A transgender woman was shot and killed in Chicago’s East Chatham neighborhood on Christmas day, and her family and friends spoke out Monday to CBS Chicago. They said her homicide is a possible hate crime.
(Not surprisingly, Chicago’s finest are dead naming and misgendering her and show no signs of correcting the information or apologizing to her family.)
A prominent children’s hospital publicly apologized Thursday for performing cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex infants and pledged to end the practice.
“We recognize the painful history and complex emotions associated with intersex surgery and how, for many years, the medical field has failed these children,” the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said in a statement. “We empathize with intersex individuals who were harmed by the treatment that they received according to the historic standard of care, and we apologize and are truly sorry.”
The apology, signed by the hospital’s CEO and three head physicians, comes after activists, over a yearslong campaign, called on the institution to ban cosmetic genital surgery on intersex infants, which is irreversible. The signatories also committed to “evolving” their policies going forward and stated that the hospital would not perform such surgeries unless medically necessary or with willful consent from fully informed patients.
“The LGBTQ community need to give as much of a damn about these dead [trans] women as we did about getting married.”
“The Pro Bono Clinic at The John Marshall Law School has launched a new program to help transgender individuals navigate the legal hurdles that come with changing one’s name and gender.”
(Via. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
“The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not match their gender-presentation.”
“A Humboldt Park woman has been charged with setting off a minor explosion inside the bathroom of a Target store Wednesday afternoon in north suburban Evanston.
Heidi Schmidt, 44, was charged with one felony count each of aggravated arson and unlawful possession of an explosive or incendiary device, Evanston police announced Saturday.”
“CHICAGO – It’s hard to imagine what Morgan Hill is feeling right now. She’s not quite sure herself. How can you possibly process the fact you were born, wrapped in a towel, put into a trash bag and left in a dumpster to die – all before you were a day old?”
“Chicago public schools (CPS) released sweeping guidelines on Tuesday requiring all 660 of the district’s schools to accommodate transgender students according to their gender identities in bathrooms, locker rooms and on overnight trips.”
This is an update to my previous post.
Thanks go out to Resa for the heads up!
“(CBS) — A 29-year-old woman who had been missing three days after failing to show up for work is back home safe with her family.
Kelsey Christensen, of Romeoville, never showed up for work at Panera Bread in Plainfield on Saturday. She also failed to show up for a classMonday at Joliet Junior College.
“Regardless of the lack of a budget in Illinois, those elected to represent the people of the State have not been sitting on their hands. With bipartisan majorities, including support from Republican leaders in both the Illinois House and Senate, January 1st, 2016 will bring three new laws to the State that mark a significant move forward in protections for the Transgender community.”
(Via. Chicago Now)