Tom Wray

HomeComingOUT at Heartland Community College

NORMAL — The Heartland Activities Committee, Pride and Student Library Advisory Community will be hosting a HomeComingOUT dance on Oct. 13 at Heartland Community College Cafe. From the Facebook event: Come join Heartland Activities Committee, Pride and Student Library Advisory Committee on its first annual HomeComingOUT Dance at Heartland Community College! This event is open…

U.S. State Department to deny visas to same-sex partners of diplomats

WASHINGTON — The current administration started denying visas to the same-sex partners of visiting diplomats and UN employees on Monday, several media outlets reported. Foreign Policy reported that the Trump administration is  requiring those already in the United States to get married by the end of the year or leave the country. From Foreign Policy:…

New Central Illinois Bear, Cub sashed in Peoria

PEORIA — Mateo Martinez won Central Illinois Bear 2018 and Justin Reeves won Central Illinois Cub on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Peoria. The annual contest was hosted by the River City Bears at Blondies. Other sponsoring businesses included The Jackhammer Complex, Leather 64TEN, and Club Diesel. The emcee was Chicago entertainer Diamond Richards Devereaux. Martinez…

Howard Brown recognizes nurses’ union

Concerns rise about the union-busting reputation of the law firm that will negotiate for Howard Brown CHICAGO — The Illinois Nurses Association said on Friday that Howard Brown Health had recognized the unionization of nurses at the LGBTQ health network. The INA made the announcement at a press conference on Friday in front of Howard…

St. Louis Effort for AIDS merging with Wisconsin HIV non-profit

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) will be merging with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), media reports said Thursday. The combined organizations will be headquartered in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee BizTimes reported. However, Effort for AIDS will keep working under its own name. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the St.…

Nurses push for union at Howard Brown

CHICAGO — A petition for union representation at Howard Brown hit the internet on Monday and is already getting a reaction. The Change.org petition calls on Howard Brown Health Center CEO, David Ernesto Munar, to voluntarily recognize the staff nurses’ right to unionize with the Illinois Nurses Association (INA). By 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, two…

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…