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

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.

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 option is available to 20 youth, ages 13-19.

Car Wash fundraiser for Carbondale’s Rainbow Cafe

MARION — Rainbow Cafe, a safe space for LGBTQ youth is holding a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 25. From the Facebook event:
Help the Rainbow Cafe Youth Raise funds for camp!!! Alternatively, if you’re interested in supporting the camp and not able to attend our car wash, a GoFundMe has also been created:

Do you know a youth age 13-19 who may want to participate in our camp? Let us know!

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 won’t let him use the men’s restroom. The student was born a female but has openly identified as male since he was 12.

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 festival at the Carbondale Pavilion. A local church, Church of the Good Shepherd, hosts an annual Pride Picnic, but this is the first time that a month of activities has been planned for the area. From The Southern Illinosan:

Before the march, Carbondale City Council member Jessica Bradshaw told the crowd that the city’s inclusivity was one of its strengths.

First Southern Illinois Pride Weekend to be held in June

CARBONDALE — Carbondale will join other Illinois cities in celebrating Pride this year. From the Facebook event:
The following schedule is subject to change, and more details will be available soon:

Friday, June 1st:
Welcome Reception, 6:00 p.m., location TBA
Showing of “Milk”, the story of Harvey Milk, Varsity Theater, 8:00

Saturday, June 2nd:
PrideWalk – starting at Carbondale Gaia house at 11 am
Festival – Carbondale Pavilion, 12 p.m. – 4p.m., with Mistress of Ceremonies, the Living Legend, Blanche Dubois! Local bands, tables, activities and events for all ages. MORE DETAILS TBA
DRAG QUEEN BINGO, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Varsity Theater
YOUTH PARTY – 7pm – 11 pm, Carbondale Gaia House – live band and drag show. Ages 13-19
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE RAINBOW CAFE – Street Bar, 8 p.m. – featuring an array of fabulous drag artists / performers, and local bands.

S.I. Pride to protest anti-LGBTQ education billboard

CARBONDALE — S.I. Pride, a LGBTQ Pride organization in Carbondale, will be protesting a billboard opposing a proposal to include LGBTQ in the state school history curriculum. From WCIA in Champaign:
It’s unclear who posted the billboard. It reads, “Paid for by the Church Without Walls,” but no church with that name is accepting responsibility. An employee of Equality Illinois took the photo off Highway 143, near Carbondale. Equality Illinois is the group behind the initiative to bring LGBTQ history to schools.