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Tickets on Sale for Equality Illinois Gala “Love is Love”

Gala | November 21, 2014

EqilGala2015_400x400SocialMedia2Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago.

This event is not only one of the most exciting but it is also the largest ‪#‎LGBT‬ event of its kind in the Midwest! Consistently drawing more than 1,400 guests in attendance, including nearly 100 public officials and scores of community VIPs, the Gala is one of the most anticipated, elegant and fun society events of the year.

Please join us as the 2015 Gala celebrates our historic milestones, including the first year with ‪#‎marriageequality‬ in effect in ‪#‎Illinois‬. It’s our chance to recommit to the important work we know still lies ahead. What better way to mark Valentine’s Day than celebrate that “Love is Love.” We can’t wait to see you there!

Click the link below for ticket information. Also click on these links for general gala information, corporate sponsorship opportunities, program book advertising and making donations to the luxury silent auction.


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender | November 20, 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Today, we pause on the Transgender Day of Remembrance to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

There are memorial events today and through the weekend in Bloomington, Brighton, Chicago, Joliet, Palatine, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield. Find an event at the link below. #TDOR


Remembering Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne

Breaking News in Illinois | November 15, 2014

Byrne MemorialEquality Illinois mourns the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne.

Mayor Byrne was a pioneer. The first and only woman elected mayor in Chicago, she recognized the LGBT diversity of the city.

Mayor Byrne proclaimed the first Gay Pride Parade Day in the city in 1981 and was the first major political figure to appear in the city’s Pride Parade in 1985. She also ended police raids on gay  bars, issued the first executive order ending discrimination in city employment practices and supported a gay rights ordinance.

Mayor Byrne set the standard for public officials in the city and the state as the first to publicly build a bridge to the LGBT community.

In Victory, Bruce Rauner Needs to Serve All Illinoisans

Elections | November 5, 2014

The people of Illinois have spoken, giving Bruce Rauner the chance to lead. As do all Illinoisans, we hope that as Bruce Rauner turns to governing he will recognize that he serves everyone in the state, including LGBT individuals and their families, and the clear majority of Illinoisans who support LGBT equality.

As Mr. Rauner wraps up his political campaign, Equality Illinois will be ready to work with him to advance equal treatment and social justice for all in the Land of Lincoln.

Equality Illinois also congratulates Governor Pat Quinn on running a campaign and an administration that embraced all Illinoisans.

Under Pat Quinn’s leadership, we advanced protections for students from bullying and violence in schools, we made history by recognizing marriage equality, and countless people got a job, a home, insurance, a mortgage, a business opportunity because of anti-discrimination vigilance by the Quinn administration. We made great strides toward fairness and equal treatment for all. We thank Governor Quinn for his years of service.

Despite the governor’s loss, significant wins were scored in the general election.