Kentucky Baptist group cuts ties with churches for supporting LGBTQ hires

LOUISVILLE — The Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday that the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) had cut ties with about a dozen churches for supporting a LGBTQ-supportive organization. The KBC has opposed marriage equality and LGBTQ clergy, the newspaper reported. The convention voted to cut ties with the churches after they had made financial contributions to…

Miss and Mr. Quad Cities Fall Pride accepting entries

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Quad Cities Fall Pride will be holding a pageant and fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 2. The pageant will be held at Digs Sports Bar and Grill, located within the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf. Sunday December 2, 2018 at Noon til 4pm. Along with the pageant there will also be a…

Pride Arts Center’s ‘LezFest’ showcase – Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm

CHICAGO — LezFest, the popular and ever-evolving interdisciplinary program of performance by queer female and non-binary artists, will return for its eighth session on Sunday, December 16. Previously known as SheFest and WeFest, this twice-annual event will include performances by 12 artists in The Broadway theater of the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. LezFest…

AMA announces policy supporting survivors of LGBTQ intimate partner violence

CHICAGO — While intimate partner violence (IPV) can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples, efforts to address this public health problem have remained mostly focused on heterosexual women despite other populations experiencing IPV at similar or higher rates. The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy at its Interim Meeting today aimed at addressing IPV in…

Tickets available for GCAP’s Holiday Supper on Dec. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Greater Community AIDS Project of Eastern Illinois announced Monday that tickets are available for their Holiday Supper on Dec. 2. Enjoy appetizers and cash bar followed by a supper buffet featuring beef and salmon. For fun there will be a 50/50 drawing, gift card/wine grab bags, and live music. All proceeds will go to…

LGBT Community Fund now accepting grant applications

CHICAGO — The Chicago Community Trust’s LGBT Community Fund is now taking grant applications. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 will be awarded for projects in the following priority areas: LGBTQ young adults, age 24 and younger Older adults, age 55 and over General healthcare Community safety Proposals must be submitted no later than December 28,…

SIU LGBTQ Resource Center hosts ‘Queersgiving’

CARBONDALE — Thanksgiving is coming up, which means eating too much food and trying our best to tiptoe around political conversations at the dinner table. For those of us with very boisterous families, it can be difficult to avoid. This is The LGBTQ Resource Center at Southern Illinois University has set up a “Queersgiving.” The…

Community Profile: Peter Thaddeus

Peter Thaddeus is a professional artist who is running the Naperville Tuesday night program at Youth Outlook. He supplements discussions with art/creative projects to add fun and interaction to group. The youth are creating something meaningful out of clay, paint, paper, sand, markers, or a variety of other fun vehicles of artistic expression. Find other Peter’s works…