Category: Central Illinois

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

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…

Decatur Munch Announcement

DECATUR — I am excited that I can announce that there are great things happening in Decatur! This is the first of several changes coming in the near future. I and mine have hosted the Decatur Munch for several years, and as has been obvious to all, we have allowed the Munch and our community…

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…

BDSM 101 Class at Peoria Munch, April 8

PEORIA — Hey, kinksters! The Peoria Munch is fast approaching and we’d sure love it if you’d join us for our upcoming topic: BDSM 101! Atomic Curves will be your facilitator and demonstrator for the evening. All are welcome from our most seasoned players, who know the ropes, to our newbies itching for some new…

Equality Illinois LGBTQ Town Halls launch in Central and Southern Illinois

Equality Illinois

NORMAL — With Illinoisans facing uncertainty about LGBTQ rights in the Trump era and push back in some parts of the state as they try to assert their rights, Equality Illinois LGBTQ Town Halls launch Tuesday night in Bloomington-Normal and continue Wednesday night in Peoria. Future town halls are scheduled in Carbondale and the Metro…

Illinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for progressive agenda, responsible budget

SPRINGFIELD — More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April…