Archive for the ‘Community Event’ Category


LGBTQ Forum: The Democratic Candidates for Governor

September 7, 2017



Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact our lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wednesday, December 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced Thursday.

You can register to attend the forum and see the candidates in person.

The “Illinois LGBTQ Forum: The Democratic Candidates for Governor” is organized by Affinity Community Services, the Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA), the Equality Illinois Institute, and Pride Action Tank. The forum will take place 6-8 p.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s South Loop. The forum organizers also plan to broadcast the event live through social media platforms so LGBTQ organizations and people across the state can watch it.

As of today, the announced Democratic candidates who have confirmed their participation are State Sen. Daniel Biss, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar,  businessman J.B. Pritzker, and businessman Chris Kennedy.



Fighting transgender military ban at the Illinois State Fair

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.



Fahrenheit Chicago-Pride South on the Lake

July 25, 2017

Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago are excited to announce 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.

The free event, featuring non-stop music, beach games and a Bid Whist card tournament, public health awareness, and civic engagement, will be on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 11am to 7pm at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

“We are so excited to bring LGBTQ people of color from all generations together for a summer party on the South Side. With Fahrenheit Chicago, we look forward to gathering and socializing on the South Side, and we hope it also helps build stronger bridges within the diverse queer community from all parts of the city and the Chicago area,” said Anthony Galloway, Director of Civic Engagement of Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization.



Proud Families Helping Kids in Need

June 19, 2017

Join Equality Illinois and Cradles to Crayons Chicago this Saturday for Proud Families Service Day, an opportunity during Pride Month for families of every stripe to show their support for local kids living in need.

Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”.

Anyone age six and above can volunteer at the Giving Factory. Activities are appropriate and engaging for individuals and families. You will work at a volunteer station such as Clothing Sort, Outfits, School Supplies, Shoes, Toys, or Shopping.

Please sign up for the two-hour shift.



Remember the victims of the Pulse shooting

June 12, 2017


Honor LGBTQ veterans on this Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

On Memorial Day, Equality Illinois remembers all who served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice.

A monument honoring LGBTQ veterans is being dedicated today at 1pm at Halsted and Addison streets in Chicago.

The local chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER Chicago Chapter) is behind the effort, but it is several thousand dollars short. You can participate by contributing through its GoFundMe page.

“LGBTQ Americans have played a vital part in making our country the free, democratic and vibrant place it is today. Far too often, the acknowledgment that many of our heroes in American history and society identify as a member of the LGBTQ community has been hidden from us and the general public,” Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.



Illinois Women March on Springfield

April 17, 2017

On Tuesday, April 25, thousands of people, including LGBTQ Illinoisans, will come together as Illinois Women March on Springfield and take action for civil rights and a responsible budget. Equality Illinois is proud to be a coalition partner for this inspiring and impactful event. Please join us!

We will rally and lobby for legislative initiatives and budget priorities that affirm all Illinoisans, including LGBTQ people, people of color, women, immigrants, refugees, and people with disabilities.

Surrounded by pro-fairness allies from across the state, April 25 will be a great opportunity to talk with legislators about important progressive initiatives such as the birth certificate modernization bill (HB 1785), the LGBTQ panic defense ban (SB 1761), the Immigration Safe Zones Act (HB 426), and legislation protecting access to safe and legal reproductive healthcare in Illinois (HB 40).




Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2017

King Day 2017

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there is no more fitting thought at this time in our history than the inscription written on the side of his memorial in Washington, DC: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Equality Illinois joins the nation today in pausing to remember Dr. King.


Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016


Equality Illinois wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, as we also look ahead to the challenging work we must do together in Illinois and throughout the U.S. to make sure everyone has a place at the table.



November 16, 2016

action-fair-fb-1Announcing the POST-ELECTION ACTION FORUM-An LGBTQ response to the Trump presidency

Join us on Monday, Nov. 28 to:
1. Discuss the protections that are at risk for LGBTQ Americans
2. Learn how the LGBTQ community and other groups are responding
3. Find opportunities to take action and volunteer

Event Co-Sponsors: Equality Illinois, Lake View Presbyterian Church, Howard Brown Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Test Positive Aware Network, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Chicago House, Black Treatment Advocates Network, Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action, Center on Halsted, Pride Action Tank, Affinity, Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Vida/SIDA), Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Brothers Health Collective



The vigils continue this week…

June 13, 2016

Vigils this week(1)

Vigils in memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre at the Pulse nightclub and in solidarity with the LGBT community continue this week. If you know of a ceremony in your area, please email us at, and we’ll add it to this list:

Joliet – 7:00 p.m. at E Jefferson and Power Alley
Charleston – 7:30 p.m. at the Coles County Courthouse, 653 Jackson Ave.

Berwyn – 8 p.m. at Serenity Park, 26th Street at Wesley

Elgin – 8:30 p.m. in the plaza behind Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court


State of OUR State Rally

January 14, 2016

RALLY for webIt’s unprecedented. The State of Illinois is now in its 7th month without an operating budget. Our families and communities are suffering, and we cannot proceed without making our voices heard.

On January 27–the day of Gov. Rauner’s State of the State address–join Equality Illinois at the “State of OUR State Rally” – organized by the Responsible Budget Coalition, at 11 AM at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

Lunch will be provided if you register in advance.

Equality Illinois is a member of the Responsible Budget Coalition because we believe Illinois needs a fair and responsible budget that protects critical services for Illinoisans. And that budget is past due.



Growing Your Family

November 10, 2015

Growing Your FamilyGrowing your family is an incredible experience, and we are so excited for you! For assistance in adoption and foster care, especially for ‪#‎LGBT‬ parents, you can attend this free seminar in Peoria sponsored by Equality Illinois, Familycore, Peoria Proud and the Center for Law & Social Work.

While the journey for prospective parents can be long and sometimes challenging, Equality Illinois is committed to helping you understand and navigate your legal rights. We hope that this seminar will help you along this exciting journey!

Please join us in Peoria on December 10 for this seminar, part of Equality Illinois’ work to create a lived equality for LGBT Illinoisans and families.



Chicago Pride Parade 2015

June 30, 2015
Celebrating Marriage and Remembering The Work Still to Do