· The Chicago Park District honors Lorraine Hansberry by naming a South Side park after the late playwright of A Raisin in the Sun, the first work written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Hansberry never openly declared her sexuality but later plays explored same-sex attraction and she wrote significant, pseudo-anonymous letters to an early lesbian publication.
· Also in Chicago: State Rep. Greg Harris, a gay Democratic state legislator from the city's North Side, introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. A Chicago Tribune columnist says the "marriage" bill is a good idea but the timing is "bad", especially when "the creation of civil-union rights for gay and lesbian couples has become plausible in a blue state like Illinois."
· Victims' advocates accuse the Southern Baptist Convention of concealing sex abuse charges against ministers and churches. Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Rev. Lonnie W. Latham, a prominent former Southern Baptist leader who spoke out against homosexuality, says the minister has a constitutional right to solicit sex from an undercover policeman.
· Interstate Q previews the Soulforce Equality Ride to the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky—the private, Southern Baptist college that expelled a gay student who came out on his MySpace.