Tom Wray

Peoria Pridefest starts planning for 2019

PEORIA — Peoria Pridefest is starting the planning for next year’s event with a meeting this Saturday, Dec. 8. From Peoria Pridefest’s Facebook post: One Voice, your Central Illinois LGBT Alliance is trying to plan Peoria Pridefest 2019, and we need engaged and energetic PEOPLE to make that happen! I won’t sugar-coat our needs…and we…

Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center takes part in Carbondale’s Lights Fantastic Parade

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center in Carbondale took part in the southern Illinois city’s Lights Fantastic Parade this past weekend. The Lights Fantastic Parade is Carbondale’s annual Christmas parade and this year, the Rainbow Cafe had a float of their own. From the Rainbow Cafe’s Facebook page: Our theme was Welcome to Wonderland,…

Peoria issues proclamation for World AIDS Day

PEORIA — The Peoria City Council this week issued a proclamation setting Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in Peoria. Sid Ruckriegel, at-large councilmember, made the presentation to Jonathan Harwood, board member of Central Illinois Friends of PWA, and Deric Tucker Kimler, the executive director. “The proclamation schedule was set before I chaired the meeting,” Ruckriegel…

Transgender migrant’s family accuses ICE of negligence

ALBUQUERQUE — The family of a transgender Honduran migrant who died in ICE custody are saying the woman did not receive medical care and was abused. From the SF Gate: Tennessee-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free released details of an independent autopsy this week that noted deep bruising along Roxsana Hernandez’s ribs that wasn’t evident…

Ohio bill would protect ministers from marrying same-sex couples

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill in the Ohio state legislature would put into law that ministers wouldn’t have to perform marriages for same-sex couples. From 13 ABC in Columbus: The “Ohio Pastor Protection Act ” would stipulate that an ordained or licensed minister or religious society isn’t subject to civil or criminal liability for denying…

Chicago aldermen condemn administration’s discrimination against transgender community

CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution opposing the Trump administration’s proposed anti-transgender policy. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the council passed the resolution after the appeal of a transgender girl’s mother. “I’m 100 percent certain that my gender, your gender, and my child’s gender is for the person to decide.…