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  NATIONAL Trans military ban, Black icons, Edie Windsor, trans art exhibit

A high-ranking officer in the California National Guard said that the group will not comply with Donald Trump's transgender military ban, LGBTQ Nation noted. "As long as you fight, we don't care what gender you identify ...


  Trans art show launches Feb. 14

Chicago Therapy Collective is presenting the exhibit "Trans Art Is: Love & Liberation." An opening ceremony will take place at Andersonville Gallery, 5247 N. Clark St., on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Just some of the ...


  10 questions with Vic: Ashlee Marie Preston

Ashlee Marie Preston is an award-winning Media Personality, Producer and Civil Rights Activist. She is historically the first trans woman to become Editor in Chief of a national publication and the first openly trans person to ...


  Business workshop held on being an ally of trans, GNC people

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ), Praxis Group and Upswing Advocates hosted "Being a Stronger Ally: Trans and GNC Affirming Business Workshop," Feb. 6 at Reza's Restaurant in Andersonville. The event was also held Feb. ...


  Congressional resolution for open trans military service put forward, groups comment

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Joe Kennedy III ( D-MA,4 ) led efforts for a resolution opposing President Trump's ban on openly transgender service members from serving in our nation's military and urging the Department of Defense ...


  Film on Chicago trans woman running Feb. 19

The ACLU of Illinois, Pride Action Tank and the Transformative Justice Law Project are hosting a special screening of Chicago Love, from the ACLU's documentary series Trans in America, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Dr. ...


  Trans military item to be heard Feb. 19

A public hearing involving a resolution about President Trump's anti-transgender military ban is slated to go before the Cook County Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at 118 N. Clark St. Recently elected—and openly ...


  Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Support Trans Military Service, Groups Respond

( Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2019 ) — Earlier today, in a joint and bipartisan effort, the Senate and the House of Representatives introduced parallel Bills to protect the service of our transgender service members and ...


  LGBTQ Congressman Invites Transgender Former Servicemember to State of the Union

Washington, DC — Newly elected U.S. Representative Chris Pappas — the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress from New Hampshire — will bring transgender former servicemember Tavion Dignard as his guest to the State of the ...


  Legislators invite trans service members to State of the Union, groups respond

( Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2019 ) — In preparation for President Trump's State of the Union Address, several Members of Congress have chosen to invite actively-serving and veteran transgender service members to attend the event ...


  PASSAGES Transgender activist 'Babs' Siperstein dies

Barbra "Babs" Siperstein—the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee ( DNC )—has died at 76, according to Siperstein served on the DNC's Executive Committee from 2011 to 2017. Also importantly, Siperstein was ...


  State Equality Index released; Illinois in highest category

The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their fifth annual State Equality Index ( SEI )—a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their ...


  Being a Stronger Ally, Trans, GNC Business Workshop Feb. 6, 7

CHICAGO ( Jan. 30, 2019 ): The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ), along with Praxis Group and Upswing Advocates, will host a workshop next week focused on inclusive terminology, respectful customer service, and identifying ...


  Poll Says 70% of Americans Oppose Trump-Pence Transgender Military Ban

WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBTQ military families, responded to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll showing that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Donald ...


  SCOTUS upholds trans military ban with 'no-blanket ban'

With a mostly conservative Supreme Court—Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh—it comes as no surprise that the court's five-to-four vote has ...


  One in fifty students identifies as trans according to report

A first-of-its-kind U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) study has revealed that nearly one in 50 ( 1.8 percent ) U.S. high school students considers themself transgender—and more than a third of ...


  Transgender field organizer sues Pritzker campaign

A transgender woman who worked as a field organizer for the JB for Governor campaign, the organization whose work won J.B. Pritzker the governorship in 2018, is suing the campaign in federal court, alleging that she ...


  Supreme Court allows trans military ban to go into effect

On Jan. 22, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect—prompting swift critiques from pro-LGBT activists and organizations. By a vote of five to four, the justices did not ...


  Trump's trans military ban to be enforced while challenges proceed, groups respond

From press releases

SCOTUS Allows Challenges to Trump's Transgender Military Ban to Continue in Lower Courts WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration's request that it hear legal challenges to Trump's transgender military ban this ...


  SCOTUS ruling could impact 15,000+ trans adults now in military

The Supreme Court announced today that it would temporarily allow the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military to go into effect while legal challenges are decided in federal courts. According to research ...


  Cook County medic says boss 'outed' him as transgender

A medical technician who works at Cook County Jail said his supervisor "outed" him as transgender in a private meeting with three colleagues. Now, Logan Grimes says he's afraid to go back to work, citing what ...


  CFW names 2019 Impact Award honorees

Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) has announced the 2019 Impact Awards honoring local leaders for their efforts to create safe, just and healthy communities for all. CFW will present the 2019 Impact Awards on ...


  NATIONAL Trans murder, U.S. House rules, N.C. loses business

The first transgender death of 2019 has occurred, as Dana Martin, 31, was fatally shot in Montgomery, Alabama, on Jan. 6, The Advocate reported. The newspaper did not mention her gender, and some other media outlets ...


  Seventeen-year-old charged with 2018 Stanton murder according to reports

A 17-year-old has been charged with the murder of Dejanay Stanton, a transgender Chicagoan who was killed this past August. The alleged assailant, Tremon Hill, faces one first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 30 episode. Stanton's ...


  Families of Chicago banquet held at Ida Noyes Hall

The third annual Families of Chicago ( FOC ) Save Our Scene banquet, Third Time's a Charm, took place Jan. 5 at the University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall. Ahead of the event, FOC Committee Member ...


  Court sides with Trump on trans military ban

On Jan. 4, the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a lower court's ruling blocking President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military from taking effect, according to ...


  Trump's Trans Military Ban Still Blocked Despite New Decision

Washington, DC—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled against transgender service members, lifting the district court's order preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on military service by transgender ...


  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 ...


  NATIONAL Colorado baker, ball-culture pioneer dies, Mich. pro-trans move

Jack Phillips—the Colorado baker whose decision to deny a cake to a gay couple landed him in the Supreme Court over the summer—was back in court recently facing another allegation of LGBTQ discrimination, USA Today reported. ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Will & Grace,' Martina's flub, Nick Jonas, Aretha, '9 Months'

The people behind Will & Grace have released a highlight reel featuring some of the show's numerous famous guest stars, noted. "So many celebs, so many guest spots over the years," reads the official video's ...


  Trans cases queued up at Supreme Court

LGBT legal groups told the U.S. Supreme Court this week that is simply too soon for the court to become involved in litigation over President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military. The Trump ...


  Illinois Prison Officials House Transgender Woman in Women's Prison

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) has moved Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman, from the all-male prisons where she was held, to Logan Correctional Center, a women's prison. This comes ...


  They, A Biblical Tale of Secret Genders

What if you could meet a secret society of welcoming misfits—omitted from patriarchal biblical history—just because they are not in keeping with gender norms? With They: A Biblical Tale of Secret Genders, author Janet Mason posits ...


  Nicole Maines on playing a transgender hero on 'Supergirl'

by Danielle Solzman

Windy City Times spoke with Nicole Maines days before the airing of Supergirl's mid-season finale in early December. The actress plays Nia Nal on the CW series, and the character breaks new ground by being the ...


  GenderCool Champions on their lives, Chicago trip, future hopes

The GenderCool Project started when founders Gearah Goldstein and Jen and John Grosshandler teamed up to create an organization dedicated to spotlighting the stories of transgender teens across the country under the banner "Who we are, ...


  The year 2018 in local LGBTQ news

—Candidates out and proud: A record number of openly LGBT candidates, as of January, are slated to run in various local elections. —Ban the blood ban: The Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection ...


  OutServe-SLDN Urges Court to Deny Premature Review of Trans Military Ban Rulings

( WASHINGTON ) December 26, 2018 — Today, OutServe-SLDN joined co-counsel Lambda Legal in urging the Supreme Court to deny a petition from the U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ ) asking that the Court review ...


  Trans Ban Plaintiffs Ask Court to Deny Premature Request for Review

Washington, DC—Transgender service members challenging Trump's military ban today will file briefs opposing the administration's request that the Supreme Court hear the cases now, before the courts of appeal have ruled. The administration is seeking early ...


  The top LGBT news stories of 2018

Openly gay Republican Richard Grenell was having trouble getting confirmed ambassador to Germany last year; this year, his name was floated as a possible choice for White House chief of staff. In 2017, the LGBT community ...


  NATIONAL Trevor Project, more trans deaths, prisoner ruling

The Trevor Project has released Holiday Self-Care Tips For LGBTQ Youth—a resource for queer young people who often experience overwhelming family rejection and loneliness during the holiday season, a press release noted. Each year in December, ...


  Brave Space celebrates with Unicorn Ball

On Dec. 15, Brave Space Alliance, in partnership with the Trans Liberation Collective, held the Second Annual Unicorn Ball, a fundraising and year-end social event. This year, the ball took place at The Shapiro Ballroom, and ...


  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 ...


  Trans author talks 'gender outlaws,'prison breaks in novel

The New York Times called Jordy Rosenberg's debut novel, Confessions of the Fox, "[a] mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, 18th-century London … a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in ...


  Black LGBTQ/SGL Group Urges Courageous Conversations During Holidays

WASHINGTON — This past weekend, Twitter and traditional media blew up after comedian D.L. Hughley called Trans actress Indya Moore a 'pussy' and Kevin Hart resigned from hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for extremely ...


  IN THE LIFE Lala Thomas

Lala Thomas' life has been shaped by working hard, fighting for what she wants and speaking her mind on a myriad of issues. All that has translated into her personal and soon-to-be business brands—Talented Lala. "Talented ...


  NATIONAL 24th trans death, HIV lab closing, Biden, asylum brief

Three years after a trans woman in her Detroit neighborhood was killed, Keanna Mattel became the latest transgender victim of violence, INTO reported. Mattel died two blocks away from the spot where her transgender neighbor Amber ...


  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 ...


  WORLD Chile's pro-trans bill, gay wrestler, Russian courts

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed into law a bill that allows transgender people over 14 to legally change their name and gender without surgery, The Washington Blade reported. The bill received final approval in Chile's congress ...


  Appellate court denies trans student's injunction motion

An Illinois appellate court ruled Nov. 30 that a trans student's appeal of a trial court's earlier ruling in favor of her high school is moot since the student has graduated. The court noted that Nova ...


  Judge says transgender artist's suit can proceed

A federal judge ruled in mid-November that a transgender woman's lawsuit against the City can move forward. Judge Andrea Wood ruled Nov. 12 that Bea Sullivan-Knoff could proceed with a lawsuit challenging Chicago's ban on exposure ...


  Transgender man talks of survival, HIV, self-acceptance

When listening to Brian Belovitch recount the first 30 to 40 years of his life, it's hard not to wonder how he survived it all. He admits that his journey almost killed him. It's ironic because ...


  Transgender Day of Remembrance event recalls lives lost

In her opening remarks at Center on Halsted's Transgender Day or Remembrance observance on Nov. 20, the Center's Director of Gender Equity and Inclusion Vanessa Sheridan said that the occasion was "an opportunity to commemorate those ...


  Committee advances resolution condemning Trump anti-trans proposal

The Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations unanimously advanced a resolution from the five members of the Council's LGBT Caucus and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) condemning a proposed Trump administration policy change that would ...


  Advocates seek gov't accountability in death of trans asylum-seeker

Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) and the Law Office of Andrew R. Free announced that they have filed a notice of wrongful death tort claim in New Mexico—the first step, they said, in holding all ...


  SHOWBIZ Rippon retires, 'Moulin Rouge,' Katy Perry, trans actresses

Olympian and U.S. national figure skating champion Adam Rippon told CBS News he will no longer skate competitively—meaning the 29-year-old will effectively retire from professional skating. Rippon competed for the United States in the Winter Olympics ...


  WORLD Chinese writer, Nigeria suit, anti-trans attack, archbishop's statement

A Chinese author has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for writing and selling homoerotic novels, prompting backlash and comparisons to lighter sentences for more serious crimes committed in the country, like sexual assault, ...


  Trump asks Supreme Court to rule on trans military ban

The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 23 to quickly hear a challenge to President Donald Trump's policy that bans most transgender individuals from military service. So far, district courts across the country ...


  Lambda says Request for Supreme Court Review on Transgender Military Ban Premature

( SEATTLE, November 23, 2018 ) — The U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ ) today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from ...


  City committee to discuss pro-trans resolution

On Wed., Nov. 28, at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., room 200, the Committee on Human Relations will hold a meeting. Ald. Tom Tunney and the rest of the LGBT Caucus ( Alds. James Cappleman, ...


  AG Madigan demands civil rights protections for transgender people

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to abandon efforts to adopt a definition of "sex" that would exclude transgender and gender nonconforming ...


  Southern Poverty Law Center, Lambda sue for records on rollback of trans prisoner protections

( NEW YORK, November 20, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) sued the U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ ) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons ( ...


  Brynn Tannehill: Trans activist calls for action in new book

Many readers remember Dr. David Ruben's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex ( But Were Afraid to Ask )—a 1969 best-selling book and then a 1972 Woody Allen movie. Published the same year as ...


  'Unicorn Ball' Dec. 15 at The Shapiro

The 2018 Unicorn Ball—Brave Space Alliance's largest annual fundraiser—will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Shapiro Ballroom, 1612 W. Chicago Ave. This has been called the official queer "coming out" party ...


  Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace debuts side-project album

Transgender punk rocker and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace's new side project, The Devouring Mothers, unleashes kinetic energy with an intimate touch in Bought to Rot ( Bloodshot Records ). She's joined by Atom Willard, ...


  Judge orders IDOC to thoroughly review trans-prisoner case

In a ruling that lawyers called "historic," a federal judge ordered that Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) review the case of Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman who is being-held in a male-only detention ...


  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 ...


  Massachusetts' Ballot Initiative to Uphold Transgender Protections

BOSTON, November 6, 2018 — The ACLU today issued the following statements in response to a winning ballot question to uphold Massachusetts' transgender nondiscrimination law and protect transgender people from discrimination in public places: Carol Rose, ...


  Milwaukee Pride plans Transgender Awareness Month events

Milwaukee Pride is proud to elevate transgender voices and visibility through our collaboration with key individuals, local organizations, national thought leaders and our greater LGBTQ community. At the October 25 Rally for Resistance, we united against ...


  My boss fired me from my funeral-home job for being transgender

VIWEPOINT By Aimee Stephens

I was in funeral services for nearly three decades before I was fired in 2013 for being transgender. In March, a federal appeals court agreed that it was wrong to fire me just because of who ...


  God's trans-affirming vote on Question 3

Trump's administration is trying to define transgender Americans out of existence. Trump wants his administration to remove the word "gender" from UN human rights documents. And, he wants "gender" to be defined solely on the basis ...


  Annual S.O.S. ball, panel discussion held at CSU

The 16th annual S.O.S Ball and panel discussion, Respect for Equality, took place Oct. 27 at Chicago State University ( CSU ). Panelists included Evangelicals for Social Action Associate Fellow Darren Calhoun, University of Chicago Medicine ...


  Marsha P. Johnson Institute GoFundMe page started

A GoFundMe page for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute has been started at . According to a description, "The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is a community organization working to protect and defend the human rights ...


  Retired officers, Surgeons General, veterans, states oppose trans military ban

Retired Military Officers and Surgeons General, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Service Women's Action Network, NAACP, the Korematsu Center, Military Historians, National Women's Law Center, 19 States, and Others Go on Record Opposing Trans Military ...


  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 ...

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