Queer Mural Unveiling in Chicago

CHICAGO — The official unveiling of a new mural for and by queer artists will be this weekend in Chicago. From the Facebook event: Artists Sandra Antongiori, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk have completed the first of what they hope to be a series of LGBTQ tribute murals. Each mural will open dialogue about queer…

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2018 Contest this weekend

PEORIA — The River City Bears of Peoria are holding their annual Central Illinois Bear contest this weekend at Blondies in Peoria. The contest is open to guys throughout Central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign/Urbana. People can enter in either the Bear portion or the Cub portion. The winners will go on…

Lambda Legal urges senators to convince White House to withdraw Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON — Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement: “Allegations of sexual violence should always be taken seriously and properly investigated.  The allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by Dr. Ford, as well as the new claims brought to the public’s attention this evening, should be immediately referred…

Barriers for transgender voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

Timothy R. Bussey, Kenyon College Recently, there have been a number of historic firsts for transgender political candidates. In 2017, State Rep. Danica Roem of Virginia became the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature, and just last month, gubernatorial candidate, Christine Hallquist of Vermont, became the first transgender person to…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…

LGBTQI+ Spirituality Forum Oct. 16 at ISU

Please join us from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the ISU Bone Student Center Old Main Room for a spirituality forum hosted by the Prairie Pride Coalition which will acknowledge how members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been harmed by religion, and how some faith traditions are seeking change, reconciliation, and healing.