Tom Wray

We Have Always Been Here: A History of the Two Spirit Movement, Nov. 1

URBANA — The Native American House at University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, will be hosting a presentation in association with the LGBT Resource Center at the Illini Union. From the Facebook event: In collaboration of LBGT History Month and the beginning of Native November, LBGT Resource Center and the Native American House will host this presentation which…

The Laramie Project – 20th Anniversary Reading, Nov. 4

CHICAGO — About Face Youth Theatre and Pride Films and Plays in Chicago will present a 20th anniversary reading of The Laramie Project on Sunday, Nov. 4. The reading will be a fundraiser for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Tickets are $5 to $20 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets. From the Facebook event: Jason Gerace directs…

Artist Talk: We Define Ourselves Exhibit by Ryan Young, Nov. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Native American House at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana is hosting an artist talk at the Women’s Resource Center on Friday, Nov. 2. From the Facebook event: Ryan (Lac du Flambeau) is a multi-disciplinary two-spirit artist completing their BFA in studio arts at IAIA, their work focuses on the intersections of culture, gender…

‘Hell No To The Memo’ rally in Decatur on Sunday

DECATUR — The LGBTQ community in Decatur is holding a rally to protest the proposed anti-transgender policy from the Trump administration. From the Facebook event: The Trump Administration is gearing up for another attack on our community. The Department of Health and Human Services drafted a memo to federal agencies that would change the definition…

Bloomington/Normal transgender community rallies for visibility

All photos by Jamie Scovel BLOOMINGTON — The transgender community and their allies rallied in Bloomington yesterday in reaction to recent moves against the community by the Trump administration. The rally, which wound through downtown Bloomington, was organized by B’N Trans – Community and Authentically You. b’N Trans said between 100 and 130 people showed up…

Bitchcraft: A Bewitching Halloween Drag Show, Oct. 27

CHICAGO — The Kiki Queens are doing a fundraiser for Center on Halsted youth groups at the center tomorrow night. From the Facebook event: Our Halloween show will not disappoint. The Sanderson Sisters will guide you through a night of monsters, weirdos, and various creatures (and ladies) of the night. This will be the event…

GOP response for LGBTQ acceptance lags far behind other candiates

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NEW YORK — Republican candidates this year refused to respond to a survey about LGBTQ acceptance, according to the organization that ran the survey. GLAAD, an LGBTQ media advocacy organization, said GOP candidates had a poor response rate while announcing the results of the survey, “Electing Acceptance,” on Tuesday. The survey was a national candidate…