HRC Foundation announces LGBTQ seadership summits at HBCUs

WASHINGTON — On Monday, the Human Rights Foundation announced that it was hosting summits on LGBTQ equality on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “This significant step forward in the Human Rights Campaign’s HBCU Program creates exciting new opportunities for campus leaders to engage more deeply on the issues of LGBTQ inclusion and equity,” said HRC President Alphonso David in a press release. “By expanding the scope of this important program, we will be able to reach more students, faculty and administrators than ever before, giving them the tools they need to make real and lasting change. We look forward to continuing our partnership with these storied institutions, and supporting the next generation of Black leaders.”

The first HRC 2019 Regional HBCU Leadership Summit took place at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, from September 20-22 and the second summit will take place at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 4-6. Participants will hear from expert facilitators on a variety of topics including action planning, health equity and disparities for LGBTQ Black and African American youth.

Where we stand: A letter from the editor

This post I put up on Monday has gotten a lot of traction. As of Tuesday afternoon, it has been read almost 400 times and has reached more 2,300 people on Facebook. It maybe the most popular post ever on the Eagle. The reason is both good and bad. First, it’s about a first for an event that is one of the largest primarily LGBTQ events held in Chicago.

UIC to offer in-state tuition to students from any of the 573 tribal nations in US

CHICAGO — Native American and Alaska Native students have the lowest representation of any group on college and university campuses across the nation, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics. The University of Illinois at Chicago is trying to remedy this by beginning to offer in-state tuition this fall to students who are members of any of the 573 tribal nations recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. While nationally the numbers of minority groups, including black and Hispanic students have climbed and reached double digit percentage rates, the same can’t be said for American Indian and Alaska Native students. Between 1976 and 2017 the percentage of students in post-secondary institutions who identified as Native American or Alaska Native hovered at about 1%, but more frequently dropped below that threshold, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In comparison, the number of black students rose to a high of 15% in 2010 and is currently at more than 13% of college students.

Cape Girardeau installs statue honoring black Civil War soldiers

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A new statue honoring black soldiers, especially those who fought in the Civil War, was installed this week in Cape Girardeau. TV station KFVS reported the statue was installed after the city received money from a grant and local and private donors. The statue is located in Ivers Square near the Common Pleas Courthouse in downtown Cape Girardeau. The dedication is on Saturday, June 8.

Black Gay Sexual Spaces and “Situations” in the Age of AIDS, Oct. 30

URBANA — The UIUC Queer Studies Reading Group is presenting a talk titled “Black Gay Sexual Spaces and “Situations” in the Age of AIDS” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Urbana. From the Facebook event:
Black Gay Sexual Spaces and “Situations” in an Age of AIDS
Prof. Marlon M. Bailey

OCTOBER 30, 2018
4-5:30 PM
1027 Lincoln Hall

This talk explores what sexual health means for some black gay men and what it looks like from their own perspectives. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the Midwest, Professor Bailey examines black gay men’s engagement in “high risk” sex and the spaces and situations in which they occur. He argues that the sexual practices, spaces, and situations in which black gay men participate are a means through which they claim and enact sexual autonomy during this HIV crisis that disproportionately impacts them.