Friday, August 12, 2022


UP Center criticizes OSF Healthcare over discriminatory benefits policy

The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County on Monday criticized OSF Healthcare's policy barring LGBTQ employees from access fertility care.



How does monkeypox spread? An epidemiologist explains why it isn’t an STI and what counts as close contact

Monkeypox is caused by a virus that, despite periodic outbreaks, is not thought to spread easily from person to person and historically has not spurred long chains of transmission within communities. Now, many researchers are left scratching their heads as to why monkeypox seems to be propagating so readily and unconventionally in the current global outbreak.


Book Review: Jenny Kidd

This is Laury Egan’s first novel although she’s published two books of poetry and a short story collection.

First Kill Review



Bailey doubles down on comparing abortion to Holocaust

Darren Bailey, the GOP candidate for Illinois governor, doubled down this week on comparing abortion to the Holocaust in an old campaign video.

Federal court holds Illinois Department of Corrections in contempt

A federal court judge issued an order of contempt against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on Monday after the Department repeatedly ignored court orders and failed to take appropriate steps to improve health care in the state prison system. 

Report: 213,000 Illinois kids struggle with mental health challenges

Children's advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about the mental-health struggles facing Illinois kids.

Illinois joins amicus briefs supporting LGBTQ students

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Friday that Illinois had joined other states in amicus briefs against LGBTQ student discrimination.

Regional, National, World

LGBTQ, health groups denounce Florida’s anti-trans healthcare rule

A coalition of of LGBTQ and health organizations have denounced a new Florida rule that denies Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming care for both youth and adults.

Trevor Project: Multiracial LGBTQ youth face heightened suicide risk

A new report released this week by The Trevor Project highlights the mental health experiences among youth of different racial backgrounds.

Young LGBQ adults experience more psychological distress than older LGBQ people

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds younger LGBQ adults are physically healthier but have worse psychological distress than older LGBQ people.

FDA expands monkeypox vaccine access, LGBTQ coalition forms to address spread

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for the JYNNEOS vaccine on Monday to increase monkeypox vaccination access.


Book Review: Love and Other Disasters

I heard about Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly on Tiktok. They said it was an f/nb romance novel set on a cooking...

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 2022-23 artists

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will bring a variety of touring artists to its stages for the 2022-23 season, although at a smaller scale than during its pre-COVID-19 seasons.

Television Show Review: “Our Flag Means Death”

Warning: Mild Spoilers for Our Flag Means Death https://youtu.be/xFE8ASwxmpA I first heard about Our Flag Means Death, also known as the gay pirate show on...

Book examines role of racial justice work in progressive policy changes

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign urban planning professor Marc Doussard and his co-author, Portland State University urban studies and planning professor Greg Schrock, examine grassroots organizing efforts in six cities, including Chicago, in “Justice at Work: The Rise of Economic and Racial Justice Coalitions in Cities.”