New federal rules could allow LGBTQ employees to be fired for religious reasons

WASHINGTON — Media reported this week that the Trump administration is planning a new rule that would allow federal contractors to fire LGBTQ employees for religious reasons. The rule, which can be seen here, would “update” regulations with the current law for exemptions with “religion-exercising organizations.” Buzzfeed News reported that it could create a loophole…

Lawsuit alleges discrimination, free speech violations with banning LGBTQ org in prison

CHICAGO – On Thursday, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide LGBTQ people in prison with allies on the outside. For over two years, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has censored communication between this organization and LGBTQ prisoners in…

Illinois Log Cabin Republicans trying a reboot

CHICAGO — It turns out the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, an organization that aims to be a place for LGBTQ people in the Republican Party in the state, are trying to reboot the organization. The state had been without any LCR chapters since July, when former state chapter president Morry Matson became nationally known…

Illinois Dems rank high on HRC Congressional Scorecard

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released their annual Congressional Scorecard on Wednesday, ranking members of of the 115th U.S. Congress. With Illinois’s congressional delegation, no Republican got above a three out of 100 and all but one scoring zero. Only Adam Kizinger (R-Rockford) actually had a score. During the 144th Congress, he had…