Transgender Day of Remembrance events around the state

CHICAGO — Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Communities across Illinois will be holding events in honor of the day. We’ve put together a list of events throughout Illinois. We’ve also included some events close to Illinois regions. Central Illinois Trans Day of Remembrance Bloomington/Normal Join IWU Pride Alliance and the BN…

Judge orders Illinois to review transgender inmate’s move request

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections must look at all evidence for a transgender inmates request to be moved. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel said the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Transgender Care Review Committee must consider all evidence for and against…

Champaign County elects state’s first gay sheriff

CHAMPAIGN — Among the many other firsts nationwide this election day, one was made in eastern Illinois- Champaign County elected the state’s first openly gay county sheriff. Dustin Heuerman, who ran as a Democrat, is a first-time office holder. He held an interview with local TV station WCIA about the transition to taking office. From…

LGBTQ candidates ride blue wave into Illinois offices

CHICAGO — While the blue wave in much of the country seemed like a small ripple, it was a high tide in Illinois races, with Democrats taking all statewide offices. LGBTQ candidates were among those winning office on Tuesday. Most of the candidates were in the Chicago metropolitan areas, but there were LGBTQ candidates and…

Nobody Is Above the Law protests pop up across Illinois

CHICAGO — Protest over the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker taking over supervision of the Mueller investigation were planned across the state on Thursday. While protests nationally were coordinated by MoveOn.org, Illinois actions were organized by local groups and individuals. Protestors are concerned that Whitaker, who had…

Quad Cities rally celebrates local trans leaders

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Last night at the rally in support of trans rights in Davenport, Iowa, Scott Xavier Fieker shared his story of transition and hope. About 100 people came to the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities to heat from local speakers. The event stayed positive and focused about love and compassion in…

Andrea Gibson at the Decatur Public Library, Dec. 3

DECATUR — Author Andrea Gibson will do a reading at the Decatur Public Library on Monday, Dec. 3. From the Facebook event: Join us at the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium to celebrate Andrea Gibson’s new collection LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES. The evening will feature a reading by Andrea following by a Q&A led by…