Saturday Palm Card: Feb. 26 – March 3

The Weekend Palm Card is a reader’s digest of our top news stories of the last seven days based on pageviews and viral impact in the community.

5. Group offers monthly transgender name change assistance

The Daley Center. Photo: Gerald Farinas.

In the bustling lobby of the Daley Center on a Friday morning, people stream through the bottleneck of the security screening and metal detectors. Guards bellow, “gentlemen to the right and ladies to the left.” Upstairs, on the 12th floor, members of The Illinois Transformative Justice Law Project work to challenge the gender distinctions transgender Chicagoans often face, even in the lobby below.



4. Join the Impact presents at Occupy Chicago teach-in

Join the Impact organizer Andrea Crain. Photo: Joseph Duggan Lyons.

Join the Impact presented an Occupy Chicago teach-in Saturday, sharing information about how Occupy can become more inclusive of LGBT people and the way that the struggle for gay rights complements Occupy’s overall goals.





3. Chicagoans react to gay marine’s homecoming kiss photo

Photo: Dave Lewis.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan arrived stateside in a Kaneohe Bay military hangar Feb. 22, to be greeted by a loved one with a kiss. The moment, captured by a photograph, has since gone viral.





2. CPD to consolidate Boystown districts

CPD squad car in Boystown. Photo: Gerald Farinas.

The Town Hall police station in Boystown will be the headquarters of a much larger police district starting Mar. 4 as part of the Chicago Police Department’s plan to consolidate police districts.






1. New LGBT bills moving forward in Springfield

A photograph of the Springfield Capitol Building. Photo: W. Wadas.

As deadlines approach in the state legislature, lawmakers and civil rights groups are pushing for the passage of three bills in the Illinois General Assembly. The three pieces of legislation would provide rights and protections for LGBTs and require public schools to report anti-bullying data to the state.





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