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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


ALMA-announces-scholarship-at-event

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


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

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


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

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


Unplugged-performance-to-tackle-rape-suicide

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


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

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


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

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


Chicago-LGBTQ-Job-Fair-Oct-22

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Town-hall-focuses-on-bullying-prevention

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


UIC-receives-national-award-for-diversity

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


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

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


UIC-receives-national-award-for-diversity

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


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

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


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

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


Life-Twelve

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Youth-counselor-talks-Night-of-Hope-suicide-prevention-

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


Study-19-of-LA-County-foster-youth-identify-as-LGBTQ

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


GLSEN-launches-25-Days-for-Safer-Schools

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


Honors-roll-in-for-UIC-researcher-

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


Depression-Not-just-the-word-of-the-day

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


Report-has-what-youth-of-color-think-about-LGBT-agenda

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


VIEWS-The-stigma-of-Black-suicide-is-killing-us-

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


Possibilities

Possibilities - A recurring column - In the words of Audrey Hepburn, "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible." This is a motto I naturally felt when I began working with Teen Living Programs and once I moved into Belfort House. Before that, I felt as if the more I did, the less recognition I received. And even worse, the more I expressed myself, ...


Campus-Prides-LGBT-friendliest-schools

Campus Pride's LGBT-friendliest schools - Campus Pride has announced the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. According to a press release, "the listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way." Among area schools listed are Indiana University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Chicago, the University ...


Campus-Pride-lists-50-LGBT-friendly-colleges-universities

Campus Pride lists 50 LGBT-friendly colleges, universities - From a press release - Friday, August 15, 2014 - Campus Pride announced today the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way. University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale are in the top ...


Investigation-exposes-housing-discrimination-in-suburbs

Investigation exposes housing discrimination in suburbs - From a press release - Winnetka, IL, August 13, 2014 — Open Communities has completed a three-year project to investigate and address discrimination against all persons protected under the Federal Fair Housing Act, including the underrepresented populations of immigrants, seniors, and the homeless in 16 of Chicago's northern suburbs. Open Communities investigated discriminatory practices in housing markets ( from Lincolnwood to Highwood to Park Ridge ...


Wheaton-among-LGBT-unfriendliest-schools

Wheaton among LGBT-unfriendliest schools - The Princeton Review released its annual list of "The Best 379 Colleges," ranking California's Stanford University as the most LGBT-friendly college in the nation, LGBTQ Nation reported. The review also listed its most LGBT-unfriendly schools, with Illinois' Wheaton College listed third, behind College of the Ozarks ( in Point Lookout, Missouri ) and Grove City College ( in Grove City, ...


Homestretch-youth-homeless-doc-at-Siskel

'Homestretch' youth homeless doc at Siskel - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Homestretch, a new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, will have its theatrical premiere run at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago from September 12th - 18th. September 12-18 Chicago screenings of THE HOMESTRETCH: Friday, September 12 at 8:15 pm Co-presented by ...


NC-court-says-stepparents-can-maintain-contact-with-children

NC court says stepparents can maintain contact with children - From a news release - ( Trenton, NJ, August 6, 2014 )—Today, an appellate court in New Jersey issued a decision recognizing that a same-sex stepparent who has raised a child from a young age can seek custody or visitation with the child if it is in child's best interests. The court recognized that every child has a strong interest in maintaining a relationship with ...


Eychaner-Foundation-launches-1000-Kids-for-Iowa

Eychaner Foundation launches '1,000 Kids for Iowa' - The Eychaner Foundation held a press conference to announce a major new crisis initiative to relocate children incarcerated along the southwestern border of the United States to Iowa. Gay businessman Rich Eychaner, brother of Chicago gay businessman Fred Eychaner, started the program. The program, called "1,000 Kids for Iowa," will involve local communities, churches and individuals registering their willingness to ...


Black-Youth-Project-Report-How-youth-view-LGBT-agenda

Black Youth Project Report: How youth view LGBT agenda - From a press release - Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation. But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, less is known about how young people view the ...


The-Barcus-Bunch-Single-gay-dad-on-unconditional-parenting

The Barcus Bunch: Single gay dad on unconditional parenting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dan Barcus is a single, gay dad living in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago who has said is a lackluster housekeeper and a terrible cook. Still, the parenting experience has been overwhelmingly positive, he said. And quite memorable—times five—and why, along with Little City Foundation and the Allendale Association, he is encouraging more people to think about becoming foster ...


MOMBIAN-How-the-makers-of-DD-won-my-familys-heart

MOMBIAN How the makers of D&D won my family's heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I played the original Dungeons & Dragons ( D&D ) game in high school, back in the early '80s. I've been delighted to see it is experiencing a resurgence—and capturing my son's interest as well. A recent encounter made me love the game, and the company behind it, even more. Beginning the adventure During the July 4th week, my ...


GLSEN-calls-for-further-guidance-on-gender-identity-protections-

GLSEN calls for further guidance on gender identity protections - From a GLSEN press release - July 25, 2014—As reported today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has granted religious exemptions under Title IX to Simpson University in California and Spring Arbor University in Michigan that allow the colleges to discriminate against transgender students. This news comes a few weeks after an identical exemption to George Fox University was made public. In the ...


LGB-parents-and-their-kids-doing-despite-heterosexism-

LGB parents and their kids doing despite heterosexism - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new report finds that despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts—including healthcare, legal and school systems—lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) parents and their children are functioning quite well. Co-authored by Williams Visiting Scholar, Abbie E. Goldberg; Williams Visiting Scholar, Nanette K. Gartrell; and Williams Distinguished Scholar, Gary Gates; the report provides an overview of the contemporary ...


LGBT-youth-more-likely-than-heterosexual-youth-to-try-suicide

LGBT youth more likely than heterosexual youth to try suicide - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— According to a new study authored by several contributing experts published in the American Journal of Public Health, sexual minority youth had higher prevalence than heterosexual youth of each of 6 outcomes studied, including self-harm, feeling sad, and suicide ideation, planning, and attempts. The study, using a large sample pooled from probability samples across the U.S., adds to ...


Youth-homeless-summit-releases-task-force-survey

Youth homeless summit releases task force survey - As a followup to the Windy City Times' 2014 LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit, organizers released an online survey to have people indicate their interest in being part of short-term task forces on a wide range of issues, including issues around job training, food, storage, laundry, housing, DCFS, legal and public policy issues. There are two choices for each subject area: ...


Report-looks-at-youth-of-color-views-on-LGBT-agenda

Report looks at youth of color views on LGBT agenda - From a press release - Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation. But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, less is known about how young people view the ...


Vernita-Gray-LGBTQ-youth-fund-holds-inaugural-fundraiser

Vernita Gray LGBTQ youth fund holds inaugural fundraiser - About 40 people attended the Vernita Gray LGBTQ Youth Fund inaugural fundraiser at Windjammer Room, 6033 N. Sheridan Rd., July 8. Gray's widow, Pat Ewert, hosted the event. Activist and community leader Mary Morten ( Gray's longtime friend ) served as the emcee for the evening. Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-16&AGALLERY=VGrayYouthFunder . "Several months ago Pat and I were ...


Georgia-man-sues

Georgia man sues - A former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Georgia, Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man, according to LGBTQ Nation. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May after announcing on Facebook that he planned to marry ...


Report-outlines-workplace-barriers-for-LGBT-youth-

Report outlines workplace barriers for LGBT youth - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — This generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth is unlike any previous generation. While individual experiences vary, many are coming out earlier and expressing their gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, unemployment for young people under age 25 has been more than twice the national average for years, and the challenges facing young people ...


Alliance-names-Anthony-Papini-new-executive-director

Alliance names Anthony Papini new executive director - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Board of Directors at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( the "Alliance" ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Papini as its new Executive Director. Anthony is currently the Founding Director for the LGBTQA Resource Center at Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to his position at the University, Anthony served as the Director of Scholarships at Pride Foundation ...


Film-about-adoption-premieres-at-Center

Film about adoption premieres at Center - Filmmaker Jean Strauss premiered her documentary A Simple Piece of Paper—about Illinois-born adoptees accessing their birth certificates—for the first time at the Center on Halsted this past week. The Original Birth Certificate Access Bill, enacted in 2010, permits increased exchange of information between biological families by allowing adopted adults access to their original birth certificates without obtaining a court order. ...


Eychaner-Foundation-announces-1000-Kids-for-Iowa

Eychaner Foundation announces "1,000 Kids for Iowa" - From a press release - Des Moines, Iowa - The Eychaner Foundation held a press conference today at 3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 209, Des Moines, Iowa, to announce a major new crisis initiative to relocate children incarcerated along the southwestern border of the United States to Iowa. The foundation was started by gay businessman Rich Eychaner, brother of Chicago gay businessman Fred Eychaner. The ...


ISU-to-make-all-gender-restrooms-available-on-campus-

ISU to make 'all-gender' restrooms available on campus - Single-stall restrooms, or "family" restrooms, as they had been known, will now be known as "all-gender" restrooms in signage on the Illinois State University campus in Normal. The change was voluntary, and implemented after officials noticed the signage was being used on other college campuses, videtteonline.com reported July 1. Only a handful of restrooms are affected by the change, as ...


Wade-to-step-down-as-TransLife-director

Wade to step down as TransLife director - Chicago House announced July 8 that Bonn Wade, director of the organization's TransLife Center in Edgewater, will be stepping down from their position at the end of July. Wade has not announced their future plans. "When Chicago House opened up the TransLife Center over a year ago, there was just one person we wanted to be the founding Director, and ...


Buffalo-Grove-student-wins-national-award

Buffalo Grove student wins national award - Broadway in Chicago announced that Jonah Rawitz of Buffalo Grove, Illinois ( Adlai E. Stevenson High School )—representing the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards—was awarded the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor June 30 at Broadway's Minskoff Theater. The award is named in honor of James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer. Rawitz and ...


-Public-invited-to-view-youth-led-art-installation

Public invited to view youth-led art installation - Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to explore how families talk about sexuality through public art. This public art initiative ...


Film-highlights-Birth-Certificate-Access-Law

Film highlights Birth Certificate Access Law - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — Marking the 4th Anniversary of the Original Birth Certificate Access Law, which granted Illinois-born adoptees the opportunity to receive a copy of their original birth certificate for the first time, adopted state Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams will screen the film, "A Simple Piece of Paper," a film about Illinois-born adoptees who were affected by the ...


Study-Religious-counseling-associated-with-suicide-tries

Study: Religious counseling associated with suicide tries - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new study finds that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals ( LGB ) who sought mental health treatment from health care providers were no less likely to attempt suicide than LGB people who did not seek any treatment at all, but seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt. The study, ...


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Youth-led public art highlights need for family conversations - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ( July 1, 2014 ) Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum to explore how families talk about ...


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Play takes a look at undocumented queer youth - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that tremendous strides have been made in the past few years when it comes to same-sex marriage rights in the United States. But that doesn't mean that there aren't battles still to be won for people and groups who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum. This is why the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is turning its attention ...


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ISU to host LGBTA college conference in 2015 - Illinois State University will host the 2015 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ). The event will take place Feb. 13-15, 2015, in Normal, Ill. MBLGTACC is the largest LGBTQIA college conference in the country. It has been held each February since 1993 to promote leadership, activism, networking, diversity, health and empowerment among LGBTIA students, staff ...


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Supreme Court lets stand CA's ban on ex-gay therapy - From a press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out is pleased today that the Supreme Court denied cert to a challenge to California's ban on harmful, ineffective "ex-gay" therapy for minors. California's law, S.B. 1172, was signed in 2012 and has been challenged in higher courts, the law being upheld each time. The Supreme Court's decision to let the law stand protects California minors ...


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WCT 30 Under 30 Awards presented - Windy City Times presented its 15th 30 Under 30 Awards June 26 at the Center on Halsted. Co-sponsors of the event were the Center, Chicago House and AIDS Foundation of Chicago. MC's Kirk Williamson and Scott Duff read the highlights of each of the inductees work and activism, and then each spoke briefly. The 30 range from athletes to artists, ...


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Gov. Quinn signs anti-bullying bill - Gov. Pat Quinn on June 26 signed legislation that installs protections and procedures to help students bullied in Illinois schools. "A child who is bullied is a child who is fearful of learning [and] fearful of coming to school," Quinn said at the signing, which was held at Skinner West Elementary School, 1260 W. Adams St. "We cannot allow bullying ...


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Fighting for LGBT rights earns student scholarship - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. —- Northwestern University student, LGBT activist and hate crime survivor John ( A.J. ) Singletary was named a Point Foundation Scholar this week. The Point Foundation is the nation's largest foundation dedicated to supporting deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in college and graduate school. As a student in the University's joint JD-MBA program, a program of ...







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