2019 Aurora Pride Festival looking for sponsors

AURORA — The Aurora Pride Festival is looking for sponsors as planning gears up for its 2019 set of events, scheduled for June 7 through June 9. With sights set higher than ever, the Aurora Pride Festival boasts numerous events throughout the weekend including a Rainbow Run 5K, Pride Marketplace, opening and closing celebrations, and of course, the Aurora Pride Parade. “It’s ambitious! We know. You powered the 2018 event and we need your help to power the 2019 event as well,” says Chuck Adams, Executive Director of Indivisible Aurora, in a letter to past and future sponsors.

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 criticized the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, will shut the investigation down before it can issue a report and further charges. Here’s a listing of the protests we know of, organized by region. We’ll add more as we learn of them.

Youth Outlook’s 20th Anniversary Dare to Dream Gala in Aurora, Nov. 3

AURORA — Youth Outlook will be holding their annual gala at Pipers Banquets in Aurora on Saturday, Nov. 3. From the Facebook event:
Youth Outlook is celebrating our 20th Anniversary at this year’s Dare to Dream Gala. Please save the date of November 3rd, 2018 and join us as we honor our past and look forward to the future with dinner, dancing, awards and celebration. This year’s gala theme is Emerald City – a theme that exemplifies the idea of building community and finding your home.

Aurora Pride Festival announces logo contest winner

AURORA — Aurora Pride Festival, the Pride celebration in Illinois’s second largest city, announced today that an entry from Alisa Kober of Arlington Heights as their logo for 2019. Indivisible Aurora announced the contest in mid-July. Alisa came out ahead of 20 semi-finalists. Among the prizes she wins are a $300 cash prize, t-shirt and a spot in the VIP section at Pride in 2019. The festival is produced by volunteers and will being going into it’s second year in 2019.

Indivisible Aurora announces logo contest for 2019 Aurora Pride Festival

AURORA — Indivisible Aurora is looking for a new logo for the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival. The political organization, which was the organizers of Aurora’s first Pride, said in a post on their website that “the logo needs to be unique and help promote the Aurora Pride Festival’s goal of, ‘Promoting the inclusion and support of LGBTQ+ Aurorans through art, entertainment, and conversation.’ ”

The contest is open only to individuals. Members of Indivisible Aurora, the contest judges and their immediate family are not eligible to enter the Contest. Everyone who enters must be old enough to enter into a contract with the organization.

HRC: Naperville the least LGBTQ-friendly city in Illinois

CHICAGO — The Human Rights Campaign released its annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) this week. The index rates the largest cities in each state on local laws and policies for LGBTQ. In Illinois, Chicago came in as the most friendly city in the state while Naperville, the fifth largest in the state and one of the largest in the Chicago metro region, came in last. A record 68 cities earned perfect scores for advancing LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices — up from 60 in 2016, 47 in 2015 and 11 in 2012, the first year of the MEI. Chicago was the only city in the state to get 100.