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Dining Out for Equality Funds EQIL Efforts

Equality Illinois Press Release
 

Equality Illinois’ Dining Out for Equality
Funds Ongoing Fight for LGBT Equality

CHICAGO (October 1, 2014) — Equality Illinois’ Dining Out for Equality is Thursday, October 2 this year, just a month before the important general election and then the return of the legislature for its fall session.

Participants of Dining Out for Equality will dine and/or drink at LGBT-supportive restaurants, and a significant portion of the bills will be donated to Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.

“The urgency of our work with the upcoming election and legislative session should encourage diners to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a nice meal and, at the same time, contribute to the continued fight for LGBT equality,” said Michael Nordman, Director of Development for Equality Illinois.

“We have much work to do to ensure that all members of our community have their rights protected,” Nordman said. “The money we raise will immediately be put to use to ensure that all members of our community are treated equally.”

Diners are encouraged to make reservations, as the participating restaurants are often quite busy on Dining Out for Equality night. Please mention Dining Out for Equality when making the reservation and again at the restaurant.

The list of participating restaurants, which can be found at http://www.equalityillinois.us/events/dining-out-2014/, includes:

HB Home Bistro: 3404 North Halsted / 773-661-0299
Lady Gregory’s: 5260 North Clark / 773-271-5050
mEAT Streeterville: 215 E. Chestnut / 773-328-8320
Spritz Burger: 3819 North Broadway / 773-868-9866
Wilde: 3130 North Broadway / 773-244-0404
Hamburger Mary’s: 5400 North Clark / 773-784-6969
Halsted’s: 3441 North Halsted / 773-348-9696
Broadway Cellars: 5900 North Broadway / 773-944-1208
Ceres Table: 3124 N. Broadway / 773-922-4020
Las Mañanitas: 3523 N. Halsted/ 773-528-2109

Equality Illinois’ ongoing work includes:

·         Registering, educating and turning out voters in critical November elections that will determine the future of LGBT equality in our state,

·         Advocating for a ban on ex-gay conversion therapy that has a harmful impact on minors across the state,

·         Creating equality in the workplace through working at the federal level to pass employment protections without broad, unfair exemptions, and

·        Working with communities of faith and local businesses to create affirming and inclusive spaces for all members of the LGBT community.

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