Category: Northern Illinois

News and events for Northern Illinois outside of the Chicago metro area and Quad Cities.

Coming Out Day – Shatter The Fear in Rockford

ROCKFORD — PFLAG Rockford Chapter will be giving people a chance release their frustrations for National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. From their Facebook event: Have you ever been so frustrated you just want to smash something? As we know, coming out can be a joyous occasion! Although, this is not the case…

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…

Rock the Pride coming in August

BELOIT, Wisc. — The Yellow Brick Road Organization will be hosting Rock the Pride in this city on the Illinois-Wisconsin border this August. This will be the first public Rock County Pride Fest. During the day there will be family activities and in the evening entertainment for all ages. The fest will be on Aug. 25,…

Racine considers improving protections for LGBTQ

RACINE — The government of Racine, Wisc., is looking at improving legal protections for LGBTQ residients, according to a local newspaper. The Journal-Times of Racine reported that it was one of several initiatives the city is starting to support the community. From the Journal-Times: The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization that advocates for…

Celebrity drag line-up set for Dorothy’s Masquerade Ball

SOUTH BELOIT — The Yellow Brick Road (YBR) organization of South Beloit has finalized the celebrity drag line up for their Dorothy’s Masquerade Ball next month. The non-professionals in drag will include Marc Perry, Yuri Rashkin, Eric Stoner, John Pruitt, and Khary Penebaker. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $45 for dinner, dancing and show tickets…

Our Trans Family Exhibit opens in October

ROCKTON — UUCRV, PFLAG Rockford and Yellow Brick Road are proud to present “Our Trans Family,” a photo project fostering greater understanding about people who identify as transgender. The photos show people in the transgender community as they express themselves. The documentary exhibit compiles photos and interviews of 20-30 individuals and their families. Unitarian Universalist…

Action Camp 2k17

OTTAWA — For the last four years the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance has hosted a 4-day sleepaway Youth Leadership Action Camp for young people throughout the state to come together to discuss those issues most pertinent to them and learn from one another how best to advocate for change within their school and home communities.…