Category: Central Illinois

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

LGBTQI+ Spirituality Forum Oct. 16 at ISU

Please join us from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the ISU Bone Student Center Old Main Room for a spirituality forum hosted by the Prairie Pride Coalition which will acknowledge how members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been harmed by religion, and how some faith traditions are seeking change, reconciliation, and healing.

Dinner with Friends raises money in Central Illinois

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends (CIF) held one of their Dinner with Friends tours in Peoria this week. So far, according to Deric Tucker Kimler of Central Illinois Friends, 130 people showing up for the restaurant visits, with up to 75 people attending at a single location. At the halfway point, after four host-your-own events and eight…

Dining with Friends Cocktail Party in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition, Central Illinois Friends and The Bistro will be hosting a cocktail party on Sept. 28 in Bloomington. From the event page: On Friday, September 28th, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. we will be gathering at The Bistro with all of our allies to raise funds and awareness…

Getting to Zero Illinois Dinner in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Getting to Zero Illinois project will be hosting a dinner and education session in Springfield on Monday, Oct. 29. From their announcement page: We are here to think big and aim high to bring about an end to the HIV epidemic in all regions of Illinois! The Getting to Zero Illinois project…

World premiere of ‘A Dying Breed’ at Normal Theater

  NORMAL — “A Dying Breed” by Ianne Fields Stewart will have its world premiere in a performance hosted by Coalescence Theatre Project and the Prairie Pride Coalition on Sept. 8 at the Normal Theater in Normal. From the Facebook event: Coalescence Theatre Project is pleased to announce our production of the World Premiere of…

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…

Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study

SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said. From Illinois HIV Care Connect: The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories: Living with HIV…

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…