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Equality Illinois 2017 Gala

Gala | October 18, 2016

galasocialmediaicon-1We are excited to announce the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala on February 4, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.

The Midwest’s largest LGBTQ gala and fundraiser supports the work of Equality Illinois.

The Equality Illinois 2017 Gala is a celebratory winterfest of the accomplishments that advanced LGBTQ rights over the last year and a gathering of forces for the challenges that remain in our fight for full equality for all Illinoisans.

Please join us as a guest, table host, sponsor or contributor.


Apply for Community Advisory Group

Get Involved Issues | October 6, 2016

advisory-group-v4As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois is launching a Community Advisory Group – a diverse cross-section of voices from across Illinois to inform the policy positions and initiatives we adopt and pursue in our work to secure and defend the equal and inclusive rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans.

The group will be composed of 20 individuals. If you’re interested, go to the application page to review the objectives and responsibilities of the Community Advisory Group, then download, complete, and return the form.

We want to make sure the Community Advisory Group includes the diverse views of LGBTQ Illinoisans from every corner of the state. Together, we will advance justice and equality in Illinois.


Listening Tour

Stay Informed | October 1, 2016


In the first months of the tenure of new Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson, he’s been on a listening tour throughout Illinois, in big cities, college towns and small hamlets, to listen to LGBTQ stakeholders, to hear your stories, and learn about your hopes and fears for the future.

Today, he is publishing his report on what he heard and what Equality is going to do about it.

In his report, Brian recounts the concerns over issues such as educational equality, healthcare access, criminal justice fairness, and safety in our communities. And he outlines the beginning steps of how Equality Illinois will address these concerns in the months and years ahead. Please read his detailed report.


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.