Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago asks for participation

CHICAGO — The Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago (BQAC) has asked for help in a post on their Facebook page. The post reads:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! BQAC is certainly thankful to all of you in our community. As we approach the end of the current year and look ahead to the next,

BQAC could use your help! Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago has big goals and we need people to help with the mission.

Center on Halsted announce December events

CHICAGO — The Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT community and resource center, has announced it’s events for the end of November and all of December. We’re Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now World AIDS Day Event – November 30th, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Center on Halsted

Join us for an HIV/AIDS Arts and Cultural Impact Panel discussion with Art AIDS America Chicago co-curator Jonathan Katz, Director of Exhibitions Tony Hirschel, Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew, and playwright Karen Hartman, followed by QUEER, ILL, + OKAY performances by Phillip Blacknbrilliant, Joan Giroux, and a short film by Xena Ellison + Elizabeth Mputu. Center on Halsted HIV staff will be present to conduct HIV Testing and assist individuals in creating red ribbons to commemorate World AIDS Day. Free and Open to the Public. Say you’re attending on Facebook!

FREE HIV testing on World AIDS Day at Sugar & Spice

SAUGET, Ill. — Sugar & Spice Boutique is VERY PROUD to partner with Madison County Health Dept to bring you
FREE HIV testing & Safe Sex Supplies on World AIDS Day! Thursday, Dec 1st
1:30 – 3:30pm

Sugar & Spice Boutique, Ltd
1401 Mississippi Ave #17
(Just to the right of OZ, Pop’s & Penthouse. Sauget, IL 62201

No appt is necessary! Please join us for this very important day!

Equality Illinois

Equality Illinois honors Lurie Children’s Hospital

CHICAGO — For its dedication to improving the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans, Equality Illinois will honor the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with its Business Leadership Award. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago, the organization announced Thursday. More than 1,400 attendees, including more than 100 political figures and community VIPs, are expected to celebrate the accomplishments that advanced LGBTQ rights over the last year and hear a call to arms about the challenges that remain in our fight for full equality for all Illinoisans. The Gala will also mark the beginning of Equality Illinois’ second quarter century of service to LGBTQ Illinoisans. “What better way to launch our second 25 years than to honor Lurie Children’s Hospital for its belief that LGBTQ people must be treated with dignity and respect and afforded the level of care and service that is needed for them to live full and equal lives,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

Illinois forum to discuss LGBTQ fears from a Trump Presidency

CHICAGO — Amid concerns and fears that a Trump presidency will set back gains for LGBTQ Americans and other marginalized groups, Illinois LGBTQ  and other supportive advocacy, health and service organizations have scheduled a forum on the possible responses to the new administration. The free, public event is set for 6-8 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 in the Lake View Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison St., Chicago. Though not required, free advance registration is encouraged to ensure that adequate resources are in place in the church. Sign up is at

Chicago Puppy Patrol Gaming Day at Dice Dojo

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for an afternoon of board gaming at the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo! The Dojo has a large demo library, but feel free to bring your own games if you want to play something specific! Food and drink is BYO, and bringing along a snack to share is encouraged (there’s also a good Mexican place opposite the Dojo if you want more substantial food). We’ll be meeting in front of the Dojo at 2:45pm and going inside at 3pm (or once 4-5 people have arrived). If you don’t see us outside, come in and look for the dog shirts and collars!

Trident Windy City holds annual chili cook-off


CHICAGO — Chicago playspace Galleria Domain 2 took home the Trident Chili Cook-Off trophy for the second year in a row on Sunday, Nov. 6. This was the fifth annual cook off held by Trident Windy City, a leather back patch service club in Chicago. Every year the club invites other clubs in with their best chili recipes to raise money for the Broadway Youth Center for Chicagl LGBTQ youth. Galleria Domain took first with Chicago Leather Club winning second and the Argonauts of Wisconsin taking third.

Equality Illinois

Statement from Equality Illinois about election

CHICAGO — The results of the 2016 election were devastating to so many Americans. 

We at Equality Illinois don’t say this because we have differing views than the president-elect on major policy questions; we acknowledge that members of our community have a diverse range of views on key policy matters. The election was so devastating because we have elected to the presidency a man who has publicly targeted immigrants, children and grandchildren of immigrants, Muslims, the disabled, women, and many others.  The election was so devastating because we have elected to the vice presidency a man who served as a key architect in an attempt to legalize religious discrimination against the LGBTQ community in every facet of our public lives.  And even more alarming, these candidates, now our President-elect and Vice President-elect, have whipped up and legitimized a fear-based world view which pits a large base of Americans against many historically marginalized groups in our country. The cornerstone of our evolving equality and liberty as an LGBTQ community is the broad belief that we as a country are better off when we expand notions of basic fairness and decent treatment to those whose identities differ from our own.  That belief has been under attack this election season, and last night it lost. Still, we know that our country is stronger than any one campaign or even any one presidency.  We believe deeply in the American people and our democratic institutions.  Even though we are alarmed today, we acknowledge that as of the writing of this letter, more Americans voted for a message of inclusion and strength in diversity. Now is the time to deepen our commitment to building bridges not putting up walls.  We call on all our LGBTQ stakeholders and allies to take two actions today in support of a brighter more equal America.