Tom Wray

No charges yet in beating of a Chicago gay couple by a gay cop

CHICAGO — There have been no charges in the beating of a gay couple outside a bar in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, despite a gay Chicago cop being identified as the assailant. The Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday that John Sherwood and his partner Tom Stacha were attacked on Sept. 29, both being hospitalized with severe injuries.…

Out Front: Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, Nov. 18

CHICAGO — About Face Theater will be holding a reading at Theater Wit in Chicago. From the Facebook event: Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT series has presented workshops and readings of new work exploring LGBTQIA themes. Join us for a FREE reading of: TRANS SCRIPTS, PART I: THE WOMEN by Paul Lucas directed by Delia…

SIU LGBTQ Resource Center hosts Gender Expression Fair

CARBONDALE — The LGBTQ Resource Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale hosted a Gender Expression Fair this past Tuesday. The fair was a chance for students to explore different gender expressions and exchange lightly used clothing. Students could try new styles without spending too much money and get tutorials in using make up and chest…

Rally in support of transgender, intersex community in Normal

NORMAL — The transgender and intersex communities of Normal came out with their allies on Tuesday to protest the recent proposed anti-transgender policy proposed by the Trump administration with the Gender Spectrum Rally: Our Future. The policy proposed Department of Health and Human Services would create a legal definition of gender that would exclude transgender and…

Buffalo Grove Pride invites participants

BUFFALO GROVE — Buffalo Grove Pride 2019 has put out a call for participants in next year’s Pride in the town. The organizers are inviting any group or business that supports “love, acceptance and equality for all.” They said that business, religious organizations, school groups and clubs, families, sports teams and more are welcome. Residents…

CineKink: Chicago, Nov. 16

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago will host CineKink: Chicago the weekend of Nov. 16 throuth 17. CineKink is a film festival for films that explore and celebrate a diversity of sexuality. The main festival takes place in New York City with Chicago being a major stop for the travelling festival. The…

Rise Up – A Celebration of Resilience, Nov. 14

CHICAGO — The Youth Empowerment Performance Project will be holding an evening of performances at Chicago Theater Works on Wednesday, Nov. 14. From their Facebook event: Join the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) for an evening in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience and Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. Through performance and communion we will honor those who’s…

Decatur residents step out to say ‘Hell No to the Memo’

DECATUR — The LGBTQ community and allies in Decatur came out on Sunday to protest the proposed federal policy that would define gender by genitalia, potentially erasing transgender and intersex people from consideration by the government. The rally was organized by Decatur residents was organized by August Francis and Jonathon Reed. The Herald-Review of Decatur…

Iowa library considers options after LGBTQ books burned

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The public library in this northwestern Iowa city is looking at its options after a “religious activist” burned LGBTQ library books just over a week ago. Paul Dorr, who runs a group called Rescue the Perishing as “a crisis center and pro-life, pro-family movement,” told local media that the burning was…

The City that Werqs Opening & Drag Show, Nov. 10

CHICAGO — The Gerber-Hart Library and Archives will open their newest exhibit, The City That Werqs, at the library on Saturday, Nov. 10. From the Facebook event: While Chicago has the reputation as one of the most segregated cities in the country, the drag scene in Chicago has always held within it a diversity of…