LGBTQIA+ scholarship applications now being accepted at Western Illinois University

MACOMB — Applications are being accepted for the Western Illinois University 2019 Martin Dupuis/Mukti Fund Leadership Award in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Communities. The $1,400 award recognizes a student who has provided leadership either for a LGBTQIA+ group and/or in regards to LGBTQIA+ issues. Applicants who meet the leadership criteria must be undergraduate students who will return to WIU for the 2019-2020 academic year. To be considered for this award, students must complete an application, write a short essay, provide a resume and include two letters of reference. The recipient of the award will be selected by the University Committee on Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (UCOSOGIE).

WIU Rally for Love pulls in loving crowd

MACOMB — The Western Illinois University community pulled together to counter an appearance by Westboro Baptist Church this past Sunday. The WIU Rally for Love was to give a counter to the Topeka-based anti-LGBTQ church.Westboro was protesting because WIU was playing Indiana State University in a football game. ISU’s football team has an openly gay member. Tri States Public Radio said that a few hundred came out in the wet and cold weather while Westboro had only six people show up. There were speeches, music and hot chocolate.

Anti-Westboro protest planned at Western Illinois University this Saturday

MACOMB — The infamous Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka is planning a trip to western Illinois and the local community is ready for it. The counterprotest is currently planned for Hanson Field’S Q-Lot at Western Illinois University in Macomb with the exact location to be announced closer to the date. It will start at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 17. WBC will be in another part of the field.

‘Queer Eye’ is coming to Quincy

QUINCY — The Netflix show “Queer Eye” will be bringing their makeover skills to Quincy next month. The Quincy Herald-Whig reported Friday that the Quincy Public Schools Music Director Kathi Dooley will be the recipient of the makeover artists. From the Herald-Whig:

Filming will take place Oct. 8-11, Superintendent Roy Webb said, and will include renovations to a classroom at QHS and a makeover of Dooley. “The show’s fun, and it’s going to be fun for the entire community, for anybody who knows Kathi and knows our School District,” Webb said.

Center on Halsted to host 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference

CHICAGO – The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and The Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute at Center on Halsted are pleased to host the fifth annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice. This is the nation’s only research conference that brings together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer populations. With national sponsors including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control, the conference will focus on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating research findings and clinical application into each panel or symposium. The conference also fosters professional development and networking opportunities. This year’s conference themes are HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Adolescent Health; Violence and Trauma; Suicide and Mental Health; and Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and LGBTQ Health.

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: Passion and Play, Feb. 18

CHICAGO — Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable is a discussion and social group for everyone 18 and over who is involved in, exploring, or curious about power exchange relationships. This includes M/s, D/s, Sir/ boy, and Trainer relationships, as well as any other relationships that defy labels but incorporate consensual power exchange. Attendees do not need to be actively in a relationship to attend, and all levels of experience (including none!) are welcome. Our topic for February is… “Passion & Play in Power Exchange”

Power exchange relationships are rich opportunities to satisfy our needs, both serious and fun.


Once More, With Feeling: The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Musical

CHICAGO — The Scoobies are returning for TWO PERFORMANCES of ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING, the Season Six musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Monday, October 31 2016 at 7:30pm AND 10:00pm at Mary’s Attic in Andersonville. The cast includes (in alphabetical order): Diego Colón, Danny Dauphin, Theresa Egan, Whitney Jones, Kent M. Lewis, Larissa Lynch, Kelly Maryanski, Kat Prush, Wade Tischhauser, Larry Trice, and Francesca Vitali. The reading is directed by Kent M. Lewis with choreography by Kelly Maryanski. ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING delves into the relationships of the main characters and features a demon that forces everyone to randomly break out in song – exposing their concealed truths. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.


Chicago Puppy Patrol at Full Moon Firejam

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for a magical night of drums and fire spinners. This event is totally FREE and open to anyone. If you’ve never been to a Full Moon Fire Jam you won’t be disappointed. This event is weather depended so please check back for updates the day of the event. Aug.

Mr. Leather 64Ten

Mr. Leather 64TEN Contest

CHICAGO – Come and join the crowd as judges select a new title holder that will go on to compete at International Mister Leather in May 2016. Events will be at the Leather 64Ten store and The Jackhammer Complex. The judges for the contest are Will Boyd-Bohaczek, Mr Wisconsin Leather 2015; Justin St. Clair, 2014 International Trainer and a producer of the Illinois Puppy Contest; Tina MacKay, deputy director of CLAW 2016; Dan Ronneberg, American Leatherman 2015; and Michael Pacas, Mr. Leather 6410 2015. Those interested in competing for the Mr. Leather 64Ten 2016 title can pick up applications at the store, or download the application at our website,