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Judge sides with anti-LGBTQ Christian group at Univ. of Iowa

IOWA CITY — A student Christian group at the University of Iowa will be rerecognized as a registered group after a recent decision by a judge, a local newspaper reported on Friday. The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported that Business Leaders in Christ, or BLinC, will be allowed to work as a registered student organization.…

Screening Queers: Homophile Documentary Film Screening

CHICAGO — The Gerber/Hart Library is holding a screening of two documentaries in conjunction with the “Gay is Good” exhibition. Both documentaries cover the homophile era of LGBTQ political activism. Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005, 57 min) is a documentary about transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton’s…

Federal court denies another try at a transgender military ban

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement its plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services on Wednesday, Lambda Legal said. The ruling in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State…

Episcopal Chruch to allow same-sex weddings in all churches

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Episcopal Church voted to permit same-sex couples at all of their congregation as they wrapped up their General Convention. The Tennessean reported that the church had the vote on Friday. From The Tennessean: The General Convention, which wrapped up its triennial meeting in Austin, Texas, on Friday, passed a resolution with overwhelming…

Urbana library hoping to continue Drag Queen Story Hour

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library is looking to continue Drag Queen Story Hour after a successful first time on Friday, July 6. From the Urbana News-Gazette: The first-time event featured two drag queens reading aloud stories about inclusion and acceptance. Library director Celeste Choate said the crowd “literally streamed in” and included people of…