Category: Southern Illinois

Anna school board chair’s comments comparing being transgender to mental illness triggers civil rights and liability concerns, calls for him to step down

ANNA, ILL. –School Board Chair Joshua Gooden compared being transgender to having a mental illness. Now, a coalition is calling for him to step down for interfering with the district’s mission of sering all students, and some are concerned his comments may violate civl rights and expose the school district to liability.

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Diverse online art auction from Carbondale Assembly for Radical Equity offers chance to support transgender families fleeing hostile areas

CARBONDALE, Ill. — If you’re looking for a way to help transgender people seeking to relocate from conservative, rejecting communities to accepting ones, check out the online art auction from the Carbondale Assembly for Radical Equity (CARE).

The auction will continue through 9 p.m. Saturday night. It’s part of a multi-faceted effort in this town of 22,000 known as “little Chicago,” in southern Illinois, to answer  regional need for communities that offer sanctuary or haven to transgender or nonbinary people. The new CARE group aims to generate funds that will subsidize food, lodging and apartment deposits for those who feel unsafe, unwelcome, or outright threatened in their current communities.

The bidding is open to anyone, anywhere.

“You do not have to be local to bid on items,” organizers wrote on their event page. “We are happy to ship things to you just for shipping cost.”

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“Jesus Christ Superstar” role inspires focus on empathy for “America’s Got Talent” star Brian Justin Crum

Brian Justin Crum rocked the music world when he provided a moving cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” in 2016.

He went on to finish fourth in “America’s Got Talent” and has since become a role model for the LGBTQ+ community. And he’ll perform in Carbondale, Ill., tonight as part of Pride in Action-Southern Il and its three-day Pride celebration.

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