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An Interfaith Response to the Tragedy in Orlando

Faith & Freedom | June 28, 2016

Interfaith Response to the Tragedy in OrlandoAs we do every June, but most especially this year, it is important that the LGBT community and allies come together to celebrate LGBT Pride.

The past few weeks have been remarkable; marred by tragedy and brightened by immense displays of hope, love, and support. This has been a month of celebration and remembrance from within and surrounding the LGBT community.

A diverse group of faith communities has provided healing and open spaces for all affected by this tragedy and from this sprung an interfaith response to the tragedy in Orlando, which seeks to uplift their intentional actions of support.

The list of signatories is still evolving. If you are a clergy person or faith leader and would like to sign this letter of support, click here.


Chicago City Council Stands Up for Transgender People

Breaking News in Illinois Transgender | June 22, 2016

Victory Equal Access Ordinance V2The Chicago City Council stood up for the rights of transgender people Wednesday when it passed the Equal Access Ordinance, a measure supported by Equality Illinois that will ensure equal access consistent with a person’s gender identity in places of public accommodations in Chicago.

The ordinance passed the 50-person council on a vote of 45-5, and it has the support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“You should not have to prove your gender identity to use a bathroom in a restaurant, hotel or store. The existing law has the effect of humiliating transgender and gender non-conforming people, many of whom have been unable to correct the gender markers on their IDs. Chicago’s current law is fundamentally unfair,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.


Orlando tragedy brings Illinois’ Muslim, LGBT communities together

Breaking News in Illinois | June 21, 2016
Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson and former Equality Illinois Board Chair Dalila Fridi at news conference

Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson and former Equality Illinois Board Chair Dalila Fridi at news conference

In the wake of last week’s shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead and another 53 injured in a gay nightclub, leaders from the LGBT and Muslim communities in Illinois called Monday for a joint commitment to civil rights.

Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal – Midwest Regional Office and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago participated in the news conference on Monday.

“We have seen many leaders in politics and the media attempt to link the tragedy to the Muslim community,” said Brian Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “We call on all Americans to reject efforts to divide Americans and instead join us in support of the Muslim-American community.”


Equality Illinois Calls for Hate and Terror to be Disarmed

Hate Crimes Violence | June 17, 2016

Gun Letter

Equality Illinois joins forces to demand that Congress make a start towards stronger protections against gun violence nationwide.

“Any solutions to the problem of hate violence, including anti-LGBTQ violence, must address the alarmingly easy access that bigots have to such deadly weapons,” the letter, signed by more than 50 LGBTQ and gun anti-violence groups, says.