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Kentucky children’s charity threatens to pull services if LGBT non-discrimination protections are enacted

Kentucky children’s charity threatens to pull services if LGBT non-discrimination protections are enacted

A foster care and children psychiatric service provider in Danville, Ky., has threatened to relocate community services if a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance becomes law. The Danville City Commission approved the first reading of an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance May 12, the Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting. The vote was 4-1. The ordinance would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing … Continue reading

Watch: Advocacy group aims to “end the awkward” when interacting with disabled people

Watch: Advocacy group aims to “end the awkward” when interacting with disabled people

Dominant society places physical, architectural, communication and social barriers in the way, leading to isolation, unemployment, hate crimes and an overall lack of access for disabled people. And the social barriers are often compounded by generally well-meaning non-disabled people who avoid talking to disabled people for fear of saying the wrong thing. One disability services group aims … Continue reading

Queeries: Audio interview with Kiam Marcelo Junio on queer community, Filipina identity and performance art

Queeries: Audio interview with Kiam Marcelo Junio on queer community, Filipina identity and performance art

Multidisciplinary artist Kiam Marcelo Junio welcomed Joe Varisco of JRV MAJESTY Productions and Chicago IRL magazine into his Pilson home for a conversation on performance work, queer spaces, intersectional identities and Junio’s military experiences, among other topics. “I feel like to really make a change or effect something [queer life] needs to be visible on a large scale because we know that this … Continue reading

Roe v. Wade turns 40 amid waning abortion access

Roe v. Wade turns 40 amid waning abortion access

After years of litigation in the Roe v. Wade case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Roe, legalizing abortion 40 years ago today. The court extended the right to privacy clause in the 14th Amendment to a person’s choice to have an abortion; however, that right must be balanced with the state’s interest to protect … Continue reading

Queeries: Audio interview with Jacqueline Boyd on inclusive queer community and tackling segregation

Queeries: Audio interview with Jacqueline Boyd on inclusive queer community and tackling segregation

Queer Choir director and fellow fierce fat femme Jacqueline Boyd recently sat down with Joe Varisco of JRV MAJESTY Productions and Chicago IRL magazine to discuss Boyd’s work with Chances Dances grant funding board and Chicago’s queer community at large, among other things. “If we want [community] to change and if we ourselves want to be made better by actually being inclusive … Continue reading