Archive for the ‘Equality Illinois Event’ Category


LGBTQ Advocates Lora Branch and Mo Green and South Side Institution Jeffery Pub to be Honored at Fahrenheit Chicago Kick Off Reception on August 24

August 22, 2018

Two individuals and a South Side institution who work to improve the lives of Illinoisans, particularly LGBTQ people of color, will be honored Friday at the Kick Off Reception for the weekend’s Fahrenheit Chicago celebration.

The three honorees are Lora Branch of Gilead Sciences Inc., Mo Green of the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, and Jeffery Pub, a South Side cultural institution. They will be recognized at Fahrenheit Chicago’s Kick Off Party, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, August 24, at the historic Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th Street, Chicago.


Congratulations, 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride Honorees

May 25, 2018

Two Illinois activists are 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride Honorees for their strong, ongoing leadership on LGBTQ issues. Nicole Bashor, who spearheads support for political candidates in Illinois who back pro-LGBTQ policies, and Saúl Aviña Jr., who has spent a decade working on HIV treatment and prevention programs, will be recognized at the Equality Illinois Pride Kickoff Brunch on Sunday, June 3 at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., Chicago.

Bashor is a patent attorney and partner at Quarles & Brady LLP. She has served on the Equality Illinois PAC Board since 2011, including a period as chair from 2014 to 2016. In her tenure as PAC Board chair, the board’s endorsed candidates won over 90 percent of the time.

Aviña is program manager at CALOR, which provides a variety of prevention and educational services designed primarily for people most at risk of HIV/AIDS, and also works on research initiatives advancing HIV/AIDS programs.



Equality Illinois Invites Amazon Workers to Pride Brunch

May 3, 2018

Echoing the national NO GAY? NO WAY! campaign, Equality Illinois is issuing a special invitation for the Equality Illinois Pride Kickoff Brunch to the employees of Amazon to encourage the world’s largest online retailer to locate its new HQ2 in a state such as Illinois that protects the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

“Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos have been strong, consistent supporters and advocates of LGBTQ rights, which has been recognized by being a recipient of the HRC National Equality Award. That mission can be further enhanced by locating its second headquarters, known as HQ2, and its 50,000 new jobs, in pro-equality states such as Illinois,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

The Pride Kickoff Brunch on Sunday, June 3 in Chicago annually launches Pride Month by celebrating the public officials and advocates who have helped make Illinois a state where LGBTQ people enjoy rights such as anti-discrimination protections enacted in 2005 and where we continue to work together to build a stronger Illinois.



Time to Sign Up for Advocacy Day

April 3, 2018

LGBTQ Advocacy Day in Springfield is next week. Please join us.

Register today for Wednesday, April 11 to talk to lawmakers about the Inclusive Curriculum Bill to teach students the historical events and contributions by LGBTQ people.

There are citizen advocates driving and car pooling from all corners of Illinois or arriving on our bus from Chicago. The bus departs at 6am from Equality Illinois at 16 N. Wabash Ave. and at 6:35am from Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave.



Help Illinois to Become Fully Equal

February 26, 2018

Want to know why we fight for LGBTQ equality?

“It is the daily practice of our equality that helps Illinois become the state she is destined to be – fully equal and accepting of all,” says Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

Please take a few minutes to watch Brian’s recent comments at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala.


Equality Illinois to Honor Transgender Youth Activist Jazz Jennings at Gala

November 30, 2017

Jazz Jennings

For her activism on behalf of her fellow transgender youth, Jazz Jennings will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award.

The presentation of the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award will be made at the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality Illinois announced Thursday.

“From a very young age, Jazz was proud and open about being a transgender person, and through the force of her personality she has educated Americans about the challenges, hopes, and dreams of transgender people,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “We are thrilled to be able to honor her at our 2018 Gala.”



Fahrenheit Chicago To Honor Two Health Advocates

August 25, 2017

Two public health advocates who work to improve the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans will be honored Sunday at Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer, daylong beach party this Sunday that will feature entertainment, games, civic engagement, and health outreach.

The two honorees are Anne Carmack of the CORE Foundation and Serette King of Howard Brown Health.

Anne Carmack is the Grants/Development Manager at the CORE Foundation, an affiliate of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in Chicago and the Midwest. Serette King is the Manager of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Outreach Services at Howard Brown Health.

Join us 11am-7pm on Sunday, August 27 at Oakwood Beach, on the Chicago Lakefront at 41st Street.




Fahrenheit–Pride South on the Lake Announces Entertainment Lineup

August 16, 2017

Non-stop entertainment from top rap artists, R&B and house singers, drag performers, and DJs will be featured at Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families.

International queer rap artist Cakes da Killa, whose debut album drops this fall, and singer-songwriter Cor.Ece will highlight the free event 11 am-7:30 pm on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

Hosting the party will be Chicago comedians Mz Ruff n Stuff, Trina Tru Luv, and Otis Mack “The Heavy Diva,” and poet/singer Storie Devereaux.



Fahrenheit Chicago-Pride South on the Lake

July 25, 2017

Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago are excited to announce Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families.

The free event, featuring non-stop music, beach games and a Bid Whist card tournament, public health awareness, and civic engagement, will be on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 11am to 7pm at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

“We are so excited to bring LGBTQ people of color from all generations together for a summer party on the South Side. With Fahrenheit Chicago, we look forward to gathering and socializing on the South Side, and we hope it also helps build stronger bridges within the diverse queer community from all parts of the city and the Chicago area,” said Anthony Galloway, Director of Civic Engagement of Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization.



‘Spring to Action’ Agenda Focuses on Local Events

March 2, 2017

LGBTQ Americans find themselves in a position we haven’t been in for nearly a decade: fighting against an administration that wants to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights. This sadly signals to others that it is permissible to try to stop the progress we’ve all fought so hard to achieve locally and nationally.

To this, Equality Illinois is responding with an aggressive Spring to Action agenda to build a strong and affirming voice among LGBTQ Illinoisans and our allies throughout the state to keep Illinois as an island of equality. At the same time, we are part of the national fight to defend our freedoms.

The Spring to Action agenda begins next week in Springfield and continues in cities throughout the state. In the coming weeks, Equality Illinois will host a series of trainings on LGBTQ issues, engage in town hall forums, and sponsor EqualityCon 2017 in Springfield for a daylong conference. Local LGBTQ and allied organizations are cosponsoring the trainings, town halls and EqualityCon. Events are scheduled in Springfield, Peoria, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Metro East.



EqualityCon 2016

May 15, 2016

EICON MEMEEqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, on May 13-14, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, brought together advocates and experts to discuss the state of LGBT issues and how we can advance the cause UNTIL WE’RE ALL EQUAL.

We discussed the federal Equality Act with chief sponsor Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Jan Schakowsky and state issues to employment, adoption, gender diversity, racial justice, trans advocacy, faith, the rural experience and aging.

Revisit the interesting and energizing two-day conference, including a video of Rep. Cicilline’s remarks, in the EqualityCon gallery.



EqualityCon 2016 to Host Equality Act Sponsor

May 11, 2016

Cicilline Announcement V2Join us at EqualityCon 2016 this weekend to hear from U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, chief sponsor of the Equality Act, which would protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federal funding, credit, and jury service. Rep. Cicilline will be the opening keynote speaker on Friday afternoon.

The wrap-up keynote speaker will be Nikki Nigl who is a supporter of Equality Illinois and a qualified public speaking instructor, accountability coach, relationship guru, women’s empowHERment coach, life manager, weight-loss coach, and overall cheerleader.

Seats are still available for this two-day conference of LGBT champions, progressive advocates, allies, policy experts, political leaders and community groups hosted by Equality Illinois, convenes in Chicago this month to focus on issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans.



EqualityCon 2016 Program Educates and Informs

April 28, 2016

EICON meme (1)EqualityCon 2016 in Chicago is just two weeks away on May 13-14! Do not miss your chance to register for Illinois’ premier organizing and educational conference for the LGBT community and allies in our state! This is your chance to discuss the future of our movement and garner practical skills.

Sessions will cover: Employment, adoption, gender diversity, racial justice, Trans advocacy, faith, the rural experience, and senior care.

“EqualityCon is an opportunity for advocates to sit down with experts, a chance to listen and to share, a time to learn and to educate on issues important to LGBT Illinoisans,” said Patty Medairy, Director of Field Operations at Equality Illinois.



Equality Act Sponsor to Keynote Equality Con

April 12, 2016

Cicilline EI ConWe are excited to announce that U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is the EqualityCon 2016 keynote speaker. Rep. Cicilline as the Chief Sponsor of the Equality Act, the federal LGBT civil rights bill.

Registration is now open for EqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 13-14.

Together with community support, we’re building an agenda with a wide range of session topics and discussions. With conversations on everything from racial justice to transgender equality, safety in schools to finding equality in faith communities, education on wellness and guidance on financial security, and breaking through barriers on passing state and federal policies, we will have something for everyone.



EqualityCon 2016 Early Bird Registration

March 24, 2016

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Early-bird registration is now open for EqualityCon 2016, hosted by Equality Illinois Institute, to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 13-14!

Take advantage of the early-bird discount and secure your spot at Illinois’ premier strategy session bringing together LGBT community members and allies, progressive advocates, and civic leaders to discuss issues that affect us all.

Together with community support, we’re building an agenda with a wide range of session topics and discussions. With conversations on everything from racial justice to transgender equality, safety in schools to finding equality in faith communities, education on wellness and guidance on financial security, and breaking through barriers on passing state and federal policies, we will have something for everyone. Register today!



Hamilton Tickets Benefit Equality Illinois

January 25, 2016

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Chicago Opening Night for Hamilton – A Night Not to Be Missed!

It’s almost impossible to get Hamilton tickets in New York. But you can get them here for the Chicago opening night on Sept. 27, 2016 and at the same time benefit the work of Equality Illinois.

Only limited tickets are available, so do not delay.



Growing Your Family

November 10, 2015

Growing Your FamilyGrowing your family is an incredible experience, and we are so excited for you! For assistance in adoption and foster care, especially for ‪#‎LGBT‬ parents, you can attend this free seminar in Peoria sponsored by Equality Illinois, Familycore, Peoria Proud and the Center for Law & Social Work.

While the journey for prospective parents can be long and sometimes challenging, Equality Illinois is committed to helping you understand and navigate your legal rights. We hope that this seminar will help you along this exciting journey!

Please join us in Peoria on December 10 for this seminar, part of Equality Illinois’ work to create a lived equality for LGBT Illinoisans and families.



Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala

October 26, 2015

EqilGala_800x800SquareWebArtEquality Illinois is entering our 25th year and we plan to celebrate in a big way with our 2016 Gala on Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

The Gala is the largest ‪‎LGBT‬ event of its kind in the Midwest, drawing more than 1,400 guests, including nearly 100 public officials and many more community VIPs.

You have helped create all the successes and milestones of our movement over the last quarter century and we want to celebrate with you at the most anticipated, elegant and fun society event of the year. Make sure to get your tickets now; we are offering a special anniversary discounted pricing through November 15.




October 21, 2015

Corporate Social ResponsibilityYour workplace may already be LGBT-friendly, but do you and your colleagues know how to share those values with all employees?

Policy on paper is important but how can employers translate that into diversity trainings or conversation about sensitivity and inclusion?

Join us on Wednesday, October 28 for a workshop on DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Trainings, Policies, and Other Practices. The workshop is free, but registration is required for security. CLE credit has been requested.

This Corporate Social Responsibility training is a part of a series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP.



LGBT Institute Brings Experts and Activists Together

August 25, 2015

Springfield Equality InstituteThe program for this Saturday’s LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield will bring together experts and activists who will focus on the services, programs and issues central to Illinoisans outside of Chicago.

Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder will welcome the participants at the 10 am opening session. The conference will also feature state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, IL, whose district includes Springfield and Decatur, and state Rep. Litesa Wallace of Rockford, who will participate in the lunchtime portion of the program at noon looking at LGBT issues from a state policy perspective.

Registration for the August 29 event at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., Springfield, is still available. The $20 registration includes lunch.



LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield

August 4, 2015

Springfield Equality InstituteThe Springfield-based daylong LGBT Equality Institute on Saturday, August 29 in the shadow of the state Capitol will feature speakers and panels discussing the future of our movement and offering practical skills.

It will be an opportunity to share your feedback on the priorities in Illinois and to network with other LGBT and allied activists and civic leaders from throughout the state.

Participation in the conference at the State House Inn in Springfield costs only $20, including lunch. Panels will cover topics that include non-discrimination, mental health care, transgender equality, safe schools, adoption and family services, faith, HIV/AIDS prevention and services, addiction recovery, ally development, youth, criminalization of the LGBT community, aging, state initiatives and policy, and more.



Transitioning from Good to Great

July 13, 2015

CSr-transgenderWe see transgender equality issues more and more in the spotlight…but what does that mean for you?

Join us this Wednesday morning, when we will discuss the current state of protections for ‪transgender‬ individuals under federal and state law, and how this may affect your workplace policies, benefits, and rights.

This session is part of a series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which will cover a wide range of topics concerning LGBT diversity and inclusion, human resources, employee benefits, government relations, and related policies. For interested lawyers/attorneys, CLE credit has been requested and dial-in will be available!

The session is FREE, but registration is required.



LGBT Advocacy Day

March 26, 2015

LGBT Advocacy Day E-mail GraphicEquality Illinois is holding our annual LGBT Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 15 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

It’ll be a great opportunity to talk to lawmakers about legislation that affects the LGBT community. Our agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, protecting LGBT youth from ineffective and dangerous conversion therapy, and saving important funding for public services in the state budget.

Registration for a bus ticket from the Chicago area includes admission for one round trip to Springfield, lunch, and registration to the LGBT Advocacy Day.  Or you can drive on your own from anywhere in the state and participate in our program when you arrive. Share your plans on social media with #LGBTadvocacy.




Amanda Simpson to Speak at Institute

March 11, 2015
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Amanda Simpson

We are happy to announce that our special guest on the first day of the LGBT Equality Institute on Friday, March 20 will be Ms. Amanda Simpson, Executive Director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the first openly transgender woman U.S. Presidential appointee.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Ms. Simpson, or any of our expert presenters during the March 20-21 conference presented by Equality Illinois at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and discuss what’s next for the LGBT movement. See the full program here.

This conference will address issues of transgender equality, access to health care, youth homelessness, faith organizing, HIV/AIDS, organizing outside of Chicago, addiction, the role of the judicial system, ally development, movement building, and more.