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LGBTQ and Jewish organizations challenge Tribune editorial on bakery case

Anti-Discrimination | December 11, 2017

In the Sunday Chicago Tribune, nearly two dozen LGBTQ, Jewish and social justice agencies challenged the tone and substance of an editorial that supported the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Chicago Tribune promotes editorial on Twitter

“Comparing a same-sex couple looking to buy a cake honoring their love to Nazis seeking to buy a swastika cake is appalling. We remind the board that an estimated 15,000 LGBTQ people were rounded up and systemically murdered by Nazis in the Holocaust. Your comparison is bullish and insensitive,” the organizations said to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.

“Second, the board’s dismissive approach to the indignity experienced by the plaintiffs–David Mullins and Charlie Craig–minimizes the reality LGBTQ people face in many communities every day.”

The letter was signed by the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Pride Action Tank, Equality Illinois, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago on behalf of the other organizations.


Replay: LGBTQ Forum with the Democratic Candidates for Governor

Community Event | December 8, 2017

On Dec. 6, 2017, the five Democratic candidates for governor met in a historic statewide forum in that was the first ever in Illinois to focus solely on LGBTQ issues.

The candidates–Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber, businessman Chris Kennedy, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, state Sen. Daniel Biss, and businessman J.B. Pritzker–all agreed that issues such as youth homelessness, health care access, immigration fairness, equal treatment of transgender students and care for elderly community members must be better addressed by the state. The candidates also committed to appointing LGBTQ Illinoisans to senior level positions in their administration if they are elected.

The forum was hosted in Chicago’s historic Second Presbyterian Church, introduced by Anthony C. Galloway of Equality Illinois, moderated by Brian C. Johnson of Equality Illinois, with questions asked by the other cosponsors Imani Rupert-Gordon of Affinity Community Services, Kenny Martín-Ocasio of ALMA Chicago, and Kim L. Hunt of Pride Action Tank.

Equality Illinois to Honor Transgender Youth Activist Jazz Jennings at Gala

Equality Illinois Event Gala | November 30, 2017

Jazz Jennings

For her activism on behalf of her fellow transgender youth, Jazz Jennings will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award.

The presentation of the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award will be made at the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality Illinois announced Thursday.

“From a very young age, Jazz was proud and open about being a transgender person, and through the force of her personality she has educated Americans about the challenges, hopes, and dreams of transgender people,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “We are thrilled to be able to honor her at our 2018 Gala.”


Sign Up for LGBTQ Forum in One Week

Community Event | November 29, 2017

Sign up today HERE because in just one week the Democratic candidates for governor meet in the first LGBTQ Forum for statewide candidates ever in Illinois.

Your presence and visibility in Chicago’s historic Second Presbyterian Church on Dec. 6 will display the strength of LGBTQ Illinoisans, our families, and allies. Seating in the church is limited, so register today.

You’ll see state Sen. Daniel Biss​, Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber​, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman​, businessman Chris Kennedy​, and businessman J.B. Pritzker​ answer questions put to them about the issues critical to you by Forum hosts Affinity Community Services​, ALMA Chicago​, the Equality Illinois​ Institute, and Pride Action Tank​.