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HIV/AIDS training center at UIC receives $4.4 million in new federal funding

CHICAGO — The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received $4.4 million in funding from the federal government to advance its work improving HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. The funding to MATEC, which is…

Cast announced for holiday production of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

LAKE FOREST – Cast and crew have been announced for Citadel Theatre Company’s November-December production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, according to founding Artistic Director Scott Phelps. The production will be directed by Robert D. Estrin. “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the Old Testament…

Noga Sachs opening for The Serenity Strategy Network at SIUE’s Inaugural Diversity Day

EDWARDSVILLE — The Serenity Strategy Network has been developing a platform that will increase LGBT+ enrollment on campuses across the world. They are one of Saint Louis’s first LGBT+ social enterprises. Noga Sachs is opening the talk and will hit on how inflammatory remarks could increase unrest on college campuses. She will also cover the…

National coalition launches campaign for sexual health rights of youth in state custody

NEW YORK — In October 2017, leading organizations working on juvenile justice, adolescent sexual health policy, mass incarceration, and LGBTQ rights, came together with a shared purpose: to remedy the near-total absence of health care that addresses sexual development and the risks of infectious disease for youth in foster care and juvenile detention centers. One…

Equality Illinois criticizes Rauner for only appointing one openly LGBTQ person among 1,495

CHICAGO – On National Coming Out Day, when we should be celebrating the full diversity of the LGBTQ community in Illinois, Equality Illinois is extremely disappointed in the unbelievable lack of LGBTQ representation among the more than 400 appointments made by Governor Rauner to state boards and commissions during Fiscal Year 2018, the civil rights…

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN to Ninth Circuit: Don’t breathe life into transgender military ban

PORTLAND – Lawyers in the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to maintain the preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the discriminatory ban. Lawyers also asked the…

ACLU responds to Trump’s incorrect attacks on “Stop and Frisk” in Chicago

CHICAGO — Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois, made the following statement after Donald Trump said that the Chicago police should use “stop and frisk” to fight violence in the city. “Today, President Trump attacked the ACLU’s 2015 agreement with the City of Chicago to ensure that police only use “stop and frisk” when…