Posts tagged "LGBT"

Illinois takes steps with new laws to protect transgender community

Illinois takes steps with new laws to protect transgender community
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... Read more »

Blog Action Day; Inequality and speaking up for LGBT youth

Blog Action Day; Inequality and speaking up for LGBT youth
Can you name one of the most destructive attitudes that is pervasive throughout our culture? It works to unravel the very fabric that unites each and every one of us.  How much of an ego must you have to believe that the rights of one person outweigh those of another?  Inequality is a cancer that... Read more »

Organized Religion is Failing the Gay and Transgender Community

Organized religion.  Those words can cause some lively if not heated discussion.  You add the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity into the mix and the heat gets dialed up a few notches.  Then add being gay or transgender in the church and the conversation can often go to the negative extremes.  Organized religion... Read more »
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My Embarrassing Over-Love Of the LGBT Community

Jenna Karvunidis, author of High Gloss and Sauce, is a veteran blogger here at Chicago Now.  Her first blog appeared way back in March of 2010 and she has garnered a little media attention along the way with her insightful and outspoken views.  Jenna was one of the bloggers that has welcomed me into the... Read more »

Help! There's a man in the ladies room!

Help! There's a man in the ladies room!
From a writer who shares her experiences in the work place who goes by The Working Poor and her blog  Grateful but Miserable at Work, found right here on ChicagoNow, is my second guest blogger for this month.  Her honesty is refreshing and I admire her willingness to come and ask some difficult questions she... Read more »

United Nations vote to protect Gay and Transgender Individuals

United Nations vote to protect Gay and Transgender Individuals
The United Nations finally is getting it right.  In the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, a draft resolution has been passed, by a clear majority that will bring protection of life regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Human rights has long been a hot bed of discussion and dissension for the United... Read more »
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Spirit Day - A Sober Reminder Why We Need to Support LGBT Youth

Spirit Day - A Sober Reminder Why We Need to Support LGBT Youth
Spirit Day is an annual day in October when millions of Americans stand up and speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.  If you see someone wearing purple today – go ahead and ask them if they are doing it for Spirit Day and if... Read more »

Women in Binders, Big Bird Gets Fired, the LGBT Community Gets Ignored

I’m going to be painfully honest with you.  I am sick and tired of hearing about the cherry picked issues being publicized from these debates in the mainstream media.  After seeing and hearing countless spins on the last three debates, one thing remains crystal clear, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community has been IGNORED! ... Read more »

National Coming Out Day

In the last couple years as I have come to know some really wonderful people, both in and out of the LGBT community, that I may never had the opportunity to get to know if I had stayed hidden with who I was.   One of those people is Allison Sweeney, a wonderful Christian transgender woman... Read more »
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Same Sex Marriage, Equal Employment Rights - My Part in the Next Step in this Country's History in the Fight for Equal Rights

This country has had a long history of fighting for freedom and liberty, the rights of the individual to be treaty equally.  If you had asked me 25 or 30 years ago about equal rights, I would have been able to skim over a few details about suffrage at the turn of the 20th century. ... Read more »
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    Meggan Sommerville is a Christian transgender woman with a heart for educating others about the transgender community and her faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her career life has taken her on a variety of adventures, from being a veterinary technician in the Western burbs of Chicago to being an EMT/Paramedic, EMS instructor, and a paid on call firefighter for Bolingbrook , Illinois. Since 1998, she has been the frame shop manager for a national craft retailer. You can contact Meggan via email at Transgirlatcross@aol.com or find her on Facebook at Trans Girl at the Cross

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