MetroEast Pride fundraiser at Bubby & Sissy’s on Jan. 26

ALTON — MetroEast Pride’s first fundraiser of 2019 will be a drag show at Bubby & Sissy’s in Alton on Saturday, Jan. 26. From the Facebook event:
Join us for the first Metro East Pride Fundraiser at Bubby & Sissy’s! Metro East Pride will be offering bus transportation to the Metro East Pride fundraiser at Bubby & Sissy’s on Saturday, January 26 to help ensure everyone’s safety. Cost of the bus is $25.00 per person and includes bus ride + drag show cover charge.

Alton’s Main Street Methodist to host discussion on LGBTQ inclusion

ALTON — The Church and Society Committee of Alton’s Main Street United Methodist Church is sponsoring a program entitled “Conversations Concerning LGBTQ Within the Church and Community,” beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, The (Alton) Telegraph reported. From the Telegraph:
There will be four separate sessions held on consecutive Thursday evenings, starting at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the program, according to Committee Chairperson Thomas Johnson, is to give people the opportunity to learn more about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer issues. “Pursuant to the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, we are committed to supporting basic human rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation,” said Johnson. “The United Methodist Church will be meeting this winter in St.