Ryan Sallans to be featured speaker at Southern Illinois Pride Fest

CARBONDALE — Activist Ryan Sallans will be the featured speaker at Southern Illinois Pride. From the Facebook event:
Ryan Sallans is a renowned transgender speaker and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Since 2005, Ryan has been inspiring individuals around the world through the programming that he offers. After his appearance in the documentary Gender Rebel featured on MTV’s LOGO network, he began traveling to universities where he shares the story of his transition from female to male and his recovery from an eating disorder. Ryan has been interviewed twice on Larry King Live, Ricki: The New Ricki Lake Show, Trisha, and NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Southern Illinois Pride announces 2019 schedule

CARBONDALE —  Southern Illinois Pride has announced the schedule of events for this year’s celebration. May 31

5:30 p.m. – Opening Reception at the Varsity Center for the Arts, followed by a double feature: To Wong Fu, with Love, Julie Newmar and Kinky Boots. 10:30 p.m. – Benefit concert for the Rainbow Cafe, hosted by PK’s. June 1

10 a.m. – Pride March. Gather at Gaia, march begins at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Rainbow Cafe hosts the first Southern Illinois Pride Pageant

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center hosted the first Southern Illinois Pride Pageant as a fundraiser for the Southern Illinois Pride Festival. The event raised more than $2,000 for the festival, which will be held in Carbondale this summer.  Christopher Matthews was named 2019 Mr. Southern Illinois Pride; Shelly Smith is  2019 Miss Southern Illinois Pride; Blanche DuBois is 2019 Southern Illinois Pride Queen, and Faim Lee Jewls is 2019 Southern Illinois Pride King. Their reign goes until 2020. All photos by Shay Miller of Hot Shoe Photography

Southern Illinois Pride drag fundraiser in March

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center is hosting a Southern Illinois Pride pageant fundraiser at Carbondale’s Street Bar on Saturday, March 9. From the Rainbow Cafe Facebook page:
Categories include:

TITLE CATEGORIES
• King of Pride: defined as a self-identified female competing as a male illusionist. • Queen of Pride: defined as a self-identified male competing as a female illusionist. • Ms. Pride: defined as a self-identified female competing as a female. • Mister Pride: defined as a self-identified male competing as a male.