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Illinois passes Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House voted Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state is needed to ratify the amendment. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Nearly a century after the amendment was drafted, the Illinois House voted 72-45 to ratify it following more than two hours of debate. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stood behind…

Two will be honored at Equality Illinois Pride brunch

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois will honor to activists their Pride Kickoff Brunch on Sunday, June 3. Nicole Bashor, who spearheads support for political candidates in Illinois who back pro-LGBTQ policies, and Saúl Aviña Jr., who has spent a decade working on HIV treatment and prevention programs, will be recognized as 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride…

Hawaii latest state to ban ‘conversion therapy’

HONOLULU — Hawaii state legislators approved a ban on “conversion therapy,” becoming the 12th state to do so. From Hawaii News Now: Gay rights advocates say the practice, which is largely discredited by healthcare professionals, does more harm than good to those who are subjected to it. “This has been a priority of the caucus for…

O’Fallon school board member gets calls to resign after calling book “social indoctrination”

O’FALLON, Ill. — A school board member has received calls to resign after calling for a children’s book on social activism “social indoctrination.” From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: After a school board member here questioned the use of a book about a girl learning about social activism in a children’s program at the local library,…

Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis loses primary

MOREHEAD, Ky. — David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, lost the Democratic primary by more than 1,000 votes Tuesday evening, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ermold rasid more than $200,000, but lost to Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year employee of the county’s Property Valuation Administrator office and fourth generation…

UPDATED: Man who threatened Chicago gay bars recaptured

CHICAGO — The Chicago Tribune on Thursday reported that Shane Sleeper, 31, who had been accused of threatening gay bars in Chicago, as released on Tuesday night.

The newspaper reported that the release was accidental and that Sleeper is still at large.

From the Tribune:

Sleeper was arrested in February and initially charged with misdemeanor charges of obstructing and resisting a peace officer, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart. In one of his threats, Sleeper allegedly said “Orlando will come to Chicago,’’ an apparent reference to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Illinois Senate passes LGBTQ curriculum bill

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would required the inclusion of LGBTQ contributions to the history curriculum in schools. Equality Illinois said in an announcement that the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, had passed the Senate with a 34-18 vote. Two Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting for…