Tom Wray

Transgender woman killed on Chicago west side

CHICAGO — A transgender woman was found dead late Wednesday night in Chicago’s West Garfield neighborhood, local media reported. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the woman was identified as Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier. She was with a male inside an abandoned building in the 4500 block of West Adams, according to the newspaper. When a…

Gay man elected to Iowa City council in special election

IOWA CITY — Bruce Teague became the first gay black man to be elected to the Iowa City council this week in a special election. The Gazette of Iowa City reported that Teague had campaigned as a gay man. He defeated Ann Freerks, who has experience with the city’s planning and zoning commission. From The…

Coming Out Day – Shatter The Fear in Rockford

ROCKFORD — PFLAG Rockford Chapter will be giving people a chance release their frustrations for National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. From their Facebook event: Have you ever been so frustrated you just want to smash something? As we know, coming out can be a joyous occasion! Although, this is not the case…

Human Rights Campaign endorses Pritzker for Illinois gov.

CHICAGO — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced on Tuesday that the organization was endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. “J.B. Pritzker has the vision and experience needed to build a stronger future for the hard-working families of Illinois,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof in a press…

IDOC denies abuse allegations in transgender inmate’s lawsuit

BELLEVILLE — The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has denied abuse allegations made in a transgender inmate’s lawsuit on Monday. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Wednesday that IDOC had responded to a lawsuit filed by Deon “Strawberry” Hampton. She sued to be moved to a women’s correctional facility. She has been moved to several men’s prisons…

National Coming Out Day celebration in Buffalo Grove

BUFFALO GROVE — The Pinta Pride Project in Buffalo Grove will have a National Coming Out Day celebration on Oct. 11. From their event page: Join us at the Community Arts Center to celebrate National Coming Out Day 2018! Get your rainbow on as we view “Love, Simon” in the beautiful, new multi-purpose room of…

Lakeside Pride’s “Love and Marriage” on Oct. 13

CHICAGO — Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble will hold a concert with the theme of marriage at the Center on Halstead on Oct. 13, presented by WDCB-FM. From the Facebook event: Save the date! Lakeside Pride is celebrating the joys of wedded bliss for people of all genders and you’re invited. “Love and Marriage” features musical…