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October 2012


ABOUT US MetroEast News is an outreach project of the Daniel McCree Foundation.

Our vision and mission is to provide timely information and events to the entire Southern Illinois Region. We seek to be a voice for those who are traditionally not heard. (READ MORE) Southern Illinois Pride History (READ MORE)

Editor: Colby Kluthe Graphic Design: Jason Brooks Director: Daniel McCree Foundation

Contributors: Mickey Johnson (Carbondale) History & Southern Illinois News Tess Farnham (Belleville) Liberal Arts & Education Susan Spit-Fire Lively (Belleville)

Performing Arts & Spoken Word Aaron Phillip Ruiz (Swansea) Autumn Pickard (St. Louis) Special Features from Daniel McCree (1979-2007)


Common Resources: PFLAG- Belleville IL Chapter St. Louis Gay History Project TransHaven & Belleville Transgender & Friends LGBT Center of St. Louis Metro East Pride of Soutwestern Illinois (MEPSI) L.A.G.O.S.I Equality Illinois & Carbonale Pride, MCC Paducah & Paducah Pride Jennifer Shaw P.C.

FEATURES & EVENTS Noteable Passages: Carl Gustavsen (1943-2012) HRC Protesters Explain Disruption Club Escapade offered FOR SALE “Artistically Speaking Anniversary Slam & Jam!” @SEVEN BELLEVILLE OPINION:Innocence of Muslims Trailer -by jaye.westermann The History of LGBT History Month: A Reception honoring Rodney Wilson . POSTED: NO TRESPASSING by:Tess Farnham Bubby & Sissy's hosts MADCAP Benefit Show - OCT. 12th **DATE CHANGE** Coming Out Day Candlelight OCTOBER 10TH. Rainbow Cafe 12th Anniversary Gala OCT 6TH Dayonna Hilton Crowned Miss Gay Illinois America ... SlutWalk Springfield, IL Sunday, October 14TH at Illinois State Capitol PFLAG-Belleville Meeting OCT 4th Service of Remembrance & Hope - OCT 3RD


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INTRODUCTION October is a month where we begin to look towards the coming year and begin to watch as our recent past greets the challenges ahead. Alton takes the spotlight this month as the host of a MADCAP (Madison County AIDS Program) Benefit as well as the much anticipated Mr. Bubby & Sissy’s Pageant. This year’s event honors the services of J.D. Vibes, the title-holder in 2012. In Carbondale, The Church of the Good Shepherd recently hosted the 4th Annual pride picnic which brought visitors and vendors from across the area. Also in recent changes, the long-known Club Traz has completed its renovations is now known as “two 13” Metropolitan Studio Lounge. Closer to Belleville, Boxers N Briefs also began a new chapter welcoming performer MARIAH CANDY as its new show host. Many of the area’s top entertainers will be on hand performing Sunday nights in Centreville. Metro East Pride (MEPSI) recently hosted Equality Illinois at the LGBT Center of St. Louis, and is looking forward to the 3rd annual National Coming Out Day and Candlelight March on October 10th. PFLAG in Belleville will be meeting next Thursday at 6:30PM for the monthly meeting. This months meeting will have several important topics covered, all are welcome. We were recently saddened by the loss of Carl Gustavsen, a long time equality advocate and SIUC alumnus. Carl served our community on several boards including Pride St. Louis and the LGBT Center of St. Louis. Carl was among the biggest supporters of equality efforts and could be seen on both sides of the river in his passionate advocacy. He shall be missed greatly and we shall continue in the causes he held so dear. As the editor MetroEast NEWS, “We seek to be a voice for those who traditionally are not heard.” The Daniel McCree Foundation advocates for Suicide Prevention as well as outreach in the areas of HIV/AIDS awareness. Sincerely,

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GET OUT THE VOTE FOR YOUR VOICE In a new era of court challenges and efforts to limit the ability for our citizens to vote, now is a great time to check your own voter registration and help those near you in making sure they have registered for upcoming elections. Regardless of your political ideology we each have a right and responsibility to make our voices heard. Here is a good start to make sure you are all set for the upcoming elections.

Am I registered to vote in Illinois? Illinois citizens may check to see if they are registered to vote. Illinois' residents may register in person at the office of the election authority, at Driver's license facilities, with deputy registrars who are appointed in each jurisdiction, or via mail using the Illinois Voter Registration Application.

Open House for Carl Gustavsen Hosted By The LGBT Center of St. Louis

Sunday OCTOBER 7th 1PM to 5PM There will be an open house at the LGBT Center of St. Louis to remember, reflect and share stories about Carl Gustavsen. He was a remarkable person who deeply supported The LGBT Center and the entire St. Louis LGBT Community. He was a friend who made me laugh a lot. Refreshments will be served. The LGBT Center of St. Louis 4337 Manchester Ave St. Louis, MO 63110 (314) 472-LGBT (5428) Website


The History of LGBT History Month: A Reception to Recognize Rodney Wilson The History of LGBT History Month: A Reception to Recognize Rodney Wilson. via St. Louis Gay History Project


October 20th 2-4 pm @ The LGBT Center of St. Louis The St. Louis LGBT History Project is proud to honor and recognize Rodney Wilson founder of the now annual LGBT History Month hosted nationwide every October. Rodney spearheaded the creation of LGBT History Month back in 1994 when he was a teacher at Mehlville High School. Join us at a special reception and hear Rodney talk about how the idea came about. October was chosen by Wilson as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day already was established as a widely known event, on October 11, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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Dayonna Hilton Crowned Miss Gay Illinois America 2012

Congratulations go out to Dayonna Hilton your New Miss Gay Illinois America


YOU MAY BE A LIFELINE OF HOPE You can help improve suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth in your state, city or town by joining the Trevor Ambassadors or Trevor NextGen near you.

Click here to get involved. Trevor Lifeline Counselors The Trevor Lifeline (1.866.488.7386) is the only 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Trevor Lifeline counselors answer calls from young people in the U.S. who are struggling with a myriad of issues surrounding their sexual orientation, gender identity, coming out, family and relationship troubles, bullying, depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness and suicide. Trevor Lifeline Counselors are empathetic, non-judgmental, and care genuinely about the safety of our callers.

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RECENT EVENTS TO REMEMBER The Follies at MCCGSL - Singing, dancing, laughing, jokes, drama, drag and divas! Come out to Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis and featured the many talents of our community. The Follies were hosted by none other than Miss Gay Missouri 2012, Michelle McCausland!

Michelle McCausland performs at MCC of Greater St. Louis Variety Show

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Club Escapade offered FOR SALE 9/25/2012 by: Colby Kluthe BellevillePride~MetroEast NEWS (BELLEVILLE)

Bar owners Rick and Harold have operated Club Escapade in downtown Belleville somewhere outside of a decade, and have for the second time in as many years has decided to offer the business for sale, in an effort to step back from the day-to-day operations of the LGBT mainstay. The bar, located at 133 West Main Street is offered for sale at $225,000 and features 1700 square feet of space with reliable customer base. Club Escapade has been the host venue for Metro East Pride since it's inception in 2008, with the current owners being instrumental in the annual festival's founding and growth over the past 5 years. In late 2010, a rumor of the bars sale surfaces but no deal was ever reached. Club Escapade has a reputation as a welcoming neighborhood bar and by all accounts the location is likely to remain as a bar venue. The current bar owners explain in social media platforms: "we appreciate your business and the bar will remain open until we are officially sold."

Club Escapade remains open Tuesday to Saturday 6PM- 2AM. Anyone interested in this awesome turn-key opportunity, please contact Rick Hembre VIEW LISTING DETAIL Rick Hembree Club Escapade (618) 580-8470


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“Artistically Speaking Anniversary Slam & Jam!” @ Seven Restaurant & Lounge 9/20/2012

by Susan Spit-Fire Lively - MetroEast NEWS (BELLEVILLE) Woohoo!! It’s on people! J The 1 year Anniversary show for “Artistically Speaking!” – the “Artistically Speaking Anniversary Slam & Jam!”, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd at Seven Restaurant &Lounge! 7 S. High St., Belleville, IL 62220). And in honor of this anniversary milestone that we could not have achieved without your support (thank you!!), we will have a special impromptu jam session featuring local musicians, poets, and spoken word artists, and a drawing for fabulous free door prizes! Seven, a haven for regional arts and entertainment, lies in the heart of historic downtown Belleville and features wonderful Creole, French, Italian, and American food, a large outdoor seating area, two full bars, and wide-screen TV’s. To learn more about this stylish venue, please call (618) 277-6700or visit their website There’s no cover charge for this special event!! The doors open at 8:00 and the show, which also has an Open Mic, will begin at 9:00. Experience the thrill of live performancebased art with the most amazing musicians, poets, comedians, and more in a gallery filled with enchanting local artwork. The friendly and dedicated staff even keep the kitchen open late so you can enjoy mouthwatering appetizers ($2.00 Off All Appetizers) and beverages ($5 Martini Wednesdays!) So, as you can see, our Wednesday, Oct. 3rd show is going to be absolutely electric!! Our Special Guests will be Musician, Spoken Word Artist, and Author Aja La Starr (St. Louis, MO); Poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Vocalist Taylored Poet (St. Louis, MO); Musician, Songwriter, and Vocalist Kwame Segar (East St. Louis, IL); and Poet, Author, and Spoken Word Artist Michelle Henschel (St. Peters, MO). . We’ll meet in the second floor gallery!



St. Louis native Aja La’ Starr is a renowned hiphop musician, poet, spoken word artist, and educator. She first began rapping during the early 1990’s. She attended Xavier University in Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and then went on to attain an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Dedicating her life to underserved minorities and youth, she runs programs benefitting them in local communities. In addition, she has facilitated, moderated, hosted, and organized many conferences, workshops and teen summits throughout the U.S. La’ Starr is the founder of “IAMHIPHOPSTL”, a dynamic movement celebrating the positive contributions of women throughout hip hop culture. In the course of her career this award-winning artist has performed all over the country, appeared several times on BET, and opened up for the likes of Jill Scott, Mary Blige, and 50 Cent. In 2011, Aja received the “Author of the Year” award at the “2012 Traffic Music Awards” and was honored two years in a row by “Divas of the Lou”. She has been featured at numerous shows across the country such as: “Spoken Word Groove”, “Sistah Speak”, “S.W.A.U.”, “Hustle and Flow: The Experience”, “Soul Spektrum”, “Soul Sessions”, “Soul Stage”, “Thundaground Open Mic”, “Erotic Interludes”, “Got Lyrics”, “The Word”, and many more.

She has also performed at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Forest Park Community College, and Florissant Valley Community College. In addition to self-publishing her own books – “Refuge: A Poetic Sanctuary” (2011) and “Venus Loves Music” (2012), La’ Starr has helped to publish over 18 authors, many of them children. Her Cd projects include: “Back II Tha Elements”, “Sistah Souljahz”, “I'm Different”, and “Intimate Conversations”. She has also appeared on several different mix tapes. Aja has been deeply influenced by artists such as Queen Latifah, Bahamadia, Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and Sonia Sanchez. To learn more about this amazing and inspirational woman, please

Kwame Segar

Taylored Poet South Carolinian vocalist, producer, poet, and spoken word artist Taylored Poet is highly respected in the Arts community. She made her debut in 1998 as a poet and spoken word artist at the Divinity Café, and has been rocking stages across the country ever since. Her performances are compelling, emotionally charged, and incredibly touching. This proud mother of six owns “Out Tha Box Entertainment” and was the producer and host of “The Sipher”. Her wildly popular spoken word CD “Shades of Gray” was released in 2005, and her first novel – “Crazed Sanity”, came out in April of last year. Taylored Poet is currently devoting her time to her studies and a new poetry anthology project in honor of 19 year-old murder victim Aniya Cook of St. Louis, whose shooting death was virtually ignored by local media and whose case is still unsolved. 75 women will dedicate 75 poems in honor of Cook, a beautiful, young high school graduate who was preparing to leave for Springfield on a scholarship to Missouri State University. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund set up in Aniya’s name. Taylored Poet and her wife currently reside in St. Louis, MO.


Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Kwame Segar is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and vocalist. He currently lives in East St. Louis, IL, which he credits for the development of his considerable music abilities. He is a full-time student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he is studying Music Instruction and Merchandising. Segar skillfully plays a wide variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, and trumpet. His music ranges from the deeply spiritual to R&B, Alternative, Jazz, and Rap, and his live performances are soulful and moving. He’s performed at several popular local venues, among them Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Nigel’s Bookstore, Legacy, FOAM Coffee & Beer, Sheba’s, and Rance John Styles. The former host of “One Mic” at SIUE, Kwame’s influences include many well-known musicians such as NAS, Bob Marley, India Arie, Anthony Hamilton, Sizzla, Straight Gutta, Prophecy Sound International, 18 Karat Reggae, Jah Cure, Alicia Keys, Nneka, Lauryn Hill, and Louis Conphliction. He also enjoys listening to Classical, Rock, and Country. To learn more or for booking information, please contact Mr. Segar

Michelle Henschel A fresh face in the world of the arts, Michelle Henschel is dynamite in the form of a very poetic soul. Based in St. Peters, Mo., Michelle is a poet, writer, spoken word artist, author, and painter. This eclectic artist specializes in slam style prose and delivers dramatic, intriguing live performances. She frequents the “Saint Louis Poetry Slam”, Legacy Café & Books, and the Queen Café. She was recently chosen as one of only 40 writers to get to submit to “Naughty Gras”. She is now hard at work on two books: “Hunting in Society’s Cross Pool” and an art book featuring her poems and paintings entitled “A Dark Dose of Blinding Reality”. Henschel’s other interests include listening to music, politics, and attending local literary events.


MADCAP Benefit October 12th (ALTON) 9/12/2012 www.DanielMcCree.Org via BellevillePride~MetroEast NEWS

(ALTON) The Madison County Illinois HIV/AIDS program (MADCAP) will benefit from a special night of performances by the region's top drag talent.

On October 12th, Bubby and Sissy's in Alton will be hosting this special event. Be sure to mark your callenders and support this important cause. BUBBY AND SISSY'S of ALTON 602 Belle Street Alton, IL 62002



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Bethel United Church of Christ (Cahokia, IL) 2200 Camp Jackson Road, Cahokia, Illinois 62206 (Just off Interstate 255,Cahokia Exit 13) Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00 am. “Smart Solutions for Web Development”

Pastor: Rev. Carol Shanks (618) 939-4835

PFLAGPractical Solutions For All Aspects of Family Law 201 Hillsboro Avenue | Suite A | Edwardsville | Illinois | 62025


618.655.0555 | Fax 618.655.9460 ONE SAINT LOUIS (314) 241-1114 Meets the first Thursday Of the month 6:30PM FIND THEM ON FACEBOOK MAP OUR LOCATION

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Committed to the Community Sivia Business & Legal Services, P.C. started in June 2006 when the founder, Todd Sivia, decided that his clients desired an attorney that is not only committed to the practice of law, but also committed to the community. Mr. Sivia created a firm to serve businesses and family in a variety of areas of law, focusing on asset protection. Since then, the firm has grown, not only in size, but as a member of the community. Our staff is active in the Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce, SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business), Rotary, and a variety of community projcts and organizations in and around Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Alton, Illinois. Mr. Sivia is a member of the Metro East Landlord Association and Metro East Real Estate & Investors Association. The attorneys also stay up-to-date on the law through a variety of legal associations such as the Illinois, Missouri, and Madison County Bar Associations, and Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. We'll listen for your needs and give you the best counsel to meet them. Todd Sivia, Attorney-At-Law Mr. Sivia maintains a significant asset protection practice. He assists his clients in their estate planning and general business needs, including drafting wills and trusts, representing clients in multiple matters. Read More




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“A bold Hot-spot Where Everyone is Welcome. “ Free-flow Poetry & Live Music Venue

SAGE Metro St. Louis SAGE of Metro St.Louis provides services and advocacy to LGBT older adults. They are located in the Tower Grove Manor Building on South Grand.

St. Louis Gender Foundation 314-607-4163 Founded 25 years ago, the St. Louis Gender Foundation strives to provide a safe place for people to explore their gender differences. We do this through our monthly meetings and group outings. Gender Foundation meetings provide our members an opportunity to network with other individuals exploring similar feelings and provide educational programs from experts in the fields of interest to our members.

Bethel Ucc church 618-939-4835 Rev. Carol Shanks

Worship Services - Sunday 10 am We are one of two official Open and Affirming Congregations of the United Church of Christ in southern Illinois.


602 Belle St., Alton; Tel. 618.465.4775

Spirits Bar and Lounge


300 State Street, Alton 618-463-5555

Club Escapade


133 W. Main 62220


“A bold Hot-spot Where Everyone is Welcome. “ 7 South High Street Belleville, Illinois 62220 Free-flow Poetry & Live Music Venue METRO EAST PRIDE OF SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS


CARBONDALE two 13 213 East Main St., Carbondale, Illinois 62901 (Formerly known as Club TRAZ)

ALTON Bubby & Sissy’s (ALTON)



Atomic Cowboy - 4140 Manchester

Erney's 32 - 4200 Manchester Ave.,

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Korners - 7109 S. Broadway, St. Attitudes - 4100 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Grey Fox - 3503 S. Spring, St. Louis,

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Magnolia's Bar - 5 S. Vandeventer, Spirit’s Bar & Lounge – 300 State Street (Alton)

Hummel's on Broadway - 7101 S.

St. Louis, MO

Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111

Martha’s Vineyard – 219 W. Olive, Bad Dog Bar & Grill - 3960

Hamburger Mary’s 3037 Olive St.

Springfield, MO 65802

Choteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Louis, Mo 63103

Bastille Soulard - 1027 Russell

Independence Place - 5 S.

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Henderson St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Missie B's - 805 W. 39th, Kansas City,

Meyer’s Grove – 4510 Manchester Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104

Big Moe’s – 1042 Tower Grove , St. Louis, MO 63110

MO 64112

JJ's Clubhouse - 3858 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63110

Bubby & Sissy's - 602 Belle St., Alton, IL 62002

Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Just John's - 4112 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Boxers N Briefs - 55 Four Corners Lane, Centreville, IL 62206

Novak's Bar & Grill - 4121 Premium Lounge - 4199 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Club Escapade - 133 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62220

Clementine's - 2001 Menard St., St. Louis, MO 63104


SEVEN RESTURANT AND LOUNGE 7 S. High Street, Belleville,IL 62220

Irenes Cabaret – 124 North 5th Street Quincy, IL 62301

Rehab Bar & Grill - 4054 Chouteau Ave.

SKYBAR (Carbondale) SIUC Campus Arena


UNSUNG HEROES Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP) members Arick Buckles & Matt Appleman at AIDS Run Walk Chicago - 2012. Peace & Blessing Bee upon each of you! Colby Kluthe, Executive Director- Daniel McCree Foundation Emily Smith, St. Louis Regional Director www.DanielMcCree.Org

BellevillePride~MetroEast NEWS By RainbowCafe November-Gregg

Rainbow Cafe 12th Anniversary Gala October 6th (CARBONDALE) One of the region's first LGBT affirming organizations is celebrating its 12 Anniversary with a Benefit Gala in honor of it's mission and purpose to the LGBT youth and allies in Southern Illinois. Mark your calender's now for this special event and book your table in advance to join with us as we celebrate a dozen years in Carbondale. October 6, 2012, Rainbow CafÊ will celebrate its 12th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Hall from 6-9 pm. Dinner catered by Crystal’s Catering, wine provided by Newell House, and entertainment by Derek Hamblin with a Broadway review by Dance4Grandma Theatricals. $35 per person, or $300 table of 8. Go to for a form to print and mail with your check.


Monday, October 1, 2012

"Scrambled Eggs and Love" by: Daniel McCree "Scrambled Eggs and Love" by: Daniel McCree (an excerpt from Aids Daze - 2005)

Scrambled eggs and love were available day and night. My schedule was my own. I painted. I put into emotion into everything I did. My nodes are proof that I did wrong, no contest. I made my bed I’ll lye in it, only now, no bed, just a couch. A lovely couch in a lovely room with a lovely view and no touch. My blood is warm and I want more am I a loser or a winner? 100704 i’m in a crazy mans denali, we are both to good for this world, or may have been at one point. I’m more selfish than my good sense tells me is allowed. I make comment after comment that corners me in. feelings come and go. My love is spit on then validated. i’m asking for forgiveness and sympathy, ask me for love and i will give it to you. That's Glierre for you.



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POSTED: NO TRESPASSING by: Tess Farnham MetroEast NEWS Screenshot of Brittany Murphy, “Girl Interrupted“

A long bus ride to a dental school destination across the river…a stop in the most dangerous community in like the entire world, but also the most wise and loving people living there and gentle…so there is lots of time to talk with fascinating and inspiring strangers (I always imagine them all to be angels…but if not, then it must be someone earthbound who’s made a bargain with the divine saying it’s OK to use their skin for awhile) And anyway there’s this man talking about what he would do if he won the lottery, how he’d spend his winnings …and another one saying it would be just as hard to be a billionaire as to be poor as dirt. . .and I jumped in, more or less agreeing…but also thinking of that Dylan-inspired Kristofferson line that says, “Freedom’s just a another word for nothing left to lose.” And then strangely, as he didn’t seem like the kind of person who’d be into such things, he starts talking horoscopes and signs. So I tell him I”m a Libra… and he says, “Ahh. ..well, you know, Libra is an air sign so that means you spend a lot of time taking it all in from this very high place…like a bird on a skyscraper…or you know…the flying nun. You aren’t satisfied like all those folks who walk close to the ground and do what they are told…you can’t make a move before you feel like you have got a sense of the bigger picture, an activity which, taken to extremes, can be at times unbearably awful…you think and think so much it makes your brain hurt. And you need a rest sometimes, a lot of rest because going that high can take its toll on a body. I mean nothing Honey, if it aint free._

Tess Farnham - Daniel McCree Foundation Board Member Tess Farnham has served on our board of directors since 2009. She was a close freind and mentor of Daniel during his time as a student at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. Tess is an Adjunct Professor of English Composition at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in Belleville. Tess has a passion for the arts and a special understanding to those that struggle with the ups and downs of mental health. She has also served for two years as contributing writer for MetroEast NEWS . Ms. Farnham is also an accomplished Artist and avid supporter of the arts in the Cherokee Street Arts District in St. Louis. Her original works are for purchase online. (TESSILU STUDIOS)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Church of the Good Shepherd hosts 4th Annual Pride Picnic by: Colby Kluthe- MetroEast NEWS

This past weekend in Carbondale marked the fourth year for the community-wide picnic for LGBT families and allies. This annual event is hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd, and in 2012 the days festivities also included several vendors and community organizations such as Equality Illinois.

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Town Square Market Sound Core Church of the Good Shepherd The Neighborhood Co-OP Tropicana For Kids Sake Equality, IL "Is'nt It Queer," WDBX Monica Murray Global Gourmet Egyptian Health Spa Hair Brains

Longbranch Coffeehouse

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Daniel McCree Foundation ONLINE EVENT November 21st. We invite everyone to take a moment to visit us online this day. www.DanielMcCree.Org


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