Dining with Friends Cocktail Party in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition, Central Illinois Friends and The Bistro will be hosting a cocktail party on Sept. 28 in Bloomington. From the event page: On Friday, September 28th, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. we will be gathering at The Bistro with all of our allies to raise funds and awareness…

Touché in Chicago presents Bear All 8.1

CHICAGO — Touché at 6412 North Clark Street in Chicago presents Bear All, a night of live music and song featuring the talent of local gay singers/songwriters on Saturday, Sept. 22. Produced by Scott Free, host of the long running Homolatte music series, Bear All focuses on the passions, lives and sometimes politics of the…

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2018

CHICAGO — The annuals AIDS Run & Walk will be taking place at Soldier Field in Chicago. It will be raising money for HIV/AIDS services at Howard Brown Health. From the event page: This year the AIDS Run & Walk is taking place Sunday, September 23 at Soldier Field and is starting 2 hours later,…

EI PAC calls on Rauner to stop contributions to anti-LGBTQ attorney general candidate

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC on Friday called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stop contributing to the attorney general campaign for Republican Erika Harold. Harold has in the past opposed LGBTQ-supportive policies, including marriage equality and a recent law making it easier for transgender people to update their birth certificates. Last month, Rauner told a…

Court allows lawsuit against Defense Department’s HIV policy to proceed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On Friday, a Virginia federal court ruled a case challenging the military’s discriminatory policies governing service members living with HIV will continue by denying the government’s motion to dismiss. The suit was filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP. The plaintiffs’ motion to…

Pulitzer Prize-Winning book censored in Illinois prisons

CHICAGO – On Thursday, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of historian Heather Thompson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” was censored by Illinois prison officials. Attorneys from Uptown People’s Law Center and Sidley Austin LLP filed the lawsuit. It alleges that this censorship…

Study: Indiana HIV outbreak could have been avoided

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 2014 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Ind., could have been avoided with a quicker public health response, according to a new study published in The Lancet today. The study reported that the state government responded to the outbreak after new HIV infections had already peaked in the rural county. “Initiation…

Intersex affirming policy published after California legislation

NEW YORK — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with natural variations in chromosomes, hormones, or genitalia that transcend…

Getting to Zero Illinois Dinner in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Getting to Zero Illinois project will be hosting a dinner and education session in Springfield on Monday, Oct. 29. From their announcement page: We are here to think big and aim high to bring about an end to the HIV epidemic in all regions of Illinois! The Getting to Zero Illinois project…