Vernon Area Public Library to host Drag Queen Storytime

LINCOLNSHIRE — The Vernon Area Public Library will be hosting a Drag Queen Storytime on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is being sponsored by the library and the Pinta Pride Project, the organizers of Buffalo Grove Pride. Registration for the even starts Aug. 29.

Howard Brown, nurses union reach tentative agreement

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health has reached a tentative agreement with the Illinois Nurses Association, the health provider announced Tuesday. Howard Brown, the largest LGBTQ health provider in Chicago, recognized the nurses’ union in September 2018. Contract negotiations have been going on since then. “On behalf of our patients and providers who depend on a collaborative care team, I am elated we have brokered a tentative agreement with our valued nursing staff,” said Dr. Magda Houlberg, Chief Clinical Officer for Howard Brown . “Much like the rest of the workforce, nurses demonstrate a passion for patient-centered care and deep dedication to the organization’s mission.

U.S. Rep. Kelly says Senate Leader McConnell is the greatest threat to family safety

MATTESON — U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Chicago) called U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  “the greatest threat to the safety of America’s families” on Monday. Kelly made the statement in response to the shootings this past weekend in Chicago, El Paso and Dayton. She said that McConnell’s repeated blocking of gun control legislation

Her full statement:
On Friday night, families in Chicago, El Paso and Dayton went to bed with thriving, living family members. By Sunday night, all of that had changed, for the worst, because of the gun violence that has become an epidemic in our nation. For too long, Congress has been frozen when it comes to addressing this violence.

ILGRA to present ‘Rodeo Round Town’ August 23 -25

CHICAGO – The Illinois Gay Rodeo Association is pleased to announce it’s “RODEO ROUND TOWN” weekend will be held August 23rd thru the 25th in Chicago. In previous years, gay rodeo fans from across the country came to Chicago this last weekend in August for the Windy City Rodeo. As ILGRA works to rebuild and bring back live rodeo to the Windy City, they will host a series of events from Boystown to Andersonville to Rogers Park to continue the tradition of rodeo fun including an afternoon of “rodeo” competitions for prizes. The weekend features the “Rodeo Kickoff Hoe Down” at 8pm at Charlie’s Chicago on Friday night August 23rd, Touché’s annual “Cowboy Eye for the Leather Guy” makeover contest at 10pm on Saturday night August 24th and wraps up with the “Trails End Dance” at 4pm on Sunday with Chicago’s Original Country Dance at The Call Bar. Admission to all events are free and open to everyone 21 and older.

First CARE Organizing Meeting in Chicago on Aug. 10

CHICAGO — The Lighthouse Foundation is hosting an organizing meeting about the Center on Halsted using Walsh Security as the building’s security firm. From the Facebook event:
Come pursue racial justice in Boystown and beyond. Allies and African American LGBTQ+ are coming together through Lighthouse Foundation to end Center on Halsted’s CEO Modesto “Tico” Valle’s continued employment of a racist security firm, Walsh Security, at Center on Halsted. This organizing work is being done through Lighthouse Foundation’s organizing arm, the Coalition of Allies for Racial Equity (CARE). Allies of African American LGBTQ+ folks who want to see racial injustice within the LGBTQ+ community challenged and ended are encouraged to participate.

Fahrenheit Chicago Festival 3: Bronzeville Is Burning

CHICAGO — Fahrenheit Chicago and Equality Illinois are hosting Fahrenheit Chicago Festival 3: Bronzeville Is Burning on Sunday, Aug. 25. From the Facebook event:
The Fahrenheit Chicago Festival is the event to attend celebrating the cultural and experiences of those of the LGBTQ experience from the African diaspora. Join us as we culminate the festival weekend and begin the road towards 2020. This is an evolving schedule (please check back for regular updates

The Uber Stage (Front Patio)
1:00 p.m. | Music
2:00 p.m. | Party Noire featuring DJ Rae Chardonnay
3:00 p.m. | Public Officials & Civic Leaders Walk The Runway
3:15 p.m. | The Variety Show hosted by Trina Tru Luv with DJ Rae Chardonnay + Storie Devereaux & Tovi Khali
4:00 p.m. | The Fahrenheit Drag Show hosted by Trina Tru Luv + Otis Mack + Mz.

Brave Space Alliance, National LGBTQ Workers Center launch job board

CHICAGO — The Brave Space Alliance and the National LGBTQ Workers Center have created a job board for Black/Brown/Indigenous Queer, TGNC community. People looking for positions are invited to fill out this Google form and BSA will update the group as openings become available. The BSA has also invited employers to post jobs and paid internship opportunities, by emailing the Program Director at emem@bravespacealliance.org. BSA is the only transgender and POC-led community center in Chicago.

Parent fights to protect trans child from abusive father, lax custody system

By Michelle Zacarias

CHICAGO—At 2-years-old, Noella started vocalizing her desire to be acknowledged as a girl. “People would say, what a cute little boy you have, and she would correct them and say, ‘No, I’m a girl,” says Dee Beth (they/them), Noella’s parent and primary guardian. Recognizing the indicators of having a transgender child, Beth enlisted the support of Lurie’s Hospital Children’s Gender Development Clinic to confirm what they already suspected. By the time Noella was 4-years-old, she had officially transitioned from “male to female” on documentation (sometimes described as MTF) and picked out a new name for herself. This marked a pivotal moment in Noella’s life; she went from being a shy, withdrawn child to blossoming into a charismatic, outgoing youth.

Boystown Legacy Walk designated Chicago landmark

CHICAGO — The rainbow pylons on Halsted in Boystown, and the Legacy Walk of memorial plaques on them, have been designated a landmark by the Chicago City Council

CBS2 Chicago reported that the designation was part of a package of legislation that had been advanced by the Zoning and Landmarks Committee, chaired by Ald. Tom Tunney, whose ward includes that part of Boystown. Tunney was joined by activists Victor Salvo, Lori Cannon and Rick Garcia for the designation. “I wanted to say the designation will make the Legacy Walk and the rainbow pylon streetscape the only multi-acre site in the world to be declared a landmark because of its importance to the LGBT people,” Tunney said at the City Council meeting Wednesday, according to the TV station.