United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. Gala information, including tickets, is at equalityillinois.org/2018gala.
The Gala is the single-largest fundraising event for the Equality Illinois Institute, which funds the ongoing educational and outreach work for LGBTQ equality throughout the state of Illinois.
“Illinois-based United Airlines, the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala and the Exclusive Airline of Equality Illinois since 2014, is a longtime champion of our work and of LGBTQ rights,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “It was one of the earliest U.S. corporations to prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and, later, gender identity.”
Gregory D. Jones, Chief Diversity Officer of United Airlines, said, “At United, we pride ourselves on being as diverse as the communities we serve around the globe. From our headquarters in Illinois to our operations around the globe, the 90,000 members of the United family act as ambassadors for the core values of dignity, equality, and opportunity in the workplace. These are values United not only shares with Equality Illinois but which we have advanced together. But, we know our work is far from done, which is why we reaffirm our commitment as the official Airline Sponsor and Presenting Sponsor of Equality Illinois and its annual gala.”