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As the advocacy voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, we stand in solidarity with those in Chicago and Illinois who fight for racial, economic, and social justice. We will continue to engage in focused advocacy, dialogue, and education to end violence against marginalized communities and to ensure lived equality for all people.
Equality Illinois joins in remembering the transgender men and women murdered in the U.S. and around the world simply for being their true selves.
On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, there are events in Chicago, the suburbs, and throughout Illinois. Find them here, as well as a link to the list of names of the people we are remembering today.
Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov issues the following statement in opposition to restrictions on refugees:
I am a refugee.
In 1989, at age 13, I fled anti-Semitic violence and hatred in my homeland of Azerbaijan. For several months, my family and I journeyed through Russia, Austria, and Italy without a permanent place to call home. The United States took us in.
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Giving home to migrants fleeing oppression is a value that predates the founding of our country. Just as the United States accepted me and my family, we have a duty today to open our arms to those fleeing religious extremism, persecution, and genocide.