Tom Wray

New federal rules could allow LGBTQ employees to be fired for religious reasons

WASHINGTON — Media reported this week that the Trump administration is planning a new rule that would allow federal contractors to fire LGBTQ employees for religious reasons. The rule, which can be seen here, would “update” regulations with the current law for exemptions with “religion-exercising organizations.” Buzzfeed News reported that it could create a loophole…

Illinois Log Cabin Republicans trying a reboot

CHICAGO — It turns out the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, an organization that aims to be a place for LGBTQ people in the Republican Party in the state, are trying to reboot the organization. The state had been without any LCR chapters since July, when former state chapter president Morry Matson became nationally known…

Illinois Dems rank high on HRC Congressional Scorecard

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released their annual Congressional Scorecard on Wednesday, ranking members of of the 115th U.S. Congress. With Illinois’s congressional delegation, no Republican got above a three out of 100 and all but one scoring zero. Only Adam Kizinger (R-Rockford) actually had a score. During the 144th Congress, he had…

Drag Queen Story Hour in Bloomington, Nov. 2

BLOOMINGTON — Drag Queen Story Hour comes to Bloomington with Sharon ShareAlike and Ava ShareAlike at Bobzbay on Friday, Nov. 2 From the Facebook event: Bobzbay is proud to host Sharon ShareAlike and Ava ShareAlike for our first ever Drag Queen Story Hour (also known as DQSH). This will be a fun, family friendly event for…

Police investigate armed robbery near Decatur gay bar

DECATUR — Decatur police are investigating an armed robbery near Ken’s A-line on Saturday, Oct. 13. Decatur television station WAND-TV reported that police were called to the bar on East Eldorado Street late Saturday night after a man and a woman were robbed at gunpoint while smoking outside the back door of bar. The man…

HiBearNation 24: Fifty Shades of Bear

ST. LOUIS — The Show Me Bears of St. Louis will be hosting their 34th bear run, Hibernation, on Nov. 1 through 4. From the Facebook event page: The Show-Me Bears present HiBearNation 24: Fifty Shades of Bear November 1st- 4th in Saint Louis, Missouri. This year’s event will examine the many “shades” of identity…

Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show on Oct. 30

CHICAGO — The next Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show will be at the Center on Halsted in Chicago and hosted by author and storyteller Renegade Ada Cheng. From the Facebook event: Our next Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show will be taking place on Tuesday October 30 at 7pm. And I will be bringing…

Halloween Fest 2018! Party with Pride in Romeoville

ROMEOVILLE — Spanky’s Bar and Grill in Romeoville will serve as host for a Bolingbrook Pride fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 26. From the Facebook event: Please join us for our next Pride event in conjunction with Spanky’s Bar and Grill! Bring the whole family or come party with your friends. Dress in costume and have…

Moby Dick! The Musical Presented by The Cuckoo’s Theater Project

CHICAGO — The Cuckoo’s Theater Project will premiere Moby Dick! The Musical on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Heartland Studio in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. From the Facebook event: by Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye Directed by TCTP Company Member Donald Kolakowski The girls of St. Godley’s School are in trouble! Money for the school has…

Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago on Oct. 20

CHICAGO — Visual Aids and QUEER, ILL + OKAY are presenting video documentation of HIV and AIDS in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 20. From the Facebook event: Ranging from video diaries to documentary footage and oral histories, Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago surveys thirty years of media production by activists, artists, and educators working against…