Federal judge dismisses LGBTQ discrimination suit against retirement community

ST. LOUIS — A lawsuit against a local retirement home by a lesbian couple has been tossed out by a judge, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday. According to the newspaper, U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton ruled the Fair Housing Act does not protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. From the Post-Dispatch:

Mary Walsh and Bev Nance, a married couple who have been in a committed relationship for nearly four decades, applied to live in the Sunset Hills location of Friendship Village in 2016 after touring the community and discussing floor plans with staff.

MetroEast Pride fundraiser at Bubby & Sissy’s on Jan. 26

ALTON — MetroEast Pride’s first fundraiser of 2019 will be a drag show at Bubby & Sissy’s in Alton on Saturday, Jan. 26. From the Facebook event:
Join us for the first Metro East Pride Fundraiser at Bubby & Sissy’s! Metro East Pride will be offering bus transportation to the Metro East Pride fundraiser at Bubby & Sissy’s on Saturday, January 26 to help ensure everyone’s safety. Cost of the bus is $25.00 per person and includes bus ride + drag show cover charge.

MTUG raises more than $25k in telethon

ST. LOUIS — The Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG), an organization to support transgender people in the whole St. Louis metro area, announced on Facebook that they raised $25,166 in their telethon. This was the second year MTUG held a telethon and the first with St. Louis community radio station KDHX.

MetroEast Pride holds fundraiser at Club Escapade

BELLEVILLE — MetroEast Pride held their December fundraiser at Club Escapade on Dec. 8. From their Facebook post:
Our Metro East Pride December Fun(d)raiser was held on December 8, 2018 with all proceeds going back to MetroEast Pride. Thank you to all of our performers – InZanity Love GodsonofDrag, Mona Chase, Janida S. Love, MissLady LusciousDiva, Jameson-Micheal Hand, and our Entertainment Director and Show Host, Ravyn Winters – who gave up their time and donated their tips back to this wonderful organization. Thank you to DrBling Denise Reaves for being a part of this night and donating.

MetroEast school board votes to let transgender students use preferred names, but restricts bathroom access

O’FALLON — In a mixed result, the school board for District 90 in O’Fallon voted to let transgender students use their preferred names, but will still require them to use a gender neutral bathroom in a nurse’s office or the bathroom of their gender assigned at birth. KSDK-TV in St. Louis reported that the board did vote to allow students to wear their preferred names on their student IDs and non-legal documents. Before, students could only use their given names. Also, students can play in sports of their gender identity only if the governing association gives permission.

Walk with MetroEast Pride at O’Fallon holiday parade

O’FALLON — MetroEast Pride is asking for volunteers to walk with them during the annual holiday parade in O’Fallon. From MetroEast Pride’s Facebook page:
Volunteers needed! We will be walking in the 2018 O’Fallon Illuminated Holiday Parade this Saturday, November 23rd. We are looking for community members and allies to walk with us in order to make a greater impact at the parade. If you or your organization would like to volunteer, please contact Nicci Kincer at nicci@metroeastprideswi.org or send her a direct message on Facebook.

O’Fallon school board could change policy on transgender students tonight

O’FALLON — The school board for District 90 in O’Fallon will be looking at two possible revisions in their policy towards transgender students, a local newspaper reported. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the district is under pressure from two statewide groups to update the policy they voted on last year. According to the newspaper, the school does not allow students to the use the bathroom of their identified gender, only biological. And all student records are in the student’s “legal name.” To the school board, students are the gender assigned at birth is what determines their sports teams and what facilities they use.

Judge orders Illinois to review transgender inmate’s move request

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections must look at all evidence for a transgender inmates request to be moved. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel said the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Transgender Care Review Committee must consider all evidence for and against transferring 27-year-old Strawberry Hampton to a women’s facility. Hampton has been requesting a move for months. From the Sun-Times:
Rosenstengel also gave the department 14 days to tell the court how it plans to train all correctional staff on transgender issues.