Category: Southern Illinois

News and events for Southern Illinois outside of MetroEast.

Opinion: Red-state politics in and out of the college classroom

Natasha Zaretsky, Southern Illinois University For two decades, I have taught U.S. women’s and gender history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a blue town in a blue state, marooned in an ocean of red. Bordered by Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Ozarks, Southern Illinois is surrounded by the country’s poorest rural regions. Some…

Rainbow Cafe celebrates 18 years at annual gala

CARBONDALE — Rainbow Cafe will celebrate it’s 18th anniversary with a gala at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, Oct. 6. From the Facebook event: Come join us as the Rainbow Cafe turns 18! We are honoring special guests and unveiling our new logo! Saturday, October 6, 2018 6-9 p.m.; Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.…

Rainbow Cafe to host sleepaway camp in September

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe, a LGBTQ safe space in southern Illinois, will be hosting a sleepaway camp at Camp Manitowa on Sept. 15 and 16. From their announcement on Illinois Eagle Commons: RC is hosting its first ever sleep away camp at Camp Manitowa near Carbondale Illinois! September 15 and 16. The sleep over…

SW Indiana school district tackles gender identity

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation in southwestern Indiana took on gender identity and its non-discrimination policy at their school board meeting Monday night. From TristateHomepage.com: The school system faces litigation regarding its bathroom policy for transgender students. A transgender high school student filed a lawsuit in February against the EVSC alleging the school…

Southern Illinois celebrates their first Pride

CARBONDALE — Carbondale hosted the first Pride celebration in the far southern area of Illinois this past weekend, becoming the latest in the state to celebrate LGBTQ rights. Other Pride parades and festivals take place in Chicago, Springfield, Metro East, Joliet and Peoria. The Southern Illinoisan reported that hundreds turned out for a walk and…

Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition makes deliveries to needy families

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition made visits to need families in Illinois’s 19 southernmost counties on Friday for Christmas.

The group, which is dedicated to supporting low-income families impacted by HIV/AIDS in far southern Illinois. They delivered toys to families and are continuing fundraising through the end of the year.