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EqualityCon 2016 Program Educates and Informs

Equality Illinois Event Get Involved | April 28, 2016

EICON meme (1)EqualityCon 2016 in Chicago is just two weeks away on May 13-14! Do not miss your chance to register for Illinois’ premier organizing and educational conference for the LGBT community and allies in our state! This is your chance to discuss the future of our movement and garner practical skills.

Sessions will cover: Employment, adoption, gender diversity, racial justice, Trans advocacy, faith, the rural experience, and senior care.

“EqualityCon is an opportunity for advocates to sit down with experts, a chance to listen and to share, a time to learn and to educate on issues important to LGBT Illinoisans,” said Patty Medairy, Director of Field Operations at Equality Illinois.

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Equality Illinois Names Brian C. Johnson as CEO

About Us Breaking News in Illinois | April 26, 2016
Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson

Equality Illinois’ work on behalf of LGBT Illinoisans and their families enters its second quarter century under a new leader who has a history of social justice advocacy, building diverse coalitions and improving educational outcomes for youth.

Named today as the Chief Executive Officer of Equality Illinois is Brian C. Johnson, who currently serves as a Vice President at Leadership for Educational Equity, a national organization that works to get teachers and former teachers more politically and civically active. Johnson, a former public school teacher, has spent more than a decade leading high profile advocacy campaigns, including those centered on social justice and youth issues.

As Johnson takes over, Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, is celebrating its 25th anniversary year with a mission to continue its work “Until We’re All Equal,” a mission that Johnson fully embraces.

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Gov. Rauner, Legislators Meet with Transgender Advocates

Lobbying Transgender | April 17, 2016
Gov. Rauner meets with transgender student Finn DeLima

Gov. Rauner meets with transgender student Finn DeLima

Advocates from Equality Illinois and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago–including a transgender university student and the mother of a transgender child–met with Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislators in Springfield to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda during the spring session of the General Assembly.

In a meeting in the Governor’s Office arranged by Equality Illinois, the advocates urged the governor to support a bill to modernize birth certificate changes for transgender Illinoisans (HB 6073), to oppose a second measure that would stigmatize and discriminate against transgender students (HB 4474), and to adopt a responsible budget that protects vital services for Illinoisans.

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Equality Act Sponsor to Keynote Equality Con

Education Initiative Equality Illinois Event | April 12, 2016

Cicilline EI ConWe are excited to announce that U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is the EqualityCon 2016 keynote speaker. Rep. Cicilline as the Chief Sponsor of the Equality Act, the federal LGBT civil rights bill.

Registration is now open for EqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 13-14.

Together with community support, we’re building an agenda with a wide range of session topics and discussions. With conversations on everything from racial justice to transgender equality, safety in schools to finding equality in faith communities, education on wellness and guidance on financial security, and breaking through barriers on passing state and federal policies, we will have something for everyone.

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