Rauner meets with leaders of LGBTQ, allied organizations

CHICAGO – LGBTQ and allied groups met with Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday morning to discuss challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans that might find remedy in actions by the state.

The issues discussed during the meeting at Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ largest civil rights organization, included healthcare and human services, youth and schools, housing, immigration, LGBTQ cultural competency of state-funded programs, and the protection and promotion of civil rights.

#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches

CHICAGO — A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fairSept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago’s LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the…

Champaign/Urbana hold second Pride parade

CHAMPAIGN – This was the second year that kink and leather people marched together in the CU Pride Parade. The community held their parade on Sept. 17. 

Seventeen people of varied genders, identities and orientations from CU RACK, The River City Bears and Mr. Central Illinois Bear marched the route on a sweltering day. The parade included close to 80 entries.

Fall club rush in Chicago

CHICAGO — The leather and fetish clubs of Chicago held their annual fall club rush this past weekend at Touche in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Representatives from ONYX/Midwest, Chicago Puppy Patrol, Chicago Leather Club, Trident Windy City, Windy City boys Troop and BLUF Chicago were all present.   by

Meet Your Match at LRA, Oct. 6


CHICAGO — This is a wonderful D/s, M/s Roles Mixer! Tired of explaining to a kinkster WHY you want to control people? Or to give up control beyond a play session? Looking for a dating event geared towards power play people like you? Are you a single Dominant or submissive looking to plug into power…

Chicago Rope October Event – TK Lab, Oct. 8

Chicago Rope

CHICAGO — This month, Chicago Rope goes back to basics with an entire event devoted to helping you improve your TK (aka gote shibari or box tie). And for brand new beginners, we’ll be kicking off another iteration of our Fundamentals of Japanese Rope Bondage series. If you’ve been wanting to learn rope, this is your chance…

TNGC Presents: Practical D/s Dynamics, Sept. 17

CHICAGO — Dominance/submission and Master/slave are core elements of the kink culture. Monkey has been involved in M/s relationships for the majority of his kink life. The fantasies of this lifestyle are often as unrealistic as they are powerful. However, the reality can be much more rewarding. In this class, we’ll explore the drive that…

Our Trans Family Exhibit opens in October

ROCKTON — UUCRV, PFLAG Rockford and Yellow Brick Road are proud to present “Our Trans Family,” a photo project fostering greater understanding about people who identify as transgender. The photos show people in the transgender community as they express themselves. The documentary exhibit compiles photos and interviews of 20-30 individuals and their families. Unitarian Universalist…

TPAN awarded grant for mental health, substance abuse

CHICAGO — Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) has been awarded a five-year, $2,500,000 grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to address substance use and mental health among young Chicagoans affected by HIV. Beginning in October of 2017, TPAN’s new program, EPIC (Empowering Positive Innovative Change), will provide group intervention for Chicago’s…

LGBTQ forum with Democratic candidates for governor announced

CHICAGO — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact our lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wednesday, December 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced Thursday. The “Illinois LGBTQ…