Category: Central Illinois

News and events from the central portion of Illinois, generally Springfield, Peoria, Decatur and Bloomington.

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…

Anti-abortion groups sue over state abortion services funding law

SPRINGFIELD — Ten Illinois anti-abortion groups are suing over a law that allows Medicaid funds to be used for abortion services. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that organizations involved included Springfield Right to Life, the Diocese of Springfield and the Thomas More Society. From the State Journal-Register: The Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit…

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2017 contest held

PEORIA — Jeremy Miller won the second Mr. Central Illinois Bear competition this past weekend out of a field of four contestants. The contest was put on by the River City Bears of Peoria. A meet and greet was held Friday night at Club Diesel with the actual contest held Saturday at Blondie’s. The contest…

Champaign/Urbana hold second Pride parade

CHAMPAIGN – This was the second year that kink and leather people marched together in the CU Pride Parade. The community held their parade on Sept. 17. 

Seventeen people of varied genders, identities and orientations from CU RACK, The River City Bears and Mr. Central Illinois Bear marched the route on a sweltering day. The parade included close to 80 entries.

LGBT Youth Health Summit in Peoria, Sept. 10

PEORIA — Come join Peoria Proud and the Peoria Healthcare Coalition for an afternoon of education and discussion regarding the following: LGBTQ friendly doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, & dental providers Health disparities you recognize within the populations you serve Resources available (helplines, hotlines, scheduling appointments, etc.) Relative legislation or healthcare changes that have impacted the level…

LGBTQ civil rights org ask state fairgoers to support transgender troops

SPRINGFIELD — Equality Illinois is at the Illinois State Fair, which opened Thursday, seeking support from fairgoers against President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. Fairgoers who stop by the Equality Illinois booth during the State Fair, which runs now through Aug. 20 in Springfield, will be able to sign a…

Springfield holds first Pride Parade

SPRINGFIELD — The state capital held it’s first-ever Pride Parade on Saturday, May 20, the State Journal-Register reported. The parade went down Fifth Street after starting at Allen Street and ended in the downtown area at the site of the annual PrideFest festival. The event was sponsored by the Phoenix Center, Springfield’s gay community center. Organizers told…

EqualityCon 2017, May 6

SPRINGFIELD — Join the Equality Illinois Institute for EqualityCon 2017 on May 6 in Springfield. EqualityCon brings together Illinois’ LGBTQ community and allies, progressive advocates, civic leaders, and community groups to train and share insights on how to make Illinois and the nation more just and equal. FRIDAY, May 5 EqualityCon Reception: Club Station House…