Chicago’s first transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex pride

Chicago’s first transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex pride

Hundreds of people celebrated Transgender Pride in Union Park July 29, for the first Chicago Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex Freedom (TGIF) Rally and Picnic. Trans Pride, themed “enterprising from the margins,” focused on transgender people of color and honored the community members lost this year, including Paige Clay. Attendees also wrote down names of transgender people … Continue reading

Free birth control and other health care reforms go into effect

Free birth control and other health care reforms go into effect

Today marks the implementation of several key aspects of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health care reform and ObamaCare), including free birth control and coverage of crucial disease screenings. The following services are now available without copays: screening for gestational diabetes counseling and screenings for HIV counseling and screenings for domestic violence birth control, including … Continue reading

VAWA: GOP representatives team up for LGBT, tribal and undocumented immigrant inclusion

VAWA: GOP representatives team up for LGBT, tribal and undocumented immigrant inclusion

Republican Congress members Judy Biggert and Robert Dold, both from Illinois, met with anti-violence advocates July 31, to call for bipartisan support of an LGBT-inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. In May, the House of Representatives passed a version of the VAWA reauthorization bill that cut protections and programs for same-sex couples, indigenous … Continue reading

Illinois anti-bullying legislation postponed after Senate votes it down

Illinois anti-bullying legislation postponed after Senate votes it down

The Illinois Senate rejected legislation aimed at strengthening anti-bullying presentations last week, amid conservative outcry over LGBT protections. Lesbian State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduced Illinois House Bill 5290 to bolster the state’s anti-bullying code, including cyberbullying, by creating model policies for schools to implement in 2013. The House approved the measure in March, but it … Continue reading

Updates on the CeCe McDonald case

Updates on the CeCe McDonald case

There has been no public outcry by HRC. (Seriously, how can an organization bill itself as the Human Rights Campaign and not address McDonald’s case at all?) The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force signed on to a list of 35 organizations supporting McDonald, but I can only find their support listed on other websites with nothing directly from the Task Force. And it’s because McDonald’s case and so many others involve gender-variant people of color and the white gay establishment can’t be bothered to care. These cases may somehow tarnish the whitewashed, assimiliationist gay crusade for equality, especially marriage equality, and they just can’t have that. Continue reading