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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Until We’re All Equal
Our plan for 2017-2022 and beyond
Brian C. Johnson
Equality Illinois CEO offers his vision of a state that is fully equal and accepting of all
Grayson Alexander
The transgender student activist from Springfield discusses his advocacy work with Equality Illinois
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson
The legislator from Olympia Fields explains why she works with Equality Illinois to speak for those who do not have a voice
Tara Bell-Janowick
The board chair of the Rainbow Care of Carbondale discusses how Equality Illinois supports the her work in Southern Illinois
Jim Bennett
The longtime LGBTQ activist is presented the Equality Illinois Freedom Award
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
The century old health care provider is recognized with the Equality Illinois Business Leadership Award
Jazz Jennings
The transgender youth activist is presented the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
The Chicago mayor opens the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala
Gov. Bruce Rauner and Diana Rauner
Illinois’ first couple greets the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala

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.