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  Black gay caucus seeks leaders

The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus is looking for a program manager and an equity coordinator. The program manager is responsible for the success of the organization's community-engagement programs. These include Caucus Corps, its membership network; ...


  CFW announces 'Talk It Out' series

Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) announced the fourth annual Talk It Out—a week-long conversation series designed to spark understanding among women and men, girls and boys, about gender bias. The series will kick off ...


  DePaul U. College of Law to hold summit, panels on combating sex trafficking

CHICAGO — The state of affairs of sex trafficking in the city of Chicago and what can be done to combat modern day slavery will be addressed in panel discussions on Feb. 11 during the 2019 ...


  Howard Brown annual meeting March 21

Howard Brown Health is inviting staff, patients and community supporters to its annual meeting, to be held Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m., at Macy's on State Street, 111 N. State St., in the Narcissus Room on ...


  Catrina Howard talks veteran life, founding female veteran housing project

U.S. Navy veteran Catrina Howard's journey in the military and into veteran activism began after she graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chicago's Albany Park. "I was not sure if I wanted to attend college, so ...


  Howard Brown helps advisory network for trans, GNC health

Howard Brown Health announced its participation in a community-led research advisory network that will support the development of patient-centered research projects focused on addressing the health needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people ( TGNC ). ...


  AHF Applauds President's Commitment to End HIV Epidemic in US

WASHINGTON ( February 5, 2019 ) AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) applauded President Trump for his commitment to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S., made this evening in his State of the Union address: ...


  New survey published on sexual and gender minorities in Western Kenya

Some of the first published findings on the demographics and experiences of lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender people assigned female at birth in sub-Saharan Africa A new survey from Western Kenya finds economic empowerment, LGBT acceptance ...


  Community closings, delays announced

Due to the extreme cold, the Jan. 30 issue of Windy City Times will experience a delayed delivery, for the safety of our delivery personnel. Copies of the paper should be fully distributed to all of ...


  Scholarships available for LGBT health event

A limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of conference registration is available to individuals in financial need who wish to attend the National LGBTQ Health Conference May 31-June 1 in Atlanta's Emory University. ( ...


  LGBTQ parenting roundtable Jan. 31

An LGBTQ parenting roundtable will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Cradle is hosting a roundtable discussion designed to promote an honest and open dialogue about ...


  Researchers now recruiting for new study of Chicago-area bisexual men

January, 2019 Chicago, IL- Researchers are now recruiting Chicago-area bisexual men for new study, the Men's Daily Experiences Study ( MeDES ). Led by Dr. Wendy Bostwick of UIC's College of Nursing and Dr. Brian Dodge ...


  Chicago Park District has 142 locations as warming centers

The Chicago Park District announced that 142 park locations are now available as warming centers. All Chicago Park District warming centers will be open under normal park location operating hours, unless otherwise posted. Operating hours for ...


  WORLD Angola's pro-gay move, sterilization ruling, 'Queer Eye'

Angola has finally decriminalized the "vices against nature" provision in its law—widely interpreted to be a ban on same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch reported. Taking things one step further, the government has also prohibited discrimination against ...


  NATIONAL Conversion therapy, E.J. Johnson, anti-LGBT attacks

Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the "Conversion Therapy for Consumers under a Conservatorship or Guardianship Amendment Act of 2018," also known as ACT 22-573—a bill that extends Washington, D.C.'s conversion therapy protections for LGBTQ youth to also ...


  Howard Brown names new policy manager

Howard Brown Health has announced that Aisha Davis has been named the manager of policy and advocacy for the Center for Education, Research and Advocacy ( ERA ). ERA's advocacy team focuses on initiatives that improve ...


  Biden Foundation releases "As You Are" animated educational acceptance video

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its family and community acceptance campaign, As You Are, and in partnership with the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, the ...


  Brian Bond Named New Executive Director of PFLAG National

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation's first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ+ ) people, their families, and allies—announced that Brian Bond will join the organization as its new Executive Director, ...


  Man Up Medical co-founder looks to past to shape present

Dean Hervochon dispenses words of advice like they are business cards. He is the guy who knows everything, as his friends tell him, and he's not full of cliche mottos, either—they all come from personal experience. ...


  Anti-bullying laws including sexual orientation associated with fewer suicides

Sexual minority youth have a higher prevalence of bullying and attempted suicide than non-sexual minority youth. New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( ...


  Deadline looms for LGBT community-needs survey

Members of the Chicago region's LGBT community have until the end of the month to take part in an extensive survey measuring the health and socio-economic needs and concerns. Chicago-based consultancy the Morten Group is conducting ...


  WORLD Israel medical group, India's ban, Chechnya detention

Members who perform conversion therapy could now be expelled from the Israel Medical Association ( IMA )—which represents 90 percent of the country's doctors—if a complaint is filed to its ethics committee, Haaretz reported. "The treatments ...


  Report highlights lack of support for student survivors of domestic violence

A report published by Chicago's Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law shows that while coverage of the incidence of sexual abuse in Chicago Public Schools has spurred critical dialogue around how school officials respond to ...


  Howard Brown Health changes clinical leadership

Howard Brown Health announced changes to its medical leadership structure in response to growth across its citywide network. With 10 clinical locations across the city—and an 11th location opening in Humboldt Park in 2019—Howard Brown has ...


  Wisconsin state employees to have hormone, gender-surgery insurance coverage

As of Jan. 1, an insurance exclusion for transgender surgery for Wisconsin state employees has been removed, reported. In August, the state's Group Insurance Board reversed itself to vote in favor of hormone and gender-surgery ...


  WORLD Conversion therapy, Lebanese group, Japanese marriage suit

Two separate petitions launched earlier this year in Canada asking the government to ban conversion therapy have amassed a combined 70,000 signatures, PinkNews reported. The first petition calls on Canada's government to ban conversion therapy for ...


  1,000 LGBT youth protected from conversion therapy in 2018, five states pass laws

New estimates from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law find that 1,000 LGBT youth ages 13 to 17 will be protected from conversion therapy by a licensed health care professional in the five U.S. ...


  MOMBIAN The LGBTQ parenting year in review

LGBTQ parents and our children faced significant challenges to equality and inclusion in 2018—but there was still some progress. Here are the highlights of the year, both good and bad. —The continued spread of religious exemption ...


  Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek on medical award, Dr. Tamara O'Neal

For 25 years, renowned physician Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek has been treating patients and teaching medical students and residents the ins and outs of clinical emergency medicine in Chicago. Vanden Hoek has served as University of ...


  Lesbian couple talk relationship, softball, bone-marrow search

During the summer of 1989, Betty Kollar and Julie Iverson met through a mutual friend and began hanging out at the now-defunct lesbian club, Paris Dance, after their 16-inch softball games. Soon after, on May 5, ...


  On the 12th day of Christmas, my stylist gave to me...

By Vee L. Harrison

Remember the classic Christmas jingle…12 Days of Christmas? Imagine for 12 straight days receiving something from your stylist—a fashion must-have, a grooming service, or the sexiest hairstyle 2019 has to offer. Windy City Times remixed the ...


  Activists reflect on 30-year anniversary of Chicago Human Rights Ordinance

In a fight that started in the early 1970s and ended 30 years ago this month, Chicagoans fought against bigotry and ignorance inside and outside of City Hall to eventually pass a law covering anti-gay bias. ...


  ACLU: Schools must not limit talk of sexual orientation as "disruptive"

CHICAGO — Discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity are appropriate topics for middle school students, and schools should not limit such discussions in the lunchroom or hallways, or during time when students are not receiving ...


  Miller Lite offers free and discounted CTA and Uber on NYE

CHICAGO ( December 17, 2018 ) — For the seventh consecutive year, the Original Light Beer is partnering with Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ) and Chicago Beverage Systems to help residents and visitors celebrate New ...


  Lisa Madigan and coalition of of AGs file to protect Affordable Care Act

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing an expedited motion to prevent disruption to Americans' healthcare and to challenge Friday's opinion in Texas v. HHS, which ruled ...


  Analysis of LGBT Movement Finds Revenues, Individual, In-kind Contributions Up

Boulder, CO, December 18, 2018—In a series of increasingly hostile attacks, the Trump Administration has targeted lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans, attempting to dismantle hard-won protections secured over the last decade. The ...


  WORLD Depression study, HIV conference, Kenya attack

In England, research has found that young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, The Guardian reported. LGB 16-to 21-year-olds ...


  AMA criticizes Obamacare ruling

Saying that the Affordable Care Act's ( ACA's ) mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and the rest of the law cannot stand without it, Judge Reed O'Connor of the Federal District Court ...


  Christine Hallquist talks about 'Denial' documentary

By Danielle Solzman

A few weeks ago, Windy City Times had talked with former Vermont gubernatorial candidate Christine D. Hallquist about a new documentary, Denial. The film covers Hallquist's energy work while also confronting her gender transition, all the ...


  Fed. Court Orders Idaho Prison to Provide Medically Urgent Confirmation Surgery

BOISE, ID.—The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho issued a preliminary injunction late yesterday in Edmo v. Idaho Department of Correction ( IDOC ), ordering the IDOC to provide Adree Edmo, a Native American ...


  Coming out to your kids in midlife

How to navigate tough conversations and a new family model

When the parents of Natalie Perry and her sister sat their girls down for a family meeting, Perry learned that their father, a chief judge for the Court of Appeals in Boise, Idaho, was gay. The ...


  CTA agrees to pay for transgender man's surgery

Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ) will pay for the surgery needed by a male transgender employee after the city agency and its insurance provider initially refused, saying such procedures were only covered for patients with ...


  SWZLE, part of the reusable straw revolution


Reusable straws have become a central focus in helping to preserve the environment—so much so that banning plastic straws was an issue on the Chicago ballots during the recent midterm elections. To that end, former Chicago ...


  Gaylon Alcaraz on new job, activism and campaign lessons

Longtime activist and marathon runner Gaylon Alcaraz has been speaking out on LGBTQ equality, anti-violence initiatives, housing rights, gender equality, health prevention and reproductive rights for nearly 25 years. Alcaraz began this journey by writing letters ...


  Study finds young Black men have higher HIV rates, despite less unsafe sex

A new Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study says that young Black men who have sex with men ( MSM ) are 16 times more likely to have an HIV infection than their white peers—despite ...


  Biden Foundation shares stories of acceptance, rejection by families of LGBTQ youth

Launches "As You Are" story map

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Biden Foundation today announced it has collected almost 500 stories of family and community acceptance and rejection as part of its "As You Are" campaign, many of which can now be read on a ...


  NATIONAL Gay doctor, PFLAG death, Emma Gonzalez, 'pumping'

NBC News recently profiled Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who the outlet called the "radical gay doctor" behind New York City's declining HIV rate. Daskalakis—deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department ...


  National Black Justice Coalition on Impact of HIV/AIDS Epidemic on Black communities

WASHINGTON — In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1 and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice ...


  Planned Parenthood launches initiative reaffirming reproductive care as standard care

NEW YORK, NY — Today, Planned Parenthood launches "This is Health Care," a national awareness effort aimed at reinforcing that reproductive and women's health services are standard medical care. "Reproductive health care is health care. Women's ...


  BUSINESS Black-owned store offers beauty items in Westchester

By Vee L. Harrison

Princess Dempsey was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and attended high school in Hillside. She's a resident of Broadview and a businessowner of three businesses in nearby Westchester. Growing up she knew ...


  Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force holds first community forum

The newly formed Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force ( CBHTF ) held a World Café style community forum sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Nov. 12 at University Center on State Street. The task force ...


  Doc explores meth use by LGBT persons of color

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Michael Rice was among those those on hand to discuss the prevalence and circumstances of crystal methamphetamine use among LGBT persons of color on Nov. 16. The discussion came about following a discussion of ...


  Missing woman last seen in River West

Stephanie "Stevie" Acosta, 26, was reported missing Nov. 19 after she was last seen in Chicago's River West area, in the 500 block of North Desplaines Street, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Acosta, described as white, ...


  Illinois HIV Care Connect offers Good Health Is More Than Health Care Quiz, resouces

Springfield, Ill. — As part of a continuing effort to assist people living with HIV who are affected by social determinants of health, Illinois HIV Care Connect today introduced "Good Health Is More Than Health Care" ...


  LGB adults half as likely to have guns at home compared to heterosexuals

LGB adults are more likely than heterosexuals to support gun control policies. An estimated 18.8% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual ( LGB ) adults in the United States have guns in their home, compared to 35.1% ...


  THE AMAZON TRAIL Going to the doctor

"Visiting the doctor doesn't have to be all gloom and doom," said my sweetheart. "We can make it fun." Remember the all-powerful, usually white male doctors of childhood? From the waiting room you could hear kids ...


  The Merion offers an LGBT-inclusive senior living experience

Nestled three short blocks away from Lake Michigan in downtown Evanston, the Merion offers older adults a place to live and thrive while also meeting their needs as they age. According to its website, the Merion ...


  The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce honoring Heels & Hardhats

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce ( NNGLCC ) will be honoring several organizations during the 2018 NGLCC National Dinner—including local company Heels & Hardhats Contracting Corp. The Byron, Illinois-based company ( headed by same-sex couple ...


  Komen raises $600K during October

Throughout October, Komen Chicago raised more than $600,000 during this year's Breast Cancer Action Month. These funds come in large part from Komen Chicago's 2018 Gala—an Oct. 27 event with the theme "The Greatest Show Under ...


  Erie marks success in HIV-suppression rates

BChicago-based Erie Family Health Centers announced in late October that it had reached its highest-ever success rates—about 93.4 percent—in HIV-positive patients achieving suppressed viral loads. About 49 percent of Americans living with HIV are virally suppressed. ...


  Weiss psychologist earns WPATH award

Weiss Memorial Hospital's Randi Ettner, Ph.D., received the Distinguished Education and Advocacy Award from the World Professional Association For Transgender Health ( WPATH ) for her significant contributions for transgender health and rights through education and ...


  AMA policy supports services for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence

CHICAGO — While intimate partner violence ( IPV ) can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples, efforts to address this public health problem have remained mostly focused on heterosexual women despite other populations experiencing IPV at ...


  PFLAG's Northern Illinois chapter holds 'Positivity' conference

PFLAG Northern Illinois held its fall conference, "Power of Positivity: Time to Thrive," Nov. 10 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights. Among the events of this day-long conference were remarks by Diversity and Inclusion Consultant ...


  Nationwide coalition of LGBTQ groups supporting Affordable Care Act outreach

WASHINGTON, DC — Out2Enroll announced today the expansion of its nationwide coalition of 70 national, state, and local LGBTQ and allied organizations committed to educating LGBTQ consumers about the health insurance options available under the Affordable ...


  Diane Robinson talks Chicago Voice Center

When Diane Robinson became a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher in 2010, she decided to take that knowledge and start the Chicago Voice Center ( CVC ). Shortly after getting her certificate, Robinson began teaching at Cal ...


  Open enrollment for ACA insurance underway

The open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace insurance plans is underway, and will remain so through Dec. 15. A number of community health facilities and advocacies have navigators in place to walk community ...


  WORLD Abuse investigation, Australian principal, trade agreement

A coalition of international partners, including the United States, announced plans to investigate alleged anti-gay abuses in Chechnya that have sparked worldwide condemnation, The Washington Blade reported. A 16-member group of countries in the Organization for ...


  Routledge Handbook of LGBTQIA policy out

The Routledge Handbook of LGBTQIA Administration and Policy, with Wallace Swan as editor, is now available. It is the first book to utilize up-to-the-minute empirical data to examine "post-factual" changes affecting traditional assumptions of LGBTQ public-policy ...


  NATIONAL Medical first, Tim Cook, N.Y. intersex protest

Two married women—Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter—have become the first couple to carry the same baby, reported. Typically, one mother will hold and birth the child, and the couple will use a sperm donor; however, fertility ...


  Intersex-rights activists stage train 'takeover'

About 25 activists observed Intersex Awareness Day Oct. 26 with a protest on Chicago Transit Authority trains, calling attention to a local hospital's performing of what they say are medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex youngsters. Many ...


  Mercer's, Marsh's BRGs hosts inclusive benefits discussion

Mercer Global Benefits Consultant Dr. Diego Ramirez was the featured speaker at an Out & Equal Chicagoland Citywide Pride event Oct. 16 at Mercer's Chicago offices. The Pride Business Resource Groups ( BRG ) of both ...


  Intersex-Affirming Hospital Policy Guide Published

( New York, NY ) — Friday, October 26 marks Intersex Awareness Day. interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have recently released the nation's first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete ...


  'Wig' out! HalloWig raises funds for Lurie

Things got pretty hairy at Sidetrack for their HalloWig party, Saturday, October 20. Bewigged participants pitched in to help raise over $5,000 for Lurie Children's Hospital. The party was hosted by Sidetrack resident Dixie Lynn Cartwright. ...


  Transilient project tells non-binary, trans stories

As Basil Soper was soaking in the silence of a ten-day meditation retreat a few years ago, he began forming the blueprint for Transilient, a traveling photo and interview-based project of which he is the founder ...


  Longtime activists reflect on trans community issues

In a talk she took part in Oct. 16 at Lake View Presbyterian Church, activist Stefanie Clark said that she and co-speaker Gloria Allen are "sisters from different mothers." Both women discussed their lives, as well ...

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