Tag: LGBTQ

U.S. State Department could ban terms like ‘sexual health’

WASHINGTON — A proposal could prevent American diplomats from using phrases like “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education.” Politico reported this week that conservative appointees to the U.S. State Department and other agencies are pushing the proposal. The publication said it was clear what direct policy changes there would be to banning those phrases,…

No charges yet in beating of a Chicago gay couple by a gay cop

CHICAGO — There have been no charges in the beating of a gay couple outside a bar in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, despite a gay Chicago cop being identified as the assailant. The Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday that John Sherwood and his partner Tom Stacha were attacked on Sept. 29, both being hospitalized with severe injuries.…

Out Front: Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, Nov. 18

CHICAGO — About Face Theater will be holding a reading at Theater Wit in Chicago. From the Facebook event: Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT series has presented workshops and readings of new work exploring LGBTQIA themes. Join us for a FREE reading of: TRANS SCRIPTS, PART I: THE WOMEN by Paul Lucas directed by Delia…

56 corporations respond to proposed federal anti-transgender policy

NEW YORK — Responding to a rising tide of legislative and administrative attempts to further marginalize transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people — including a recent report by the New York Times on administrative efforts to erase transgender non-discrimination protections through reinterpretation of existing law — 56 major companies today issued a business statement in…

SIU LGBTQ Resource Center hosts Gender Expression Fair

CARBONDALE — The LGBTQ Resource Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale hosted a Gender Expression Fair this past Tuesday. The fair was a chance for students to explore different gender expressions and exchange lightly used clothing. Students could try new styles without spending too much money and get tutorials in using make up and chest…

Rally in support of transgender, intersex community in Normal

NORMAL — The transgender and intersex communities of Normal came out with their allies on Tuesday to protest the recent proposed anti-transgender policy proposed by the Trump administration with the Gender Spectrum Rally: Our Future. The policy proposed Department of Health and Human Services would create a legal definition of gender that would exclude transgender and…

Buffalo Grove Pride invites participants

BUFFALO GROVE — Buffalo Grove Pride 2019 has put out a call for participants in next year’s Pride in the town. The organizers are inviting any group or business that supports “love, acceptance and equality for all.” They said that business, religious organizations, school groups and clubs, families, sports teams and more are welcome. Residents…

Rainbow Railroad to save 60 lives in 60 days

TORONTO — On Nov. 1, Rainbow Railroad, an international organization helping LGBTQI people find a path to safety, launches its #60in60 Campaign to save 60 lives in the final 60 days of the year. At this moment, in one of more than 70 countries around the world, LGBTQI people are facing extreme violence and persecution.…