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EqualityCon Keynote Speaker

EqualityCon 2017 | March 27, 2017

Shannon Minter, the Legal Director of The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for LGBTQ people, is the keynote speaker for EqualityCon 2017, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute.

Minter was lead counsel for some of the plaintiff same-sex couples in the 2008 landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. In 2015, he served as counsel for married same-sex couples from Tennessee in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that resulted in the Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality as a national right.

Hear Minter and many other interesting speakers and topics at EqualityCon 2017 on Saturday, May 6 in Springfield.

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Tell Congress: Preserve ObamaCare

Health | March 22, 2017

Equality Illinois’ Anthony Charles Galloway joined many other organizations at 2:40 PM Wednesday to tell Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, because the Republican alternative would deny health coverage to 24 million Americans.

Call 866-246-9371 to tell your member of Congress to vote NO on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Watch the video to learn more.

House Committee Passes Birth Certificate Bill

Breaking News in Illinois Transgender | March 15, 2017

The bill to modernize the Illinois birth certificate law passed the Illinois House Human Services Committee Wednesday morning by a 7-4 vote.

Thank you to Rep. Greg Harris, and Equality Illinois’ coalition partners the ACLU of Illinois, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Howard Brown Health, and Lambda Legal.

And a special thank you to the amazing and brave witnesses for sharing their experiences with the committee. The bill will help transgender and gender non-conforming Illinoisans have correct birth certificates,

Call your state representative today and tell them to support HB 1785.

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‘Spring to Action’ Agenda Focuses on Local Events

Education Initiative Equality Illinois Event Take Action | March 2, 2017

LGBTQ Americans find themselves in a position we haven’t been in for nearly a decade: fighting against an administration that wants to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights. This sadly signals to others that it is permissible to try to stop the progress we’ve all fought so hard to achieve locally and nationally.

To this, Equality Illinois is responding with an aggressive Spring to Action agenda to build a strong and affirming voice among LGBTQ Illinoisans and our allies throughout the state to keep Illinois as an island of equality. At the same time, we are part of the national fight to defend our freedoms.

The Spring to Action agenda begins next week in Springfield and continues in cities throughout the state. In the coming weeks, Equality Illinois will host a series of trainings on LGBTQ issues, engage in town hall forums, and sponsor EqualityCon 2017 in Springfield for a daylong conference. Local LGBTQ and allied organizations are cosponsoring the trainings, town halls and EqualityCon. Events are scheduled in Springfield, Peoria, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Metro East.

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