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SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to anti-LGBTQ law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Mississippi law that would let businesses and government workers refuse service to LGBTQ people if they had a religious objection. Bloomberg reported that the court turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court…

Trump fires HIV/AIDS council by FedEx

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has fired the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) – via a letter sent through FedEx. The Washington Blade reported Friday that the remaining 16 members of the council were fired on Wednesday. Six had left the council in June. Chicago-based advocate and Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes told…

Quad Cities Planned Parenthood clinic to close

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The Des Moines Register has reported that the Quad Cities area will no longer have direct access to abortion services when Planned Parenthood closes its clinic in the area. The clinic was the only one in the Quad Cities, the third largest metro area in Iowa and the largest between Chicago and…

CDC says that certain words aren’t banned

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that seven words weren’t actually banned at the agency. On Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that the words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” could no longer be used on official documents for the 2018 budget. CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said…

First Midwest Drummer in Chicago this September

CHICAGO — This is the first Midwest Drummer North America (DNA) contest. It will be held in Chicago at the Jackhammer complex in September. Midwest Drummer is a male-identified fetish contest where each contestant can compete for the title of Drummer, Drummer Boy or Drummer Bootblack. The region covers the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and…

Riverbound February Play Party, Feb. 25

DAVENPORT — Our February play party is designed to help warm up your cold winter blood. We will not have a demo this month, so play can start much earlier! We have reserved a large play space for our play party. Doors will open at 6pm, so plan to arrive between 6 and 7pm. If…