Rainbow Cafe’s Art Auction // COVID Burdens Prisons // Downstate Office For LGBT Chamber // Body Cam Grants // Pride Night In Bloomington-Normal

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Illinois’ LGBTQ Chamber opens “downstate” office SPRINGFIELD – Aiming to expand “advocacy, services, professional development, and products throughout the state and northwest Indiana,” the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is adding a “downstate” Springfield office to its Chicago headquarters, reports Windy City Times. The Springfield office, at 920 S. Spring Rd., is a pivotal step forward for a group whose roots began with 80 Chicago-area LGBT-owned or -friendly businesses. Founded in 1995 by Windy City Times co-founder Tracy Baum and Chicago-area activist Kevin Boyer, the LGBT Chamber now has…

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Juneteenth highlights from Hanover Park to Carbondale // Bisexual Pride offerings // Expanded health care in Central Illinois (Community Briefs-Illinois, June 17)

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ILLINOIS — Juneteenth events are the top priority throughout Illinois this weekend, especially now that the federal goverment and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker have declared June 19 official paid holiday, and the federal government also fast-tracked its -tracking a federal holiday designation, too, for the formal abolition of slavery. Carbondale, the Quad Cities and Springfield are among the communities with large Juneteenth recognitions this year, starting Friday and continuing through Sunday. In addition, the Black and Proud IV online comedy extravaganza Sunday showcases Black, queer performers from across the country…

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A weekend bursting with Pride in 11 Illinois cities (Community Briefs-Illinois, June 4)

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ILLINOIS — Pride Month takes off in earnest throughout Illinois this weekend, with at least 12 events taking place in 11 communities over the next three days. The Quad Cities, where Pride at Bass Street Landing takes place today and Saturday, are especially colorful this Pride Month, thanks to a growing collaboration of two cities there with the area’s LGBTQ community center, Clock Inc. After three years working with Rock Island for annual Pride Month flags downtown, Clock Inc began working with Moline this year, too. “We cannot express enough…

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Health care access tops this week’s Community Briefs // Plus new things to do, groups to join, people to celebrate

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Read progressive, LGBTQ-affirming and intersectional news tidbits throughout Iowa and Illinois. HEALTH • The Project of the Quad Cities, which serves Iowa and Illinois residents in a nine-county area, is now offering primary care for LGBTQ+ people. The 40-year-old nonprofit, based in Moline but serving both Iowa and Illinois counties, already has been providing no-charge testing and treatment of sexually-transmitted infections. In addition, The Project is working hard to spread word about its big annual Red Ribbon Gala coming in June, an outdoor affair focused on drawing out people who…

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30 Days of Capital City Pride // PrEP from Friends of Central Illinois // IC’s Freedom Riders reach out // Central Illinois LGBTQ+ Outreach: Community Briefs 3-20-21

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DES MOINES, IA — Look forward to “30 Days of Pride” from Capital City Pride this June. Its traditional three-day in-person event, typically Iowa’s largest Pride celebration, will convert to a full month of combined virtual and in-person events. The plan gives Capital City Pride room to adapt if social distancing and other guidelines need to change depending on vaccination rates and whether new COVID variants trigger social distancing restrictions anew, the gropu wrote. “People can expect to see almost all of our major Pride Fest Weekend events like Silent…

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Top 3 themes through March: intersectional women’s history, spoken word, and support

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Three timely themes define the newly-updated TRM Events Calendar: Women’s History with an intersectional eye, spoken word, and events focused on providing support — which are fast becoming more relevant as we gradually emerge from the COVID pandemic’s extreme isolation. WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH • Short films by four young female playwrights are the treat tonight at “Urban Exposure: Young Women in Film, courtesy of Figge Museum’s Urban Exposure Independent Film Project and Azubuike Arts. You can see “Coming Out Straight,” a short film by Paris Davis that depicts a world…

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Kernels for Kindness in Iowa City // The Project in the Quad Cities // PrideCon: COMMUNITY BRIEFS 3-4-21

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FilmScene in Iowa City continues its fun and community-minded Friday program, Kernels for Kindness. Each Friday, you can pre-order a virtual screening and a bundle of snacks, with $5 going toward a community organization. This week’s recipient is the Iowa City Public Library. Click here for more details. The Map Room in Cedar Rapids is seeking “badass kitchen staff.” Positions available are part-time or full-time but do include evening hours. Click here to learn more. Shakespeare’s Pub & Grill in Iowa City is seeking a breakfast cook. Velvet Lotus Tattoo in iowa…

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