Category: Eastern Illinois

News and events from Eastern Illinois, generally around Champaign/Urbana and along the Indiana border.

Tickets available for GCAP’s Holiday Supper on Dec. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Greater Community AIDS Project of Eastern Illinois announced Monday that tickets are available for their Holiday Supper on Dec. 2. Enjoy appetizers and cash bar followed by a supper buffet featuring beef and salmon. For fun there will be a 50/50 drawing, gift card/wine grab bags, and live music. All proceeds will go to…

Champaign County elects state’s first gay sheriff

CHAMPAIGN — Among the many other firsts nationwide this election day, one was made in eastern Illinois- Champaign County elected the state’s first openly gay county sheriff. Dustin Heuerman, who ran as a Democrat, is a first-time office holder. He held an interview with local TV station WCIA about the transition to taking office. From…

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…

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…

Champaign/Urbana gets ready for Pride celebration

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign/Urbana area will have its Pride celebration on Sept. 15 through 16, organized by the UP Center of Champaign County. The tentative schedule for the weekend is: Tentative Schedule: Friday: Queer Dance Party 9pm-2am featuring Cazwell Saturday: Festival and Vendor area 2pm-7pm Talks and Panels at Big Grove 2-5pm Parade through downtown…

Urbana library hoping to continue Drag Queen Story Hour

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library is looking to continue Drag Queen Story Hour after a successful first time on Friday, July 6. From the Urbana News-Gazette: The first-time event featured two drag queens reading aloud stories about inclusion and acceptance. Library director Celeste Choate said the crowd “literally streamed in” and included people of…