December 17, 2014
The TransLife Center of Chicago House is the recipient of the 2015 Equality Illinois Freedom Award for providing critical services to transgender Illinoisans.
In announcing the recognition on Wednesday, Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said, “The TransLife Center demonstrates remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for transgender people in Illinois. For transgender individuals impacted by poverty, homelessness, and health issues, the TransLife Center provides critical, life-changing services.”
The Freedom Award will be made at the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala on February 14, 2015 in the Hilton Chicago. The gala is annually the largest LGBT formal event in the Midwest. The theme of the gala this year is “love is love is love” in honor of Valentine’s Day.
FREEDOM AWARD CITATION
December 12, 2014
Join Equality Illinois this Sunday at an important lecture for Human Rights Month: “If Not Now, When? Pursuing Global Justice to Mend Our Broken World.”
Around the globe, women, girls and LGBT people are often treated as second-class citizens, facing rampant discrimination, violence and routine violations of their human rights. They are denied access to education, jobs and health services, are at heightened risk for HIV and AIDS and, in some places, fear for their lives.
Join Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service, to understand these global challenges and learn what we can do, here in the United States, to ensure that marginalized people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean can live with health, safety and dignity.
Equality Illinois is a proud partner of this presentation at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
To attend this important program, registration is required.
December 11, 2014
Equality Illinois today called for the resignation of Warren Township High School District 121 Board member Liz Biondi for suggesting that the search for a new school superintendent exclude gay or lesbian candidates, thereby violating the clear Illinois law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
At a public meeting of the board on Dec. 2, 2014 in Gurnee, Illinois, Biondi expressed that she is “going to be very blunt” and proceeded to caution the search firm against bringing gay or lesbian candidates for superintendent: “I’m concerned that if we hired someone that we were not aware of that background, that they may be fighting more personal fires than superintendent fires, I guess is what I’m going to say.”
“Biondi clearly demonstrated that she is not worthy of the trust to hold a position on the school board. We find Biondi’s comments as someone who is sworn to uphold the law to be reprehensible, and she needs to resign from the board effective immediately, certainly before the search process proceeds,” Cherkasov said.
Breaking News in Illinois |
December 10, 2014
Equality Illinois today is mourning the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said, “The people of Illinois today lost a true original. Comptroller Topinka brightened every room she entered with her engaging laugh, and LGBT Illinoisans were included in her warm embrace.
“As a Republican statewide officeholder, Comptroller Topinka was a leader in supporting issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans and demonstrating that equality and fairness were bipartisan concerns.”