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.
GALA VIDEOS SHARE THE IMPACT OF THE EVENING
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.
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