Best of: Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric is on the rise
In light of the recent mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado, we decided to revisit a conversation we had last month about the rise in hatred that many organizations and events representing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities in Illinois have felt. There is often heated rhetoric behind the harassment. A common and false narrative is that LGBTQ people are “groomers," people who build emotional connections with children to exploit and abuse them. In the Chicago suburbs, UpRising Cafe and Bakery in Lake of The Hills became a target earlier this summer.
For a conversation covering the history of rights for those marginalized within the U.S., the harassment of LGBTQ+ communities, and more, we were joined by representatives of organizations that fight for social justice and the founder of an Illinois LGBTQ newspaper.
This conversation originally aired October 12, 2022.
Founder & Editor, Illinois Eagle
Deputy Director, Equality Illinois
Associate Regional Director of Strategy and Growth, ADL Midwest
Prepared for web by Owen Henderson
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