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News and columns from Illinois.

National standards of care for TGIQ health announced

SEATTLE —RAD Remedy released the groundbreaking National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health at Gender Odyssey Seattle on Friday, Aug. 25. Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CLAS standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care) and adapted for trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer…

Bill to make updating birth certificates easier signed into law

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill that would make it easier for transgendered individuals to update their birth certificates. The bill, House Bill 1785, modernizes the Illinois Vital Records Act and to allow transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery.…

St. Louis LGBTQIA Munch, Sept. 1

ST. LOUIS — Enjoy some queer space with fellow kinksters! This will be a super casual social gathering of people who are kinky or kink-curious and identify in any way as LGBTQIA. See you at MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse, 6pm-8pm on Friday September 1. Notice that this month the first Friday is also the 1st of the…

It’s official: 45 bans transgender people from military

WASHINGTON — 45 has signed a directive banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

Politico reported that directive gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to submit a plan. It also leaves decision of whether to remove current transgender troops to Mattis. The order was sent to the Defense and Homeland Security departments. 

Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake to honor health advocates

CHICAGO–Two public health advocates who work to improve the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans will be honored Sunday at Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer, daylong beach party that will feature entertainment, games, civic engagement, and health outreach. The two honorees are Anne Carmack of the CORE Foundation and Serette King of Howard Brown…

First Midwest Drummer in Chicago this September

CHICAGO — This is the first Midwest Drummer North America (DNA) contest. It will be held in Chicago at the Jackhammer complex in September. Midwest Drummer is a male-identified fetish contest where each contestant can compete for the title of Drummer, Drummer Boy or Drummer Bootblack. The region covers the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and…

Game Night at LRA is back

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CHICAGO — All you game lovers out there come on out to LRA on August 25th, Friday night at 8:30 pm with your game faces on! This is going to be a great opportunity for meeting new friends, getting to know fellow kinksters, and lots of laughs. Some group games will involve some mild nudity…