Windy City Times Weekly news from the GLBT world 2019-05-27T15:02:17-00:00 Windy City Times Front Cover text/html 2019-05-27T03:11:31-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD New HIV news, Catholic event, conversion therapy, Hungary anti-trans bill A global trial stated that a new HIV drug injected every two months effectively reduces the rate of infection, and provides longer and stronger protection, than taking pills, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The four-year trial—conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States and six other countries—injected a drug called cabotegravir every two months into 4,570 men and transgender women who have sex with men and are at high risk of contracting HIV. The finding—in which a third fewer people became infected on cabotegravir compared with the other drugs tenofovir/emtricitabine, sold as Truvada —"marks the first time a large-scale clinical trial has shown a systemic, long-acting form of HIV prevention to be highly effective," the study report said. text/html 2019-05-27T02:01:31-00:00 Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4 Lambda Legal will hold a virtual town hall, "HIV and COVID-19 in Illinois: Ensuring State Responses Protect Everyone Living with HIV," on Thursday, June 4, 2-3 p.m. CT. text/html 2019-05-24T14:58:04-00:00 Matt Simonette Chicago House forum looks at coronavirus, HIV overlaps Illinois state Reps. Lamont Robinson and Greg Harris joined local advocates for an online discussion about the intersection between coronavirus pandemic and the HIVAIDS epidemic the afternoon of May 15. text/html 2019-05-15T15:20:26-00:00 Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago On Saturday, Oct. 3, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago plans to look beyond the current state of affairs and focuses on what the community can do to create a better future for people living with HIV and AIDS. text/html 2019-05-13T14:27:11-00:00 Harris, Robinson to talk intersection of COVID-19, HIV epidemic, marginalization CHICAGO, IL — Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris and State Rep. Lamont J. Robinson will headline a public online conversation this Friday surrounding the intersections of COVID-19 and the HIV epidemic, two diseases that create unique risks for some of Chicago's communities. text/html 2019-05-12T16:01:38-00:00 Planned Parenthood opens new center in Lake County Planned Parenthood of Illinois PPIL is building on its 100-year history of providing essential healthcare by announcing the opening of a new, state-of-the-art health center in Waukegan that will enhance access to needed healthcare. text/html 2019-04-29T11:09:00-00:00 AFC adopts new logo, brand identity After a year of research and development, AIDS Foundation Chicago AFC is proud to launch its new brand and identity. text/html 2019-04-21T15:17:44-00:00 IL Lt. Gov, Comptroller online roundtable: COVID-19, HIV epidemic, LGBTQ+ marginalization CHICAGO, IL — The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to LGBTQ+ communities, people living with or most vulnerable to HIV, and to people of color, and is further exacerbated at the intersection of those populations in Chicago, the state of Illinois, and around the globe. text/html 2019-04-20T15:46:39-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD HIV+ Ugandan men, employment lawsuit, Chilean rejection Mbarara Rise Foundation MRF issued a statement expressing concern about the safety, well-being and health of LGBTQI persons living in Uganda and, especially, for HIV-positive gay men. Founder/Executive Director Real Raymond said, in part, "To prevent the spread of COVID-19, as per in-country measures ordered in Uganda, we are instructed to remain at home in order to stay safe, which has resulted in hundreds of LGBTQI persons losing their jobs. This is a tough situation for the LGBTQI people who are HIV-positive who, in addition to limited access to medical services, have no food to eat." Raymond also said that many people have " stopped taking their daily HIV treatment due to lack of food to eat. The medications they have been prescribed are strong and cannot be taken on an empty stomach, which has led many to stop taking their medication entirely." text/html 2019-04-20T15:39:36-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Trans students, HIV+ men released, LGBTQ judge, centers, Joe Biden North Carolina's transgender students are worried that their privacy and safety are being put at risk as schools switch to teaching students online during the coronavirus pandemic, The Herald reported. North Carolina's public schools use a version of the PowerSchool student information system that lists the student's legal name and gender instead of the preferred name and gender identity. LGBTQ-rights advocates say the PowerSchool data is now being used for online learning programs, resulting in some transgender students being outed to their classmates without their consent. text/html 2019-04-10T14:20:52-00:00 HIV leadership gets focused COVID-19 news to people living with HIV April 9, 2020 Nationwide — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 national, community-centered HIV service & advocacy organizations partnered to create a resource guide focused on supporting people living with HIV PLHIV . The COVID-19 and People Living with HIV: Frequently Asked Questions document provides clear and culturally responsive information to ensure PLHIV and communities disproportionately impacted by HIV have a reliable resource for the latest information to help them protect and take care of themselves. text/html 2019-04-04T23:28:16-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Open Door may close amid staff firings, possible loss of funds Open Door Health Center of Illinois formerly Open Door Clinic is teetering on the brink of closure due to financial issues, according to current and former staff members. text/html 2019-04-01T11:51:54-00:00 Matt Simonette Advocates: LGBTQs face additional complications in pandemic Members of the LGBT community face additional healthcare challenges as they contend with the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, according to national LGBTQ-health advocates and officials speaking in a March 25 webinar. text/html 2019-03-31T14:36:43-00:00 NATIONAL Lesbian bishop, iconic activist dies, military lawsuit, drag legend passes Rev. Bonnie Perry was recently ordained as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan—beconing the first woman and openly gay person to hold the position, noted. "Jesus said almost nothing about homosexuality," Perry said. "And don't ever let anyone mistakenly say you can't do this because of who you are. It means the world to me. And what I'm going to do is honor that responsibility and be the best bishop that I can possibly be," Perry said. She spent the last 27 years leading Chicago's All Saints Congregation. text/html 2019-03-28T22:02:15-00:00 International AIDS Conference to go digital Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference AIDS 2020 , to be held July 6-10, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. text/html 2019-03-25T20:40:06-00:00 Matt Simonette AFC head details coronavirus response AIDS Foundation of Chicago AFC is among the Chicago agencies that have mobilized an aggressive response to the coronavirus crisis. AFC President and CEO John Peller, who has led the agency since 2014, discussed AFC's strategies to continue delivering services to its constituency in the midst of the burgeoning health crisis, as well as available resources for persons living with HIV/AIDS who may have recently found themselves in need. text/html 2019-03-18T02:46:27-00:00 Mark S. King Stop comparing coronavirus to early HIV/AIDS. Just stop. People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop. text/html 2019-03-12T14:22:21-00:00 Williams Institute: Florida's HIV criminal laws undermine public health efforts Florida's HIV criminal laws may undermine the state's public health efforts by deterring people from seeking HIV testing and treatment, stigmatizing those with HIV, and disproportionately affecting the communities most impacted by HIV, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the formerly incarcerated, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. text/html 2019-03-01T23:29:52-00:00 Matt Simonette Chicago House looks into alleged theft of agency funds Chicago House and Social Service Agency has launched an investigation into alleged theft by its former chief financial officer CFO , who was arrested in late January for allegedly embezzling from another agency. text/html 2019-02-05T11:45:26-00:00 'Love Out Loud' ball Feb. 8 In Demand Entertainment and CSU Royal Court are presenting the Love Out Loud Ball on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-10 p.m., at Chicago State University's Student Union Building, 9501 S. King Dr. text/html 2019-02-04T17:23:34-00:00 Conference on AIDS changes name to Conference on HIV Feb. 3, 2020 - NMAC announced today that the name of the United States Conference on AIDS will be changed to the United States Conference on HIV USCH . The conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 10-13, 2020. The theme for this year's conference is "Luchando Por Nuestras Vidas - Fighting For Our Lives." text/html 2019-01-30T14:52:51-00:00 Season of Concern has new board president Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theater community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury, and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations—announced the appointment of Luther Goins as board president, effective immediately. text/html 2019-01-21T13:22:39-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD Swiss votes, HIV+ pilot, Indonesian raids, Dutch beauty expert On Feb. 9, Switzerland residents will decide on extending the scope of anti-racism legislation to include discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to According to the website, this revision is needed, as current law does not protect against homophobia, said LGBTQ-rights advocate Muriel Waegers. Also, on May 17, the Swiss will soon vote again on a proposal that could dramatically limit immigration from the EU—six years after a similar referendum nearly destroyed relations with the bloc, noted. text/html 2019-01-21T13:16:02-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Presidential candidates, HIV news, Seattle LGBTQ bars, Tom of Finland Presidential candidate Tom Steyer was baffled by his own comments he previously made on protecting the health of LGBTQ asylum seekers when asked to flesh out his plan during a New York Times interview, The Washington Blade noted. Asked to elaborate on his comments, which he made during the CNN Democratic Town Hall on LGBTQ issues, Steyer professed to have no knowledge of them, responding "I did?" when told he said them. During CNN's "Equality in America" town hall late last year, Steyer said his administration would put in place stronger measures to protect the health of LGBTQ asylum seekers. text/html 2019-01-14T21:19:42-00:00 IDPH welcomes new HIV section chief The Illinois Department of Public Health IDPH announced its new HIV section chief, Andrea Perez. text/html 2019-01-10T21:06:20-00:00 Federal court upholds injunction preventing discharge of HIV+ airmen Richmond, VA, January 10, 2020 — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling inRoe & Voe v. Esper that halted efforts by the Trump administration to discharge members of the Air Force because they are living with HIV. The decision will allow two active-duty Airmen living with HIV, identified pseudonymously as Richard Roe and Victor Voe, to continue serving in the U.S. Air Force as well as preventing the discharge of any other Airmen living with HIV. text/html 2018-12-23T21:36:58-00:00 Mayor, CDPH announce decline in HIV diagnoses On Dec. 23, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health CDPH announced that new HIV diagnoses in Chicago hit a record low—continuing a trend of four consecutive years of declines. text/html 2018-12-21T01:44:34-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times AIDS Garden Chicago supporters celebrate Keith Haring sculpture installation AIDS Garden Chicago supporters gathered Dec. 20 at the 2.5 acre lakefront garden site south of Belmont Harbor near the location of the now-defunct Belmont Rocks to celebrate the installation of the 30 foot Keith Haring sculpture "Self Portrait." text/html 2018-12-10T21:15:05-00:00 Matt Simonette Community turns out for World of Chocolate About 1,000 Chicagoans and other visitors showed up at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop for AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual World of Chocolate fundraiser, which shows off the finest confections from local-area vendors to raise financial support for AFC, on Dec. 5. text/html 2018-12-05T17:38:32-00:00 Matt Simonette CCH HIV chief discusses prevention and treatment efforts According to Toyin Adeyemi, MD, an infectious disease specialist who is Cook County Health's CCH senior director of HIV services, the statewide Getting to Zero initiative, aimed at virtually eliminating new HIV transmissions in the state by the year 2030, has given way to a number of healthcare-delivery changes at CCH. text/html 2018-12-11T12:34:04-00:00 Matt Simonette Panel faces legal challenges for trans and HIV-positive service members U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley D-5 was joined by legal experts at the Pritzker Military Museum the afternoon of Dec. 2 for a discussion of the ongoing challenges facing U.S. military personnel who are transgender and/or HIV positive. text/html 2018-11-30T03:20:49-00:00 Podcast Plague, Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church launches World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 America Media will launch Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church, a six-episode podcast series, on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019. Reported by Michael O'Loughlin, who has covered the Catholic Church and L.G.B.T. issues for more than a decade, the series explores both the lights and the shadows in the Catholic Church's response to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and '90s. You can click this link to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. You can find out more about the show and listen to the trailer here: . text/html 2018-11-26T23:52:40-00:00 World AIDS Day events happening in Chicagoland This year, there will be various events taking place to mark World AIDS Day. Below is a list of some events taking place to note this special time. All events are in Chicago unless otherwise indicated. : text/html 2018-11-26T23:47:36-00:00 AIDS Garden to unveil Haring sculpture On Nov. 14, the Chicago Parks Foundation announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this fall with the unveiling of a specially commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, "Self-Portrait," by the late HIV/AIDS activist and artist Keith Haring. text/html 2018-11-26T15:55:36-00:00 HRC calls on Trump to apologize for vile HIV and AIDS tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign HRC , the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ civil rights organization, called on Donald Trump Jr., son of President Trump, to apologize for his vile weekend tweet stigmatizing people living with HIV. text/html 2018-11-26T15:20:11-00:00 Youth urged to take quiz before World AIDS Day As part of a continuing effort to educate young people about HIV prevention and treatment, Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced HIV and youth web content to support the Y.O.U.T.H. Youth Overcoming Undetected and Treatable HIV Quiz in advance of Dec. 1, which marks World AIDS Day 2019 #WAD2019 . text/html 2018-11-21T21:04:50-00:00 AIDS Quilt moves to National AIDS Memorial, archives to Library of Congress Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2019 GLOBE NEWSWIRE — The NAMES Project Foundation NPF today announced that the National AIDS Memorial will become the new caretaker of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and NAMES Project programs. As part of the transition, the NAMES Project and the National AIDS Memorial have agreed to jointly gift care and stewardship of The Quilt's archival collections to the prestigious American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, making this collection available through the world's largest public library. text/html 2018-11-17T23:06:12-00:00 Brewery has Nov. 22 event with Chicago House Revolution Brewing is again teaming with Chicago House and Social Service Agency to raise funds for HIV/AIDS-affected, disenfranchised individuals as well as the local LGBTQ community. text/html 2018-11-14T18:53:38-00:00 New AIDS Garden Chicago to unveil 30-foot sculpture, Self-Portrait CHICAGO November 14, 2019 — The Chicago Parks Foundation today announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this Fall with the unveiling of a specially-commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, Self-Portrait, by iconic HIV/AIDS activist and artist, the late Keith Haring. Precise installation date to be announced. AIDS Garden Chicago will be the city's first public monument to memorialize the early days of Chicago's HIV epidemic and to honor those who continue to fight against the disease today. As previously released, the new 2.5-acre public lakefront garden will be located along Lake Michigan just south of Belmont Harbor, at the original location of the 'Belmont Rocks,' a space where the local gay community gathered between the 1960s and 1990s. text/html 2018-11-08T02:34:59-00:00 World of Chocolate returns Dec. 5 The World of Chocolate Fundraiser for AIDS Foundation of Chicago sets sail on December 5. Chicago's premier World AIDS Day event raises funds and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. text/html 2018-11-07T23:36:17-00:00 'Infectious Blackness' talk Dec. 3 in Chicago Steven W. Thrasher, Ph.D., will speak on "Infectious Blackness: Race, Media, and the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS" Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m., at Stonewall Conference Rooms, 625 N. Michigan Ave., in a Third Coast Center for AIDS Research event. text/html 2018-11-05T13:45:22-00:00 Vern Hester Chicago House holds Day of the Dead event On Oct. 31, Chicago House, in concert with other community service organizations, held the Second Annual Fiesta! Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The event not only acknowledged the traditional Latin-American holiday, but it also celebrated the lives of those who have fallen to HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. text/html 2018-10-19T17:19:07-00:00 Crimson and Pearls Gala: Celebrating 30 years of Chicagoland HIV Nursing Chicago Nurses in AIDS Care CNAC will celebrate its 30th anniversary: Crimson and Pearls Gala: Celebrating 30 years of Chicagoland HIV Nursing. text/html 2018-10-16T02:17:53-00:00 Bob Roehr The woman who beat HIV Leading HIV researchers have come to believe that at least one person has found a way to naturally rid their body of the virus. text/html 2018-10-15T23:28:19-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Hillary and Chelsea disagree, coming-out study, Julian Castro Hillary and Chelsea Clinton seemingly had a recent disagreement about transgender identity, The New York Post noted. In an interview with the Sunday Times of London, the mother-daughter duo were asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman. "Ye-esss. Yes," Chelsea replied but Hillary, meanwhile, looked "uneasy," journalist Decca Aitkenhead wrote. "Errr. I'm just learning about this," Hillary said. "It's a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It's going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently." Also, while Chelsea said she supports children being able to play on sports teams that match their gender identity, Hillary appeared conflicted. The pair have been making the rounds to promote their new book, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience—which features Danica Roem, the first openly trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature. text/html 2018-10-07T19:49:32-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Thousands attend AIDS Run & Walk For the second consecutive year, "Live True. Be You." was the theme of AIDS Foundation of Chicago's AFC AIDS Run & Walk, which marked its 18th year. text/html 2018-10-05T15:42:12-00:00 Matt Simonette Descovy approved for PrEP usage Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences announced Oct. 3 that it had received FDA approval for its medication Descovy to be used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP intervention to reduce the chances of HIV transmission. The new medication, according to the company, would offer fewer potential complications to kidneys or bone density than Truvada, the oral medication that has been used for PrEP for several years. text/html 2018-10-01T21:12:11-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times Five Worth Finding: AIDS Run & Walk, The Ice King, TopGolf and more —AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2019: Taking place Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather at Soldier Field to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV. The 18th annual event—with a 5K walk as well as the 5K and 10K runs—encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 27 CommunityDirect partners including The Night Ministry, Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, Howard Brown Health, Pride Action Tank, Center on Halsted, Chicago House and Social Service Agency and many others . Visit or call 312-334-0946. text/html 2018-10-02T13:04:43-00:00 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Oct. 5 On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. text/html 2018-09-27T14:53:25-00:00 Black community called to recognize Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Washington, D.C.— In recognition of the 2019 National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day NGMHAAD and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on gay men, bisexual men, same gender loving SGL men and other men who have sex with men MSM , David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition NBJC , released the following statement: