2017 Gala Memories



Thank you for being a part of the Equality Illinois family and joining us at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala on February 4 at the Hilton Chicago. Your participation helped us raise the funds we need to educate and advocate on behalf of LGBTQ Illinoisans throughout the year. The links below will help you relive the experience through flipping through the gala program and looking at the pictures and videos.

Learn about the sponsors, the honorees, the speakers, and the many contributors in the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala Program


DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN GALA MEMORIES Wonderful photographers donated their time and talent to shoot hundreds of pictures at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala. View these galleries to relive the experience and see pictures of yourself and of your friends and VIPs enjoying the biggest formal LGBTQ party in the Midwest. Some of the galleries are free to download, while others charge a nominal fee.

C GROST PHOTOGRAPHY Gala Night, Gala Premier Reception

MYSTIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY Gala Night 1 Gala Night 2 Gala Night 3

FORMATOGRAFIA Gala Night Red Carpet

WHITE BOARD MESSAGES from gala attendees including U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth

There are many other fun pictures posted on social media with the hashtag #eigala.


Videos of 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 can also be seen on our YouTube channel.

Address by Brian C. Johnson

Testimonial by Malary Gregory discussing the importance of the passage of the Chicago Equal Access Ordinance so transgender men and women can use bathrooms in the city without being forced to show an ID

Testimonial by Veronica Noland, a member of the Elgin school board, who reported how Equality Illinois helped her protect the district’s transgender-friendly policies

Testimonial by Dr. Carl Alaimo, an instructor with Cook County Sheriff’s Training Institute, spoke about how Equality Illinois helped him develop LGBTQ-affirming training

Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital receiving the Business Leadership Award

Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove receiving the Freedom Award

Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega receiving the Freedom Award

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