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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 ...


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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 ...


Night-Ministry-group-seeks-to-empower-homeless-youth

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 ...


Childrens-Museum-hosts-inclusive-castle-exhibit

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 ...


Youth-center-opens-in-Washington-Park

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 ...


Groundbreaking-held-for-Rogers-Park-housing-facility

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 ...


Pro-LGBT-groups-families-meet-with-DeVos

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 ...


Mayor-Emanuel-visits-tiny-home-model

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 ...


DCFS-Advocate-accused-of-misgendering-trans-child

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 ...


Empire-stars-visit-BYC

'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. ...


More-than-20K-raised-at-Sleep-In-to-benefit-youth-homeless-agencies

More than $20K raised at Sleep In to benefit youth homeless agencies - Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett made a surprise appearance Feb. 24 at the second Out in the Open Sleep In to benefit youth-serving homeless projects in Chicago. More than 100 people attended the concert portion of the event, and about two dozen stayed over night inside the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., host of this year's Sleep In. More ...


Study-No-difference-among-kids-of-same-sex-different-sex-parent-families

Study: No difference among kids of same-sex, different-sex parent families - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new study found that there was no difference in child outcomes among Dutch same-sex and different-sex parent families. Based upon a nationally representative sample from the Netherlands, the study compared same-sex and different-sex parent households on children's psychological well-being, parenting stress, and the parents' use of informal and formal support in child rearing. Key findings from ...


Sonny-Apollo-From-homelessness-to-successful-artist

Sonny Apollo: From homelessness to successful artist - "One of the first things you have to learn is that you can't base your life on other people's expectations." Musician Stevie Wonder spoke those words in a reflective 1985 interview with The Los Angeles Times. Today it is a quote used on multiple occasions across the internet on social media, blogs and in articles as a catchall for those ...


Seminary-offering-LGBTQ-scholarships

Seminary offering LGBTQ scholarships - Bexley Seabury Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.—one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church—announced receipt of a $279,000 grant to fund three three-year Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarships for entering Master of Divinity students from the LGBTQ community. The grant—which two anonymous donors established through the Central Indiana Community Foundation—stipulates that the scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, ...


Broadway-Youth-Center-launches-Uptown-location-

Broadway Youth Center launches Uptown location - After several years in temporary quarters, Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on feb. 22. In his remarks, David Munar, president and CEO of Howard Brown Health, which operates BYC, said, "We've worked the last three years to get to this place ...


Trump-administration-may-plan-to-rescind-guidance-regarding-schools-and-trans-

Trump administration may plan to rescind guidance regarding schools and trans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded Feb. 20 to media reports that the Trump administration plans to rescind guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education regarding schools' obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This news comes on the heels of the DOJ's recent decision to eliminate the ...


Music-art-advocacy-Sleep-In-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Music, art, advocacy, Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


New-art-by-Erik-R-Sosa-on-display-at-Sleep-In-Feb-24

New art by Erik R. Sosa on display at Sleep In Feb. 24 - "No Paint Left Behind," a one-night art exhibition of new paintings by Erik R. Sosa will be unveiled Friday, Feb. 24 at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. It is part of the 2nd Out in the Open Sleep In to benefit 13 homeless agencies seeing youth. Sosa is a self-taught Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico ...


Human-Rights-Watch-plans-Kiki-screening-panel-Mar-10

Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by a panel. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who demand happiness and political power. The film is ...


GLSEN-to-DeVos-Protect-LGBTQ-youth-protections-from-Department-of-Ed-cuts-

GLSEN to DeVos: Protect LGBTQ youth protections from Department of Ed. cuts - From a press release - NEW YORK ( February 16, 2017 ) — In a recent interview with a Michigan radio program, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos telegraphed her intentions to cut what she deems "unnecessary" Department of Education programs, saying: "I can't tell you today what is being done [at the Department of Education] that's unnecessary. But I can guarantee that there are things ...


Music-art-advocacy-Sleep-In-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Music, art, advocacy: Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


LGBTA-college-confab-at-Navy-Pier-on-Feb-17-19-

LGBTA college confab at Navy Pier on Feb. 17-19 - The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) will take place Feb. 17-19 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 acquittal ...


Covenant-House-opens-in-Chicago

Covenant House opens in Chicago - Covenant House, an international youth homeless support agency, has opened its first new location in 17 years, choosing Chicago to expand its brand. They are starting as a drop-in center in the Lawson House, 30 W. Chicago Ave., but they plan to open an actual shelter later this year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Covenant House International for the official opening ...


Casting-call-for-boy-in-Spielberg-film-Feb-12-

Casting call for boy in Spielberg film Feb. 12 - Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is hosting open casting calls for the role of Edgardo in the film The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. An area casting call will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Dr., Northbrook. Online video submissions also accepted; visit https://www.castittalent.com/TKOEM by Friday, Feb. 10. No acting experience ...


Sleep-In-music-art-advocacy-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Sleep In, music, art, advocacy to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - The Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop and Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


Will-US-DoE-protect-trans-youth-young-adults-from-discrimination

Will U.S. DoE protect trans youth, young adults from discrimination? - From a press release - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Her confirmation places in jeopardy Guidance that protects over 350,000 transgender youth and young adults in the United States from discrimination in education. This fact sheet describes what's at stake and the importance of the Guidance to transgender school age youth. Secretary DeVos & ...


Estimate-150K-trans-youth-in-US

Estimate: 150K trans youth in U.S. - An estimated 0.7 percent of U.S. youth ages 13 to 17—or 150,000 youth—identify as transgender, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the United States," is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each ...


Betsy-DeVos-confirmed-US-Secretary-of-Education-groups-react

Betsy DeVos confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education, groups react - From a press release - From PFLAG National: WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—issued the following statement from Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm on today's confirmation of Betsy DeVos—decided by a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence—to the post of Secretary of Education of the United States. "On behalf of the ...


Lake-Zurich-High-School-sued-over-hazing-rituals

Lake Zurich High School sued over hazing rituals - Two former members of suburban Lake Zurich High School's football team have sued Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in federal court, alleging that they were subjected to sexual assault and degrading behavior as part of the team's hazing rituals, according to Chicago Tribune. The suit was filed Feb. 1 and also names various coaching staff and school officials ...


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Boy Scouts to allow transgender boys - The Boy Scouts of America has said it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, allowing transgender boys to join. Previously, the organization relied on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for its single-gender programs. The new policy takes effect immediately, and affects Cub and Boy scout troops. Other youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts, have already ...


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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, setting the ...


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American Theater Co., Nat'l Public Housing Museum pilot public housing curriculum - From a press release - January, 26, 2017 ( CHICAGO, IL )—American Theater Company ( ATC ) and the National Public Housing Museum ( NPHM ) are proud to announce a new partnership to co-create and pilot an educational curriculum in Chicago Public Schools based on ATC's critically acclaimed The Project( s )—a documentary play on Chicago's public housing conceived, co-written and directed by ATC's ...


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Int'l model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she's intersex, will work for youth - From a press release - New York, New York— In an effort to be true to herself and spotlight an often invisible human rights issue, internationally acclaimed fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has announced that she is intersex and will advocate for intersex bodily autonomy alongside the non-profit organization, interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth. The 29-year old Odiele is from Belgium. She is widely known ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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' ...







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