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April 23, 2014
Please join Equality Illinois for a day of socializing with friends old and new, dining on delicious light bites, and sipping cocktails at the elegant Mayne Stage Theatre, 1328 W. Morse Avenue, Chicago.
When: Sunday, May 4 from 3 to 6 pm
The suggested event donation is $10, and there will be a cash bar and raffle prizes also available.
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April 21, 2014
CONTEST: Take the EQIL logo, add the theme “Get Engaged,” and design a logo for the Equality Illinois “Get Engaged” campaign!
Put your creative juices to work. The deadline is Friday, April 25.
Help Equality Illinois GET ENGAGED in the next phase of LGBT advocacy. The work of securing full equality for LGBT people is far from over. We want people to Get Engaged with Equality Illinois, Get Engaged with LGBT issues, Get Engaged with the community, and, of course, if you like, you can now Get Engaged to be married.
April 11, 2014
Equality Illinois – in partnership with Lambda Legal, the the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, the National Immigrant Justice Center and Howard Brown Health Center – is inviting activists and supporters to attend the LGBT Equality Institute this spring to discuss the myriad issues still facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans and the strategies for addressing them in the aftermath of the successful passage of the freedom to marry. Join us on Saturday, May 17 at the Embassy Suites Downtown/ Lakefront Chicago.
Among the expert presenters will be Gautam Raghavan, White House Public Engagement Advisor on LGBT Issues, who will be joining the institute for our lunch panel to discuss the federal LGBT policy agenda along with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Meg Gorecki, Midwest Director for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Our victory for marriage equality last year was the result of the combined efforts of scores of groups throughout Illinois and a successful multi-dimensional strategy to get the bill through the General Assembly.
The work of securing full equality for LGBT people is far from over. That is why we are bringing together LGBT equality activists and supporters from all corners of Illinois to identify the next priorities for our movement, develop a statewide roadmap to full equality, and to continue building the skills and capacity our movement needs to accomplish our goal.
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March 31, 2014
Last week, the Illinois House Human Services Committee approved HB5569, The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, by a bipartisan 9 to 6 vote. The bill is now moving to the Illinois House of Representatives, and could be voted on in the next two weeks.
Equality Illinois is calling on the General Assembly to protect all vulnerable minors by passing the bill, and we need your help!
Call or email your IL House Representative today to vote YES on HB5569. Find your state rep here.