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Equality Illinois and Kirkland & Ellis Recognized for Legal Work

Conversion Therapy Ban | September 26, 2016
Serena Grant, Director of TrustLaw, (on left) presents the award to Mike Ziri of Equality Illinois and Marjorie Lindblom and Seirian Thomas of Kirkland & Ellis

Serena Grant, Director of TrustLaw, (on left) presents the award to Mike Ziri of Equality Illinois and Marjorie Lindblom and Seirian Thomas of Kirkland & Ellis

Equality Illinois is honored to have received with Kirkland & Ellis LLP the Impact Award from the TrustLaw Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal program.

The award celebrates our partnership with the law firm on legal research that informed our advocacy for legislation sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy & Sen. Daniel Biss that banned conversion therapy in Illinois.

During the legislative process, we were privileged to partner with leading medical and mental health organizations as well as the The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU of Illinois, Lambda Legal and many others on this effort! Thank you, TrustLaw, for your help and for this recognition.


Equality Illinois PAC Makes Endorsements

Breaking News in Illinois PAC | September 22, 2016

pac-fb-meme-2016The Equality Illinois PAC announces endorsements of 51 candidates, including Susana A. Mendoza for Illinois State Comptroller and state legislative candidates, in the general election on November 8, 2016.

“The opponents of LGBT equality and inclusion are determined to stop progress towards full equality,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

“We must be vigilant in our work to secure and defend our hard-fought victories and values. Electorally, we must elect those candidates who stand with LGBT Illinoisans.”

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Now’s the time to register to vote

Register to Vote | September 6, 2016

Election 2016 meme(1)This is the final stretch until voting begins in the all-important 2016 election for president, U.S. Senate, Congress, the Illinois General Assembly and other races. Are you ready?

Passage of the state ban on conversion therapy. The end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military. The Obama Administration executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. These laws and policies were made possible only because people like you registered and voted for officials who support LGBT rights.

Check out our Voter Registration Guide to learn how you can take care of your registration needs in a manner of minutes online, through the mail or in person at voter registration events at the Center on Halsted.

Election Day is Nov. 8, but early voting begins in Illinois on Sept. 29. Your vote counts!


Celebrating Labor Day

Employment | September 5, 2016

Labor Day 2016

On Labor Day 2016, Equality Illinois celebrates the workers who thrive in LGBT-welcoming jobs as we recommit to fight for the federal Equality Act in Congress so that our labor is respected and protected in all workplaces throughout the nation.