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…

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,…

Three LGBTQ rights laws go into effect Jan. 1

CHICAGO — Three laws supporting LGBTQ rights passed and signed in 2017 will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ rights organization, said they had pushed for all three during the year. The birth certificate modernization law allows transgender people tto update the gender marker on their birth certificate without…

F*ck Cancer fundraiser raises $1,131 in jock auction

CHICAGO — Midwest Drummer and Drummerboy held a fundraiser at Jackhammer on Saturday night to raise money for cancer research. Brandon Gentry and Pup Bayard recruited about 20 people to wear or donate ripe jockstraps that were auctioned off on stage by local entertainer Diamond Devereaux. A total of $1,131 was raised with all the…

CDC says that certain words aren’t banned

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that seven words weren’t actually banned at the agency. On Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that the words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” could no longer be used on official documents for the 2018 budget. CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said…