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About Us Capitol Club | December 11, 2018


The Capitol Club is the premier donor group and the backbone of Equality Illinois. As a donor, you are investing in the vital work of Equality Illinois–statewide campaigns that promote fair treatment for LGBTQ citizens of Illinois. Your membership in the Capitol Club is a partnership with Equality Illinois and an investment in our joint fight for equality.

As a Capitol Club member, you have unique access to the decision makers within Equality Illinois. You’ll receive exclusive informational updates, access to private events throughout the year, and opportunities for discounts on Equality Illinois’ annual Gala and other events and activities. The Capitol Club is much more than a donor group. It is a nucleus of support, influence and leadership that works relentlessly for equitable change.

You may opt to make your Capitol Club contribution through a convenient quarterly or monthly payment plan. All Capital Club contributions benefit the Equality Illinois Institute, our 501(c)(3) organization, and are fully tax-deductible as provided by law. Capitol Club memberships are automatically renewed annually.

LGBTQ Forum with the Chicago Mayoral Candidates

Community Event Stay Informed | December 10, 2018

With the civil rights of LGBTQ Americans under attack by the Trump Administration and the urgent need to continue our pro-equality progress in the City of Chicago, LGBTQ Chicagoans need to know where the candidates for mayor stand on the many issues of interest and importance to our lives.

LGBTQ community organizations Affinity Community Services, the Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, the Equality Illinois Institute, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Pride Action Tank, and the Windy City Times are hosting the LGBTQ Forum with the Mayoral Candidates at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. The mayoral election is on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Please join us at this important public forum. To attend, please RSVP by clicking on the register button.

2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance

Home | November 20, 2018

ABOUT Transgender Day of Remembrance

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of [those] who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their [children], parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.” From the TDOR website.

Equality Illinois is not involved in the creation of any of the events and developed a list to keep our community engaged. Please visit the facebook event pages for more information regarding these events memorializing the tragic acts of violence against transgender people who have been murdered. Equality Illinois regrets all of the deaths that have occurred in Illinois and across America. In 2018, Dejanay Stanton and Ciara Minaj Frazier were among nearly 30 transwomen murdered in the U.S. right here in Illinois. Equality Illinois has pledged to work with the Chicago Police Department, community organizations working directly with transgender serving organizations, and trans led groups to bring justice to the families of Ciara and Dejanay.

Tuesday, November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil

Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs at NEIU| 3pm

5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Northeaster Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

Candelighting ceremony and reading of the victims


Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony with Chicago Therapy Collective

Chicago Therapy Collective | 5:30pm

5247 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Chicago Therapy Collective

Featured speaker Alexis Martinez (she/her) and performances by Malia Santiago (she/her) and
Cheyenne Butler (she/her) of the Youth Empowerment Performance Project\


Phoenix Center Transgender Day of Remembrance

Phoenix Center | 6-8pm

109 E. Lawrence, Springfield, Illinois ‘



UP Center Remembers: Transgender Day of Remembrance
University YMCA-Murphy Lounge | 6-7pm

1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois

Candelight vigil


Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Services

Universal Unitarian Church of Urbana- Champaign | 7-8pm

309 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Universal Unitarian Church | 6-8pm

4848 Turner Street, Rockford, Illinois

Sponsored by: PFLAG Rockford

Candelight vigil


Trans Day of Remembrance Dinner & Vigil

Dance Force Dance Lab | 6-9pm

2747 W. 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Howard Brown Health and Broadway Youth Center

Featured Speaker: Trish Halloway and Keynote by Iesha Love. Performance by Kaycee Ortiz and Kleva B.


Peoria Transgender Day of Remembrance: Fifth Annual Observance

Universal Unitarian Church of Peoria | 7pm

3000 Richwoods Blvd., Peoria, Illinois

Sponsored by: Interfaith Alliance of Central Illinois, Universal Unitarian Church of Peoria, and Peoria Proud

Keynote speaker: Rev. Marcus Fogliano (they/them)


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Center on Halsted | 7-9pm

3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Center on Halsted

Featured speakers: Elise Malary (she/her) and Keynote speaker Channyn Lynne Parker (she/her)


Hydrate Won’t Erase You Benefit Show

Hydrate Nightclub | 9pm | $10

3458 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois

Benefiting: Brave Space Alliance

Performers Include: Kelly LaurenSara AndrewsMonica Dejesus AnayaJoan Jullian, Kari Traid, Sasha LoveAmailia BlackNaysha LopezDiDa Ritz, Ms.Ruff N Stuff, Sorraya Dash LopezKhloeCeeCee LaRougeDemi Lauren Sexton and many more


Trans Day of Remembrance Dinner & Vigil

Dance Force Dance Lab | 6-9pm

2747 W. 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Howard Brown Health and Broadway Youth Center

Featured Speaker: Trisha Halloway and Keynote by Iesha Love. Performance by Kaycee Ortiz and Kleva B.


On National Coming Out Day, Equality Illinois Calls on Governor Rauner to Ensure His Appointments Better Reflect the Full Diversity of Illinois

News | October 11, 2018

On National Coming Out Day, when we should be celebrating the full diversity of the LGBTQ community in Illinois, Equality Illinois is extremely disappointed in the unbelievable lack of LGBTQ representation among the more than 400 appointments made by Governor Rauner to state boards and commissions during Fiscal Year 2018, the civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans said on Thursday. Of the 431 appointments the governor made between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, only 1 appointee publicly identifies as a lesbian, gay, or bisexual person.