Tom Wray

Champaign/Urbana gets ready for Pride celebration

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign/Urbana area will have its Pride celebration on Sept. 15 through 16, organized by the UP Center of Champaign County. The tentative schedule for the weekend is: Tentative Schedule: Friday: Queer Dance Party 9pm-2am featuring Cazwell Saturday: Festival and Vendor area 2pm-7pm Talks and Panels at Big Grove 2-5pm Parade through downtown…

MetroEast Pride to host Pride Night with Gateway Grizzlies

SAUGET — MetroEast Pride will be hosting a Pride Night with the Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team on August 30 at the Grizzlies home field. From the Facebook event: August 30, 2018 – 6:35 pm, Gateway Grizzlies Baseball will be holding a very anticipated Pride Night! Gateway Grizzlies VS Southern Illinois Miners Be sure…

Rainbow Cafe to host sleepaway camp in September

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe, a LGBTQ safe space in southern Illinois, will be hosting a sleepaway camp at Camp Manitowa on Sept. 15 and 16. From their announcement on Illinois Eagle Commons: RC is hosting its first ever sleep away camp at Camp Manitowa near Carbondale Illinois! September 15 and 16. The sleep over…

Phoenix Center to hold Transgender 101 class

SPRINGFIELD — The Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center for central Illinois, will  hold a Transgender 101 class series for those wanting to be supportive of transgender friends and family. From the Facebook event: This class has been created for all of those people who call and want to learn more about being transgender. They…

California steps up fight against ‘conversion therapy’

SACRAMENTO — California is stepping up its efforts to fight “conversion therapy,” Courthouse News reported last week. From Courthouse News: The state Senate on Thursday cleared a proposal to list so-called conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice, bringing it under the umbrella of state consumer-protection laws and opening the door for victims to sue…

LGBTQ adults still struggle to afford health care

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A study from Brown University reported this week that although LGBTQ adults are insured at the same rate as heterosexuals, they still avoid medical treatment because of cost. From MedicalXPress.com: “I started looking at this question because I had read a few studies indicating that following the ACA’s implementation in 2014 and…