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Historic LGBT Equality Act Introduced in Congress

Anti-Discrimination | July 23, 2015

Equality Act MemeToday in Washington, the historic Equality Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress, a much needed, first-ever comprehensive nationwide civil rights bill that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans from experiencing discrimination. Read about the bill here.

Illinois has demonstrated that LGBT-inclusive civil rights protections are effective and can be applied nationally. We are calling on the state’s congressional delegation to be among the first in line to support this significant measure.

You can help us to achieve victory in the tough battle ahead. Please sign a petition that we will share with Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Mark Kirk, and with the ten Democrats and seven Republicans from Illinois in the U.S. House.


42 Law Firms Honored for ‘Raising the Bar’

Corporate Responsibility Employment | July 21, 2015

Raising the Bar 2015 coverEquality Illinois today recognized 42 Illinois law firms for “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engaging with the LGBT community.

The findings of our annual survey include:

– For the FOURTH year in a row, 100% of responding firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that expressly included sexual orientation.

– 88% of all responding firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression.


Enhanced Hate Crimes Law Signed

Breaking News in Illinois Hate Crimes | July 20, 2015

11205483_10153442146494424_4805328641778801230_nToday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation adding gender identity and LGBT community centers to existing Illinois hate crimes protections

This bill was a major initiative of Equality Illinois during the spring legislative session.

Thank you, Gov. Rauner, and the legislative sponsors Representative Sam Yingling,  State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and Senator Daniel Biss, for helping to protect LGBT Illinoisans.


Gov. Rauner’s Administration at Six Months

Issues | July 18, 2015

Rauner 6 monthsJuly marks Governor Bruce Rauner’s first six months in office.

How have the Administration’s actions impacted LGBT Illinoisans?

We’ve been tracking developments. Equality Illinois analyzed the governor’s appointments, executive directives, community outreach, legislative action, and the state budget.