Tom Wray

New exhibition at Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum (LAM) is presenting “Fruiting Bodies,” a solo exhibition by Andrew Bearnot, starting on March 2. The LAM made the announcement in an email to supporters. The exhibition will include new artworks by Bearnot shown alongside archival objects from the LAM collection, including important artifacts from Chuck Renslow and…

New progressive caucus forms in the Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD — A group of Illinois House members have formed a caucus to push for progressive causes like cannabis legalization and campaign finance reform. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that the new Progressive Caucus announced goals at a press conference on Thursday. From the Journal-Register: Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, said the formal structure of…

Court orders halt to HIV-positive service member discharges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge ordered the Department of Defense to halt discharge proceedings for HIV-positive service members on Friday. Lambda Legal announced in a press release that U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the ruling from the bench after hearing oral argument today on both Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN’s motion for preliminary…

Transgender man wins Iowa discrimination lawsuit

DES MOINES — A transgender man working as a prison nurse has won his discrimination lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections this week. Jesse Vroegh had sued after being barred from using the men’s restroom and being denied transition healthcare. From the Des Moines Register: The jury awarded Jesse Vroegh $120,000 in damages. Jurors found that the…

Indiana hate crimes bill gets hearing

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Star reported on Wednesday that an inclusive hate crimes bill will move forward to debate after weeks of delays. From the Star: Ten bias crimes bills were filed at the start of session, but Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, has chosen to move forward with Senate Bill 12, which includes…

Kentucky Senate bill could add LGBTQ rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Democrats have filed a bill that could add LGBTQ people to the state’s civil rights law. Local TV station WKRC said that if passed, the bill would put both orientation and gender identity under the law’s protection. From WKRC: The bills have the support of Democrats and a few Republicans, but…

Art Johnston endorses Susana Mendoza for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — LGBTQ donor and activist Art Johnston endorsed Susana Mendoza for mayor on Thursday. Johnston made the announcement in a video on Mendoza’s campaign site. Johnston is an owner at Chicago’s Sidetracks and a co-founder of Equality Illinois. Equality Illinois PAC endorsed Lori Lightfoot, the only LGBTQ candidate in the mayoral race, last week.…