Windy City Times Weekly news from the GLBT world 2019-05-22T18:43:39-00:00 Windy City Times Front Cover text/html 2019-05-22T01:40:33-00:00 U.S. Supreme Court backs Idaho trans woman's reassignment surgery The United States Supreme Court denied Idaho's application to stop a transgender inmate's reassignment surgery, East Idaho News reported. text/html 2019-05-21T20:58:16-00:00 Brave Space Alliance announces board of directors Brave Space Alliance—a Black- and trans-led "LGBTQ center on the South Side of Chicago that is dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city," according to its website—has announced its board of directors. text/html 2019-05-21T12:35:20-00:00 Trevor Project releases report on mental health of trans, non-binary youth The Trevor Project's research team has published a new peer-reviewed article titled "Understanding the Mental Health of Transgender and Nonbinary Youth" in the Journal of Adolescent Health JAH . text/html 2019-05-18T19:47:13-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Harvey Milk, trans woman killed, 'Queer the Census,' NYC Pride LGBTQ-rights icon Harvey Milk would have turned 90 on May 22—and San Francisco is coming together virtually that day, a press release noted. Openhouse, SF Queer Nightlife Fund and the Tenderloin Museum will present "Live Drag for Our LGBTQ Elders" at 4:30-5:30 p.m. PT, and "Harvey Milk's 90th Birthday Block Party"; will take place 6-9 p.m. PT. The virtual block party is a collaborative effort organized by San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman's office, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, the Castro Community Benefit District, "Windows For Harvey" presented by the Castro Merchants Association, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, Open House, the GLBT Historical Society, the Tenderloin Museum, the Golden Gate Business Association, and the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund. text/html 2019-05-18T14:55:12-00:00 Jim Obergefell VIEWS LGBTQ discrimination is a disgrace Re the New York Times article, "Aimee Stephens, 59, Plaintiff in Transgender Rights Case" obituary, May 14 : text/html 2019-05-18T13:46:47-00:00 Report: HHS rule will negatively affect 1.5M transgender Americans The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS is expected to announce a final rule in the coming weeks that reverses federal protections prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in health care. text/html 2019-05-18T11:36:18-00:00 'Matrix' co-creator cites Chicago LGBTQ organization in tweet Matrix co-creator Lilly Wachowski cited Chicago LGBTQ organization Brave Space Alliance in a tweet, Variety noted. text/html 2019-05-15T14:17:01-00:00 Navy grants first waiver for trans service member The U.S. Navy granted a waiver allowing a transgender service member to serve "in their preferred gender" for the first time since the military enacted an anti-transgender ban, reported. text/html 2019-05-12T16:21:30-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, Quibi shows, Alexandra Billings, 'Queer Eye,' podcasts Lady Gaga announced that her sixth studio album, Chromatica, will be released Friday, May 29, via Interscope Records, a press release noted. The album features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Elton John and Blackpink, and is executive-produced by BloodPop and Lady Gaga. Chromatica will be available in a variety of physical formats including standard CD, vinyl in various colors, and cassettes in various colors. text/html 2019-05-12T16:18:07-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD Blood-donation ban, Kenyan refugees, trans activist, club COVID-19 outbreak The top court in Brazil ruled the country's ban on men who have sex with men MSM from donating blood is unconstitutional, The Washington Blade noted, citing Reuters. Seven of the 11 judges who sit on the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled in favor of lifting the ban, which prohibited MSM from donating blood for 12 months. The issue had been before the Supreme Court since 2016. text/html 2019-05-12T21:55:27-00:00 Trans-rights advocate Aimee Stephens dies Aimee Stephens—the Michigan transgender funeral home worker whose firing led to a U.S. Supreme Court case that could decide the employment rights of millions of transgender and gender-nonconforming people—has died at age 59. text/html 2019-05-12T16:13:18-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Early release, Zara settlement, arrests in Puerto Rico, D.C. gay bars close U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy J. Shea, the city's lead prosecutor, informed his office's Hate Bias Task Force that he objected to a decision by a judge to grant the early release of a defendant convicted of a bias-related assault against an LGBTQ person, The Washington Blade reported. The judge agreed to a defense request that the perpetrator be sentenced under the D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Act, which allows judges in certain cases to seal the court records of a case involving defendants between the age of 18 and 24. Shea noted that the court's action resulted in the defendant being released from jail April 1 after having served only about 30 days or one-third of his original sentence. text/html 2019-05-04T16:24:18-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD Turkish president, Honduras killing, Pope Benedict, Tom of Finland Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported Turkey's top Muslim cleric, who caused a firestorm by claiming homosexuality "brings disease and causes this generation to decay," NBC News reported. In his first sermon during the holy month of Ramadan on April 24, Ali Erbas also maintained that hundreds of thousands of people every year are exposed to HIV due to homosexuality and adultery and called on worshipers to come together to fight "this kind of evil." Opposition and rights groups condemned the comments by Erbas, who heads Turkey's Religious Affairs Presidency; however, in a public address following a Cabinet meeting, Erdogan said any attack on Erbas amounted to an attack on the state. text/html 2019-04-29T10:21:08-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Colorado governor, Texas judge, trans woman killed, Indiana, festivals Colorado Gov. Jared Polis defended his decision to lift some restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the coronavirus and permit some businesses to reopen, Politico reported. In an interview on CNN's State of the Union, Polis, a Democrat who happens to be gay, said the state had to move forward "with the information we have." Pressed by host Jake Tapper on whether his decision "could theoretically cost your constituents their lives," Polis emphasized the need for "sustainable" practices in the state, such as social distancing. Polis' new "safer at home" order lets some businesses, such as salons, open and permits elective medical procedures to resume, with certain added protections; clubs and gyms remain closed, and restaurants remain take-out only. text/html 2019-04-29T01:04:08-00:00 Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Trans actress' dreams come true on 'Supergirl' Actress Nicole Maines represents a new generation of transgender activists who are growing both artistically and publicly. text/html 2019-04-22T19:10:53-00:00 Online seminar for families of transgender individuals May 3 Are you a family member of a transgender person? Do you want to be supportive but sometimes have a hard time understanding? text/html 2019-04-22T14:48:23-00:00 Transgender adults with underlying health conditions at risk for COVID-19 An estimated 319,800 U.S. adults who identify as transgender have one or more medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or HIV, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC has indicated that adults with underlying medical conditions and older adults are at high risk for COVID-19. Approximately 217,000 transgender adults are age 65 and older. 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 2019-04-15T18:37:18-00:00 Idaho anti-trans law challenged A lawsuit was filed April 15 challenging Idaho's recently passed law that bans women and girls who are transgender as well as many women and girls who are intersex from participating in school sports, according to a joint press release from the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU , ACLU of Idaho and the pro-women/LGBTQ group Legal Voice. text/html 2019-04-14T13:06:31-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Virginia's pro-LGBTQ moves, trans teen, Dr. Fauci, AIDS Quilt Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a law requiring the state's Department of Motor Vehicles to offer a non-binary option on driver's licenses, according to The Washington Blade. The governor signed Senate Bill 246, which now offers driver's license applicants the option to mark "male," "female" or "non-binary" when designating their sex. "Historically, transgender and non-binary Virginians have experienced challenges obtaining accurate identity documents due to unnecessary barriers," said Equality Virginia Executive Director Vee Lamneck. "This law helps to change that, and we are proud that Virginia has now joined the ranks of 16 other states and D.C. who already offer a third gender marker option on state driver's licenses and IDs." text/html 2019-04-10T14:40:40-00:00 REPORT Evening TV news gave less than 20 minutes to anti-trans violence in 2019 Amid what the American Medical Association called a "disturbing pattern of violence toward black transgender women," a new report from Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog, of corporate evening broadcast and cable TV news in 2019 found that networks discussed anti-trans violence only eight times, for a total of 18 minutes and 23 seconds, outside of a one-night political event. text/html 2019-04-07T00:47:18-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD Trans Day of Visibility, Hong Kong judge, Ugandan police, Elton John On the International Trans Day of Visibility March 31 , Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued a message. Transgender and non-binary people face significant cultural, legal and economic challenges, but continue to bravely share their stories, boldly claim their seats at the table and tirelessly push equality forward. The transgender and non-binary community's pride, power and resilience should be a lesson to us all," said David. "As we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, we must never forget those who still feel invisible even in their own communities and who may live every day with fear of discrimination or violence, and we must resolve to fight for a world where every transgender and non-binary person is respected and protected." text/html 2019-04-07T00:42:59-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Showtime, pro-trans song, Colton Underwood, Shea Coulee Singer Sam Smith will postpone the release of their third album, To Die For, so it can be renamed due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, LGBTQ Nation noted. "I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of the album and imminent release doesn't feel right," they wrote in a statement, "so I have come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions." text/html 2019-04-07T00:08:12-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Coronavirus deaths, the CARES Act, Ritchie Torres, trans-youth study Lorena Borjas—a transgender Latina activist who fought for immigrants and sex workers—died of COVID-19 at age 59 at Coney Island Hospital, reported. Her passing inspired tributes from countless activists and leaders, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and blogger Monica Roberts. Borjas came to the United States from Mexico in 1981 when she was 20, according to the short film "The Story of Lorena Borjas." She considered herself a gay man at the time and didn't see a future for herself in Mexico, Borjas says in the film—so she emigrated in order to transition. 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 2019-04-01T11:39:20-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times ELECTIONS 2020 Jill Rose Quinn heads toward being state's first openly transgender judge Among those notching victories on March 14, during Illinois' primary, was Democratic judicial candidate Jill Rose Quinn. text/html 2019-03-31T14:56:48-00:00 Brave Space Alliance, Trans Liberation Collective begin COVID-19 Trans Relief Fund CHICAGO — On the International Trans Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to the celebration and liberation of the trans community worldwide, two of Chicago's leading trans organizations have collaborated to announce a Trans Relief Fund to assist members of the Trans community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will be administered jointly by staff at Brave Space Alliance, and members of the Trans Liberation Collective, and will distribute money electronically via PayPal or CashApp to individuals that apply online using a form detailing their needs. text/html 2019-03-31T13:40:09-00:00 Idaho governor signs two anti-trans bills On March 30, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed two bills into law that restrict the rights of transgender people. text/html 2019-03-31T01:37:20-00:00 NCLR condemns Idaho law barring transgender girls from sports BOISE, ID — The National Center for Lesbian Rights strongly condemns Idaho Governor Brad Little's decision to sign HB 500, a law that bars transgender girls from participating in sports. As a result of the Governor's action, Idaho will now be the only state in the country to bar transgender children from school sports. text/html 2019-03-28T17:08:49-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Chicagoan alleges anti-trans bias against Orangetheory location Following two years of repeated requests to address alleged anti-trans discrimination at Orangetheory Fitness Chicago-Edgewater, non-binary Chicagoan Jes Scheinpflug posted about their experiences on their blog to raise awareness about the issue. However, the company has taken issue with a number of these allegations. text/html 2019-03-27T20:57:01-00:00 PFLAG to launch TransKids, SoFierce social media campaign on March 31 WASHINGTON, DC—Beginning Tuesday, March 31, PFLAG invites allies, family, and friends of transgender kids trans kids to join a an uplifting social media campaign called #TransKids #SoFierce . text/html 2019-03-17T23:50:01-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Curriculum law, N.Y. trans rule, Andrew Gillum, LGBT Health Week, COVID-19 The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that declares South Carolina's 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement, according to a joint statement from Campaign for Southern Equality, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality. The court's decree comes two weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of the high school student organization Gender and Sexuality Alliance, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and South Carolina Equality Coalition, including their members who are public school students in South Carolina. The statute prohibited any discussion of same-sex relationships in health education in public schools except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases. The consent decree is at text/html 2019-03-17T23:43:08-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times WORLD Non-binary ruling, Qantas grounded, trans actor, conversion therapy A British court ruled out adding a third option on passports for people who define themselves as neither male nor female, following a lengthy legal battle, Openly News reported. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office, or interior ministry, in a case brought by Christie Elan-Cane, who identifies as "non-gendered"; the court said that current passport rules do not constitute a human-rights breach. Elan-Cane—who first started campaigning for genderless people in 1992 after shedding a female identity—argued that passports should have an "X" option for those who do not identify as either male or female. text/html 2019-03-13T02:22:44-00:00 Judge releases Chelsea Manning from jail On March 12, U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the release of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning—ending about a year of incarceration that she had served for refusing to testify to a grand jury, a Yahoo! News item noted. text/html 2019-03-10T12:03:04-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL Puerto Rico trans death, APA revisions, conversion therapy, LGBTQ gym Puerto Rico's governor condemned the killing of a transgender woman—whose death ignited a dialogue about transphobia on the island—as a hate crime, HuffPost reported. The body of Alexa Negron Luciano, who was also known as Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, was found Feb. 24 on the side of a road in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, with multiple gunshot wounds. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez said that while no suspects had thus far been arrested, the investigation was making progress. text/html 2019-03-09T18:32:46-00:00 South Side LGBTQ Center Brave Space Alliance expands staff, office CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance has doubled its staff by hiring Zahara Bassett as Director of Development and External Relations, and Brittney Thomas as Director of Programs. The two new hires bring further vibrancy, skills, and capacity to the South Side LGBTQ Center, which last month announced a new permanent office in Hyde Park, at 1515 E. 52nd Place. text/html 2019-03-09T00:01:50-00:00 Terri Schlichenmeyer BOOK REVIEW The Trans Generation By Ann Travers text/html 2019-03-07T19:33:57-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Non-binary author Jacob Tobia holds reading in A'ville To celebrate the paperback release of their debut book, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, non-binary author, actor and producer Jacob Tobia held a reading and book-signing event March 5 at Women & Children First in Andersonville. text/html 2019-02-28T03:41:44-00:00 Majority of active duty servicemembers oppose trans military ban WASHINGTON — Today, the Modern Military Association of America MMAA — the nation's largest non-profit organization dedicated to advancing fairness and equality for the LGBTQ military and veteran community — responded to new survey results released by the University of California, Los Angeles, that reveals the far majority of active duty servicemembers oppose the Trump-Pence transgender military ban. Funded by the Department of Defense, the survey of 486 active duty, non-transgender servicemembers from the four major branches of the U.S. military found an overwhelming 66% support an inclusive policy. text/html 2019-02-27T21:23:31-00:00 ELECTIONS 2020 Report: 378K trans citizens could encounter voting hurdles A new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law says that an estimated 965,350 transgender adults will be eligible to vote in the 2020 general election—but that approximately 378,000 of them could have problems voting at the polls because they do not have IDs that correctly reflect their name and/or gender. text/html 2019-02-25T22:42:41-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL Transgender attorney Jill Rose Quinn on judicial race, making history Since 1997, Jill Rose Quinn has had her own private law practice working on family and criminal law, LGBTQ issues, financial matters and trusts and estates among other legal services. She is the first ever out transgender judicial candidate in Illinois history and is currently running for a Cook County Circuit Court vacancy in the March 17 Democratic primary. text/html 2019-02-23T23:58:10-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Trans scientist kicks off TGNC-affirming symposium Transgender climate scientist, humanist and activist Dr. Mika Tosca's keynote kicked off the day-long "Being a Stronger Ally: A Trans/GNC Affirming Symposium" Feb. 22 at the Chicago Waldorf School in Andersonville. Andersonville Chamber of Commerce's Trans/GNC Affirming Task Force hosted the event. text/html 2019-02-19T12:21:56-00:00 Suburban district settles anti-trans lawsuit After more than four years, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 settled a lawsuit brought by transgender former student Nova Maday, who alleged discrimination. text/html 2019-02-11T21:08:51-00:00 Starbucks pro-trans ad airs, but employees criticize company Starbucks UK released an ad showing a young trans man getting to use his chosen name while getting a coffee—but the ad has been criticized as well, BuzzFeed reported. text/html 2019-02-07T18:14:57-00:00 Bloomberg under fire for anti-trans comments; campaign responds [UPDATE] Days after unveiling a five-part, multi-pronged LGBT platform, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being criticized for anti-trans comments he made in 2016. text/html 2019-02-07T16:15:15-00:00 'Being a Stronger Ally' symposium Feb. 22 Registration is open for "Being A Stronger Ally: Trans/GNC Affirming Symposium"—which the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ACC is hosting in partnership with Chicago Therapy Collective—on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Chicago Waldorf School, 5200 N Ashland Ave. text/html 2019-02-07T02:08:58-00:00 Virginia passes laws that protect LGBTQs On Feb. 6, Virginia legislators passed comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation the Virginia Values Act that activists said makes the state the first in the South to have such protections for LGBTQ people, ABC News reported. text/html 2019-02-05T11:57:09-00:00 Bob Chikos OPINION 'Trans-formal' education "The year started well, but substitute teachers were not told about Dave's name," my friend Pat told me. "My son was called a distinctly feminine name in a time and at a place where no one knew he was transgender. Without his consent. Without his permission. Without his control. He was outed. Everyone in that class knew. By lunch, the whisper network had grown." text/html 2019-01-27T21:53:02-00:00 WORLD Glenn Greenwald, Swiss chocolatier, Chick-fil-A, South Korean trans soldier A coalition of approximately 40 human-rights and free-speech NGOs signed an open letter—organized by Freedom of the Press Foundation and Reporters Without Borders—addressed to Brazilian authorities including President Jair Bolsonaro condemning the charges that the Brazilian federal prosecutor's office brought against out U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, a press release noted. The charges must be now be examined by a federal judge, who could dismiss them. Last year, Greenwald and journalists from investigative journalism magazine The Intercept Brasil, where he was an editor, released several messages exchanged via telegram between members of the investigation team of Operation Car Wash; the messages implicated members of Brazil's judiciary system and of the Operacao Lava-Jato task force. text/html 2019-01-24T23:44:30-00:00 ELECTIONS 2020 Lightfoot backs trans candidate Quinn Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has endorsed transgender candidate Jill Rose Quinn for Cook County judge the K. Sheehan vacancy .