Category: Regional

Kentucky Baptist group cuts ties with churches for supporting LGBTQ hires

LOUISVILLE — The Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday that the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) had cut ties with about a dozen churches for supporting a LGBTQ-supportive organization. The KBC has opposed marriage equality and LGBTQ clergy, the newspaper reported. The convention voted to cut ties with the churches after they had made financial contributions to…

LGBTQ candidates ride blue wave into Illinois offices

CHICAGO — While the blue wave in much of the country seemed like a small ripple, it was a high tide in Illinois races, with Democrats taking all statewide offices. LGBTQ candidates were among those winning office on Tuesday. Most of the candidates were in the Chicago metropolitan areas, but there were LGBTQ candidates and…

UW-Madison chancellor signs letter to DeVos for transgender rights

MADISON — The chancellor of Wisconsin’s largest university joined in urging U.S. Education Betsy DeVos to oppose the proposed federal policy that would narrowly define gender by gentalia Madison.com reported this week that UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank co-penned a letter DeVos with officials from universities and colleges across the country.  From Madison.com Blank’s letter, signed by herself, Princton…

Iowa library considers options after LGBTQ books burned

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The public library in this northwestern Iowa city is looking at its options after a “religious activist” burned LGBTQ library books just over a week ago. Paul Dorr, who runs a group called Rescue the Perishing as “a crisis center and pro-life, pro-family movement,” told local media that the burning was…

HIV/AIDS training center at UIC receives $4.4 million in new federal funding

CHICAGO — The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received $4.4 million in funding from the federal government to advance its work improving HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. The funding to MATEC, which is…