The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people’s rights…
Illinois Human Rights Commission vacates decision to dismiss case.
"Fox and Friends" is not happy about Illinois State University’s decision to designate some of its bathrooms gender-neutral, but it just couldn’t get its viewers to share the sentiment on Thursday…
While questions swirl about whether there’s reason to worry about Hobby Lobby’s possible anti-LGBT biases, one transgender employee says she’s confronted discrimination there for years.
LGBT-friendly Christians have taken their ‘I’m Sorry’ campaign to Chicago Pride since 2010.
Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples.
"On Thursday May 23, The Institute of Politics hosted a seminar with Dan Savage, a gay advice columnist who has a history of making numerous misogynstic, biphobic, transphobic, and racist comments. The seminar was moderated by current IOP fellow Ana Marie Cox, a blogger for The Gaurdian. Throughout the conversation both Savage and Cox used a transphobic slur repeatedly, supposedly in the context of explaining why the word was “problematic”. When this first started to occur, a trans student repeatedly asked them not to use the slur and tried to explain why it was offensive. Cox and Savage then proceeded to argue with the student, saying they had a right to use the word. Afterwards, Savage continued to use the slur despite knowing it was making students feel unsafe and both Cox and the IOP staff did nothing to stop him. This action upset the student to the point that they had to leave the room in a state of distress.
The usage of this slur constitutes hate speech, which is frankly unacceptable. There is a difference between respecting open discourse and permitting hate speech—a distinction that the IOP does not seem to understand. Both Ana Marie Cox, as the moderator, and the IOP staff have a responsibility to stop hate speech in order to maintain a safe and accessible space for students where respectful open discourse can actually occur. They failed to do this. The IOP proudly asserts its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and civil discourse. In order to stay true to these values, we demand that the IOP publicly apologize for failing to stop the use of the transphobic slur during the seminar and assert a commitment to preventing the use of slurs and hate speech in the future.”
Hey all!! Please please sign/ reblog/signal boost this! This is regarding a really gross and transphobic incident that happened at my university, and it is crucial for this petition to get as many signatures as possible in order to hold the people in power accountable, ensure this doesn’t happen again, and make Uchicago a safer place for trans (and other LGBTQ) students!
The Gay Mart store on Halsted and Cornelia, an institution in gay Chicago for the past two decades, closed earlier this month.
Two straight-identified Wheaton students are working to bring the voices of LGBTQ students and alumni out into the conversation with the “More Than A Single Story Project.”
Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show, a provocative exploration of cultural and gender identity, adds an extra week of performances due to popular demand.
Six of seven state Republican committee members who blasted the former GOP chairman for endorsing marriage equality are handed pink slips.
A transgender woman alleges that an Illinois doctor wouldn’t treat her after learning about her desire to pursue hormone replacement therapy.
A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois.
While living in America can sometimes mean facing the threat of religious intolerance, many religions have a dynamic relationship with gender constructs, and consider gender variance holy or blessed. Whatever your background, bringing spirituality and gender into conversation can be intimidating. Has your religion influenced the way you think about your gender? Has your gender changed the way you think about your spirituality?
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