Equality Illinois welcomed a full house of nearly 1,500 supporters of LGBTQ civil rights on Feb. 2, 2019 for the 2019 Equality Illinois Gala in the Hilton Chicago. The evening was exciting, fun, informative, and inspiring, as people came together to hear about the successes and ongoing challenges of building a stronger Illinois in the face of national headwinds against LGBTQ civil rights. And folks attending the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ soirée also had a great time!

In these video and photo galleries, relive those moments. Many pictures can be purchased as keepsakes.



Pictures by C. Grost Photography

Pictures by Breeze Art Photography

Pictures by Mystic Images Photography
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2019 Gala Honorees
Honorees at the event included Illinois AFL-CIO, Breakthru Beverage Group Vice Chairman Danny Wirtz; and Channyn Lynn Parker, a longtime activist who is Howard Brown Health’s newly-appointed manager of external relations.

2019 Videos
Until We’re All Equal
Our plan for 2017-2022 and beyond.
Brian C. Johnson
Equality Illinois CEO spoke about becoming a father and the legacy of activism and hard work that have resulted in greater equality for the LGBTQ community. 
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Mayor Buttigieg spoke about the long road he took to finally reach the difficult decision he made to come out publicly in 2015. His military service in Afghanistan; as well as being married to husband Chasten Glezman.
Governor J.B Pritzker 
Governor J.B Pritzker joined onstage by his wife M.K., Pritzker spoke about his longtime support of LGBTQ rights as well as the Equality Illinois organization.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
The Chicago mayor opens the 2019 Equality Illinois Gala.

2019 Gala Honorees
Honorees at the event included Illinois AFL-CIO,  Danny Wirtz; and Channyn Lynn Parker.

Relive the experience of the exciting 2018 Gala.
Flip through the gala program and enjoy pictures and videos. Watch the call to action by Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson, powerful testimonials from three people who benefited from the work of Equality Illinois, and the presentation of the awards to our honorees.