Tom Wray

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…

Dinner with Friends raises money in Central Illinois

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends (CIF) held one of their Dinner with Friends tours in Peoria this week. So far, according to Deric Tucker Kimler of Central Illinois Friends, 130 people showing up for the restaurant visits, with up to 75 people attending at a single location. At the halfway point, after four host-your-own events and eight…

61 LGBTQ orgs call for delay on Kavanaugh hearing

WASHINGTON — More than 60 LGBTQ organizations from across the country have called on the Senate Judiciary to delay hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In an open letter, the organizations want the hearings delayed to allow an investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The participating organizations include Equality Illinois and LGBTQ…

Kenosha student sues over anti-LGBTQ bullying

KENOSHA — A high school student in this city just north of the Illinois state line is suing his high school because they didn’t do enough to prevent him from being bullied. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the school administration was “completely indifferent” to the anti-LGBTQ harassment that eventually forced him to leave school. From…

Ohio city may ban conversion therapy

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The city council in this Cleveland suburb is considering an ordinance that would ban conversion therapy for minors. Cleveland.com reported on Wednesday that Ward 4 City Councilman Daniel J. O’Malley is sponsoring the ordinance. “We’ve seen some really tragic examples of how conversion therapy has impacted LGBT youth,” O’Malley told the website.…

Quad Cities Fall Pride

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Quad Cities will host a Fall Pride festival October 5 and 6. The festivities will be at 2nd and Warren streets in Davenport, Iowa with two days of entertainment, including a kids’ area on Saturday, Oct. 5. The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, Oct. 5 4 p.m. – DJ Wayne…

DRAG 101 – Chicago, IL

  CHICAGO — After being put into limbo after the closure of Chicago’s Uptown Underground, Drag 101 has found a new home and will be at Beat Kitchen on Oct. 8. From the Facebook event page: DRAG 101 starring Delighted Tobehere A hilarious, live singing A to Z course in drag! (Yes, the T stands…

Dining with Friends Cocktail Party in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition, Central Illinois Friends and The Bistro will be hosting a cocktail party on Sept. 28 in Bloomington. From the event page: On Friday, September 28th, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. we will be gathering at The Bistro with all of our allies to raise funds and awareness…

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2018

CHICAGO — The annuals AIDS Run & Walk will be taking place at Soldier Field in Chicago. It will be raising money for HIV/AIDS services at Howard Brown Health. From the event page: This year the AIDS Run & Walk is taking place Sunday, September 23 at Soldier Field and is starting 2 hours later,…

EI PAC calls on Rauner to stop contributions to anti-LGBTQ attorney general candidate

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC on Friday called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stop contributing to the attorney general campaign for Republican Erika Harold. Harold has in the past opposed LGBTQ-supportive policies, including marriage equality and a recent law making it easier for transgender people to update their birth certificates. Last month, Rauner told a…