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Ann Callis has her eye on Washington

She’s a proud mother and Democrat, a former Chief Judge of Madison County and running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th congressional district to unseat Tea Party-backed freshmen Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville).

Sheila Simon: Accountability Matters

Ending months of speculation, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced last summer that she would be challenging Republican incumbent and LGBT favorite Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois comptroller.

Eric Thorsland: The Tide is Turning

Eric Thorsland knows he’s in a tough race to unseat longtime U.S. Rep. John Shimkus in Congress to represent Illinois’ 15th congressional district. Shimkus (R-Collinsville) has represented his constituents – who have skewed more and more Republican – through three redistricting changes since January 1997.

BREAKING : Legal Same-Sex Marriages Performed in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay announced that marriage licenses were issued to four same-sex couples by St. Louis Recorder of Deeds, Sharon Carpenter, June 25, coinciding with the one year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down. The weddings were performed at the St. Louis City Hall.

 

Michael Sam Accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

LOS ANGELES - St. Louis Ram Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs tonight.

 

Miss Gay Illinois to Become Limited Regional

The owners of the Miss Gay Illinois America pageant announced this week that the preliminary to Miss Gay America will be switching from a state pageant to a limited regional pageant.

 

Catholic Worker Sues Diocese; Fired for Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa

Colleen Simon is suing the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for firing her from her parish food

 

pantry job after learning of her marriage to another woman.

 

Simon, 57, joins a growing number of fights nationwide between Roman Catholic leaders and their employees over LGBT rights.

 

“I was mostly shell-shocked,” Simon told the Associated Press, maintaining that the parish where she worked was well aware she was married and that her wife was a well-known community leader prior to Simon being hired. “I hadn’t thought it would come to this.”

 

Simon was fired when the couple was mentioned this past spring in a newspaper article.

 

“As a church, we have the right to live and operate according to our faith and church teachings,” diocesan officials said in a statement to the AP.

 

Simon’s lawsuit was filed in Missouri on Thursday. In it she states that she worked as a parish bookkeeper in the diocese before she was hired in 2013 as a food pantry coordinator at St. Francis Xavier Church.

 

She further states that throughout the hiring process, she made administrators aware that she had married a woman a year earlier in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is recognized. Simon even made sure that the church was clear that her wife, Donna, was a public figure – a pastor at a Kansas City congregation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. in America. According to Simon, diocesan and parish representatives said the nuptials would not pose a problem.

 

According to Simon, a new priest was assigned to the church, and she told him that she was in a same-sex marriage. All seemed fine. But everything changed once the Simons were mentioned in the newspaper article about the redevelopment of their neighborhood, along with a photo of Colleen Simon working at the food pantry.

 

Simon states she was then told by the priest that he had to fire her over the article. According to the AP, a dismissal letter sent last month from the diocese human resources director says she was fired because of the “irreconcilable conflict between the laws, discipline and teaching of the Catholic Church, and your relationship – formalized by an act of marriage in Iowa – to a person of the same sex.”

 

Marriage Equality Marches Forward; Missouri Next?

Marriage Equality victories in the courts continues its unbroken record in a string of over 20 cases that now includes today’s Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in Oklahoma. This was the second ruling where the court found that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.

 

Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama White House was again the setting of history this morning as the president signed a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination.

 

PROMO PAC Announces Endorsed Equality Candidates for Missouri Primary

PROMO PAC, Missouri's statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality through the electoral process, announced the list of pro-equality candidates for the Missouri Primary Election on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. To be considered, candidates must have completed a survey showing significant support for the LGBT community. The voting record and/or experience working with the community and campaign viability is also taken into consideration.

 

No Black Pride in 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO – The St. Louis Black Gay & Lesbian Pride Committee has announced that the organization will not be producing its weekend of Black Pride events this year.

 

International Puppy Contest Held in St. Louis; Bad Dog Signs Five Year Contract as Host

ST. LOUIS, MO – Pup Figaro from Vancouver, British Columbia prevailed over a field of four contestants to capture the title of International Puppy 2015 at the third annual contest held in St. Louis at Bad Dog Bar & Grill, July 17-20.

 

Out at the Ballpark Turns Five!

ST. LOUIS – LGBT and ally fans will again descend on Busch Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on division rivals the Milwaukee Brewers at the 5th annual Out at the Ballpark sponsored by Pride St. Louis.

 

Out at the Ballpark was started in July 2010 with the goal of giving the LGBT community the opportunity to cheer on the Birds (or maybe another team) where it is acknowledged and welcomed.

 

According to founder Ethan Barnett, the event is designed to be an inclusive, family friendly experience that lends visibility to the LGBT community of Greater St. Louis in a very main-stream setting while celebrating the passion for America’s favorite past-time, community involvement and awareness.

 

While Major League Baseball has yet to see its first active openly gay ball player, the organization is preparing the ground for diversity. In conjunction with this month’s All Star Game, MLB honored the late Glenn Burke who, in 1982, became the first former player to come out as gay. Further, MLB announced that former player Billy Bean (who came out as gay in 1999) will be the league's first-ever Ambassador of Inclusion.

 

“It is very exciting to see professional sports becoming more diverse,” said Barnett, vice president of Pride St. Louis. “With Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay pro football player, Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay pro basketball player and the NHL supporting the You Can Play campaign it is time for Major League Baseball to embrace the possibility of an openly gay baseball player.  It shows that you can be who you are no matter what and if you can play...you can play; regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.”

 

According to Cyd Zeigler, founder of the LGBTQ sports blog OutSports, at least 75-percent if not all of MLB teams have had some form of “LGBT nights” at their respective parks since 2001.

 

“Some "gay nights" are small so don't get much attention outside of the event, so I don't think anyone can put a final number,” said Zeigler. “The power of these "gay nights" is often just for the attendees. It's still so important for LGBT people to feel they are welcome at sporting events, particularly for the big pro sports leagues.”

 

“On a larger scale, the visibility of some of these "gay nights" is profound,” Zeigler continued. “The Cubs and Phillies have both had powerful "gay nights" for years in which they truly celebrate the community with rainbow flags, pre-game pitches, national anthem performers and other visibility efforts. Those teams can be applauded for using the opportunity to make much larger statements about their sports family and inclusion of everyone in sports.”

 

Still, many LGBT St. Louis sports fans may be wondering if a similar event is in the works for "the Ed" to cheer on the St. Louis Rams and the NFL’s first openly gay player.

 

“There are currently no plans for Out at the Dome but it is something we would love to see,” explained Barnett. “The Rams have been very supportive of Michael Sam and I believe that the LGBT fans will respond favorably to that support.  I'd like to see both the Cardinals and the Rams becoming more involved with the local LGBT community and Pride Festival.”

 

Join Pride St. Louis for the 5th Annual Out at the Ballpark Celebration taking place on Sunday August 3rd at 1:15 pm. Tickets are only $25 and are available at Soulard Bastille, Cheap Trx, Coffee Cartel, JJ's Clubhouse, Just John and Rehab Saint Louis. Enjoy the Gateway Men's Chorus and Charis: The St. Louis Women's Chorus as they perform "God Bless America" on the field at Busch Stadium. Catch the Red Bull Shuttle outside Just John for just $5 and all proceeds go to Pride St Louis. Enjoy Sunday Funday and the St. Louis Cardinals as they take on division rivals Milwaukee Brewers.

 

 

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