Equality Illinois’ historic Can’t Stop Our Pride broadcast

June 11, 2020

Equality Illinois’ historic Can’t Stop Our Pride broadcast on June 20!

Leaders from across Illinois are stepping up to support our community. Please meet our Can’t Stop Our Pride host committee. They are tireless champions of our work and we are so grateful to them.

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New Date Alert!

June 3, 2020

Today, we want to say that our hearts and our support are with the brave protesters fighting for needed change across the state and the country. We recognize that Pride (and so many LGBTQ rights in the US) would not exist if it hadn’t been for brave queer people (specifically, Black and brown trans women) who stood up for the whole community and demanded change. We hope to honor their spirit through our Can’t Stop Our Pride event. For all those reasons, we are moving Can’t Stop Our Pride to June 20 to give space to the situation at hand and to allow us time to ensure that we are including appropriate messages and the right voices in this broadcast.  



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Special Message from CEO Brian C. Johnson

June 1, 2020

Pride at its core is a police protest…It is our duty to stand with our LGBTQ African-American siblings and demand better from police.”
Hear the personal message from our CEO Brian C. Johnson


Happy Pride Month

June 1, 2020

Fifty-one years ago this month, LGBTQ patrons of the Stonewall Inn rose up against police brutality. Led by people of color, and trans women of color in particular, their rage fueled a protest that lasted for days. We must never forget that, at its core, Pride is a police protest.
As we watch the protests and riots in our country, it is our duty as LGBTQ people to honor those from historically marginalized communities who continue to push back against the police injustices they experience. It is our duty to stand with our LGBTQ African-American siblings and demand better from the police.


Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

May 26, 2020

Join us June 13th!

Our FABULOUS host committee is excited to be a part of our historic statewide virtual pride event, Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

Can’t stop Our Pride will include family Storytime, a interfaith service, cooking and mixology classes, intimate conversations with LGBTQ leaders in cities across the state, and a DJ afterparty!


Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

May 21, 2020

On Saturday, June 13th, Equality Illinois will host Illinois’ first Statewide Pride. The theme of the Virtual Pride event will be “Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day ● One Illinois.  This virtual event will be broadcast on Equality Illinois’ YouTube channel from Noon until 5PM and will feature elected leaders, community leaders, performers, chefs, activists, and many others.


Illinois Healthy Workplace Act

May 5, 2020

We know telling and sharing stories of impact matter. You have moved hearts and changed minds by sharing your stories and experiences with policymakers and the public.

Now, as part of the coalition advocating for state legislation to ensure paid sick days in Illinois, we want to hear from you: how has the absence of paid sick days (for yourself or to take care of a member of your family) impacted your life recently?

The Illinois Healthy Workplace Act (currently SB 471) will ensure workers in Illinois can access paid sick days. This critical legislation affirms workers who need to care for their own healthcare needs and the healthcare needs of their families, including chosen families.

Please share your story with us!

If you haven’t yet contacted your state representative in support of this bill, you may do so now.



FY19 Annual Report

May 4, 2020

2019 was one of the most productive legislative sessions for LGBTQ rights in Illinois history!

Equality Illinois has been in awe of the power of our community and the courage of our allies so much over the past year.  While we worked on many bills last session, we are most inspired by the impact two key bills will have. The Inclusive Curriculum Act will ensure that Illinois young people will learn about the rich contributions of LGBTQ people to our shared history.  With the Equal Access Restroom Act, we have helped Illinois move one step closer in ensuring that public spaces are safe and affirming for our trans siblings.

This came on the heels of nearly 10,000 Illinoisans stepping up and taking a pro-equality civic action with Equality Illinois.  We contacted legislators, we signed up to vote, and we supported pro-LGBTQ public leaders.

None of this would have been possible without you.  As our supporters, our partners, and our public officials, you have made sure Illinois is one of the most LGBTQ inclusive states in the country.

Thank you!  On behalf of the over 400,000 LGBTQ Illinoisans who rely on us to advocate fiercely for them, thank you!


Equality Illinois COVID-19 Resources

April 9, 2020


Our number one priority is the health and safety of Our LGBTQ Community

During this time of uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), one thing is without question:
We will navigate through this challenging time, together!

 As Equality Illinois continues to hear about the surge in needs and challenges our LGBTQ community is experiencing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together a list of online resources.


Please let us know any helpful resources that you find by clicking our “Share With Us” button.

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COVID-19 Resource Center

March 24, 2020

As we all learn how to navigate our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic; this should not and will not stop us from working toward equality for all. It is important that we keep each other informed and do our best to support each other.

Stay informed by visiting our COVID-19 Resource Center outlining our response.

Challenging times have always brought us together. That spirit is alive and well in our communities. We will move forward, together. 


Women’s History Month

March 4, 2020

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During Women’s History Month, we will honor women who have broken barriers and push our society forward.

Today’s #wcw is Bamby Salcedo. As the founder of the TransLatin@ Coalition in Los Angeles, Mexico-born Bamby Salcedo not only advocates for the needs of trans Latinxs who have immigrated to the United States, but also speaks about and fights for the rights and safety of those living with HIV and AIDS. In 2016, the Obama Administration invited her to speak at the White House United State of Women Summit, where she spoke out about ways to help prevent violence against women. She continues to speak and work with LGBTQ Latinxs and win awards for her advocacy and community work.


Early Voting

March 2, 2020

Starting TODAY, early voting expands across Illinois ahead of the March 17 primary!

Find your early voting location HERE!

Head to the Illinois State Board of Elections to check your registration status and make sure it is up to date. If you are not registered to vote, you can register to vote in person at an early voting location, or on election day at your polling location.


EI’s 2020 Endorsed Candidates

February 25, 2020

To achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people, Equality Illinois is committed to endorsing and supporting pro-equality candidates who will fight for civil rights and social justice.

Equality Illinois proudly endorses the following candidates for the Illinois Primary Election on March 17, 2020.


EI Day of Action for Yoni Pizer for State Rep.!

February 21, 2020

Join Equality Illinois and team Pizer for a day of action on Saturday, February 29th at 11:00 am! We will be knocking doors, making calls, and texting voters! 

Let’s get ready to hit the streets and tell voters why Yoni Pizer is the right choice to represent the 12th House District!

Feb 29, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Yoni Pizer HQ , 3221 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, USA



February 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us at Saturday night’s historic Gala. We were honored to recognize Tracy Baim with our Freedom Award and the Rainbow Cafe with our Organization Award. Our deepest appreciation goes out to the sponsors, table hosts, volunteers, and inspiring speakers who all made the night so special.

Equality Illinois Director of Public Policy Michael Ziri joins Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at the Equality Illinois Gala on Feb. 1, 2020

We hope you were inspired by the remarks by Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot and by the path forward for Equality Illinois this upcoming year set out by CEO Brian C. Johnson.

Want to relive some of the magic or experience it if you were unable to make it to the Hilton Chicago? Check out our impact video HERE, and search the hashtag #EIGala on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more of the fun.



Gala Honors Tracy Baim and Rainbow Cafe

January 31, 2020

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and more than 70 other elected officials and candidates will be among the 1,500 participants at the Equality Illinois 2020 Gala on Saturday that will honor Rainbow Cafe of Carbondale, Illinois and Chicago Reader Publisher Tracy Baim. Some of the world’s most recognizable corporate and brand names are among the sponsors of the event, including presenting sponsor United Airlines.



#TDOR 2019

November 20, 2019

Today we pause to remember the known and unknown Trans people around the world who have lost their lives to anti-trans violence. The majority of the known victims have been black and brown trans women.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We MUST stand firm and unite against bigotry, hatred, and prejudice!

Until we are all equal and safe to exist in the world without harm.


Community Advisory Group

November 4, 2019

Meet the 2019-2020 Equality Illinois Community Advisory Group!

The Community Advisory Group contributes to Equality Illinois’ understanding of the many issues that LGBTQ Illinoisans experience every day. And, at a time when many LGBTQ individuals are feeling isolated, anxious, and frustrated about policymaking, Equality Illinois is dedicated to ensuring our policy agenda is developed through the consistent and ongoing engagement of many voices, perspectives, and lived experiences.



October 8, 2019

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBTQ people. The Supreme Court will consider how Title VII’s ban on workplace sex discrimination protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

No one who is well-qualified, talented, and hardworking should have to live in fear of being fired or denied a job or promotion because of who they are or whom they love. That’s why a majority of Americans from all walks of life support these protections.

We are proud of ACLU of Illinois’ John Knight for arguing one of the key cases in front of the Court today.

To learn more listen to Lambda Legal’s Director of Constitutional Litigation Camilla Taylor and Equality Illinois’ Director of Public Policy Mike Ziri talk with The 21st Show and Illinois Public Media about the impact the ruling could have on the community.


Illinois Equality Council

August 14, 2019

Annual Conference

October 15, 2019
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan

The Illinois Equality Council is a collection of Illinois businesses who champion LGBTQ equality in the workplace and beyond

The Annual Convening of the Illinois Equality Council is an opportunity for members to network with like minded champions, engage in professional development, and connect with senior Illinois leaders.

Click HERE to learn more about the Illinois Equality Council.


ABOUT US: Equality Illinois is a nonprofit 501c4 organization that seeks to build a better Illinois by educating and advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality. Founded in 1991, Equality Illinois is the only statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization In Illinois and one of the largest state-based LGBTQ equality organizations in the country. In the past year alone, our work and our leadership has been highlighted in The Washington Post, USA Today, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on NBC 5, Fox, and CNN.


Illinois Equality Council

August 13, 2019

Equality Illinois values the roles Illinois businesses have played in advancing LGBTQ equality. From their support of marriage equality to their opposition to anti-LGBTQ public policies, many Illinois businesses have been leaders in promoting LGBTQ equality in the workplace and beyond.

To honor this commitment, Equality Illinois has launched the Illinois Equality Council to allow businesses the opportunity to deepen their commitment to LGBTQ equality and to promote their support of LGBTQ equality more broadly.

The Annual Program run October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. To learn more or join, download the commitment form, register online, or contact Myles Brady Davis at mylesbradydavis@eqil.org.

ABOUT US: Equality Illinois is a nonprofit 501c4 organization that seeks to build a better Illinois by educating and advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality. Founded in 1991, Equality Illinois is the only statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization In Illinois and one of the largest state-based LGBTQ equality organizations in the country. In the past year alone, our work and our leadership has been highlighted in The Washington Post, USA Today, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on NBC 5, Fox, and CNN.



August 11, 2019

Starting with the 2020-21 school year, students in Illinois public schools will learn about LGBTQ contributions in history. The Inclusive Curriculum Bill is the initiative of Equality Illinois, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and The Legacy Project!

Thank you to our fierce legislative champions, State Representative Anna Moeller, 43rd District and State Senator Heather Steans!

Thank you to our amazing partners, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and the Legacy Project!


Illinois Equal Restroom Access Bill

July 31, 2019

The Illinois Equal Restroom Access Bill is now law!

The Equitable Restroom Access Bill will require that all single occupancy restrooms in public accommodations and public buildings in the state be gender-neutral.  This will provide trans and gender non-conforming Illinoisans, parents of opposite gender children, seniors with opposite gender caregivers, a safer and more affirming experience!  

Thank you to Governor JB Pritzker for signing SB 556 and to Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sam Yingling for leading the charge in the Illinois General Assembly.

Special thanks to our partners at the Chicago Restroom Access Project for their leadership in developing public policy regarding conversion of gendered single-stall restrooms to all genders.


Fahrenheit Chicago 3

July 25, 2019

Equality Illinois Institute with presenting sponsors Howard Brown Health and The Reva and David Logan Foundation are excited to invite you to Fahrenheit Chicago 3 on August 23-25, 2019!

Fahrenheit Chicago is a “party with a purpose” for LGBTQ Illinoisans, centering the experiences and rich community assets of the Black and Latinx LGBTQ community. We have many free and fun events planned for you that weekend.


Volunteer Opportunity!

July 18, 2019

Equality Illinois has been selected to staff the gates at this year’s Northalsted Market Days and we are rounding up the troops!

We need 50 volunteers per day. This is a great opportunity for you, your friends, and family to Show up, SPEAK UP! on behalf of LGBTQ Illinoisans.

Northalsted Market Days is the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration, August 10-11, 2019.

The weekend long festival features an all day lineup of live music on 4 stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more!