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Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

Equality Illinois Event Pride | May 26, 2020

Join us June 13th!

Our FABULOUS host committee is excited to be a part of our historic statewide virtual pride event, Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

Can’t stop Our Pride will include family Storytime, a interfaith service, cooking and mixology classes, intimate conversations with LGBTQ leaders in cities across the state, and a DJ afterparty!

Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

Equality Illinois Event Pride | May 21, 2020

On Saturday, June 13th, Equality Illinois will host Illinois’ first Statewide Pride. The theme of the Virtual Pride event will be “Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day ● One Illinois.  This virtual event will be broadcast on Equality Illinois’ YouTube channel from Noon until 5PM and will feature elected leaders, community leaders, performers, chefs, activists, and many others.

Illinois Healthy Workplace Act

Get Involved Issues Take Action | May 5, 2020

We know telling and sharing stories of impact matter. You have moved hearts and changed minds by sharing your stories and experiences with policymakers and the public.

Now, as part of the coalition advocating for state legislation to ensure paid sick days in Illinois, we want to hear from you: how has the absence of paid sick days (for yourself or to take care of a member of your family) impacted your life recently?

The Illinois Healthy Workplace Act (currently SB 471) will ensure workers in Illinois can access paid sick days. This critical legislation affirms workers who need to care for their own healthcare needs and the healthcare needs of their families, including chosen families.

Please share your story with us!

If you haven’t yet contacted your state representative in support of this bill, you may do so now.

 

FY19 Annual Report

Annual Reports News | May 4, 2020

2019 was one of the most productive legislative sessions for LGBTQ rights in Illinois history!

Equality Illinois has been in awe of the power of our community and the courage of our allies so much over the past year.  While we worked on many bills last session, we are most inspired by the impact two key bills will have. The Inclusive Curriculum Act will ensure that Illinois young people will learn about the rich contributions of LGBTQ people to our shared history.  With the Equal Access Restroom Act, we have helped Illinois move one step closer in ensuring that public spaces are safe and affirming for our trans siblings.

This came on the heels of nearly 10,000 Illinoisans stepping up and taking a pro-equality civic action with Equality Illinois.  We contacted legislators, we signed up to vote, and we supported pro-LGBTQ public leaders.

None of this would have been possible without you.  As our supporters, our partners, and our public officials, you have made sure Illinois is one of the most LGBTQ inclusive states in the country.

Thank you!  On behalf of the over 400,000 LGBTQ Illinoisans who rely on us to advocate fiercely for them, thank you!