Category: Southern Illinois

News and events for Southern Illinois outside of MetroEast.

Rainbow Cafe to host sleepaway camp in September

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe, a LGBTQ safe space in southern Illinois, will be hosting a sleepaway camp at Camp Manitowa on Sept. 15 and 16. From their announcement on Illinois Eagle Commons: RC is hosting its first ever sleep away camp at Camp Manitowa near Carbondale Illinois! September 15 and 16. The sleep over…

SW Indiana school district tackles gender identity

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation in southwestern Indiana took on gender identity and its non-discrimination policy at their school board meeting Monday night. From The school system faces litigation regarding its bathroom policy for transgender students. A transgender high school student filed a lawsuit in February against the EVSC alleging the school…

Southern Illinois celebrates their first Pride

CARBONDALE — Carbondale hosted the first Pride celebration in the far southern area of Illinois this past weekend, becoming the latest in the state to celebrate LGBTQ rights. Other Pride parades and festivals take place in Chicago, Springfield, Metro East, Joliet and Peoria. The Southern Illinoisan reported that hundreds turned out for a walk and…

Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition makes deliveries to needy families

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition made visits to need families in Illinois’s 19 southernmost counties on Friday for Christmas.

The group, which is dedicated to supporting low-income families impacted by HIV/AIDS in far southern Illinois. They delivered toys to families and are continuing fundraising through the end of the year. 

Equality Illinois LGBTQ Town Halls launch in Central and Southern Illinois

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NORMAL — With Illinoisans facing uncertainty about LGBTQ rights in the Trump era and push back in some parts of the state as they try to assert their rights, Equality Illinois LGBTQ Town Halls launch Tuesday night in Bloomington-Normal and continue Wednesday night in Peoria. Future town halls are scheduled in Carbondale and the Metro…