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Chicago Leaders Protect Transgender Access to Facilities

Anti-Discrimination Transgender | May 19, 2016

Chicago bathroom protectionsA Chicago ordinance designed to protect the dignity and health of transgender and gender non-conforming people will be a clear rebuke to the actions in North Carolina and other states that want to turn back the clock.

The ordinance was introduced Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council’s LGBT caucus at the recommendation of Chicago Human Rights Commissioner Mona Noriega.

This is about basic human dignity and treating people with respect. The simple human need to use the restroom should not be questioned.


EqualityCon 2016

Equality Illinois Event Stay Informed | May 15, 2016

EICON MEMEEqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, on May 13-14, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, brought together advocates and experts to discuss the state of LGBT issues and how we can advance the cause UNTIL WE’RE ALL EQUAL.

We discussed the federal Equality Act with chief sponsor Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Jan Schakowsky and state issues to employment, adoption, gender diversity, racial justice, trans advocacy, faith, the rural experience and aging.

Revisit the interesting and energizing two-day conference, including a video of Rep. Cicilline’s remarks, in the EqualityCon gallery.


EqualityCon 2016 to Host Equality Act Sponsor

Equality Illinois Event | May 11, 2016

Cicilline Announcement V2Join us at EqualityCon 2016 this weekend to hear from U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, chief sponsor of the Equality Act, which would protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federal funding, credit, and jury service. Rep. Cicilline will be the opening keynote speaker on Friday afternoon.

The wrap-up keynote speaker will be Nikki Nigl who is a supporter of Equality Illinois and a qualified public speaking instructor, accountability coach, relationship guru, women’s empowHERment coach, life manager, weight-loss coach, and overall cheerleader.

Seats are still available for this two-day conference of LGBT champions, progressive advocates, allies, policy experts, political leaders and community groups hosted by Equality Illinois, convenes in Chicago this month to focus on issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.


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.