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    equal treatment
    and social justice
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    advocacy and protection
    of the rights of
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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender | November 20, 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Today, we pause on the Transgender Day of Remembrance to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

There are memorial events today and through the weekend in Bloomington, Brighton, Chicago, Joliet, Palatine, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield. Find an event at the link below. #TDOR


Remembering Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne

Breaking News in Illinois | November 15, 2014

Byrne MemorialEquality Illinois mourns the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne.

Mayor Byrne was a pioneer. The first and only woman elected mayor in Chicago, she recognized the LGBT diversity of the city.

Mayor Byrne proclaimed the first Gay Pride Parade Day in the city in 1981 and was the first major political figure to appear in the city’s Pride Parade in 1985. She also ended police raids on gay  bars, issued the first executive order ending discrimination in city employment practices and supported a gay rights ordinance.

Mayor Byrne set the standard for public officials in the city and the state as the first to publicly build a bridge to the LGBT community.

In Victory, Bruce Rauner Needs to Serve All Illinoisans

Elections | November 5, 2014

The people of Illinois have spoken, giving Bruce Rauner the chance to lead. As do all Illinoisans, we hope that as Bruce Rauner turns to governing he will recognize that he serves everyone in the state, including LGBT individuals and their families, and the clear majority of Illinoisans who support LGBT equality.

As Mr. Rauner wraps up his political campaign, Equality Illinois will be ready to work with him to advance equal treatment and social justice for all in the Land of Lincoln.

Equality Illinois also congratulates Governor Pat Quinn on running a campaign and an administration that embraced all Illinoisans.

Under Pat Quinn’s leadership, we advanced protections for students from bullying and violence in schools, we made history by recognizing marriage equality, and countless people got a job, a home, insurance, a mortgage, a business opportunity because of anti-discrimination vigilance by the Quinn administration. We made great strides toward fairness and equal treatment for all. We thank Governor Quinn for his years of service.

Despite the governor’s loss, significant wins were scored in the general election.


Celebrating One Year Ago

Marriage & Civil Unions | November 5, 2014

Marriage Victory AnniversaryOne year ago today –
The Illinois General Assembly passed marriage equality.

Since then, the federal appeals court that covers Illinois has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, a decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to stand.

Equality Illinois stands ready to ensure that there are no efforts to weaken the Illinois public accommodation law or any other policy, ensuring equal access and fair treatment for all Illinois families.