Advancing the Federal LGBT Agenda

An Equality Illinois delegation spent Thursday, January 9 in Washington, DC meeting with leaders to discuss a wide range of issues and emphasizing that despite great gains in 2013, the agenda remains full and there should be no complacency. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and the Obama …

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Happy New Year

Welcome to the new Equality Illinois website, a great way to start the new year. Not only will 2014 usher in the full implementation of the freedom to marry in Illinois, we at Equality Illinois hope that it will also bring full equality for transgender Illinoisans, the arrival of truly safe schools for our children, …

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Col. Pritzker Chairs Gala

Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) is a former soldier, an entrepreneur and investor, an adventurer and philanthropist, and a pioneer. And now, she has agreed to chair the Equality Illinois 2014 Gala. “A native Chicagoan, Col. Pritzker has always generously given of herself to the city, the state and the nation, including …

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Transgender on the job

Equality Illinois Board Member Christina Kahrl, a writer and editor for ESPN.COM, shared the challenges of coming out as transgender on the job in a recent talk to advertising professionals. She said she viewed the occasion as a “teaching moment.” “One of the greatest crises for transgender people in general is employment,” she said. READ …

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Equality Illinois joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela. Mandela presided over a new South Africa whose constitution and policies protected its citizens regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It later became the first and only African nation to recognize same-sex marriages. After he left office, the human rights icon took up …

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Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Supporters of the Freedom to Marry, I wanted to start this day of thanksgiving and reflection by thanking YOU! Because of you and your support, we changed the course of history in Illinois. Your support powered a statewide campaign that lifted up voices and stories that had not been heard.  Your commitment helped engage tens …

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Marriage Forums

How does a civil union become a marriage? What documentation is needed for a marriage license? Equality Illinois Marriage Forums are continuing this week and next and into the new year to help you understand the new freedom to marry. Registration is recommended, so please click on a link and sign up: TODAY, Monday, Dec. …

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EQIL Poll Shows Strong Support for Marriage

Equality Illinois Poll Finds 52 percent of Illinois Voters Support Marriage Equality. With these powerful results, Equality Illinois is urging that the House approve the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act during its fall session, which begins Tuesday. The figure grew to 54 percent support when pollsters shared information about the summer’s U.S. Supreme Court …

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Time to Get Involved

We’re still committed to passing the freedom to marry in Illinois, but have you done your part yet? If you’re in the Boystown area today or Thursday, stop by for our phone bank at Center on Halsted where we will be calling supporters in key districts and putting them in touch with their representatives. RSVP …

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Monday Marriage Memo for 9/16/13

Thanks to EQIL’s sustained outreach, faith leaders throughout the state have declared support for the freedom to marry. To continue countering the opponents’ voices, we have expanded and relaunched our Religious Case for the Freedom to Marry. Our support is broad and multi-denominational. Read more in today’s Monday Marriage Memo.

Equality Illinois Launches $500,000
Fight Back for Marriage Campaign.

Join Us to FIGHT BACK FOR MARRIAGE  After the Illinois House failed to take a vote before the end of their spring session, Equality Illinois is counting on your support for our aggressive half-million dollar campaign to win the freedom to marry. Your donation directly supports efforts to educate Illinoisans on the issues, advocate for …

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