Tom Wray

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…

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,…

Transgender Day of Remembrance events around the state

CHICAGO — Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Communities across Illinois will be holding events in honor of the day. We’ve put together a list of events throughout Illinois. We’ve also included some events close to Illinois regions. Central Illinois Trans Day of Remembrance Bloomington/Normal Join IWU Pride Alliance and the BN…

Judge orders Illinois to review transgender inmate’s move request

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections must look at all evidence for a transgender inmates request to be moved. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel said the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Transgender Care Review Committee must consider all evidence for and against…

Champaign County elects state’s first gay sheriff

CHAMPAIGN — Among the many other firsts nationwide this election day, one was made in eastern Illinois- Champaign County elected the state’s first openly gay county sheriff. Dustin Heuerman, who ran as a Democrat, is a first-time office holder. He held an interview with local TV station WCIA about the transition to taking office. From…

LGBTQ candidates ride blue wave into Illinois offices

CHICAGO — While the blue wave in much of the country seemed like a small ripple, it was a high tide in Illinois races, with Democrats taking all statewide offices. LGBTQ candidates were among those winning office on Tuesday. Most of the candidates were in the Chicago metropolitan areas, but there were LGBTQ candidates and…