Coming Out Day – Shatter The Fear in Rockford

ROCKFORD — PFLAG Rockford Chapter will be giving people a chance release their frustrations for National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. From their Facebook event:
Have you ever been so frustrated you just want to smash something? As we know, coming out can be a joyous occasion! Although, this is not the case for everyone.

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.

Illinois comes out to march for women

CHICAGO — While Chicago had the largest in the state, and one of the largest in the country, sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington took place across Illinois, including traditionally conservative cities. The Chicago Tribune reported that about 250,000 people flooded into downtown to participate in the march. Organizers originally expected 40,000 when they first announced plans and increased it to 70,000 by Friday. The crowd got so large that the march through the Loop had to be cancelled- the crowd had filled the entire route of the march. The rally still took place.