Category: Southern Illinois

News and events for Southern Illinois outside of MetroEast.

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…

Drag Queen Story Hour fight moves to E’ville school board

EVANSVILLE — The battle over Drag Queen Story Hour at the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) moved onto the school board this week. The countywide school board appoints library board trustees along with the county council and commissioners. Local media reported that opponents to the story hour called on the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) board to…

DRAG SHOW – Rainbow Runway in Carbondale

CARBONDALE — The Saluki Rainbow Network at Southern Illinois University will be hosting its drag show on March 2. From the Facebook event: Come join us at the Saluki Rainbow Network’s bi-annual drag show! Our show is family-friendly, so we welcome you to bring family members along. Tickets are $5 with an SIU ID, and…

Fired EVPL trustee says she was bullied over Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE — Barbara Williams, the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) trustee who was removed from her position, has told the local newspaper that she was “lied to, bullied, intimidated and threatened” by a county council member. Williams told the Evansville Courier & Press that she felt bullied and intimidated by constant calls from District 2 County Councilman Tom Shetler…

Vanderburgh County Council replaces library board member over Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE — The Vanderburgh County Council have replaced their appointed library board member in response to the the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library’s planned Drag Queen Story Hour. Local media reported that some community members opposed to the story hour demanded library board members be replaced, saying they hadn’t done their job in preventing Drag Queen Story…

Vanderburgh County commissioners, council meeting about Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The government bodies of Vanderburgh County have had the upcoming EVPL Drag Queen Story Hour at the center of their activities. The Tri-State Alliance said on their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that they were present at the County Council meeting with TSA President Wally Paynter scheduled to speak. The post also said…

Evansville library responds to county commissioners, Drag Queen Story Hour still on

EVANSVILLE — The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library (EVPL) issued a statement in response to local officials comments. The Drag Queen Story Hour is still one for Feb. 23. Vanderburgh County commissioners, who appoint just over half the library board, discussed possibly cutting funding if the story hour goes on and that the library needs a…

Vanderburgh County government could take action over Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE — Local media has reported that the county government could take action over Drag Queen Story Hour at the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library in February. According to WEHT-TV, one official said she would consider pulling funding from the library if Story Hour goes on as scheduled. From WEHT: A large group against the planned…

Southern Illinois AIDS Walk set for March 23

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition announced this week that the 20th Annual AIDS Walk will be on Saturday, March 23. The Walk will start at the Southern Illinois University Newman Center, 715 S. Washington Street in Carbondale, at 11 a.m. Registration and a health fair will begin at 10 a.m. All proceeds from the walk…