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New EQIL Chairs Spearhead Ambitious Agenda

Board of Directors | October 21, 2014

Three new board chairs will lead Equality Illinois at protecting full implementation of the new freedom to marry in Illinois, advocating a national agenda including passage of broad workplace protections, and implementing fresh approaches on a broad range of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.

Grant Gochnauer, a technology entrepreneur, is the new chair of the board of Equality Illinois, overseeing the policy advocacy work of the organization. Anthony D. D’Amato, an attorney, is the new chair of the board of Equality Illinois Education Project, the educational arm of Equality Illinois that concentrates on community outreach, issue education, and building alliances. As the new chair of the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, Nicole Bashor, a patent attorney, leads the political affiliate of Equality Illinois.

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Early Voting Underway in Illinois

Elections | October 20, 2014

Early Voting 2014EARLY VOTING starts Monday throughout Illinois.

Community polling places are open, and, in many locations, later hours and weekend times make voting easier than ever.

VOTE BY MAIL is also available to all voters.

This important election will determine our state leadership and the makeup of the Illinois General Assembly, and we have to protect the victories achieved for LGBT Illinoisans.

Find out more about Early Voting locations and hours in your community or apply for a Vote by Mail ballot at the Equality Illinois voting site.


“Take Me OUT to the Ballpark”

Blog | October 17, 2014

TAke Me Out MemeIn late August, the Chicago White Sox hosted an LGBT night in partnership with Equality Illinois. Anti-gay fans ranted on social media about whether the White Sox should host such a night.

After reading through the disparaging comments, award-winning Chicago filmmaker Sam Ciaramitaro, decided to make this short film, Take Me OUT to the Ballpark. The film focuses on five Sox fans who happen to be LGBT or support LGBT rights. The fans include Charlie Rice-Minoso, the son of Sox immortal Minnie Minoso, an emergency room nurse, and the mom of a gay son.


Turning Purple for Spirit Day

Safe Schools | October 16, 2014

SpiritDayMeme2014Equality Illinois is turning purple today to join GLAAD on #SPIRITDAY against bullying.

State law in Illinois and federal policies strive to make our schools safe for all students, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender-related identity or expression. Still, parents, the school community and government create the tone and share the responsibility for actively protecting all students and creating a safe learning environment.

Find helpful Spirit Day resources here and more anti-bullying information at the link below.