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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 MetroEast NEWS

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www.BellevillePride.com on behalf of: Metro East Pride

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Loading... (BELLEVILLE) The MEP(Metro East Pride) organization is currently enrolling vendors for the 2011 season. This years festival will be the 4th to be held on June 18th, in downtown Belleville. Vendor enrollment is available online at the Metro East Pride website. Vendor fees in 2011 remain affordable for small business owners and non-profit organizations who wish to support diversity & equality in Southern Illinois.  Standard spaces are  available for $50 and can be upgraded to include electricity and/or food service.

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Each vendor provides their own service space (i.e. Table, Chairs & Canopy ect.), and may also choose to support ACME TENT, who can provide set-up and removal of Canopy the day of the event.  For additional details visit the  Vendor Page of the MEP website.

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Contributors: Mickey Johnson (Carbondale) History & Southern Illinois News

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Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Labels: belleville, Community News, Events, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS

4th Annual QFest- April 14th (ST. LOUIS) BellevillePride~ MetroEast News www.BellevillePride.com  

Stella Artois presents:  4th Annual QFest - LGBT film festival Location: Hi-Pointe Theatre & various venues around St. Louis Time: 5:30PM Thursday, April 14th    

At Large: Terri Nuss (St. Louis) Scott Miller (St. Louis)

Common Resources: St. Louis Activist Hub St. Louis Gay History Proj. TransHaven Michael Paynic Todd Sivia Southern IL QueerNation RL Pete Housman Graphics Editor: Jason Brooks

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4th Annual QFest- April 14th (ST. LOUIS) Sunday, April 10, 2011

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CESJ to visit Illinois State Prison-Tamms, APRIL 22 http://www.bellevillepride.com/ on behalf of  Jessie Arms- CESJ

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Coalition for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) & Southern Illinois Prisoner Action Committee (SIPAC)and Faithful of Southern Illinois (FOSIL)WILL HOLD AN ANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE TO THE STATE PRISON IN TAMMS ILLINOIS.

"The Biscuit Sister Show" Series Arrives in Paduca...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

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I was very happy to be with a group of people that were all nice + comforting  to be with.  One man showed us  a home movie of him doing a sort of  battle like dance with a bison.

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We were all on a beautiful island with hundreds of people. My friend from high school was with us + after the man showed us the  clip + talked for awhile I guess we all went to sleep.   When I  woke up I stepped out of the room and headed toward the bathroom. All of the people on the island were very attractive + I felt good to be among them. I felt something  strange in my mouth like my tooth on my left side was loosining.  Panic set in + I tried to keep calm. I reached a mirror + was horrified to find my front teeth falling out.

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I pressed them back in + went out to the beach where there were many people. I noticed dolphins swimming + decided to swim.  I met a dolphin + its stern was soft.  It talked to me + gave much sympathy. I'm careining (Careening) a little right now I know I'm gonna be alright and I  also know Ive made mistakes and missed maneuvers which may have taken me a route that would leave me feeling something similar to what I once.  (wants) Daniel (Danny) McCree (1979-2007)

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Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Friday, April 08, 2011 Labels: belleville, Devotional, FEATURE, HIV, teens, youth

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

21st Annual HRC Chicago Gala Volunteer Kick-Off Event! 4-19-11

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www.BellevillePride.com via HRC Illinois 21st Annual HRC Chicago Gala Volunteer Kick-Off Event! minibar: Ultra Lounge & Cafe 3341 N. Halsted Chicago, IL Tuesday, April 19 ∙ 7:00pm - 10:00pm The success of each Dinner is greatly attributable to our great group of volunteers - we need you! There many ways for you to contribute, so come learn about how you too can "Be Part of Equality" here in Chicago. A special thanks to Mini Bar for offering a complimentary drink to our volunteers! RSVP at http://www.hrcchicago.org/rsvp.html    

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Monday, April 4, 2011

"The Biscuit Sister Show" Series Arrives in Paducah www.BellevillePride.com By: Colby Kluthe- MetroEast NEWS Photos by: Jose Blanco  April 4, 2011

(PADUCAH) The much anticipated debut of the the "Biscuit Sister Show"  opened this past  weekend at Jim's Place in Paducah,Kentucky. This monthly series is to be held the first Friday of each month and will most certainly continue as a show of shows.  The second 

I'm generally either "on" or "OFF", in that you may think of me as outgoing, but just as often, im really quite reclusive in nature. And enjoy time alone with my own thoughts to keep me company. ...now ya know:) Professionally, I am a Housing Counselor with a non-profit organization in St. Louis. I joined the justinePETERSEN organization, just a week or so after Daniel passed away. He himself had urged me to pursue the "non-profit" aspect of real estate, and JP at that time was actually located along "McCree Ave" yet another sign it was the right place for me. View my complete profile


show is scheduled for May 7th.   

Photos by: Jose Blanco

Co-hostess Khrystal Leight explains on her facebook page, "The Biscuit Sister Show at Jim's Place in Paducah, KY was a huge success. We had so much fun and it was so great to see my friends and to meet new ones.  Alejandra LeBlanc Leight and Will you two are off the chain and I had a blast with you guys.

Thanks to Mark and Alex for treating us like Divas and can't wait to come back May 7 for the next Biscuit Baking" Paducah, while a relatively small community has proven itself as a regional hub for the LGBT communities of Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.   Jim's Place has  marked itself as the premier nightspot in Paducah, hosting a number of performers and events since they opened in 2010. This Summer will mark the 5th annual Pride Picnic, and the city also has hosted visits by TransHaven, and is the home of MCC of Paducah, a spirit filled community that creates "safespace" for those who are seeking a supportive community of allies.

Photos by: Jose Blanco

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If you live near Paducah, the Sisters will return for the 2nd show on May 7th, 2011 JIM'S PLACE 2605 BRIDGE STREET PADUCAH, KY

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Monday, April 04, 2011 Labels: Community News, Events, FEATURE, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS

Sunday, April 3, 2011

MEP Announces 2011 Festival Entertainment www.BellevillePride.com on behalf of: Metro East Pride Belleville's 4th Annual  METRO EAST PRIDE Festival is planned for June 18th, 2011 and is in the final stages of preparation for this years festivities.  In an announcement  made earlier this week, the MEP Board of Directors has determined the entertainment for the coming year.


Band Together Color Guard- MEP 2010

Throughout the Day, the festivities will be lead by Y98 radio personality Courtney Landrum, and musical guest Jennifer Norman.

Also returning in 2011 will be  the mainstays of the festival such as Band Together, with  musical performances by Social Remedy and Phillip Womble, an acoustic performer.  Also  appearing will be Miss Metro East Pride, Miss Sophie. The Evening festivities will be hosted by Dieta Pepsi with appearances by Sarah Baldwin, MEP 2011 President as well as performances by Summer Osborne, and EarthSol. The MEP organization is also currently enrolling VENDORS to participate in this years event.   Visit them online for prices and deadlines.

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Sunday, April 03, 2011 Labels: Community News, Events, LGBT(I) News

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Missouri Findings From the National Trans Discrimination Report March 29,2011 (ST. LOUIS) VITAL VOICE By: Robyn Carolyn Montague, Transhaven Missouri Findings From the National Trans Discrimination Report via (VITAL VOICE/ TRANSHAVEN) Last month I wrote an article speaking to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey in which some disturbing data was published with regard to various aspects of bias and discrimination towards Transgender individuals in the U.S. (READ MORE)

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ezekiel Project's Annual Retreat -April 30th www.BellevillePride.com APRIL 30, 2011   To RSVP for this event, you may email: ezekielproject@mccgsl.org  or call the church office at 314-361-3221

March 26, 2011 by: Colby Kluthe, MetroEast NEWS Daniel McCree Foundation

(ST LOUIS) Ezekiel Project is an outreach ministry geared towards individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.  Founded in 2006, this vibrant group includes both church congregants, and non-members from accross the St. Louis region.  Ezekiel Project strives to be a "Living Legacy" to all those who are no longer with us, and those who continue to live with HIV.  As some of you may know, Daniel McCree was instrumental in this outreach from it's inception until his passing in 2007.  Therefore, we  continue this cause and wish to support it however possible.

Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis (MCCGSL) has announced the plans for this years Ezekiel


Project Retreat.  The church will host this years annual retreat, held on April 30, 2011 in Soulard.  This years retreat is a one-day event, and is FREE of charge.   Breakfast & Lunch will be provided for participants, and speakers from various organizations will offer workshops throughout the day. Ezekiel Project facilitates an annual retreat, maintains a memorial and meets monthly to offer a safe-space for socializing & support by others.  It also volunteers its efforts  throughout the year with projects such as "Dining Out for Life", World AIDS Day, and the International Candlelight vigil held each year.

Daniel McCree (1979-2007)

This year the Ezekiel team will be volunteering at SQUARE ONE BREWERY grill in Lafayette Square, in support of Dining out for Life.  More details can be found at www.MCCGSL.org. Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Saturday, March 26, 2011 Labels: Building Together, Community News, Events, FOOD, FREE, Health News, HelpHUB, HIV, mccgsl, Sexuality, teens, website updates, youth

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MetroEast NEWS~EVENTS: Olivia DeMornay Hosts "What a drag!" - SWIC APR 26... MetroEast NEWS~EVENTS: Olivia DeMornay Hosts "What a drag!" - SWIC APR 26...: "www.BellevillePride.com on Behalf of: Q&A: Alliance for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SWIC) (BELLEVILLE) Looking for something interest..." Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MetroEast NEWS~EVENTS: "The Buscuit Sister Show" Debuts April 1st MetroEast NEWS~EVENTS: "The Buscuit Sister Show" Debuts April 1st: "www.BellevillePride.com MetroEast NEWS March 22, 2011 (PADUCAH) Beginning April 1st, 'The Buscuit Sister Show' will makes its debut in..." Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Open Mic Night at CIGAR INN- March 24th www.BellevillePride.com by: Susan "Spit-fire" on behalf of MetroEast NEWS

March 17, 2011 (BELLEVILLE) Open Mic Nights at CIGAR INN Offers A Broad Showcase

Come check out the next exciting live installment of Open Mic Night @ The Inn on Thursday, March 24th (Doors-8; Show-9).  Our main featured artist for the evening is Byron Lee, a distinctive and very gifted Poet, Writer, Author, and Spoken Word Artist.  He has performed all over the Metro East, at colleges and venues such as Duff’s, Dressel’s, and The Archive. 


His poetry shows elements of cynicism, love, humor, desire, and longing and his delivery is striking in its originality. Lee, a graduate of Lindenwood University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, is a Features writer for River City Examiner and Limelight Magazine.  His work has appeared in Drumvoices Revue and The East St. Louis Monitor, and is currently being featured in the latest issue of St. Louis’  Bad Shoe literary magazine. He is a resident of North County in St. Louis, Mo.             Also with us will be KD Murks, a renowned local Musician, Songwriter, and Vocalist from Belleville, IL. His musical acumen spans many different genres, encompassing everything from Hip-Hop to Alternative Rock.  Cigar Inn Located on West Main, Belleville He has performed at many area venues, including The New Ground Floor, Crehan’s, and The Cigar Inn, and his performances are captivating and often very funny.  Delaron graduated from Althoff High School in 2003 and then attended Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, where he graduated in 2008. He is a Recreational Therapist and Head Football Coach and is now working on his first solo CD. KD is also working on a project with the hip-hop group Prelude to a Million.             Briana Sims, a young and very skilled Vocalist and Songwriter from East St. Louis, IL will be here. Her performances are poignant and heartfelt and she has a gorgeous singing voice. She loves to dance and sing and performs around the bi-state area. Her influences include Keri Hilson and Lil’ Boosie and she loves R&B. Sims attended Curtis Miller High School in Alorton and is a student at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, where she recently performed for The Black History Month Event at the Schmidt Art Center.             And Arif Yohannes, also of East Saint Louis, will be joining us. A Poet and Spoken Word Artist, he is a rising star in the literary world and his work is of great depth and intelligence. He began writing while attending East St. Louis Senior High School and has been writing and performing for five years now. He has performed at the Schmidt Art Center, The Cigar Inn, and several other local venues. Arif works in construction, and is currently attending school at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL.             On top of all that Jazz we will have an Open Mic Session (free to all who would like to  share their gifts with us), nice drink specials, great cigars, big-screen TV’s, and Free-Wi-Fi, all in a relaxed and stylish setting. Hope to share it with all of you! Peace! Love & Hugs, Spit-Fire

Cigar INN Come enjoy the diverse, refined atmosphere and relaxing mood here at the Cigar INN located in historic downtown Belleville, Illinois, Relax in our seating ... www.cigarinn.net  Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Monday, March 21, 2011 Labels: belleville, Community News, Events

Friday, March 18, 2011

East Saint Louis to host Money Smart Week www.BellevillePride.com on behalf of:  Office of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

March 18, 2011 (EAST ST. LOUIS) East Saint Louis to host Money Smart Week

Join East Saint Louis Mayor Parks and Your


Neighbors for the FAMILY FINANCIAL FITNESS FAIR Saturday April 2nd from 10:00 am- 2:30 pm

JustinePETERSEN/justBIZ office at the Emerson Park Metro Link Station 929 North 15th Street, East Saint Louis *FREE Informational Seminars on Budgeting, Basics of Banking and Raising Credit Scores* *FREE Paper Document Shredding* *FREE Book and Other Fun Stuff for Kids* *FREE Llama rides and Petting Zoo* *FREE Popcorn, Ice cream and Lemonade* Sponsored by the Office of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, PNC Bank and Country Financial Partners include Associated Bank, Divine Women of Wealth First Collinsville Bank, Gibson Health Services, Regions Bank, US Bank,  and Vantage Credit  Union www.justinepetersen.org     Emerson Park Metrolink Station

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Call Galen for more information: (314) 533-2411 ext 132 http://custapp.marketvolt.com/cv.aspx? cm=212830085&x=54227949&cust=69774 48

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Friday, March 18, 2011 Labels: Community News, Events, FREE, HelpHUB, Older Adults, ONE ST LOUIS, youth

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Open Mic Nights at CIGAR INN www.BellevillePride.com by: Susan "Spitfire" on behalf of MetroEast NEWS

March 17, 2011 (BELLEVILLE) Open Mic Nights at CIGAR INN Offers A Broad Showcase

Come check out the next exciting live installment of Open Mic Night @ The Inn on Thursday, March 24th (Doors-8; Show-9).  Our main featured artist for the evening is Byron Lee, a distinctive and very gifted Poet, Writer, Author, and Spoken Word Artist.  He has performed all over the Metro East, at colleges and venues such as Duff’s, Dressel’s, and The Archive.  His poetry shows elements of cynicism, love, humor, desire, and longing and his delivery is striking in its originality. Lee, a graduate of Lindenwood University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, is a Features writer for River City Examiner and Limelight Magazine.  His work has appeared in Drumvoices Revue and The East St. Louis Monitor, and is currently being featured in the latest issue of St. Louis’  Bad Shoe literary magazine. He is a resident of North County in St. Louis, Mo.


Also with us will be KD Murks, a renowned local Musician, Songwriter, and Vocalist from Belleville, IL. His musical acumen spans many different genres, encompassing everything from Hip-Hop to Alternative Rock.  Cigar Inn Located on West Main, Belleville He has performed at many area venues, including The New Ground Floor, Crehan’s, and The Cigar Inn, and his performances are captivating and often very funny.  Delaron graduated from Althoff High School in 2003 and then attended Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, where he graduated in 2008. He is a Recreational Therapist and Head Football Coach and is now working on his first solo CD. KD is also working on a project with the hip-hop group Prelude to a Million.             Briana Sims, a young and very skilled Vocalist and Songwriter from East St. Louis, IL will be here. Her performances are poignant and heartfelt and she has a gorgeous singing voice. She loves to dance and sing and performs around the bi-state area. Her influences include Keri Hilson and Lil’ Boosie and she loves R&B. Sims attended Curtis Miller High School in Alorton and is a student at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, where she recently performed for The Black History Month Event at the Schmidt Art Center.             And Arif Yohannes, also of East Saint Louis, will be joining us. A Poet and Spoken Word Artist, he is a rising star in the literary world and his work is of great depth and intelligence. He began writing while attending East St. Louis Senior High School and has been writing and performing for five years now. He has performed at the Schmidt Art Center, The Cigar Inn, and several other local venues. Arif works in construction, and is currently attending school at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL.             On top of all that Jazz we will have an Open Mic Session (free to all who would like to  share their gifts with us), nice drink specials, great cigars, big-screen TV’s, and Free-Wi-Fi, all in a relaxed and stylish setting. Hope to share it with all of you! Peace! Love & Hugs, Spit-Fire

Cigar INN Come enjoy the diverse, refined atmosphere and relaxing mood here at the Cigar INN located in historic downtown Belleville, Illinois, Relax in our seating ... www.cigarinn.net  Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Thursday, March 17, 2011 Labels: belleville, Events BellevillePride~ MetroEast News CONGRATULATIONS TO BUTTERSCOTCH, "MISS BADDEST BITCH 2011" , AND ALSO TO ALL THE CONTESTANTS AND SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT, THIS WAS A VERY FUN PAGEANT TO PRODUCE!! via Boxersn Briefs

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Thursday, March 17, 2011 Labels: Community News, LGBT(I) News, website updates

MEP Fundraiser TONIGHT at Club Escapade www.BellevillePride.com via Jesse Arms (Illinois South Conference Pride- UCC Churches)   Thursday, March 17, 6 pm to 9 pm, Cornbeef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day. $5.  Includes potatoes and dessert.  Benefit for Metro East Pride. Club Escapade, 133 W. Main, at the corner of  2nd St., Belleville, IL  62220 www.metroeastpride.com     www.clubescapade.org Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Thursday, March 17, 2011 Labels: Events, FOOD, ONE ST LOUIS


Saturday, March 12, 2011

STL Black Pride kicks of 2011 Season www.BellevillePride.com By: Colby Kluthe-MetroEast NEWS March 12, 2011 (ST LOUIS) Audrey Pearson, the recently appointed president of Saint Louis Black Pride welcomed community and civic leaders yesterday at "The Space" in St. Louis' midtown district.   A meet  and greet happy hour allowed the entire region to gather and meet the leadership that will be preparing for the festival in August this year. Representatives from many major LGBT organizations were represented, signaling a spirit of unity among all those who support issues of equality in our region. In addition to the St. Louis Black Pride Board of Directors, attendee's included Leon Braxton, of the ICARE campaign, Representatives from the Pride Pages, Pride St. Louis, and Chance Baker of Metro East Pride. STL Black pride seeks to further causes of equality and understanding of the challenges faced by those in our community at large. Throughout the coming months, STL Black Pride will host several social events and opportunity for community involvement as they move towards the "main event" scheduled this year for August 18th thru 21st. The next major event will be held on March 26th, "Spring Fling" at Big Moe's in the Grove Neighborhood as well as a scheduled Movie Night night series which will start April 2, 2011. St. Louis Black Pride recently launched it's new website which offers current and updated details of events and volunteer opportunities for anyone of interest.  You may visit them online  at: www.slbp.org Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Saturday, March 12, 2011 Labels: Community News, Events, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS, volunteer

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I CARE! Presents: SuicidePREV Educational Training March 29th www.BellevillePride.com on Behalf of: I CARE CAMPAIGN

FREE EDUCATIONAL TRAINING offered by I CARE, in conjuction with Mental Health America. Recent suicides and suicide attempts have impacted the LGBTQIA community at a local and national level. Join with the “I CARE” Campaign to gain knowledge and resources on suicide prevention and awareness. St. Louis LGBTQIA organizations and groups are working with Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri to host a SuicidePREV education workshop for LGBTQIA and allied


community members. Learn the warning signs of suicide and how to help someone who may be thinking of ending his/her life. Find out about the available mental health resources .

FREE and open to anyone. For more information, contact: Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri — 314.773.1399. Due to the sensitivity of subject, the workshop is not intended for children under age 18.  Parental discretion is advised. Just because it's not in the news doesn't mean it still doesn't happen. RSVP via FACEBOOK Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Thursday, March 10, 2011 Labels: Community News, Events, FREE, Health News, HelpHUB, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS, teens, Transgender, volunteer, website updates, youth

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Brenda J. Grissom (1951 - 2011) Colin Murphy via Vital Voice

R.I.P. BRENDA GRISSOM: Co-Owner of the Char-Pei Lounge in Belleville, Illinois and CharPei's City Center in E. St. Louis, Ill.  Brenda was actively involved in the Metropolitan Community Church. Brenda was the long time partner and companion of Dixie Lee Ruliffson

Brenda J. Grissom (1951 - 2011) Birth:  Death: 

Jan. 13, 1951 Mar. 8, 2011

BRENDA GRISSOM, active member of the Greater St. Louis GLBT community. In addition to a successful auto detailing business, The Polish Shop, Brenda co-owned the Char-Pei Lounge in Belleville, Illinois and Char-Pei's City Center in E. St. Louis, Ill. She was actively involved in the Metropolitan Community Church. Brenda was the long time partner and companion of Dixie Lee RuliffsonBrenda J. Grissom, 60, of Belleville, IL, born Saturday, January 13, 1951, in St. Louis, MO, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Miss Grissom was the Owner of The Polish Shop in Belleville. She was a member of Metropolitan Community Church in St. Louis and T.O.P.S. She was a greeter at Belleville WalMart. She was preceded in death by her * Father: James K. Grissom * Life companion: Dixie Lee Ruliffson * Niece: Lauren Reeb. Surviving are her * Mother: Kathryn, nee Jones, Grissom * Brother: James M. Grissom of Belleville, IL * Sister: Tammy (Doug) Morton of O'Fallon, IL * Nieces: o Alana (Jeff) McBride o Tara Morton o Kayla Morton * Nephew: Cole Grissom * Special Friend: Dan Williams of Belleville, IL Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Belleville Humane Society. Visitation: Friends may call from 2-6 pm, Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 14, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Weston officiating. Interment will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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Spouse:   Dixie Lee Ruliffson (1943 - 2007) Burial: Green Mount Catholic Cemetery Belleville St. Clair County Illinois, USA   Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Labels: belleville, Memorials, website updates

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MetroEast Q's and A's Planned for April www.BellevillePride.com     on Behalf of: The Gay-Straight Alliance at SIUE

March 2, 2011

(EDWARDSVILLE) The student lead Gay Straight Alliance at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville has announced details for the community wide day of workshops and retreat for students and allies of the LGBTIQ communities of the Metro-East Region.  The day-long event will offer multiple topics for discussion, as well as a diverse panel of civic leaders and experts to facilitate conversations about issues of gender diversity and sexuality. In addition to the workshop day, GSA-SIUE has planned a number of events in the coming month, including Bowling for Equality Event for the MetroEast Area April 8th and a "Discussion about Marriage" (March 26th) DETAILS~ Saturday, April 23 ∙ 10:00am - 10:00pm Light Breakfast & Lunch will be provided for FREE.

Workshop Topics: GSA 101: Starting a GSA, Improving existing clubs, Getting things done at your school, and more. Transgender Workshop Homosexuality and Religion Multi-cultural Perspectives on Sexuality Queer People of Color LGBTQ Issues in Law and Politics Ally Training: Learn how to support LGBTQ/Questioning individuals in a non-judgmental setting. Bisexuality Workshop Mpowerment: Safe-sex practices, and free on-site HIV testing! How to be Gay workshop Growing Up Gay: Hear people of different ages and different experiences talk about their stories. Get resources and information on careers for LGBTQ people!

PLUS, there will be a dance afterward s! For more information, contact Keith Rose at MetroEastQsandAs@gmail.com Elizabeth Ann Van Winkle (St. Louis, MO) President Emeritus Em Nosce (SIU Edwardsville) President Lukus Daniel Keeling (SIU Edwardsville) Vice President

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Labels: Community News, Events, Justice TEAM, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS, Sexuality, teens, Transgender, volunteer, youth

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Show-Me No Hate and TransHaven To Work On Joint Project www.BellevillePride.com via TransHaven (ST. LOUIS)  Show-Me No Hate and TransHaven To Work On Joint Project

February 28, 2011 by transhaven   Transhaven and Show Me No Hate sat down together in a meeting this afternoon with Ed Reggi and Robyn Carolyn Montague representing the organizations, and have worked out the differences between the two organizations. We are moving forward and working together on a future event focused on oppression in the LGBT community. Please stay tuned for more info.    www.TransHaven.org or http://showmenohate.blogspot.com Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

AcSeXories on the Runway- Bethany Place Held 2nd Fashion Show www.BellevillePride.com on Behalf of: Bethany Place AcSeXories on the Runway- Bethany Place Held 2nd Fashion Show February 28, 2011 (BELLEVILLE) Bethany Place held the 2nd Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser on February 10th at the Four-Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights, IL. Local college students and businesses participated as a showing of support to the community by designing, creating, and modeling different categories of fashions. The 2nd Annual Fashion Show was toned down somewhat from the first year, but still presented some innovative and "protective" apparel, with several designs made entirely from latex condoms. The event also included a silent auction, raffle drawings, and information booths. Among the keynote speakers was Tony Monken, former adviser of Metro East Pride and HIV/AIDS advocate throughout the state of Illinois. Bethany Place is the largest non-profit AIDS Service Organization in the St. Louis Metro East area, providing comprehensive case management and programming focused on promoting wellness and serving all people living with HIV/AIDS. This years show featured Honorary Emcee: Curt Rejba of Total Entertainment Solutions, emcee/owner for 13 years, experience in over 200 shows, and entertainment co-chairman of Northland Festivals. Also featured, special musical guest Big Boss Blues Band. Bethany Place is the largest non-profit AIDS Service Organization in the St. Louis Metro East area. In a spirit of compassion and justice, Bethany Place provides comprehensive case management and programming focused on promoting wellness and serving all people living with HIV/AIDS. Bethany Place is dedicated to serving our neighbors in eleven counties of the Metro-East who are affected by HIV disease. With an emphasis on wellness, our staff continually strives to provide


all clients with the support they need to maintain the highest possible quality of life. www.BethanyPlace.Org Founded in 1988 by Sisters Mary Rombach and Carol Baltosiewich of the Franciscan Third Order of Hospital Sisters, Bethany Place was originally designed as an outpatient hospice service and healing ministry of Belleville's St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Bethany Place was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) in 1992. As a member of the St. Clair/Madison County HIV Care Consortium, Bethany Place receives funding from Ryan White Titles I and II and serves a twelve county region that includes: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties. RELATED ARTICLES: http://hopeandhe lpcenter.blogspot .com/2011/01/bethany-place-announces-2nd-annual.html

More Information: www.BethanyPla ce.org Bethany Place 821 West A Street Belleville, IL 62220

618.234.0291

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Monday, February 28, 2011 Labels: belleville, Community News, Events, HIV, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS, website updates, youth

Sunday, February 27, 2011 www.BellevillePride.com MetroEast NEWS **MEMORIAM* MAVIS LAYMORE Feb 25, 2011 ... Mavis Laymore former miss gay terre haute (TERRE HAUTE) BellevillePride~ MetroEast News Wish to take a moment to Remember Miss Mavis Laymore aka Jimmie Dean today. Miss Laymore was a former Miss Terre Haute (IN) & often performed venues in both Southern Illinois QueerNation & Western Kentucky

mavis laymore former miss gay terre haute 5 min - 1 day ago Uploaded by teirs68 youtube.com http://video.moglik.com/t/MISS-GAY.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjyQer44br0

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Sunday, February 27, 2011 Labels: carbondale, Community News, LGBT(I) News

Friday, February 25, 2011

Same Sex Legal Seeks Couple- First Civil Union


www.BellevillePride.com By: Colby Kluthe/ MetroEast NEWS February 19, 2011 Same Sex Legal Seeks Couple First Civil Union in Madison County (EDWARDSVILLE) The Sivia Law Firm, better known as "Same-Sex Legal" (www.SameSexLegal.com) is actively seeking the first couple to be recognized under the new Illinois Civil Union Law. As the law goes into effect, local courts are moving towards the implementation of the new changes. Principal Attorney Todd Sivia is committed to facilitate the first Civil Unions under the new rights of the LGBT communities in the Metro-East Region. Under the new law, gender identity is truly equal, and becomes a non-issue. Attorney Todd Sivia explains "It does not matter about transgender individuals because civil unions allow both same sex and men and women. If you know of anyone that wants to be the first couple to get hitched in Madison County. We are helping the County Clerk out." (pictured above: Principal Legal Counsel, Todd Sivia & Erin Margaret)

For those couples who previously went to Iowa or other state, are now recognized under SB1716, the "Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act." The bill allows both gay and straight couples to enter into civil unions, giving them some of the same benefits automatically available to married couples, including the right to visit a sick partner in the hospital, disposition of a deceased loved one's remains and the right to make decisions about a loved one's medical care. Any couple who is interested can contact the firm about the procedure required under this new law. The Same-Sex Legal Law Firm is a member of both Missouri & Illinois Bar Association and operates a central office in Edwardsville and a secondary location in Alton, Illinois. Since its establishment in 2006, Sivia Business & Legal Services, P.C specializes in asset protection, and the specific legal issues that surround the establishment of non-traditional families and estate planning. They also handle employment law issues, in addition to divorce, child custody and child support issues. Same-Sex Legal Services SBLS www.sivialaw.com 217 South Main Street Edwardsville, Illinois 62025 | OFFICE 618.659.4499 FAX 618.659.4027 www.samesexlegal.com Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Friday, February 25, 2011 Labels: Community News, Justice TEAM, LGBT(I) News, ONE ST LOUIS, Transgender

Thursday, February 17, 2011

LGBT HISTORY TREASURE DRIVE II- March 27th www.BellevillePride.com


St. Louis Gay History Project has a second Treasure Drive Planned... RSVP and then shuffle thru the attic for your own piece of LGBT history

ST. LOUIS LGBT HISTORY TREASURE DRIVE II Location: Novaks Bar & Grill Patio Time: 1:00PM Sunday, March 27th PRESERVING OUR PAST, ENRICHING OUR FUTURE We're all sitting on little pieces of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history—so dig through your junk drawers, canvass that basement and rifle through the proverbial closet. Help donate artifacts to The St. Louis Gay History Project and the St. Louis LGBT Archives at UMSL. We're especially interested in pre-1990 items, such as: *Pictures, Home Movies/Videos, Artwork *Newspapers, Magazines, Articles *Diaries, Journals, Scrapbooks *Pageant/Event Programs *Buttons, Posters, Fliers, T-Shirts *Organizational/Non Profit Materials You can donate materials or we will have digital cameras and scanners on site to copy items and return. We will also be displaying historical St. Louis LGBT items so make sure to drop by and help preserve our stories and history for the next generation.

www.stlouisgayhistory.com stlgayhistory@me.com 314-740-0298

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Thursday, February 17, 2011 Labels: belleville, Community News, LGBT(I) News, Memorials, Older Adults, ONE ST LOUIS, teens, Transgender

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jason & deMarco Return to St. Louis FEB 20 www.BellevillePride.com on Behalf of: Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS) Jason & deMarco Set for Return to St. Louis Area Jason & deMarco are known to loyal fans for their beautiful harmonies, uplifting lyrics and empowering messages. Jason and deMarco have been featured on the nationwide television network LOGO, as well as a recent documentary film "We're All Angels" produced by Showtime Cable networks.

Jason and deMarco will return to St. Louis for the first time in several years. They will be sharing their message and music at the 10:30a worship service and will then share a FREE concert Sunday February 20th at 7p. For additional information you may contact MCC of Greater St. Louis www.MCCGSL.org or contact the church office 314.361.3221 for more details about this FREE event. SHOWTIME TRAILER


Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Sunday, February 13, 2011 Labels: Community News, LGBT(I) News, mccgsl, Media Picks, Scripture, teens, youth

Friday, February 11, 2011

Q&A Decides to Expand its Horizons! www.BellevillePride.com on Behalf of: Brennan PetersQ&A: Alliance for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SWIC)

February 11, 2011 (BELLEVILLE) Next week's National Condom Day event will be held in conjunction with Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, an organization that provides a wide range of community health care services. Specifically, we will be working with the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services division. They will be supplying us with condoms, educational materials, demonstrators, and invaluable know-how when it comes to educating the public. In exchange, we provide them the opportunity to team up with the biggest, most active campus organization at SWIC and reach out to 15,000+ individuals from a variety of backgrounds. We are super excited about this new relationship and the opportunities it will provide Q&A members and the SWIC community! Historically, Q&A-SWIC has worked exclusively with Bethany Place, the largest HIV/AIDS Service Organization in Southern Illinois. Through this new partnership Q&A-SWIC will be able to serve a larger group of individuals as well as expansion beyond the current reach of the student group. MORE INFO~ Q&A: Alliance for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SWIC)

Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Friday, February 11, 2011 Labels: belleville

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Carbondale Will Host 25th Miss Gay Illinois USofA www.BellevillePride.com MetroEast NEWS February 6, 2011

(CARBONDALE) The 25th Annual Miss Gay Illinois USofA Pageant, March 26th preliminary night and March 27th final night.


This years theme is "Legacy Ball, Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence". Miss Gay Illinois USofA has had the privilege of having some of the best entertainers in the business represent us. We played host to over 700 people for this event in 2010 and anticipate even more visitors this year. Contestants are coming from six... states to battle it out.

Special entertainment provided by: Dominique Sanchez, Miss Gay USofA from Arkansas Kara Bell, Miss Gay Illinois USofA, (pictured right)

Blanche DuBois, Miss Gay Illinois USofA at Large 1991 Jodie Santana, Miss Gay Illinois USofA 1993 Rochelle D'Leight, Miss Gay Illinois USofA 2008 and The Reigning Miss Gay Illinois USofA at Large Anjila Cavalier, Miss Gay Illinois USofA 2002 and The Reigning Miss Gay International Classic, from Iowa Diva DeParis, Miss Gay Illinois USofA 2006, from Iowa Adajsha Devine Litter, Reigning Miss Gay Illinois USofA Newcomer, from Missouri

The 25th Annual Miss Gay Illinois USofA Pageant Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 9:00pm Club Traz, Carbondale, IL Club Traz 213 East Main Carbondale, IL Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Sunday, February 06, 2011 Labels: carbondale, Events

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Justice News (CESJ) Feb 2011 www.BellevillePride.com on Behalf of CESJ FEB 2, 2011 (BELLEVILLE)

Justice News Justice News is a project of the Coalition for Economic and Social Justice Justice for All; Peace; Freedom; Democracy; and a Sustainable World Vol.5 Winter 2011 Full Employment is a key to reducing crime, tension between races, domestic violence, homelessness, and the costs of welfare, food stamps and unemployment benefits. Full Employment will stimulate the economy as people with jobs buy more things and pay more taxes. www.nationaljobsforall.org Homeless Shelter Needed in Belleville: The Roundtable Discussion of Current Events has temporarily shifted from discussion to action. In January, CESJ convened a meeting of several leaders from the faith community and it was agreed that we would work to open a homeless shelter in Belleville.


A shelter operated by the Salvation Army was closed two years ago; the reason for the closure of that shelter is not clear at this time. Discussion of current events will resume in September. Marin Luther King Day a Success: The second annual MLK Day, sponsored by 17th St. Corridor Neighborhood Association and Belleville AmeriCorps and facilitated by Pastor Michelle Parsons was a huge success as 150 people, young and old, black and white---- talking, singing and dancing to “un-learn” racism. Interfaith Trip to Tamms Correctional Center: On Good Friday, April 22, an interfaith group will hold a prayer vigil outside of Tamms correctional facility. Located in Southern Illinois, this prison was designed for the “worst of the worst” where 23 hours a day are spent in solitary confinement. However, investigative reporters, George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer with the Belleville News Democrat, learned that inmates were sent there for reasons other then being their criminal behavior. There is concern that mentally ill people are imprisoned there and that solitary confinement creates mental illness. Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity (FOSIL), a Catholic group, has gone to Tamms for the past 10 years. This year FOSIL is asking people of other faiths to join them in the vigil. Racial Harmony meets monthly to increase communication and understanding between races. 618-234-0508. Venue for Southern Illinois Artists Opens in Belleville: Currently a consortium of 16 artists from Southern Illinois display their work at The Galleries for Sole Survivors at 125 East Main St. Various mediums and price ranges are represented. The gallery is sponsored by Steve and Kay Ray and directed by textile artist Jacque Davis. The gallery is open Weds. thru Sat. from 11 am to 5 pm. 618-234-0214 www.solesurvivorleather.com Be Prepared for Disaster! We need to be prepared to take care of ourselves and our neighbors before the official responders arrive (police, fire, and ambulance). Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training teaches fire suppression, search and rescue, basic first aid and medical triage, and disaster psychology. Those who complete the training receive a certificate, a CERT backpack containing basic supplies related to disaster preparedness and are encouraged to regularly participate in mock disaster trainings. The next 20 hour CERT training is the evening of March 18, and Saturday, March 19 and 26 at First Assembly of God, in Belleville. The training is open to all over 16 years of age. Enrollment is limited. To register contact Gwen Vicari 618-233-1177 or GwenVicari@sbcglobal.net. Gay Justice: A new organization has formed which will give hope, reduce isolation and provide support to gay people throughout Southern Illinois. The United Church of Christ (UCC) has 82 churches within Southern Illinois, and the executive board approved the establishment of Illinois South Conference (ISC) Pride. The next ISC Pride meeting is March 5, from 3 pm to 5 pm at St. Paul UCC in Belleville; the topic is “Civil Unions”. The meeting in April will be held in O'Fallon; the topic is “Leviticus 18:22”. For more information contact Lois Gibson, ISC ONA (open and affirming) consultant, 618-4660158 or ljgibson@charter.net. Belleville PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. Teresa Schmidt, President of PFLAG, insures that each meeting has informative videos, speakers or educational materials available. There are lively discussions, refreshments and tons of support. www.bellevilleilpflag.com Club Escapades, at 133 W. Main St., Belleville, www.clubescapade.org has taken down the “For Sale” sign. For several months there was concern that the bar would close or be sold to nonfriendly gay people. Owners Harold Schwartz and Rick Hembree, domestic partners as well as business partners, recently decided to keep the bar and invest time and money to plan more fun events. Rick and Harold were instrumental in establishing the annual Pride Festival in Belleville. Club Escapade will host a fundraiser for Metro East Pride 2011 the evening of Saturday, February 26. It will be an amateur drag show with a $100 prize for the performer with the most tips. www.metroeastpride.com


Belleville Transgender and Friends Association meets the second Saturday of every month at 1 pm in downtown Belleville. Contact Jesse for more information: arms4justice@yahoo.com 618-719-1154. Gay Student Associations: Belleville West High School, Dale Zink, faculty advisor: dzink@bths201.org Belleville East High School, Daniel Boyt, faculty advisor: dboyt@bths201.org O'Fallon High School, Leann Riebold, faculty advisor: rubysl1ppers@yahoo.com Southwest Illinois College (SWIC) faculty advisors: Barbara Hunter barbara.hunter@swic.edu and Shauna Schribner shauna.scribner@swic.edu The Vital Voice, St. Louis-based LBGTI magazine, celebrated its 30th anniversary, January 2011. www.thevitalvoice.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Justice News is a project of the Coalition for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), a 501c3, non-profit organization. All work is done by volunteers. To support CESJ, send a check to PO Box 824, Belleville, IL 62222 or by Internet—Pay Pal www.jobsandjustice.org. Voice comments or suggestions at 618-719-1154. Posted by "D's Cheeze" at Wednesday, February 02, 2011 Labels: belleville, Justice TEAM

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