Tag: politics

Lightfoot unveils LGBTQ agenda as Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot, the only LGBTQ candidate for Chicago mayor, announced her LGBTQ on Thursday, Oct. 11, which was also National Coming Out Day. Lightfoot made the announcement with a press release posted on her website. Some of her planned initiatives include: City government: Actively recruit LGBTQ+ staff to serve in her administration, including…

Opinion: Red-state politics in and out of the college classroom

Natasha Zaretsky, Southern Illinois University For two decades, I have taught U.S. women’s and gender history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a blue town in a blue state, marooned in an ocean of red. Bordered by Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Ozarks, Southern Illinois is surrounded by the country’s poorest rural regions. Some…

Vermont Democrat could be first transgender governor

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Christine Hallquist could be the first transgender governor in U.S. history if she wins election this November. Hallquist made history Tuesday night becoming the first major party candidate for statewide office. Other transgender people who have won nominations and offices have run for local and state district races. NPR reported that Hallquist, a former…

Texas GOP backs ‘conversion therapy,’ 23 other anti-LGBTQ issues

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas GOP approved an anti-LGBTQ platform at their state convention this past weekend in San Antonio. From Houston’s OutSmart Magazine: Texas Republicans once again officially endorsed the dangerous, discredited practice of “ex-gay” therapy, including for “self-motivated” youth. They called on state officials to reject the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of…

Gay Pa. state rep ‘welcomes’ Pence to town

PHILADELPHA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims welcomed Vice-President Mike Pence to his city by flipping the bird on a recent Facebook post. From The Hill: State Rep. Brian Sims (D), who represents Philadelphia and is the state’s first openly gay legislator, posted the photo on Facebook with a preface of “OFFICIAL WELCOME” ahead of…

Equality Illinois PAC endorses Villivalam for 8th State Senate District

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois, has endorsed Ram Villivalam for the Illinois State Senate 8th District Democratic primary. “Ram Villivalam will be a champion for all residents of the 8th district, including LGBTQ residents,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC, in a statement released Tuesday. “Villivalam’s record…

Anti-abortion groups sue over state abortion services funding law

SPRINGFIELD — Ten Illinois anti-abortion groups are suing over a law that allows Medicaid funds to be used for abortion services. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that organizations involved included Springfield Right to Life, the Diocese of Springfield and the Thomas More Society. From the State Journal-Register: The Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit…

Larry Flynt offers $10 million for dirt on 45

LOS ANGELES — Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, is offering $10 million for information that will get the current president out of office. From NBC: The bounty was also published in a full-page ad in the Washington Post, the Associated Press reported, and represents a 10-fold increase from a reward Flynt offered last October,…