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Jill Rose Quinn, a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and National LGBT Bar Association, is running to become the first openly trans judge on the Cook County Circuit Court.

Trans candidate for Cook County Circuit Court judge aims to bring outside perspective to the bench

March 16, 2020

In 2018, former State Rep. Jeanne Ives ran a controversial, negative commercial against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial race. It called him out for being more moderate than Republican, ...

The cost of being trans: the psychological, financial & legal toll of identity affirmation

The cost of being trans: the psychological, financial & legal toll of identity affirmation

September 6, 2016

Before his current job, Fox DeNova, a 24-year-old psychology and social work student at Loyola, worked security at a casino for two and a half years where he had to check individuals’ IDs to make sur...

Chicago-based FEE LION flaunts girl power

FEE LION, also known as Justina Kairyte, is a multi-faceted singer-songwriter based in Chicago. She is currently working on a new album and a new single release.

By Gretchen Sterba ARTS & CULTURE REPORTER

April 18, 2016

Touring usually requires a large bus and a place to stay each night, unless you’re FEE LION. The Lithuanian-born artist but long-time Chicago resident whose real name is Justina Kairyte, spent her las...

Transphobic state laws must be addressed nationally

By Associate Editor

April 4, 2016

A controversial bill signed into law March 23 by Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has banned transgender residents from using public facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity rather than their assigned sex at birth.While under legislative deliberation, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act was criticized by several organizations, including the American Civil...

‘Transphobic’ Rebel Wilson joke misunderstood

By Managing Editor

February 22, 2016

Comedian Rebel Wilson has recently been under fire for jokes she told during the 2016 British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 14, which some viewers have perceived as transphobic.While presenting the award for “Best Supporting Actor,” Wilson addressed the diversity controversy plaguing this year’s Oscars ceremony with a slew of jokes mocking the situation.“I’ve never been invited to the Oscars before because, as you...

Fighting fetishism in the transgender community

By Opinions Editor

February 8, 2016

"When a man can be shamed merely for interacting with a trans woman—whether it be through a photograph, a sex tape or correspondence—what does this say about how society views trans women? More important, what does this do to trans women?” said Janet Mock, activist and icon in the transgender community,  in an essay she wrote on transgender fetishism on her Sept. 12, 2013 blog. From how the transgender experience is...

Panel of authors tackle ‘taboo’ subjects

Christa Desir has written three young adult novels, all dealing with what she called “edgy” subjects.  

By Arts & Culture Reporter

November 23, 2015

A panel of female authors visited Women & Children First, an independent feminist bookstore at 5233 N. Clark St., on Nov. 12 to discuss writing about “taboo” subjects, from first-time sexual exp...

Chris Salmon, general manager of BING Art Books, said the store has not had many patrons yet, other than Nov. 7 when books went on sale, and it will take them some time to build up traffic.

Bookstore brings cultural heritage to Hyde Park

November 16, 2015

Hyde Park, long noted for its bookstores, is now host to a new one—BING Books, 307 E. Garfield Blvd.—devoted to bringing to the neighborhood art books that are of unusual quality and inventory, ac...

Precious Davis, assistant director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives, said she has made efforts to discuss issues facing the LGBT community, Including working with Miley Cyrus in the Happy Hippie Foundation to combat injustices facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other marginalized groups. 

Precious Davis talks diversity and inclusion at Columbia

October 19, 2015

Precious Davis, the college’s assistant director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives, has taken the MTV Video Music Awards stage, visited the White House, been featured in Miley Cyrus’s #InstaPri...

Laws discriminating against transgenders will not be tolerated

By Editorial Board

April 13, 2015

Prior to rewrites and amendments, the recent religious freedom laws enacted in Indiana and Arkansas posed a real threat to the LGBTQ community. The legislation essentially legalized discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs. Though the appropriate changes were made following intense backlash, the fight for equality and human rights continues as more than six states move forward with bills that discriminate against the t...

Transgender people deserve insurance coverage

By Editorial Board

November 17, 2014

Aetna, an insurance company that participates in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, announced Oct. 31 that it would cover surgical gender reassignment procedures for federal workers beginning in 2015.Aetna is one of many insurance companies to cover sex-change operations in recent months. Medicare, the federal insurance program for retired and disabled individuals, announced July 2 that it will offer coverage for s...

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