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Call to Action Issued at Equality Illinois Gala

February 8, 2017

“We live in scary times,” Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson told the crowd Saturday night at his first gala as CEO.

And with that preamble, Johnson issued a call to action for the 1,200 people at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala and the millions of other Illinoisans who support justice, fairness, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and also for everyone marginalized by the rhetoric and actions of the new administration in Washington.

‘We will play our role, and we will play it vigorously,” Johnson promised, committing Equality Illinois to an aggressive agenda focusing on that will help make “Illinois more fair for LGBTQ people in places our stakeholders tell us they are hurting the most–in schools, in their access to health care, and in the criminal justice system.”

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Gala Celebrants Send Messages About LGBTQ Equality

February 5, 2017

From a U.S. senator to gala celebrants to volunteers, the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala Saturday night was filled with love for LGBTQ Americans and the many communities we intersect that have come under attack from the new administration, including refugees and immigrants, women, and people from all races, nationalities and religions.

Thank you to everyone for a fabulous evening, made even more exciting by the messages you shared.

As Senator Tammy Duckworth wrote, “I showed up at the #EIGala tonight because LGBTQ rights R Human Rights! (also a great party!)”

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Excitement Building for Equality Illinois Gala Saturday Night

February 3, 2017

The excitement is building for the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala on Saturday night at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. You can still join the fun by clicking the link to purchase tickets today.

The important work of Equality Illinois advocating for the civil rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans is funded by events such as the gala.

When we talk to a state legislator, communicate with a member of Congress, train correctional officers, educate employers about inclusive work places and do many more things fighting for the rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans, we thank everyone who has contributed, whether it is through the gala or donating a few dollars or giving of their time.

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Gala to Offer Vision for LGBTQ Rights During Challenging Times

January 31, 2017

The Equality Illinois 2017 Gala this Saturday will feature individuals who have benefited from the work of the state’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, recognize those who have fought for equal rights and cared for our community, and offer a vision for the ongoing fight to improve the lived equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans.

More than 1,200 community members, community leaders, dignitaries, and supporters, including Sen. Tammy Duckworth and other elected officials, plan to attend the Gala, which is annually the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago. Some of the world’s most recognizable corporate and brand names are among the sponsors of the gala.

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Join the excitement at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala

January 4, 2017

We’ve entered into a new year and are excited about many new things, such as our 2017 Equality Illinois Gala taking place in just ONE MONTH from today! Join us, commemorate with us, and help us take equal rights for #LGBTQ Illinoisans to a new and exciting level. To get excited, watch the video below. To get REAL excited, purchase your tickets today.

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(Pictures of 2016 gala courtesy of Mystic Images Photography.)

 

EI Honors Mona Noriega and Terry Cosgrove

December 12, 2016

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Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove will be the 2017 recipients of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for their lifelong commitment to fighting for the civil rights and personal freedoms of all Illinoisans, the organization announced Monday.

The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.

“Mona Noriega and Terry Cosgrove epitomize the criteria for the Equality Illinois Freedom Award, which was created to honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals in Illinois,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

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Equality Illinois Honors Lurie Children’s Hospital

November 17, 2016

lurie_signFor its dedication to improving the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans, Equality Illinois will honor the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with its Business Leadership Award.

The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.

“Lurie’s dedication to serving LGBTQ youth and families has earned it the deep appreciation of Equality Illinois and earned it the Business Leadership Award,” said Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson.

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Equality Illinois 2017 Gala

October 18, 2016

galasocialmediaicon-1We are excited to announce the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala on February 4, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.

The Midwest’s largest LGBTQ gala and fundraiser supports the work of Equality Illinois.

The Equality Illinois 2017 Gala is a celebratory winterfest of the accomplishments that advanced LGBTQ rights over the last year and a gathering of forces for the challenges that remain in our fight for full equality for all Illinoisans.

Please join us as a guest, table host, sponsor or contributor.

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Pelosi and Mariano Accept Awards at EI Jubilee Gala

February 13, 2016

Pelosi screen picOne week ago tonight – U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accepted the Equality Illinois 2016 Freedom Award at our 25th Anniversary Gala in the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

Her full acceptance speech and other moments during the Equality Illinois Jubilee Gala, including the recognition given the Mariano’s grocery chain with the 2016 Equality Illinois Business Leadership Award, can be seen on our YouTube channel.

Relive this wonderful evening.

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Thank you!

February 8, 2016

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Thank you, President Obama

February 6, 2016

Thank you, President Obama, for greeting tonight’s Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala with your message. You honor us.

 

Saturday’s 25th Anniversary Gala Features Nancy Pelosi

February 5, 2016

Pelosi meme 2The Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala this Saturday will celebrate a quarter century of progress for LGBT Illinoisans and the organization’s enduring commitment to securing equal treatment for all.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is the special guest for the jubilee celebration of the state’s oldest and largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.

Also being honored is the Mariano’s grocery chain.

We look forward to seeing you there for a grand celebration.

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J.B. Pritzker Chairs 2016 Gala

January 21, 2016

J.B. Pritzker Gala Chair MemeJ.B. Pritzker, the Chicago entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist and longtime advocate for LGBT causes, is the chair of the Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala, we announced today.

The Feb. 6 gala at the Hilton Chicago will honor House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi with the 2016 Equality Illinois Freedom Award and the Mariano’s grocery chain with the Business Leadership Award.

Mr. Pritzker’s support for LGBT rights dates back to his parents’ advocacy in the 1970’s and has continued over the years through the hard-won battles here in Illinois.

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Help Us Honor Nancy Pelosi

January 12, 2016

Pelosi meme 2Now that 2016 is upon us, it’s time to make your plan to celebrate at the largest LGBT event of its kind in the Midwest, the Equality Illinois Gala on Saturday, February 6.

Join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary at the 2016 Gala and help us honor our Freedom Award recipient, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Equality Illinois Gala is the largest and most extraordinary LGBT event of its kind in the region, attracting over 1,400 guests, public figures, community activists, and businesses leaders.  You will not want to miss your opportunity to be part of this experience.

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Mariano’s Receives Business Leadership Award

December 18, 2015

EqilGala_MarianosFbMeme_RevisedCongratulations to the Mariano’s​ grocery chain, which will be recognized with the 2016 Equality Illinois Business Leadership Award for its outreach to the LGBT market and embrace of LGBT employees. The award will be presented at the Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala at Feb. 6, 2016.

From the planning stages of Mariano’s entry into the Chicago-area market in 2010, it has sought to create a welcoming environment for staff and customers. Company leaders came to Equality Illinois to develop a plan to build and maintain a diverse employee team that was fully inclusive of LGBT Illinoisans in recruiting, hiring, advancement, benefits and community outreach.

Join us at the Equality Illinois Jubilee Gala to honor Mariano’s and also the previously announced recipient of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Equality Illinois Freedom Award to Honor Nancy Pelosi

November 17, 2015

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s visionary advocacy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans as a Member of Congress, Democratic Leader and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will be recognized with the 2016 Equality Illinois Freedom Award.

Leader Pelosi will accept the recognition at the Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago.

“From her first speech in the House of Representatives in 1987, when she pressed Congress to take a leading role in fighting AIDS, to the present day and her leadership on the Equality Act, Leader Pelosi has always sought to address the challenges faced by LGBT Americans,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

“For her devotion to the principle that LGBT Americans deserve to be able to live full, equal lives, for her understanding that government must play a role in achieving that, and for her outspoken leadership in the fight for equality, Equality Illinois is proud to recognize Leader Pelosi with the 2016 Equality Illinois Freedom Award.”

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25th Anniversary Year Supported by Jubilee Sponsors

November 4, 2015

470x246_JubileeSponsorsFinalWebTo help Equality Illinois celebrate its Silver Anniversary year and the work behind its quarter century of advancing LGBT rights, four companies have agreed to become Jubilee Sponsors–BMO Harris Bank, Coca-Cola, MillerCoors and United Airlines.

Their contributions will fund statewide educational and outreach activities throughout 2016 and help Equality Illinois chart its course for the future.

“These companies have all demonstrated leadership in building LGBT-inclusive businesses and supporting the LGBT community,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. “We thank them for helping to make possible our ongoing work to build on our past successes.”

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Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala

October 26, 2015

EqilGala_800x800SquareWebArtEquality 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.

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Thank You!

February 15, 2015

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015Happy Valentine’s Day from Equality Illinois.

We’re excited to be celebrating tonight at the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.  With the gala falling this year on Valentine’s Day, we highlight the significance that this first full year of ‪marriage equality holds for LGBT Illinoisans.

Valentine’s Day used to be a day of dread for many LGBT people and their families, who often felt uncomfortable displaying their true feelings in public. On this Valentine’s Day, the Equality Illinois Gala will fill two hotel ballrooms and make an emphatic public statement that “Love is Love.”

 


Robust Business Support Backs Equality Illinois

February 4, 2015
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Wirtz Beverage Illinois is Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Gala

The contributions made by the Illinois business community toward the work of Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, continue at a robust pace, fueled by a shared belief that fairness and inclusiveness are not only the right thing to do but are also good business practices.

For the upcoming 2015 Equality Illinois Gala on Valentine’s Day, February 14, in the Hilton Chicago, the Midwest’s largest LGBT formal event, more than a score of businesses are Gala Sponsors, and many dozens more are supporting our work by donating items for the luxury silent auction.

The Gala’s presenting sponsor is Wirtz Beverage Illinois. Gold sponsors are BMO Harris Bank, Exelon, GCM Grosvenor, Leo Burnett, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, MillerCoors, Omnibus Advertising and Marketing, Sidetrack, and United Airlines. Silver sponsors are Coca Cola, Hilton Chicago, J&L Catering, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Schiff Hardin LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, and Winston & Strawn LLP. Bronze sponsors are Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chapman and Cutler LLP, Dream Town Realty, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Mariano’s, McGuireWoods LLP,  Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, ReedSmith LLP, Supergurl Images, and Walgreens. Media sponsors are Bestgaycities.com, Chicago Phoenix, ChicagoPride.com, GC Magazine, GRAB Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, The L Stop, and Windy City Media Group.

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EQIL Honors Lea DeLaria with Freedom Award

January 23, 2015

Lea DeLaria HedshotIllinois native Lea DeLaria, a groundbreaking performer who was the first out comedian to appear on a late-night talk show and whose numerous stage and screen appearances include her standout role of prison inmate Big Boo in the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” will be honored with the Equality Illinois Freedom Award.

“Lea DeLaria is a cutting-edge performer who has used her talent to entertain and enlighten millions of Americans,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

DeLaria, born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, will accept the award at the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala, whose theme is “love is love is love,” on Saturday, February 14, in the Hilton Chicago.

“As an out performer for over 33 years who has made it her life’s work to change peoples perception of butch, queer and LGBT, it is an honor for me to receive such recognition from my home state,” DeLaria said. “I feel I’m doing Belleville proud. Go Maroons!”

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TransLife Center of Chicago House Earns EQIL Award

December 17, 2014

TransLifeCenterFreedomAwardMemeThe TransLife Center of Chicago House is the recipient of the 2015 Equality Illinois Freedom Award for providing critical services to transgender Illinoisans.

In announcing the recognition on Wednesday, Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said, “The TransLife Center demonstrates remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for transgender people in Illinois. For transgender individuals impacted by poverty, homelessness, and health issues, the TransLife Center provides critical, life-changing services.”

The Freedom Award will be made at the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala on February 14, 2015 in the Hilton Chicago. The gala is annually the largest LGBT formal event in the Midwest. The theme of the gala this year is “love is love is love” in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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Balthrops Are Chairs of Valentine’s Day Gala

December 9, 2014

Gala 2015 ChairsOn this coming Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015, the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala–the Midwest’s largest LGBT formal event–will fill two ballrooms in the Hilton Chicago, making an emphatic public statement that “love is love is love.”

“Our annual extravaganza will feature couples and families for whom love knows no bounds,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. “That is certainly true of the Co-Chairs of the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala that I am very proud to be announcing today.”

The Co-Chairs are Mariterese and Patrick Balthrop of Chicago. Patrick Balthrop recently retired as CEO of Luminex Corporation. The Balthrops, proud parents of three, are significant supporters of organizations such as Equality Illinois that fight for the LGBT community. Their son, Patrick Jr., 32, is an openly gay sound designer and musician who lives in the New York area with his husband, Dr. Mark Garneau.

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Tickets on Sale for Equality Illinois Gala “Love is Love”

November 21, 2014

EqilGala2015_400x400SocialMedia2Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago.

This event is not only one of the most exciting but it is also the largest ‪LGBT‬ event of its kind in the Midwest! Consistently drawing more than 1,400 guests in attendance, including nearly 100 public officials and scores of community VIPs, the Gala is one of the most anticipated, elegant and fun society events of the year.

Please join us as the 2015 Gala celebrates our historic milestones, including the first year with ‪marriage equality‬ in effect in ‪‎Illinois‬. It’s our chance to recommit to the important work we know still lies ahead. What better way to mark Valentine’s Day than celebrate that “Love is Love.” We can’t wait to see you there!

Click the link below for ticket information. Also click on these links for general gala information, corporate sponsorship opportunities, program book advertising and making donations to the luxury silent auction.

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