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PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Aug 1, 2013

Healthy Gay Men Should Be Allowed To Donate Blood, Advocates Say

Since 1983 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected blood donations from men who have ever had sex with another man on the grounds that it is a high-risk behavior. But experts and LGBTQ rights activists say the policy fosters inequality and, after three decades of technological upgrades, it’s time for reform. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the “outdated and discriminatory” policy.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed May 8, 2013

During Chaotic City Council Meeting, Emanuel Introduces Parking Meter Deal Changes & LGBT Athlete Resolution Passes

Here's a look at some of the highlights from today's Chicago City Council meeting.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Mar 12, 2013

Marriage Equality Could Be A Major Boost For Illinois' Struggling Economy

For a state that is in dire fiscal circumstances, passing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in Illinois, which would legalize same-sex marriage, would generate between $54 million and $103 million in new spending over the first three years, according to a new report.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Fri Sep 21, 2012

Schneider Celebrates Anniversary Of DADT Repeal, Highlights Dold's Record On Gay Rights Issues

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary for the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy for gay, lesbian and bisexual service members, an occasion gay rights advocates said should serve as a reminder of the work still needed to be done to ensure full equal rights for LGBT military personnel and their families.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Wed Jul 11, 2012

First-Of-Its-Kind Lesbian Super PAC Has Chicago Ties

LPAC is the first lesbian super PAC to jump into the political game, rolling out today after forming because "women’s equality and well-being is under attack in a way this country has not seen in decades," according to the group's Web site.

The independent super PAC, aimed at supporting candidates who support LGBT rights while "giving lesbians a real seat at the table in politics", has Chicago ties. Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council, helped the group get started.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jun 13, 2012

Schneider Endorsed For His Support Of The LGBT Community

The Human Rights Campaign publicly endorsed 10th congressional district Democratic candidate Brad Schneider Wednesday morning.

Members of the civil rights organization, which has more than a million supporters nationwide, said Schneider’s opponent U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-10) is on the “wrong side of history” when it comes to equality issues and has failed the LGBT community.