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.
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!
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 9, 2015
Our work is not done! Today, Equality Illinois launched “Corporate Social Responsibility and LGBT Equality: A Program to Build an Inclusive Workplace Culture,” which includes a new guide and a series of training sessions.
Legal advances have been crucial in creating a fairer world for those who identify as LGBT, but there are many additional steps to creating a workplace environment where LGBT employees can flourish.
Click below to read and download the new Equality Illinois “Guide to LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces” and to sign up for the next Equality Illinois Corporate Social Responsibility Trainings. The presenting partner of this project is the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
February 8, 2015
Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual LGBT Equality Institute, presented by Equality Illinois, a two-day conference March 20-21 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago bringing together our state’s LGBT community and allies, progressive advocates, civic leaders, and community groups to discuss issues that affect us all.
Join us to discuss the future of our movement, garner more practical skills, and share your feedback on the priorities in Illinois. There is currently a special early bird rate of $60 per ticket. Beginning March 1 tickets will be at the regular price of $75. Student scholarships are available.
Topics at the conference will include transgender equality, safe schools, homelessness, healthcare access, senior care issues, immigration, federal initiatives and policy, politics and much more.
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January 13, 2014
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with the EQIL delegation, including CEO Bernard Cherkasov
An Equality Illinois delegation spent Thursday, January 9 in Washington, DC meeting with leaders to discuss a wide range of issues and emphasizing that despite great gains in 2013, the agenda remains full and there should be no complacency.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and the Obama administration officials in attendance were very receptive and welcomed the input.