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Equality Illinois Expands Statewide Strategy

Breaking News in Illinois Uncategorized | August 29, 2015

EQILStatewideExpansionMemeEquality Illinois is excited to announce an expanded statewide strategy that includes opening of a central Illinois office and a network of strategic local partnerships in order to better serve the needs and priorities of ‪‎LGBT‬ Illinoisans.

Equality Illinois’ first strategic community partner is the Phoenix Center, Springfield’s LGBT community center.

The Equality Illinois central Illinois field office in Springfield will open in the fall and initially be staffed by a field fellow, who will build relationships with groups and individuals, train and motivate activists, and engage and facilitate educational, outreach, and other opportunities and programming for LGBT organizations throughout central and southern Illinois.

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LGBT Institute Brings Experts and Activists Together

Equality Illinois Event Issues | August 25, 2015

Springfield Equality InstituteThe program for this Saturday’s LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield will bring together experts and activists who will focus on the services, programs and issues central to Illinoisans outside of Chicago.

Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder will welcome the participants at the 10 am opening session. The conference will also feature state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, IL, whose district includes Springfield and Decatur, and state Rep. Litesa Wallace of Rockford, who will participate in the lunchtime portion of the program at noon looking at LGBT issues from a state policy perspective.

Registration for the August 29 event at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., Springfield, is still available. The $20 registration includes lunch.

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Out + About: Good Business Network Directory – LIVE!

Corporate Responsibility | August 12, 2015

Directory-announceThe Out + About: Good Business Network features businesses across Illinois that have signed the Good Business pledge for LGBT equality.

Check out our new statewide directory of businesses that are welcoming to LGBT individuals. Discover your new favorite pet store, hotel, restaurant, and more!

It’s important to support our friends — use our directory to find welcoming businesses near you! By supporting inclusive businesses, we support equality.

To help us expand our network even further, nominate more welcoming businesses.

Have a business of your own? Promote your business & equality. Become a member today

LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield

Education Initiative Equality Illinois Event | August 4, 2015

Springfield Equality InstituteThe Springfield-based daylong LGBT Equality Institute on Saturday, August 29 in the shadow of the state Capitol will feature speakers and panels discussing the future of our movement and offering practical skills.

It will be an opportunity to share your feedback on the priorities in Illinois and to network with other LGBT and allied activists and civic leaders from throughout the state.

Participation in the conference at the State House Inn in Springfield costs only $20, including lunch. Panels will cover topics that include non-discrimination, mental health care, transgender equality, safe schools, adoption and family services, faith, HIV/AIDS prevention and services, addiction recovery, ally development, youth, criminalization of the LGBT community, aging, state initiatives and policy, and more.

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