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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Community Event | January 16, 2017

King Day 2017

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there is no more fitting thought at this time in our history than the inscription written on the side of his memorial in Washington, DC: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Equality Illinois joins the nation today in pausing to remember Dr. King.

New Attempt to Attack LGBTQ Illinoisans

Anti-Discrimination | January 12, 2017

License to Discriminate Bill 2017 V2Equality Illinois is denouncing a new attempt by anti-LGBTQ forces in the Illinois General Assembly to discriminate against same-sex married couples.

Legislation introduced in the Illinois Senate would establish a license to discriminate for individuals, organizations, non-profits, and businesses who refuse to serve LGBTQ people. If it became law, Senate Bill 64 would neutralize the state’s civil rights protections for LGBTQ people by effectively prohibiting enforcement of those standards.

“SB 64 is an assault on our shared Illinois values of fairness, justice, and equality,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “SB 64 is not about religious freedom.”

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On the case as new General Assembly opens

Lobbying | January 11, 2017

springfield-2017As the 100th Illinois General Assembly convenes its two-year session on Wednesday, Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson and Director of Public Policy Michael Ziri are on the case in Springfield representing LGBTQ Illinoisans.

Brian and Mike are working with our legislative allies and alongside partner organizations to make sure no pernicious bills become law and to fight for fair, equal and just treatment for all Illinoisans.

Stay updated about Equality Illinois’ advocacy work on Facebook or by bookmarking this website equalityillinois.org.

Thank you, Mr. President

Breaking News in Illinois | January 10, 2017

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As President Obama returns home to Chicago to give his farewell address tonight, we in Illinois’ LGBTQ community reflect back to his early political days, when he attended events such as the Equality Illinois 2004 gala and listened and learned about the challenges we face.

From this two-way conversation that continued through the President’s two terms in office came the most pro-LGBTQ administration in the nation’s history.

The list of accomplishments by President Obama and Vice President Biden is long. The place to start is that they held LGBTQ Americans in their hearts and included us in their vision of a just and equal America. From that premise flowed the many actions, policies, appointments, and overall leadership that gave us hope. There was always an open door for Equality Illinois; we were frequent guests at White House events and participated in many conversations about advancing LGBTQ rights.

There’s only one more thing to say, and that is, THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

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