead an LGBT organization, was welcomed by community members at an Aug. 25 reception at the downtown headquarters of Access Living Chicago. Daniel-McCarter was named executive director of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the Alliance ) in June, replacing Anthony Papini, who left to take a new position in his ...


La-Casa-Norte-breaks-ground-for-Pierce-House-and-Community-Center-in-Humboldt-Park

La Casa Norte breaks ground for Pierce House and Community Center in Humboldt Park - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL ) August 26, 2016 — La Casa Norte, one of Chicago's key provider of services to homeless youth and families, is excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 9th at 10:00 am, for its new vibrant Pierce House and Community Center located at 3533 W North Avenue. The new facility will become an anchor of ...


MOMBIAN-Hope-and-help-for-back-to-school-time

MOMBIAN Hope and help for back-to-school time - Back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. There are supplies to buy, schedules to arrange, and forms to fill out. For many LGBTQ parents, it can also bring up worries about our children's inclusion and safety—but it can also be an opportunity for building bridges. As I see it, there are three basic approaches we can take. First, we ...


Welcome-for-Daniel-McCarter-Aug-25

Welcome for Daniel-McCarter Aug. 25 - There will be a community welcome for new Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter on Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave. The event is free, although donations can be made. RSVP at http://welcomeowen.eventbrite.com. ...


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U.S. juvenile, criminal justice systems endanger lives, futures of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Denver, CO, August 23, 2016 — A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). Among the report's most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBT youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBT ...


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UIC among top 30 LGBTQ-friendly campuses - From a press release - Campus Pride announced today it's 2016 "Best of the Best" Top 30 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. For eight years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education. VIEW ONLINE at http://campuspride.org/campuspridetopcampuses . Campus Pride chose thirty campuses to highlight this year based on their ...


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Judge hears District 211 injunction arguments on trans student - A federal judge, on Aug. 15, heard oral arguments as to whether a transgender girl who last year won the right to use the locker room facilities in her Northwest suburban high school can continue to do so while parents and right-wing activists mount a legal challenge. Plaintiffs in the case, heard by U.S. District Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, asked ...


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CDC: LGBTQ youth face high rates of violence and bullying - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation today responded to the alarming results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) nationwide survey of high school students, which found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people are far more likely to experience violence and bullying, and attempt suicide, than their heterosexual peers. "Anti-LGBTQ bullying ...


Tiny-Homes-model-tours-in-August

Tiny Homes model tours in August - The winning design entry from the recent Tiny Homes for the Homeless competition will be on display for a few months on Chicago's Southwest Side. August tour dates are set, and additional tours available on request, editor@windycitymediagroup.com. The home, built by Price Construction, is up at 4631 S. Marshfield Ave., one block west of Ashland Avenue in the Back of ...


Covenant-House-hires-Illinois-director-

Covenant House hires Illinois director - From a press release - UPDATE Sept. 2, 2016: After an initial acceptance of the position of executive director of Covenant House Illinois, Warren K. Chapman soon announced that he would not take the position. NEW YORK—Covenant House has hired Warren K. Chapman as the first executive director of Covenant House Illinois. "After a very thorough search, we found exactly the person we need right ...


Youth-center-supporting-LGBT-young-adults-changing-workspaces

Youth center supporting LGBT young adults, changing workspaces - Tucked away in the basement of the Wellington Avenue United Church is a refuge. It's not a place to find comfort in spirituality, as one may guess, but a place for LGBTQ youth to find support in social services, medical care and much more. The Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) of Howard Brown Health is this safe haven. BYC ...


Kenosha-trans-student-alleges-school-bias

Kenosha trans student alleges school bias - A 16-year-old transgender boy sued the Kenosha ( Wisconsin ) Unified School District in federal court July 19, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The district's superintendent was also named in the suit, which alleges that the plaintiff, Ash Whitaker, was discriminated against on the basis of his gender identity. The lawsuit was filed by the Oakland, California-based Transgender Law Center ...


HRC-Foundation-Video-Features-Proud-Dads-of-Transgender-Children

HRC Foundation Video Features Proud Dads of Transgender Children - The HRC Foundation has released a first-of-its-kind web video exclusively featuring fathers of transgender children describing their experiences. The video also highlights the fear and hurt their families face due to anti-transgender prejudice and policies. The fathers highlighted in video include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family's story was also ...







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