Category Archives: LGBTQ

Drag Shows in Champaign-Urbana: Interview with Amy Myers

“Drag is an art. It is a culture.” As a cis, straight woman, I did not fully understand the cultural importance of drag shows until 2019, when I was managing a community center that has a wonderful zine collection and … Continue reading

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Abortion Rights: A Manifesto

Women, girls, and all people who can become pregnant need abortions. Before abortion was legalized in the US, almost a million women a year sought illegal abortions. According to the Centers for Disease Control tens of millions of women, girls, … Continue reading

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June/July Issue Front Cover

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“We Are Not Done”: Policy, Protections, and the People’s Struggle for Pride

June is Pride Month. It is a time to celebrate. It’s also a time to remember the struggle for equal rights, a history we are continually encouraged to forsake, fragment, and forget. Far-reaching state laws criminalize teachers who dare break … Continue reading

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Acceptance or Approval? LGBTQ Housing in 1960s and 1970s Champaign-Urbana

In 1960s Champaign-Urbana, the state and civil society did not actively approve the existence of LGBTQ people, but gave passive acceptance for them to do as they wished in their own homes. Records of this life have been preserved in … Continue reading

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