Anti-bullying laws that include sexual orientation associated with fewer suicide attempts

LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that anti-bullying laws that explicitly protect youth based on sexual orientation are associated with fewer suicide attempts among all youth, regardless of sexual orientation. In addition, enumeration of sexual orientation was…

‘Altered Boy’ Garrett Allain returns as Gayerbear in ‘Gayerbear: The Live Visual Album’

CHICAGO — Beyoncé. Justin Timberlake. Red plastic cups. All have mastered the fine art of going Solo. Can man-loving-man performing legend Gayerbear follow in their footsteps as a solo singer-dancer? Come find out as he encounters a fruit basket full of personalities, social and libationary shortcomings, and his own inner booty while performing his live…

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus announces first-ever national LGBTQ center for the arts in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) announced that the first-ever National LGBTQ Center for the Arts will open in San Francisco, CA. With a primary focus on performances, public programs and community partnerships, the Center provides a space to bring the arts community and SFGMC together. Purchased for $9.6…

LGBTQIA+ scholarship applications now being accepted at Western Illinois University

MACOMB — Applications are being accepted for the Western Illinois University 2019 Martin Dupuis/Mukti Fund Leadership Award in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Communities. The $1,400 award recognizes a student who has provided leadership either for a LGBTQIA+ group and/or in regards to LGBTQIA+ issues. Applicants who meet the leadership criteria must be undergraduate…

Pritzker appoints new human rights director

SPRINGFIELD — Jim Bennett was appointed as the new director for the Illinois Department of Human Rights by Gov. JB Pritzker this week. From the State Journal-Register in Springfield: A member of the city of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has been appointed director of the Department of Human Rights. Jim Bennett has…