Women’s soccer player says no to US teams LGBTQ jerseys

WASHINGTON — Soccerplayer Jaelene Hinkle told the 700 Club that she decided not to play on the US women’s noccer team because of their LGBTQ-themed jersey. From The Hill:
Hinkle told the 700 Club that her Christian beliefs stopped her from wearing the jersey. “I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” Hinkle said in the interview, which was conducted last June but released on Wednesday. “I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine he [God] was asking me to do in this situation,” she continued. “I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and that I’m saying no to.

Sergeant sues over US Army’s HIV policy

WASHINGTON — A US Army sergeant is suing the military service over a HIV policy dating back to 1991, according to NBC OUT. From NBC OUT:
“For over 30 years, the military has placed broad restrictions on the service of people living with HIV,” says the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Military regulations prohibit the enlistment or commissioning of any individual living with HIV and place strict geographic limitations on the service of members who first test HIV positive while on active duty.” The Pentagon adopted a strict HIV policy in 1991, when AIDS was the No. 2 killer of men aged 25 to 44 in the U.S. The policy has been revised since, but not enough, according to Scott A. Schoettes, director of the HIV Project at Lambda Legal, which filed the suit on behalf of Nicholas Harrison, a sergeant in the District of Columbia Army National Guard who was denied an officer position.

Illinois passes Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House voted Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state is needed to ratify the amendment. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Nearly a century after the amendment was drafted, the Illinois House voted 72-45 to ratify it following more than two hours of debate. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stood behind the speaker’s podium in the House chambers to watch the historic vote. The Illinois Senate voted to approve it in April.

Two will be honored at Equality Illinois Pride brunch

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois will honor to activists their Pride Kickoff Brunch on Sunday, June 3. Nicole Bashor, who spearheads support for political candidates in Illinois who back pro-LGBTQ policies, and Saúl Aviña Jr., who has spent a decade working on HIV treatment and prevention programs, will be recognized as 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride Honorees. “Every year at the Pride Brunch we highlight Illinois activists whose work has improved LGBTQ lives in the state,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, in a press release. Bashor is a patent attorney and partner at Quarles & Brady. She has served on the Equality Illinois PAC Board since 2011, including a period as chair from 2014 to 2016.

Hawaii latest state to ban ‘conversion therapy’

HONOLULU — Hawaii state legislators approved a ban on “conversion therapy,” becoming the 12th state to do so. From Hawaii News Now:
Gay rights advocates say the practice, which is largely discredited by healthcare professionals, does more harm than good to those who are subjected to it. “This has been a priority of the caucus for years,” said Michael Golojuch, chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. “(The measure) ensures that LGQTB youth will not be tortured by mental health professionals.” Several states, including California, Oregon and New Jersey, have already passed similar laws.

O’Fallon school board member gets calls to resign after calling book “social indoctrination”

O’FALLON, Ill. — A school board member has received calls to resign after calling for a children’s book on social activism “social indoctrination.” From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
After a school board member here questioned the use of a book about a girl learning about social activism in a children’s program at the local library, dozens of parents, teachers and students showed up at a school board meeting Tuesday night to urge him to step down. But the board member, Steve Springer, said he has no intention of stepping down.

Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis loses primary

MOREHEAD, Ky. — David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, lost the Democratic primary by more than 1,000 votes Tuesday evening, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ermold rasid more than $200,000, but lost to Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year employee of the county’s Property Valuation Administrator office and fourth generation Rowan County resident. The newspaper reported that Rowan County residents, including Caudill, had predicted a much tighter race. “I didn’t know which way it was going to go,” Caudill told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Man who threatened Chicago gay bars recaptured

CHICAGO — The Chicago Tribune on Thursday reported that Shane Sleeper, 31, who had been accused of threatening gay bars in Chicago, as released on Tuesday night.

The newspaper reported that the release was accidental and that Sleeper is still at large.

From the Tribune:

Sleeper was arrested in February and initially charged with misdemeanor charges of obstructing and resisting a peace officer, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart. In one of his threats, Sleeper allegedly said “Orlando will come to Chicago,’’ an apparent reference to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.