On behalf of 500,000 LGBTQ+ Illinoisans, Equality Illinois and the Equality Illinois Institute brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power across Illinois, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.


Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and full acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.

Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression.

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We defend our civil rights wins from anti-LGBTQ+ attacks and advance pro-LGBTQ+ policies with a focus on education, health care, and criminal justice.

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We work to get LGBTQ+ leaders in positions of influence throughout the state with an emphasis on placing LGBTQ+ Illinoisans on key state boards and commissions.

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We create a civically-powerful statewide network of LGBTQ+ champions by identifying, training, and supporting LGBTQ+ and allied community groups throughout the state so they can grow and embolden their base.

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