EqualityCon 2017

Bringing together LGBTQ Illinoisans and allies

EqualityCon 2017 on May 6 in Springfield brings together our state’s LGBTQ community and allies, progressive advocates, civic leaders, and community groups to train and share insights on how to make Illinois and the nation more just and equal.

Lead Sponsors: Illinois Public Health Association, Regional Resource Network Program Region V., Lambda Legal, Franczek Radelet P.C., UFCW Local 881, SEIU Healthcare of Illinois and Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

Supporting Sponsors: AFL-CIO Illinois, CORAL of Central Illinois, Rainbow Café LGBTQ Youth Center of Southern Illinois, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, National Center for Lesbian Rights, PFLAG Northern Illinois Council, and Illinois Federation of Teachers



The State House Inn
101 E. Adams Street
Springfield, IL

If you need a hotel room, the State House Inn has a discounted rate of $95/night for EqualityCon participants. Call the hotel at (217) 528-5100 and ask for the Equality Illinois rate.

The State House Inn is fully accessible. If you need an ASL interpreter, or have any other questions about EqualityCon, please contact Anthony Galloway, Equality Illinois Director of Education and Outreach, at 773-477-7173 or agalloway@eqil.org.


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3:00 – 6:00PM: Early bird conference check-in

Friday Night Reception: TBA


Breakfast on your own

8:30 AM: Conference check-in opens

10:00 – 10:50AM: Opening Plenary

Welcome – Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder

Charge of the Conference – Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson

Opening Address – TBA

11:00 – 11:50AM: Breakout #1

“Organizing with Religious Leaders against License to Discriminate Bills aka RFRAs”

“Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBTQ Adoptive and Foster Parents”

“Navigating Identity Documents: Legal Name and Gender Change Processes for Illinoisans” – Owen Daniel-McCarter, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

12:00 – 12:50PM: Midday Plenary (Lunch included)

“Health Equity”

1:00 to 2:15PM: Breakout #2

“Organizational Development: Fundraising 101” – Brian C. Johnson, Equality Illinois

“Supporting LGBTQ survivors who have experienced intimate partner violence” – Rachel Tillman, LPC, Center on Halsted and Randal Jenson, SocialScope Productions and Consulting

“Schools Rights and Starting a GSA”

2:30 to 3:45PM: Breakout #3

“Police Violence and LGBTQ People and Communities” – Randal Jenson, SocialScope Productions and Consulting

“How do you advocate to local, state, and federal officials” – Mike Ziri, Director of Public Policy for Equality Illinois. and Naomi Goldberg, Director of Policy and Research for MAP

4:00 – 5:00PM: Closing Plenary

Closing Address – “Bringing It All Together”