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Rainbow Railroad to save 60 lives in 60 days

TORONTO — On Nov. 1, Rainbow Railroad, an international organization helping LGBTQI people find a path to safety, launches its #60in60 Campaign to save 60 lives in the final 60 days of the year. At this moment, in one of more than 70 countries around the world, LGBTQI people are facing extreme violence and persecution.…

Intersex-affirming hospital policy guide published

NEW YORK — Friday, October 26 marks Intersex Awareness Day. interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have recently released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with…

Smithsonian receives the Matthew Shepard Collection

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will receive a donation of papers and personal objects from the parents of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student who died of severe injuries following a vicious attack in October 1998 when he was a student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. Judy and Dennis…

Lawsuit alleges discrimination, free speech violations with banning LGBTQ org in prison

CHICAGO – On Thursday, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide LGBTQ people in prison with allies on the outside. For over two years, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has censored communication between this organization and LGBTQ prisoners in…

HIV/AIDS training center at UIC receives $4.4 million in new federal funding

CHICAGO — The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received $4.4 million in funding from the federal government to advance its work improving HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. The funding to MATEC, which is…

Cast announced for holiday production of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

LAKE FOREST – Cast and crew have been announced for Citadel Theatre Company’s November-December production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, according to founding Artistic Director Scott Phelps. The production will be directed by Robert D. Estrin. “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the Old Testament…

Noga Sachs opening for The Serenity Strategy Network at SIUE’s Inaugural Diversity Day

EDWARDSVILLE — The Serenity Strategy Network has been developing a platform that will increase LGBT+ enrollment on campuses across the world. They are one of Saint Louis’s first LGBT+ social enterprises. Noga Sachs is opening the talk and will hit on how inflammatory remarks could increase unrest on college campuses. She will also cover the…