HiBearNation 24: Fifty Shades of Bear

ST. LOUIS — The Show Me Bears of St. Louis will be hosting their 34th bear run, Hibernation, on Nov. 1 through 4. From the Facebook event page:
The Show-Me Bears present HiBearNation 24: Fifty Shades of Bear November 1st- 4th in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Noga Sachs opening for The Serenity Strategy Network at SIUE’s Inaugural Diversity Day

EDWARDSVILLE — The Serenity Strategy Network has been developing a platform that will increase LGBT+ enrollment on campuses across the world. They are one of Saint Louis’s first LGBT+ social enterprises. Noga Sachs is opening the talk and will hit on how inflammatory remarks could increase unrest on college campuses. She will also cover the current political climate of the US. The Serenity Strategy Network understands that self-reported rankings do not accurately represent the resources actually available on college campuses.

IDOC denies abuse allegations in transgender inmate’s lawsuit

BELLEVILLE — The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has denied abuse allegations made in a transgender inmate’s lawsuit on Monday. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Wednesday that IDOC had responded to a lawsuit filed by Deon “Strawberry” Hampton. She sued to be moved to a women’s correctional facility. She has been moved to several men’s prisons across the state. Hampton is serving a 10 year sentence for robbery and is currently at the Dixon Correctional Center.

St. Louis Effort for AIDS merging with Wisconsin HIV non-profit

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) will be merging with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), media reports said Thursday. The combined organizations will be headquartered in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee BizTimes reported. However, Effort for AIDS will keep working under its own name.

Alton’s Main Street Methodist to host discussion on LGBTQ inclusion

ALTON — The Church and Society Committee of Alton’s Main Street United Methodist Church is sponsoring a program entitled “Conversations Concerning LGBTQ Within the Church and Community,” beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, The (Alton) Telegraph reported. From the Telegraph:
There will be four separate sessions held on consecutive Thursday evenings, starting at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the program, according to Committee Chairperson Thomas Johnson, is to give people the opportunity to learn more about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer issues. “Pursuant to the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, we are committed to supporting basic human rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation,” said Johnson. “The United Methodist Church will be meeting this winter in St.

MTUG’s Got Talent on Sept. 19

ST. LOUIS — The Metro Trans Umbrella Group will be hosting a series of talent shows through November. And they need people to get on stage. From their Facebook event:
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PERFORMERS!!! Join Metro Trans Umbrella Group for a 3 NIGHT SPECIAL EVENT (Sept 19th, October 17th, and November 21st) at The Monocle for “MTUG’s GOT TALENT!”

MetroEast Pride to host Pride Night with Gateway Grizzlies

SAUGET — MetroEast Pride will be hosting a Pride Night with the Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team on August 30 at the Grizzlies home field. From the Facebook event:
August 30, 2018 – 6:35 pm, Gateway Grizzlies Baseball will be holding a very anticipated Pride Night! Gateway Grizzlies VS Southern Illinois Miners

Be sure and use the promo codes:
PRIDE10 for $10 tix – Field Box Seat
PRIDE20 for $20 tix – Field Box Seat (in-game picnic – hot dog, chips, water)
Using the Promo Codes will support the MEPSI event with 50% of the proceeds going toward Youth! MetroEast Pride looks forward to seeing you all there! So hurry up and get your tix by ordering through the Box Office at: 618.337.3000 or online
at www.gatewaygrizzlies.com
See you there!!

Transgender inmate sues Illinois to change prisons

EAST ST. LOUIS — A transgender woman at a northern Illinois men’s prison is suing the state corrections department to be housed at a women’s prison, according to WGN TV. The Chicago TV station reported that Deon “Strawberry” Hampton has sued the Illinois Department of Corrections before. They have have been moved to four different prisons in the past year. Hampton has said they’ve suffered abuse at several male prisons.

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.