Tom Wray

Dining with Friends Cocktail Party in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition, Central Illinois Friends and The Bistro will be hosting a cocktail party on Sept. 28 in Bloomington. From the event page: On Friday, September 28th, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. we will be gathering at The Bistro with all of our allies to raise funds and awareness…

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2018

CHICAGO — The annuals AIDS Run & Walk will be taking place at Soldier Field in Chicago. It will be raising money for HIV/AIDS services at Howard Brown Health. From the event page: This year the AIDS Run & Walk is taking place Sunday, September 23 at Soldier Field and is starting 2 hours later,…

EI PAC calls on Rauner to stop contributions to anti-LGBTQ attorney general candidate

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC on Friday called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stop contributing to the attorney general campaign for Republican Erika Harold. Harold has in the past opposed LGBTQ-supportive policies, including marriage equality and a recent law making it easier for transgender people to update their birth certificates. Last month, Rauner told a…

Court allows lawsuit against Defense Department’s HIV policy to proceed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On Friday, a Virginia federal court ruled a case challenging the military’s discriminatory policies governing service members living with HIV will continue by denying the government’s motion to dismiss. The suit was filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP. The plaintiffs’ motion to…

Study: Indiana HIV outbreak could have been avoided

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 2014 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Ind., could have been avoided with a quicker public health response, according to a new study published in The Lancet today. The study reported that the state government responded to the outbreak after new HIV infections had already peaked in the rural county. “Initiation…

Getting to Zero Illinois Dinner in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Getting to Zero Illinois project will be hosting a dinner and education session in Springfield on Monday, Oct. 29. From their announcement page: We are here to think big and aim high to bring about an end to the HIV epidemic in all regions of Illinois! The Getting to Zero Illinois project…

U.S. State Department alters website about passport gender markers

WASHINGTON — The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) today reported that the language for changing markers on passports has changed. They said that the policy remains unchanged. The U.S. State Department page regarding “Gender Designation” policies—in place since 2010—has been removed, and a new but similar page concerning what they now call “Sex Designation”…

LGBTQ orgs urge U.S. Senate to reject federal judge nominee

WASHINGTON — Lambda Legal and 18 other local, state and national LGBTQ organizations called for the U.S. Senate to reject Stephen Clark for the U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri. Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal chief strategy officer and legal director, issued the following statement on Wednesday: “The Trump-Pence Administration has put forth a…

2GETHER Couples Project is looking for participants

CHICAGO — 2GETHER, a project looking to strengthen male relationships, is looking for particpants both in the Chicago area and nationally. Christopher Garcia, research study coordinator with the IMPACT Program that is running the project, said 2GETHER is made up of a national study and one for the Chicago area. “The Chicago project is an…

Alton’s Main Street Methodist to host discussion on LGBTQ inclusion

ALTON — The Church and Society Committee of Alton’s Main Street United Methodist Church is sponsoring a program entitled “Conversations Concerning LGBTQ Within the Church and Community,” beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, The (Alton) Telegraph reported. From the Telegraph: There will be four separate sessions held on consecutive Thursday evenings, starting at 7 p.m. The purpose…