Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center takes part in Carbondale’s Lights Fantastic Parade

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center in Carbondale took part in the southern Illinois city’s Lights Fantastic Parade this past weekend. The Lights Fantastic Parade is Carbondale’s annual Christmas parade and this year, the Rainbow Cafe had a float of their own. From the Rainbow Cafe’s Facebook page:
Our theme was Welcome to Wonderland, and we hosted a taco party for participants at RC afterwards. This was a huge accomplishment for our youth, who raised partial funds and worked on weekends all through November to finish construction. With gratitude, we recognize the people of the Rainbow Cafe for their contributions:

Our manager, Ashley Beard for helping with design, construction, paints, materials,and space; volunteer Emily Sands for design, construction, and scrounging materials; volunteer and Unconditional parent Sage Banks for donating time and space; Unconditional parent Jerry South for lending us the trailer; Unconditional parent Jill Adams for her support; Board Intern and Unconditional parent Mona M Miller for lending us the generator and walking with us; Board Intern and Unconditional parent Carrie Sinclair Vine for materials and support; Unconditional parent Christopher Vine for donating wood and other materials, working every weekend on construction, and driving the float; volunteer Lauren Orange for organizing the Culver’s Share Night Fundraiser; Board VC and Volunteer Chip Loghry for helping the youth make masks and balloon lights and for walking with us and taco duty …

Jackson County Health Department hosts a 5K Run/Walk in honor of World AIDS Day

CARBONDALE — Dec. 1, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Founded in 1988 as the first world health day, it was the first step towards supporting people who have HIV. Jackson County Health Department, in conjunction with the LIFE Community Center, is hosting a 5K Run/Walk to honor World AIDS Day. The goal is to raise awareness, funds, and educate the people of Southern Illinois on the risks of HIV.

SIU LGBTQ Resource Center hosts ‘Queersgiving’

CARBONDALE — Thanksgiving is coming up, which means eating too much food and trying our best to tiptoe around political conversations at the dinner table. For those of us with very boisterous families, it can be difficult to avoid. This is The LGBTQ Resource Center at Southern Illinois University has set up a “Queersgiving.” The goal is to give LGBTQ people a positive Thanksgiving experience before heading home to potentially intolerant environments. The event is potluck style, and some catering from Townsquare Market will be provided. There will likely be music and activities.

SIU LGBTQ Resource Center hosts Gender Expression Fair

CARBONDALE — The LGBTQ Resource Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale hosted a Gender Expression Fair this past Tuesday. The fair was a chance for students to explore different gender expressions and exchange lightly used clothing. Students could try new styles without spending too much money and get tutorials in using make up and chest binding. Vernon Cooper, coordinator of the resource center, told the Daily Egyptian that they hoped to make the fair an annual event. Other organizations sponsoring the fair included the Women’s Resource Center, Hispanic/Latino Resource Center and the Sustainability Office.

Saluki Rainbow Network hosting ‘Paris is Burning’ drag show

CARBONDALE — The Saluki Rainbow Network will host their semi-annual drag show on Saturday, Oct. 27, with the theme “Paris is Burning.” 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 $7 for community members.

Carbondale Culver’s doing fundraiser for Rainbow Cafe: Help us Build a Float

CARBONDALE — The Culver’s location at 2401 Reed Station Parkway in Carbondale is helping raise money for the Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center’s Christmas float. From the Facebook event:
The Rainbow Cafe Youth are raising money to fund a FLOAT for the Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade! Come have dinner at Culver’s of Carbondale on Monday, October 29th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., where our youth and volunteers will be helping to serve and clean. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rainbow Cafe! HELP OUR YOUTH BUILD THEIR FLOAT!!!

SIU to celebrate LGBTQ History Month during October

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois University LGBTQ Resource Center has released the full schedule of events for LGBTQ History Month. Events will be taking place every week and throughout town in partnership will local organizations. Oct. 1, Monday

PRIDE WALK
with Saluki Rainbow Network
noon – 2 p.m., begins at Student Center main entrance. Flags encouraged.

Opinion: Red-state politics in and out of the college classroom

Natasha Zaretsky, Southern Illinois University

For two decades, I have taught U.S. women’s and gender history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a blue town in a blue state, marooned in an ocean of red. Bordered by Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Ozarks, Southern Illinois is surrounded by the country’s poorest rural regions. Some of my students arrive from white farming communities and are the first in their families to attend college. They grow up on church, military, patriotism and traditional family, and they come from a world different from mine. I grew up in 1970s San Francisco, and my parents were leftists.

Rainbow Cafe celebrates 18 years at annual gala

CARBONDALE — Rainbow Cafe will celebrate it’s 18th anniversary with a gala at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, Oct. 6. From the Facebook event:
Come join us as the Rainbow Cafe turns 18! We are honoring special guests and unveiling our new logo! Saturday, October 6, 2018
6-9 p.m.; Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.
Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Hall
105 N Parrish Lane
$35 per ticket or $300 for a table of 8 with an ad in our program

Dinner by Cristaudo’s Catering

Complimentary Wine and Beer

Honorees; Entertainment: Jodie Santana, Blanche DuBois, Faim Lee Jewls, Riley James, Kailey Kreme, Chris Reynolds (Idina Rhymres Moore), Vincent Miskelley (Christina Garnette), and Holly Haliwell

Special performance provided by Rainbow Café Youth

Silent auction

A feature speaker will be announced at the date gets closer.