Tom Wray

Ohio GOP introduce bill to let parents stop child’s transition

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland newspaper reported that the Ohio state GOP has introduced a bill that would allow parents deny their transgender children the right to transition. From Cleveland Scene: Sponsored by Republican House Reps. Tom Brinkman and Paul Zeltwanger, House Bill 658 grants parents sweeping rights to “withhold consent for gender dysphoria treatment or activities that…

Decatur to hold first Pridefest this weekend

DECATUR — Decatur will host its first Pridefest this Saturday at Central Park. From the Decatur Herald & Review: The event, which begins at 4 p.m., could very well be the first public Pride event in the city of Decatur. “I know I’d heard people wishing there was Pride in Decatur, but nobody had mentioned…

Texas GOP backs ‘conversion therapy,’ 23 other anti-LGBTQ issues

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas GOP approved an anti-LGBTQ platform at their state convention this past weekend in San Antonio. From Houston’s OutSmart Magazine: Texas Republicans once again officially endorsed the dangerous, discredited practice of “ex-gay” therapy, including for “self-motivated” youth. They called on state officials to reject the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of…

Lambda Legal, SPLC request DOJ documents on protection rollback for transgender people in prison

NEW YORK — On Friday, June 22, Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) seeking all documents and communications connected to its decision to alter the Transgender Offender Manual, including communications with outside advocacy groups. The organizations said…

Gay Pa. state rep ‘welcomes’ Pence to town

PHILADELPHA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims welcomed Vice-President Mike Pence to his city by flipping the bird on a recent Facebook post. From The Hill: State Rep. Brian Sims (D), who represents Philadelphia and is the state’s first openly gay legislator, posted the photo on Facebook with a preface of “OFFICIAL WELCOME” ahead of…

Michigan GOP ask state AG to roll back LGBTQ protections ruling

LANSING — Michigan GOP leaders are asking Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette to say the state’s Civil Rights Commission overstepped its powers when it said it could hear complaints of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, a Michigan newspaper reported. From the Detroit Free Press: “We write to request your opinion on the legality of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s…

F*ck Cancer fundraiser raises $1,131 in jock auction

CHICAGO — Midwest Drummer and Drummerboy held a fundraiser at Jackhammer on Saturday night to raise money for cancer research. Brandon Gentry and Pup Bayard recruited about 20 people to wear or donate ripe jockstraps that were auctioned off on stage by local entertainer Diamond Devereaux. A total of $1,131 was raised with all the…

Trident Chili Cook-Off raises $1,500 for BYC

CHICAGO — Trident Windy City’s annual Chili Cook-Off raised $1,500 for Chicago’s Broadway Youth Center and new participant Chicago Puppy Patrol nabbed first place in the competition.

Local leather service club Trident Windy City hosts two inter-club competitions each year, a cupcake baking competition in the spring and a chill cook-off in fall. All money raised goes to BYC.

First Chicago Bear and Cub named at Bearfest

CHICAGO — Rough Rick won the first Chicago Bear title and Drew Recker won the first Chicago Cub title on Saturday, May 27, at Chicago’s Touche. The contest was the climax of the first Chicago Bearfest weekend. Touche manager David Boyer said during the contest that the Bearfest was started, basically at the last minute,…