Tom Wray

SIU to celebrate LGBTQ History Month during October

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois University LGBTQ Resource Center has released the full schedule of events for LGBTQ History Month. Events will be taking place every week and throughout town in partnership will local organizations. Oct. 1, Monday PRIDE WALK with Saluki Rainbow Network noon – 2 p.m., begins at Student Center main entrance. Flags…

Queer Mural Unveiling in Chicago

CHICAGO — The official unveiling of a new mural for and by queer artists will be this weekend in Chicago. From the Facebook event: Artists Sandra Antongiori, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk have completed the first of what they hope to be a series of LGBTQ tribute murals. Each mural will open dialogue about queer…

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2018 Contest this weekend

PEORIA — The River City Bears of Peoria are holding their annual Central Illinois Bear contest this weekend at Blondies in Peoria. The contest is open to guys throughout Central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign/Urbana. People can enter in either the Bear portion or the Cub portion. The winners will go on…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…

Dinner with Friends raises money in Central Illinois

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends (CIF) held one of their Dinner with Friends tours in Peoria this week. So far, according to Deric Tucker Kimler of Central Illinois Friends, 130 people showing up for the restaurant visits, with up to 75 people attending at a single location. At the halfway point, after four host-your-own events and eight…

61 LGBTQ orgs call for delay on Kavanaugh hearing

WASHINGTON — More than 60 LGBTQ organizations from across the country have called on the Senate Judiciary to delay hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In an open letter, the organizations want the hearings delayed to allow an investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The participating organizations include Equality Illinois and LGBTQ…

Kenosha student sues over anti-LGBTQ bullying

KENOSHA — A high school student in this city just north of the Illinois state line is suing his high school because they didn’t do enough to prevent him from being bullied. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the school administration was “completely indifferent” to the anti-LGBTQ harassment that eventually forced him to leave school. From…

Ohio city may ban conversion therapy

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The city council in this Cleveland suburb is considering an ordinance that would ban conversion therapy for minors. Cleveland.com reported on Wednesday that Ward 4 City Councilman Daniel J. O’Malley is sponsoring the ordinance. “We’ve seen some really tragic examples of how conversion therapy has impacted LGBT youth,” O’Malley told the website.…

Quad Cities Fall Pride

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Quad Cities will host a Fall Pride festival October 5 and 6. The festivities will be at 2nd and Warren streets in Davenport, Iowa with two days of entertainment, including a kids’ area on Saturday, Oct. 5. The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, Oct. 5 4 p.m. – DJ Wayne…

DRAG 101 – Chicago, IL

  CHICAGO — After being put into limbo after the closure of Chicago’s Uptown Underground, Drag 101 has found a new home and will be at Beat Kitchen on Oct. 8. From the Facebook event page: DRAG 101 starring Delighted Tobehere A hilarious, live singing A to Z course in drag! (Yes, the T stands…