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.
December 22, 2016
We can’t sugarcoat this. Anti-discrimination gains LGBTQ people made during the Obama Administration, in both Illinois and nationwide, are now in peril of being wiped away by the Trump-Pence Administration and Congressional Republicans. We intend to be vigilant and fight back, and that is going to take champions like you to support Equality Illinois with a donation of $25.
With the Trump election and Republican sweep, the anti-LGBTQ flood gates have been opened on a national scale:
· The First Amendment Defense Act, legislation that would establish a free pass for any business, agency, or person to discriminate against LGBTQ people, has significant support among Congressional Republicans. President-elect Trump has promised to sign it. Your support of $25 strengthens our voice when we call on our allies in Congress to take every means necessary to block this hateful bill.
· Vice-President-elect Mike Pence is calling for the end of Education Department guidance affirming non-discrimination protections for transgender students. Equality Illinois will use your $25 to activate our base to call on your elected officials to remind them of the lasting harm that discrimination in schools has on our youth.
· Anti-LGBTQ groups are salivating at the prospect of President-elect Trump striking down President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBTQ people who work for thousands of federal contractors from discrimination in the workplace. Your donation will help us let Trump know that LGBTQ Illinoisans and our allies hold him responsible for protecting all Americans from discrimination.
Your civil rights protections should not be at risk with the change in administrations, but that’s the reality we face and we will resist at every turn. Now is the time to deepen your commitment to equality and justice; donate $25 today. Everyone who donates will have their named added to our letter to the president-elect, letting him know our interests must be respected!
December 11, 2016
Equality Illinois will be adopting a new strategic plan effective July 1, 2017 that will outline our civil rights agenda for the upcoming 4 years. In order to make sure our agenda is most reflective of the diverse viewpoints of the LGBTQ and allied community in Illinois, we need your input.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the online survey. Not only will you have a chance to inform our civil rights agenda, but every week 2 people who complete the survey will win a $50 American Express gift card.
June 6, 2016
You should not have to prove your gender identity to use facilities at a restaurant, hotel, or grocery store. But currently, in the City of Chicago, a transgender or gender non-conforming person could be asked to show proof of gender identity in the form of a government-issued ID. That’s fundamentally unfair.
That is why Equality Illinois supports a newly introduced Chicago Equal Access Ordinance that would prohibit places of public accommodations from asking patrons to show a government ID as proof of gender identity to use the restroom.
Tell your alderman to vote for the ordinance that would ensure full equal access to public accommodations consistent with a person’s gender identity (Ordinance 2016-3973). If you don’t know your alderman or how to get it touch, look it up here.
LOOK UP ALDERMAN
April 2, 2016
This legislative session is a busy one for champions of LGBT equality in Illinois. With proposed legislation and a budget impasse that has the ability to significantly affect many in our community, now is the time to tell Springfield where we stand. Register for the 2016 LGBT Advocacy Day on Wed., April 13!
This daylong advocacy event in Springfield includes lobbying training, lunch, meetings with legislators, and a visit to the capitol and concludes with a reception at the Illinois State Library.
This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow supporters of LGBT equality and let your voice be heard on a series of issues that affect us all.
March 23, 2016
It’s happened in other states, and now it’s happening in Illinois. A shameful bill, which would force transgender students to use separate school facilities from their peers, has advanced to the Illinois House Human Services Committee. We need to stop it in its tracks! Sign the petition at the link below.
We’ll deliver the petition to the legislators on the committee, which could take action on this bill in April, and to your representative.
HB 4474 is an awful and harmful policy that would write discrimination into Illinois law and make schools less safe. Please sign the petition.
March 16, 2016
President Obama performed his constitutional duty by nominating Judge Merrick Garland to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Join Equality Illinois in calling on the U.S. Senate to do your job and our two Senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, to carry through on their constitutional responsibilities to fairly and thoroughly consider the nomination and hold a confirmation vote within a reasonable time.
This Supreme Court nomination is likely to set the direction of the nation’s highest court for a generation. LGBT Americans and our families and friends know how important that is, with the court’s decision affirming our right to marry not even one year old.
March 10, 2016
This legislative session is a busy one for champions of #LGBT equality in Illinois. With proposed legislation and a budget impasse that has the ability to significantly affect many in our community, now is the time to tell lawmakers where we stand.
Join us on Wed., April 13, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM for Equality Illinois’ LGBT ADVOCACY DAY.
November 7, 2015
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their children and families are part of the fabric of Illinois. And many Illinois families rely on critical state-administered services such as the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
Equality Illinois supports Senate Bill 570, which would restore quality, affordable child care services for tens of thousands of hard-working Illinois families cut by the Rauner administration. Urge your legislator to support the bill when the General Assembly returns on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, the Rauner Administration imposed extreme eligibility requirements that will disqualify 90 percent of applicants who were previously eligible for child care through the CCAP. Parents who want to work would be forced to leave their jobs for the lack of child care. This does not enhance the economy of Illinois or ensure lived equality for these families.
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR
July 6, 2015
Last week, Equality Illinois submitted this 88-page petition to Governor Rauner asking him to protect LGBT youth from dangerous, discredited “conversion therapy” and sign House Bill 217.
Speaking with a strong voice to protect youth, the thousands of petition signers represent every part of Illinois, from Zion to Carbondale, Quincy to Danville. Thank you for your advocacy to protect LGBT youth so all Illinoisans may #LIVEequal.
If you haven’t already, please send Governor Rauner a personal message asking him to protect LGBT youth and sign HB 217.
CONTACT THE GOVERNOR