Illinois Eagle Staff

Touché in Chicago presents Bear All 8.1

CHICAGO — Touché at 6412 North Clark Street in Chicago presents Bear All, a night of live music and song featuring the talent of local gay singers/songwriters on Saturday, Sept. 22. Produced by Scott Free, host of the long running Homolatte music series, Bear All focuses on the passions, lives and sometimes politics of the…

Pulitzer Prize-Winning book censored in Illinois prisons

CHICAGO – On Thursday, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of historian Heather Thompson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” was censored by Illinois prison officials. Attorneys from Uptown People’s Law Center and Sidley Austin LLP filed the lawsuit. It alleges that this censorship…

Intersex affirming policy published after California legislation

NEW YORK — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with natural variations in chromosomes, hormones, or genitalia that transcend…

Opinion: Red-state politics in and out of the college classroom

Natasha Zaretsky, Southern Illinois University For two decades, I have taught U.S. women’s and gender history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a blue town in a blue state, marooned in an ocean of red. Bordered by Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Ozarks, Southern Illinois is surrounded by the country’s poorest rural regions. Some…

Members, staff leave Indy CrossFit location after gym cancels Pride workout

CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer doubles down on denying the Pride event, fired by corporate INDIANAPOLIS — A CrossFit location in Indianapolis started losing members after cancelling an Pride workout session. And CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer decided to double down. Crossfit Infiltrate in downtown Indianapolis cancelled a Pride themed workout in a recent email to members.…

Ind. teacher says using trans students’ preferred names violate ‘religious beliefs’

INDIANAPOLIS — A teacher in suburban Indianapolis is saying the school district forced him to resign for refusing to us transgender students’ preferred names. The school district requires teachers to use trans students’ preferred names, instead of those given at birth. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School near Indianapolis, told the…

Southern Illinois celebrates their first Pride

CARBONDALE — Carbondale hosted the first Pride celebration in the far southern area of Illinois this past weekend, becoming the latest in the state to celebrate LGBTQ rights. Other Pride parades and festivals take place in Chicago, Springfield, Metro East, Joliet and Peoria. The Southern Illinoisan reported that hundreds turned out for a walk and…

OPINION: Masterpiece Cakeshop – It’s not great, but it’s not a disaster

This article was originally published on Peacock Panache, an LGBTQ news and opinion blog. In a 7-2 decision announced today, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in a case about public accommodation and whether individual religious views should and can supersede a protected group’s right to free market equal access. The…

SCOTUS rules for baker in wedding cake case

Decision narrowly focused on specifics, does not set precedent on LGBTQ rights WASHINGTON — On Monday, the US Supreme Court set aside a lower court ruling against a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. According to NBC Chicago, the court did not rule on whether or not businesses have…