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two people wearing masks donate money for the Bistro.
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A young queer man walked by the shuttered entrance to the Bistro in downtown Bloomington and said to owner Jan Lancaster, “Hi Mom.” She gets that a lot.

Robin Stevenson
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Award-winning author Robin Stevenson is determined to not let LGBTQ+ activists be erased from history.

Redbird Arena
ISU Athletics

Illinois State University Athletics will host its first Pride Night to support students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

Brittany Clinard of Trans Ascension speaking at the Kickoff of Pride Month Activities in June
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Transgender and non-dominant gender people have had a difficult time finding community and support in Bloomington-Normal, according to Brittany Clinard of Trans Ascension, formerly B-N Trans.

The support group is having their second Queerformative event of the year at Nightshop in Bloomington on Saturday.

Smiling man
Illinois State University

Schuyler Bailar was the first openly transgender NCAA swimmer and first trans male athlete documented to compete in Division 1 for any sport.

Barb Dallinger
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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and local LGBTQ+ rights advocate Barb Dallinger says there's still a long way to go.