Tom Wray

Kentucky Senate bill could add LGBTQ rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Democrats have filed a bill that could add LGBTQ people to the state’s civil rights law. Local TV station WKRC said that if passed, the bill would put both orientation and gender identity under the law’s protection. From WKRC: The bills have the support of Democrats and a few Republicans, but…

Art Johnston endorses Susana Mendoza for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — LGBTQ donor and activist Art Johnston endorsed Susana Mendoza for mayor on Thursday. Johnston made the announcement in a video on Mendoza’s campaign site. Johnston is an owner at Chicago’s Sidetracks and a co-founder of Equality Illinois. Equality Illinois PAC endorsed Lori Lightfoot, the only LGBTQ candidate in the mayoral race, last week.…

St. Louis Blues bail on LGBTQ Pride Night

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues hockey team were supposed to have had their annual Pride Night at a Tuesday night game. Until that was changed at the last second. Local media reported that Pride Night had become “Hockey is for Everyone” night with very little warning. That did not sit well with the…

$15 minimum wage bill could reach Pritzker this week

SPRINGFIELD — A vote on a $15 minimum wage in Illinois was scheduled for Thursday in the Illinois House and Democrats think it could be on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk the same day. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it’s expected to pass with no Republican support. From the Sun-Times: We’ll call it on the floor…

LGBTQ Inclusive Care Panel Discussion in Rockford

ROCKFORD — PFLAG Rockford will be hosting a discussion on LGBTQ healthcare at the UIC College of Medicine Partner’s Pavilion in Rockford on Monday, Feb. 25. From the Facebook event: We welcome you to a panel discussion about LGBTQ+ healthcare so we can make this better for everyone involved! The LGBTQ+ & Allies group at UIC aims…

Aurora Pride raising money for Pride 2019

AURORA — Aurora Pride Festival has started fundraising for this year’s Pride event. They’re kicking it off with a GoFundMe. From the GoFundMe page: This past June, Indivisible Aurora held the first ever Pride Parade in the Chicago suburbs. The response was rousing. The reviews were incredible. We saw thousands of participants and spectators turn…