The Illinois Eagle

Bill to make updating birth certificates easier signed into law

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill that would make it easier for transgendered individuals to update their birth certificates. The bill, House Bill 1785, modernizes the Illinois Vital Records Act and to allow transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery.…

It’s official: 45 bans transgender people from military

WASHINGTON — 45 has signed a directive banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

Politico reported that directive gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to submit a plan. It also leaves decision of whether to remove current transgender troops to Mattis. The order was sent to the Defense and Homeland Security departments. 

Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake to honor health advocates

CHICAGO–Two public health advocates who work to improve the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans will be honored Sunday at Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer, daylong beach party that will feature entertainment, games, civic engagement, and health outreach. The two honorees are Anne Carmack of the CORE Foundation and Serette King of Howard Brown…

Game Night at LRA is back

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CHICAGO — All you game lovers out there come on out to LRA on August 25th, Friday night at 8:30 pm with your game faces on! This is going to be a great opportunity for meeting new friends, getting to know fellow kinksters, and lots of laughs. Some group games will involve some mild nudity…

Health insurer reveals HIV status with envelopes

WASHINGTON — Health insurer Aetna may have revealed the HIV status of thousands in a recent mailing to customers, a medical news website reported. Aetna is one of the major health insurers in Illinois. From STAT: The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy…

Black Lives Matter signs stolen, damaged in Chicago north ‘burbs

EVANSTON — Black Lives Matter signs have been getting stolen or damaged in Chicago’s northern suburbs, a TV station reported Wednesday. From ABC7: Police in Evanston and Skokie are investigating and homeowners are disturbed. “Black Lives Matter” signs are a common sight in front yards throughout the north suburbs, but what’s becoming more prevalent is…

August BTQ Book Discussion with Gerber/Hart

CHICAGO — Join the Bi-Trans-Queer Book Discussion Group on August 25st at 6:30 for a discussion of Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster. Beyond is an anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics. Featuring 18 stories by 26 contributors, Beyond is a 250+ page, black and white, queer…