Tom Wray

Indiana governor backs hate crimes law

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Monday that he would support an LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes law for the state. Holcomb made the announcement in statement to the LGBTQ news website INTO. Indiana is one of only five states with no hate crimes legislation at all. The issue popped up in the state after a…

Aurora Pride Festival announces logo contest winner

AURORA — Aurora Pride Festival, the Pride celebration in Illinois’s second largest city, announced today that an entry from Alisa Kober of Arlington Heights as their logo for 2019. Indivisible Aurora announced the contest in mid-July. Alisa came out ahead of 20 semi-finalists. Among the prizes she wins are a $300 cash prize, t-shirt and…

Judge rules to allow Indiana transgender teen to use men’s room

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A federal judge in Indianapolis ruled Monday that an Evansville transgender teen can use the restroom that aligns with his gender identity, according to local media. The Evansville Courier & Press reported that U.S. District Judge William Lawrence of Indianapolis issued a preliminary injunction Friday that requires the local school district to allow…

Federal judge rejects dismissal of transgender military ban lawsuit

WASHINGTON — A federal judge tossed out the administration’s request to dismiss a lawsuit against the administration’s ban on transgender people in the military, The Hill reported on Monday. From The Hill: In an opinion issued Monday, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the transgender troop policy outlined…

Civil rights orgs urge court to accept appeal of man who may have received death sentence because he’s gay

ST. LOUIS — Six civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Lambda Legal, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association, filed an amici brief today urging the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the appeal of Charles…

Howard Brown debuts PrEP music video ‘Let’s Talk About PrEP’

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health, a major LGBTQ health provider in Chicago, debuted a new music video today to help get conversations on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

The video stars Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz and features former and current Chicago-based performers like Big Dipper, Lucy Stoole, DJs [X]P and All the Way Kay, comic Tien Tran, and more.

The song is based on the 1990s Salt-N-Pepa hit “Let’s Talk About Sex.” It was produced by Imagination + Muscle Productions and directed by Tobin Del Cuore and filmed at a variety of Chicago locations, including Howard Brown’s Andersonville Brown Elephant resale shop. The project was funded by a grant from the Illinois Community Health Foundation.

For more information on PrEP, go to Howard Brown’s website.

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Study: Diabetes risk higher among LGBTQ teens

EVANSTON — A Northwestern Medicne study released this week found that LGBTQ teens were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than heterosexual teens. The study, reported by Northwestern News Service, is among the first to examine how health behaviors linked to minority stress – the day-to-day stress faced by stigmatized and marginalized populations –…

Equality Illinois asks for Advisory Board applications

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Statewide LGBTQ rights group Equality Illinois is asking for members of the Illinois LGBTQ communities to join its advisory board. From the EI website: As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois launched the Community Advisory Group in 2016. The group is a diverse cross-section of voices…