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Lawsuit alleges discrimination, free speech violations with banning LGBTQ org in prison

CHICAGO – On Thursday, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide LGBTQ people in prison with allies on the outside. For over two years, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has censored communication between this organization and LGBTQ prisoners in…

Illinois Log Cabin Republicans trying a reboot

CHICAGO — It turns out the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, an organization that aims to be a place for LGBTQ people in the Republican Party in the state, are trying to reboot the organization. The state had been without any LCR chapters since July, when former state chapter president Morry Matson became nationally known…

Illinois Dems rank high on HRC Congressional Scorecard

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released their annual Congressional Scorecard on Wednesday, ranking members of of the 115th U.S. Congress. With Illinois’s congressional delegation, no Republican got above a three out of 100 and all but one scoring zero. Only Adam Kizinger (R-Rockford) actually had a score. During the 144th Congress, he had…

HIV/AIDS training center at UIC receives $4.4 million in new federal funding

CHICAGO — The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received $4.4 million in funding from the federal government to advance its work improving HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. The funding to MATEC, which is…

Cast announced for holiday production of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

LAKE FOREST – Cast and crew have been announced for Citadel Theatre Company’s November-December production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, according to founding Artistic Director Scott Phelps. The production will be directed by Robert D. Estrin. “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the Old Testament…

Drag Queen Story Hour in Bloomington, Nov. 2

BLOOMINGTON — Drag Queen Story Hour comes to Bloomington with Sharon ShareAlike and Ava ShareAlike at Bobzbay on Friday, Nov. 2 From the Facebook event: Bobzbay is proud to host Sharon ShareAlike and Ava ShareAlike for our first ever Drag Queen Story Hour (also known as DQSH). This will be a fun, family friendly event for…

Police investigate armed robbery near Decatur gay bar

DECATUR — Decatur police are investigating an armed robbery near Ken’s A-line on Saturday, Oct. 13. Decatur television station WAND-TV reported that police were called to the bar on East Eldorado Street late Saturday night after a man and a woman were robbed at gunpoint while smoking outside the back door of bar. The man…