Tom Wray

Court denies death penalty appeal of gay prisoner

ST. LOUIS — A divided three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear the appeal of Charles Rhines, a gay man on death row in South Dakota, on Friday. The appeal argued that Rhines should be allowed to present new evidence showing that antigay bias may have motivated the jury to…

‘Queer Eye’ is coming to Quincy

QUINCY — The Netflix show “Queer Eye” will be bringing their makeover skills to Quincy next month. The Quincy Herald-Whig reported Friday that the Quincy Public Schools Music Director Kathi Dooley will be the recipient of the makeover artists. From the Herald-Whig: Filming will take place Oct. 8-11, Superintendent Roy Webb said, and will include…

Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements for statewide offices

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois has endorsed candidates for Illinois governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The PAC is endorsing JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton for governor and lieutenant governor. Brian Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois said both major party candidates were supporters of LGBTQ civil rights. He cited…

CDC: STDs rising with resistant strains emerging

NEW YORK — Infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases went up for the fourth in a row during 2017, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also told the news service that a new strain antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea could emerge. From Bloomberg: “We are sliding backward,” Jonathan Mermin, director of the…

16 states ask SCOTUS to limit LGBTQ job protections

WASHINGTON — On Aug. 23, 16 states urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity without violating federal workplace discrimination law. Bloomberg Law reported that the states, lead by Nebraska Attorney General David Bydalek, asked the justices to overturn an appeals court decision…

World premiere of ‘A Dying Breed’ at Normal Theater

  NORMAL — “A Dying Breed” by Ianne Fields Stewart will have its world premiere in a performance hosted by Coalescence Theatre Project and the Prairie Pride Coalition on Sept. 8 at the Normal Theater in Normal. From the Facebook event: Coalescence Theatre Project is pleased to announce our production of the World Premiere of…

Rainbow Cafe celebrates 18 years at annual gala

CARBONDALE — Rainbow Cafe will celebrate it’s 18th anniversary with a gala at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, Oct. 6. From the Facebook event: Come join us as the Rainbow Cafe turns 18! We are honoring special guests and unveiling our new logo! Saturday, October 6, 2018 6-9 p.m.; Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.…