March 2, 2017
LGBTQ Americans find themselves in a position we haven’t been in for nearly a decade: fighting against an administration that wants to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights. This sadly signals to others that it is permissible to try to stop the progress we’ve all fought so hard to achieve locally and nationally.
To this, Equality Illinois is responding with an aggressive Spring to Action agenda to build a strong and affirming voice among LGBTQ Illinoisans and our allies throughout the state to keep Illinois as an island of equality. At the same time, we are part of the national fight to defend our freedoms.
The Spring to Action agenda begins next week in Springfield and continues in cities throughout the state. In the coming weeks, Equality Illinois will host a series of trainings on LGBTQ issues, engage in town hall forums, and sponsor EqualityCon 2017 in Springfield for a daylong conference. Local LGBTQ and allied organizations are cosponsoring the trainings, town halls and EqualityCon. Events are scheduled in Springfield, Peoria, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Metro East.
May 15, 2016
EqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, on May 13-14, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, brought together advocates and experts to discuss the state of LGBT issues and how we can advance the cause UNTIL WE’RE ALL EQUAL.
We discussed the federal Equality Act with chief sponsor Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Jan Schakowsky and state issues to employment, adoption, gender diversity, racial justice, trans advocacy, faith, the rural experience and aging.
Revisit the interesting and energizing two-day conference, including a video of Rep. Cicilline’s remarks, in the EqualityCon gallery.
May 11, 2016
Join us at EqualityCon 2016 this weekend to hear from U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, chief sponsor of the Equality Act, which would protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federal funding, credit, and jury service. Rep. Cicilline will be the opening keynote speaker on Friday afternoon.
The wrap-up keynote speaker will be Nikki Nigl who is a supporter of Equality Illinois and a qualified public speaking instructor, accountability coach, relationship guru, women’s empowHERment coach, life manager, weight-loss coach, and overall cheerleader.
Seats are still available for this two-day conference of LGBT champions, progressive advocates, allies, policy experts, political leaders and community groups hosted by Equality Illinois, convenes in Chicago this month to focus on issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.
April 28, 2016
EqualityCon 2016 in Chicago is just two weeks away on May 13-14! Do not miss your chance to register for Illinois’ premier organizing and educational conference for the LGBT community and allies in our state! This is your chance to discuss the future of our movement and garner practical skills.
Sessions will cover: Employment, adoption, gender diversity, racial justice, Trans advocacy, faith, the rural experience, and senior care.
“EqualityCon is an opportunity for advocates to sit down with experts, a chance to listen and to share, a time to learn and to educate on issues important to LGBT Illinoisans,” said Patty Medairy, Director of Field Operations at Equality Illinois.
April 12, 2016
We are excited to announce that U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is the EqualityCon 2016 keynote speaker. Rep. Cicilline as the Chief Sponsor of the Equality Act, the federal LGBT civil rights bill.
Registration is now open for EqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 13-14.
Together with community support, we’re building an agenda with a wide range of session topics and discussions. With conversations on everything from racial justice to transgender equality, safety in schools to finding equality in faith communities, education on wellness and guidance on financial security, and breaking through barriers on passing state and federal policies, we will have something for everyone.
March 24, 2016
Early-bird registration is now open for EqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 13-14!
Take advantage of the early-bird discount and secure your spot at Illinois’ premier strategy session bringing together LGBT community members and allies, progressive advocates, and civic leaders to discuss issues that affect us all.
Together with community support, we’re building an agenda with a wide range of session topics and discussions. With conversations on everything from racial justice to transgender equality, safety in schools to finding equality in faith communities, education on wellness and guidance on financial security, and breaking through barriers on passing state and federal policies, we will have something for everyone. Register today!
January 25, 2016
Chicago Opening Night for Hamilton – A Night Not to Be Missed!
It’s almost impossible to get Hamilton tickets in New York. But you can get them here for the Chicago opening night on Sept. 27, 2016 and at the same time benefit the work of Equality Illinois.
Only limited tickets are available, so do not delay.
November 10, 2015
Growing 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.
October 26, 2015
Equality Illinois is entering our 25th year and we plan to celebrate in a big way with our 2016 Gala on Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
The Gala is the largest LGBT event of its kind in the Midwest, drawing more than 1,400 guests, including nearly 100 public officials and many more community VIPs.
You have helped create all the successes and milestones of our movement over the last quarter century and we want to celebrate with you at the most anticipated, elegant and fun society event of the year. Make sure to get your tickets now; we are offering a special anniversary discounted pricing through November 15.
October 21, 2015
Your workplace may already be LGBT-friendly, but do you and your colleagues know how to share those values with all employees?
Policy on paper is important but how can employers translate that into diversity trainings or conversation about sensitivity and inclusion?
Join us on Wednesday, October 28 for a workshop on DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Trainings, Policies, and Other Practices. The workshop is free, but registration is required for security. CLE credit has been requested.
This Corporate Social Responsibility training is a part of a series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
August 25, 2015
The program for this Saturday’s LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield will bring together experts and activists who will focus on the services, programs and issues central to Illinoisans outside of Chicago.
Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder will welcome the participants at the 10 am opening session. The conference will also feature state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, IL, whose district includes Springfield and Decatur, and state Rep. Litesa Wallace of Rockford, who will participate in the lunchtime portion of the program at noon looking at LGBT issues from a state policy perspective.
Registration for the August 29 event at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., Springfield, is still available. The $20 registration includes lunch.
INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
August 4, 2015
The Springfield-based daylong LGBT Equality Institute on Saturday, August 29 in the shadow of the state Capitol will feature speakers and panels discussing the future of our movement and offering practical skills.
It will be an opportunity to share your feedback on the priorities in Illinois and to network with other LGBT and allied activists and civic leaders from throughout the state.
Participation in the conference at the State House Inn in Springfield costs only $20, including lunch. Panels will cover topics that include non-discrimination, mental health care, transgender equality, safe schools, adoption and family services, faith, HIV/AIDS prevention and services, addiction recovery, ally development, youth, criminalization of the LGBT community, aging, state initiatives and policy, and more.
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July 13, 2015
We see transgender equality issues more and more in the spotlight…but what does that mean for you?
Join us this Wednesday morning, when we will discuss the current state of protections for transgender individuals under federal and state law, and how this may affect your workplace policies, benefits, and rights.
This session is part of a series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which will cover a wide range of topics concerning LGBT diversity and inclusion, human resources, employee benefits, government relations, and related policies. For interested lawyers/attorneys, CLE credit has been requested and dial-in will be available!
The session is FREE, but registration is required.
March 26, 2015
Equality Illinois is holding our annual LGBT Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 15 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
It’ll be a great opportunity to talk to lawmakers about legislation that affects the LGBT community. Our agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, protecting LGBT youth from ineffective and dangerous conversion therapy, and saving important funding for public services in the state budget.
Registration for a bus ticket from the Chicago area includes admission for one round trip to Springfield, lunch, and registration to the LGBT Advocacy Day. Or you can drive on your own from anywhere in the state and participate in our program when you arrive. Share your plans on social media with #LGBTadvocacy.
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March 11, 2015
We are happy to announce that our special guest on the first day of the LGBT Equality Institute on Friday, March 20 will be Ms. Amanda Simpson, Executive Director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the first openly transgender woman U.S. Presidential appointee.
Don’t miss your chance to hear Ms. Simpson, or any of our expert presenters during the March 20-21 conference presented by Equality Illinois at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and discuss what’s next for the LGBT movement. See the full program here.
This conference will address issues of transgender equality, access to health care, youth homelessness, faith organizing, HIV/AIDS, organizing outside of Chicago, addiction, the role of the judicial system, ally development, movement building, and more.