Category: Regional

Methodist Church could split after LGBTQ vote this weekend

ST. LOUIS — The United Methodist Church will be voting about marriage equality and LGBTQ clergy at their General Conference this weekend in St. Louis. Depending on how it goes, the denomination could see either liberal or conservative congregations splitting off. The Associated Press reported that talk of a breakup has intensified as pro-LGBTQ clergy…

Western Michigan University to host MBLGTACC in 2020

LANSING, Mich. — Students from Western Michigan University will host the 28th annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) from February 14-16, 2020 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. MBLGTACC, the flagship program of the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, is a three-day, student-run conference that includes a variety of keynote speakers, workshops, identity forums, and…

Cape Girardeau to have first Pride this spring

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — This small city just across the Mississippi from Illinois will have its first Pride celebration this spring. Local public radio station KRCU reported that it was being organized by local LGBTQ organization Cape Pride. From KRCU: Amber Moyers, who heads the board of directors for the LGBTQ+ advocacy group, says the event…

Adults will need to be accompanied by a kid for Evansville’s Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) has said any adult going this weekend’s Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) must have a child with them. EVPL Engagement and Experience Officer Heather McNabb told the Evansville Courier & Press that they want to make sure as many children can attend as possible. Library cards aren’t…

Indiana hate crimes bill moves to a senate vote

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Sentate committee has voted a proposed hate crimes bill to the full senate for a vote. From FOX59 in Indianapolis: The committee heard nearly three hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the proposed bill. The biggest hang up for Indiana is whether the law would include specific classes, like sexual…

New Indiana bill could let pharmacist to give out abortion-inducing medicine

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly is considering a bill that would let pharmacist refuse to give abortion-inducing medicine if they have moral or religious objections. From WTHR-TV in Indianapolis: The proposal endorsed by a state Senate committee would expand a current law that prevents doctors or hospital employees from being required to participate in…

Transgender man wins Iowa discrimination lawsuit

DES MOINES — A transgender man working as a prison nurse has won his discrimination lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections this week. Jesse Vroegh had sued after being barred from using the men’s restroom and being denied transition healthcare. From the Des Moines Register: The jury awarded Jesse Vroegh $120,000 in damages. Jurors found that the…

Indiana hate crimes bill gets hearing

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Star reported on Wednesday that an inclusive hate crimes bill will move forward to debate after weeks of delays. From the Star: Ten bias crimes bills were filed at the start of session, but Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, has chosen to move forward with Senate Bill 12, which includes…

Kentucky Senate bill could add LGBTQ rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Democrats have filed a bill that could add LGBTQ people to the state’s civil rights law. Local TV station WKRC said that if passed, the bill would put both orientation and gender identity under the law’s protection. From WKRC: The bills have the support of Democrats and a few Republicans, but…