Gay man elected to Iowa City council in special election

IOWA CITY — Bruce Teague became the first gay black man to be elected to the Iowa City council this week in a special election. The Gazette of Iowa City reported that Teague had campaigned as a gay man. He defeated Ann Freerks, who has experience with the city’s planning and zoning commission. From The…

Coming Out Day – Shatter The Fear in Rockford

ROCKFORD — PFLAG Rockford Chapter will be giving people a chance release their frustrations for National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. From their Facebook event: Have you ever been so frustrated you just want to smash something? As we know, coming out can be a joyous occasion! Although, this is not the case…

Human Rights Campaign endorses Pritzker for Illinois gov.

CHICAGO — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced on Tuesday that the organization was endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. “J.B. Pritzker has the vision and experience needed to build a stronger future for the hard-working families of Illinois,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof in a press…

IDOC denies abuse allegations in transgender inmate’s lawsuit

BELLEVILLE — The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has denied abuse allegations made in a transgender inmate’s lawsuit on Monday. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Wednesday that IDOC had responded to a lawsuit filed by Deon “Strawberry” Hampton. She sued to be moved to a women’s correctional facility. She has been moved to several men’s prisons…

Lambda Legal launches national billboard campaign: “Religious Freedom Is No Excuse for Discrimination”

NEW YORK — In the wake of efforts to weaponize the First Amendment in order to cloak discrimination in the mantle of freedom of religion, Lambda Legal on Monday launched a national billboard campaign “No Excuse” underscoring that “religious freedom is no excuse for discrimination.” The first set of billboards were unveiled today at high-traffic…

Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference updates name

Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference

LANSING, Mich. — On Monday, the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, America’s largest and oldest conference for queer and trans+ college students, changed its name and took the next step in intentionally recognizing and centering the needs of asexual students in its collective work. The program’s new name is the Midwest Bisexual…

Women’s March Chicago announces details about expanded March to the Polls

CHICAGO — Women’s March Chicago (WMC) announced last month that its upcoming March to the Polls 10.13.18 will include new features designed to expand the reach and depth of its previous marches. “The stakes are sky-high this November,” said WMC board president Jessica Scheller, during a press conference outside Grant Park, where the march/rally will…

National Coming Out Day celebration in Buffalo Grove

BUFFALO GROVE — The Pinta Pride Project in Buffalo Grove will have a National Coming Out Day celebration on Oct. 11. From their event page: Join us at the Community Arts Center to celebrate National Coming Out Day 2018! Get your rainbow on as we view “Love, Simon” in the beautiful, new multi-purpose room of…