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Gender Identity Funeral Instructions Bill Passes

Breaking News in Illinois | May 26, 2015
Sen. William Delgado explains the bill requiring funeral directors to honor gender identity instructions

Sen. William Delgado (pictured on screen) explains the bill requiring funeral directors to honor gender identity instructions

Breaking News: The Illinois Senate today unanimously approved HB 3552, 49-0. Under this bill, a person’s last instructions regarding his or her gender identity must be respected by funeral directors (including pronouns, chosen name, and appearance).

Thank you to Sen. William Delgado and Rep. Will Guzzardi for standing up for the rights of transgender Illinoisans.

Next step is review and approval by the Governor. Urge the Governor to sign HB 3552, one of the many bills that Equality Illinois is advocating for this spring in Springfield.


A Special Memorial Day

Military Service | May 25, 2015

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On this Memorial Day, Equality Illinois salutes the ultimate sacrifice paid by too many of America’s warriors–some while publicly denying their true selves in order to serve–so that we may all strive to ‪#‎LIVEequal‬.

Help Equality Illinois on Give OUT Day

Donate | May 21, 2015

It’s Give OUT11357201_10153284901529424_2293608356492876400_o Day – you’ve got 24 hours to participate in the largest day of LGBT philanthropy!

Donate $35 or more TODAY to receive a ‪#‎liveEQUAL‬ tee shirt and be entered to win a pair of United flight vouchers.

One year ago, many in our community feared that progress in our movement would slow down, but Equality Illinois is as vigilant as ever.  Already this year we’ve made great strides towards full LGBT equality and equal treatment in Illinois – especially in the last 2 days.  Let’s break them down:

  • Legislation to protect our youth from harmful conversion therapy recieved bipartisan support in the House on Tuesday, and passed 68 to 43.
  • A bill that would update hate crimes legislation to include transgender individuals sailed unanimously through the House in April and passed the Senate yesterday.
  • A bill that would allow Illinoisans to designate their gender identity, expression, and pronouns in written funeral and burial instructions passed the House 79-34 with bipartisan support.

Right now, we need your support to complete action on these measures and much more.


Hate Crimes Bill Sent to Governor

Breaking News in Illinois | May 20, 2015
Hate Crimes Passes Senate

Sen. Daniel Biss is pictured in the Illinois Senate advocating for his bill enhancing hate crime protections for LGBT Illinoisans

The Illinois Senate unanimously passed House Bill 3930 on Wednesday, which enhances hate crimes protections for LGBT Illinoisans. Thank you to Sen. Daniel Biss, the measure’s chief sponsor!

Next step: review and approval by the Governor. Please call Governor Rauner at (217) 782-0244 and urge him to sign HB 3930.

Authored by Equality Illinois, HB 3930 is one of the bills that we have advocated for this legislative session in Springfield that will help us ‪#‎liveEQUAL‬. HB 3930 ensures transgender Illinoisans are explicitly covered by the state’s hate crimes law and adds LGBT community centers to the list of facilities protected from hate-based institutional vandalism.