SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to anti-LGBTQ law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Mississippi law that would let businesses and government workers refuse service to LGBTQ people if they had a religious objection. Bloomberg reported that the court turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court…

CIPx/MAsT:Decatur to launch community website

DECATUR — CIPx and MAsT:Decatur announced Wednesday that they are planning a website for the leather and kink community of Central Illinois. According to a post on the Central Illinois BDSM group on Fetlife, the site will feature area events, community projects, possible chat room and house a lifestyle library with both real-time library branches…

Pride Film Festival – January 2018

CHICAGO — Pride Arts Center has announced a new, monthly LGBTQ film festival in Chicago. Called the Pride Film Festival, it will feature new and independent features, documentaries and shorts the second Tuesday of each month. It kicks off on January 9. This month’s theme will be Issues, Anxieties and Obsessions. Another Day (Rozana) –…

Trump fires HIV/AIDS council by FedEx

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has fired the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) – via a letter sent through FedEx. The Washington Blade reported Friday that the remaining 16 members of the council were fired on Wednesday. Six had left the council in June. Chicago-based advocate and Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes told…

Quad Cities Planned Parenthood clinic to close

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The Des Moines Register has reported that the Quad Cities area will no longer have direct access to abortion services when Planned Parenthood closes its clinic in the area. The clinic was the only one in the Quad Cities, the third largest metro area in Iowa and the largest between Chicago and…

Decatur Munch to hold first 2018 event Jan. 6

DECATUR — The Decatur Munch will hold its first munch of 2018 at Guadalajara Restaurant in Decatur. From the Fetlife event posting: From Bloomington to the restaurant: Take US 51 South through Decatur. After you cross the lake, take a left at the 3rd light (you’ll see South Shores Plaza, which contains Kroger and Guadalajara, along…

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. 

Women’s groups plan marches for inauguration anniversary

SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of women’s groups from across the state are planning marches Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale on Jan. 20. According to a press release, Women’s March Chicago, Action Illinois and Women United Network are organizing statewide marches in celebration of the first anniversary of the Women’s Marches of 2017. Named the March on the Polls,…