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Fahrenheit–Pride South on the Lake Announces Entertainment Lineup

Equality Illinois Event | August 16, 2017

Non-stop entertainment from top rap artists, R&B and house singers, drag performers, and DJs will be featured at Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families.

International queer rap artist Cakes da Killa, whose debut album drops this fall, and singer-songwriter Cor.Ece will highlight the free event 11 am-7:30 pm on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

Hosting the party will be Chicago comedians Mz Ruff n Stuff, Trina Tru Luv, and Otis Mack “The Heavy Diva,” and poet/singer Storie Devereaux.

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New EI Board Members Add LGBTQ Diversity & Allies

Equality Illinois | August 15, 2017

The Equality Illinois 2017-2018 boards of directors, which include six new board members, who, together with the board veterans, represent the diverse LGBTQ community in Illinois as well as allies.

The new members of the two boards, for Equality Illinois and Equality Illinois Institute include Sheila Simon, the former Illinois lieutenant governor, who is now Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale.

We thank the new and veteran board members for volunteering significant time and sharing expertise and experiences from their personal and professional lives to benefit our civil rights mission.

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Reacting to Charlottesville

Anti-Discrimination | August 14, 2017

Everyone should unite in expressing disgust at the racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic messages spewed at the white nationalist gatherings in Charlottesville this weekend.

Contrary to the “many sides” of responsibility for the hate, bigotry and violence suggested by Donald Trump, there are only two sides: Those on the wrong side of history by standing against equal and fair treatment for all Americans and those on the right side of history by fighting for justice and human rights.

Kudos to the marchers in Chicago and around the nation who peacefully stood up Sunday to the hateful demonstrators and their ideologies and to the coddling of them by the Trump administration.

Fighting transgender military ban at the Illinois State Fair

Community Event Transgender | August 11, 2017

Equality Illinois is at the Illinois State Fair for the 6th year in a row, this year seeking support for our brave and patriotic troops, including transgender members of the military.

Fairgoers who stop by the Equality Illinois booth during the State Fair, which runs now through Aug. 20 in Springfield, will be able to sign a message to their U.S. representative that Equality Illinois will forward to Washington.

If you can’t make it to our booth at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds in Springfield to send a message to your member of Congress, click below to tell them to reject the Trump ban.

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