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Archive for the ‘Equality Illinois Event’ Category

 

What’s for dinner during the Gala? We have some ideas!

January 22, 2021

The countdown to the big day is on! Enjoy the Gala on February 6 while supporting LGBTQ-owned restaurants with a special custom meal from your choice of Illinois restaurants. You can pre-order your Gala feast for delivery or pickup directly from Lady Gregory’sThe Birdcage or Wilde Chicago. We are proud to promote these LGBTQ businesses who need our support now more than ever!   

       

Please note that all transactions will take place directly between you and your restaurant of choice – ordering through Equality Illinois is not an option.

Get your 30th Anniversary Gala ticket TODAY!

 

 

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala Trailer!

January 11, 2021

On February 6th, Equality Illinois is hosting our 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala, presented by Molson Coors Beverage Company.

Called the “who’s who of Illinois politics” by ABC News, the Equality Illinois Annual Gala is one of the preeminent LGBTQ equality events in the country. This year’s historic virtual gala promises an evening of entertainment, fun, and nostalgia.

To Sponsor, join the Host Committee, or purchase a ticket, click button below

 

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction

January 5, 2021

A villa in Tuscany!  A trip to the Grammys!  A private Sing-A-Long with a Broadway Star!

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction is open!

The silent auction will remain open until the end of the Gala on February 6, 2021, 8PM Central time. If you are the winning bidder, your credit card will be automatically charged and you will be contacted by Monday, February 8, 2021 with information on how to obtain your silent auction package.

Click button to register for the silent auction!

Bid often and generously! Your silent auction donation supports the ongoing LBGTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

Good luck!

 

Your Chance to Win a Luxury Vacation in Bali!

December 21, 2020

Equality Illinois is excited to offer you a chance to win a luxury vacation: Private Villa in Bali!
Getaway to a one-of-a-kind villa in magical Bali, the most famous island in Indonesia, which blends breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warm friendly people, and vibrant culture!

You can purchase raffle tickets online at 2021 Gala Raffle until January 20, 2021, 5PM CT. For every one raffle ticket you purchase, your name is entered once for a chance to win. Raffle tickets are $50 each.

 

Your raffle donation supports the ongoing LBGTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

 


Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala

December 16, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will have a surprise performance by a Grammy-winning musician for the Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala on February 6th

Called the “who’s who of Illinois politics” by ABC News, the Equality Illinois gala sells out one of the largest hotels in Chicago each year and has become a national draw. This historic virtual gala promises an evening of entertainment, fun, and nostalgia. To find out who the Grammy-Winning Musician is you must purchase a ticket.

To Sponsor, join the Host Committee, or purchase a ticket, click here.

 

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala

December 8, 2020

We are excited to announce Molson Coors as the Presenting Sponsor for the Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala.

For over a decade Molson Coors has been one of the staunchest supporters of Equality Illinois.  Our work advancing LGBTQ full equality in Illinois has been made stronger with Molson Coors in our corner.  Additionally, for the past seventeen consecutive years, Molson Coors has earned a perfect score on the HRC Equality Index signifying it is one of the most LGBTQ inclusive workplaces in the country. We couldn’t be prouder to have a company who has served as such a robust champion of LGBTQ equality serve as our Presenting Sponsor for this historic event.

The 30th Anniversary Gala will be held virtually on February 6, 2021.  To Sponsor, join the Host Committee, or purchase a ticket, click here.

 

Voting 2020 Town Hall

October 13, 2020

The 2020 election, the most impactful of our lifetime, is underway, and Election Day is quickly approaching. On October 19 from 10 – 11 AM, Equality Illinois will host a Zoom Town Hall to answer all of your questions about voting safely and securely and to let you know what you can do in these remaining days to get out the vote.

RSVP today HERE.

State Senator Julie Morrison, the chief senate sponsor of the new law that expanded vote by mail opportunities in 2020, and Grace Pai, Director of Organizing at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, will share their expert insights on these critical issues. We want to make sure you are fully informed about all the different ways to vote as well as share information on how to volunteer and help people vote. There will be time for live Q&A at the end of the discussion.

You will receive the Zoom information in an email before the event.

Please RSVP as soon as possible! Only the first 100 RSVPs can join us for the Town Hall.

 

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.

Buy tickets TODAY!

 


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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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.

 

2019 LGBTQ Advocacy Day

May 9, 2019

LGBTQ Advocacy Day is just 6 days away!

This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow supporters of LGBTQ equality and let your voice be heard on issues that affect us all.

We must SHOW UP! and SPEAK UP! to support our allies and champions in the Illinois State Capitol and make sure that our state continues to demonstrate its values of being fully equal and inclusive. Register for the 2019 LGBTQ Advocacy Day TODAY!

We hope to see you on Wednesday, May 15, 2019!

 


2019 LGBTQ Advocacy Day

March 14, 2019

This legislative session is a busy one for champions of LGBTQ equality in Illinois. On the national level we are seeing a really big rise in anti-LGBTQ sentiment, particularly from the administration in Washington. Seeing that happen in Washington, we have to SHOW UP! and SPEAK UP! to support our allies and champions in the Illinois State Capitol and make sure that our state continues to demonstrate its values of being fully equal and inclusive. Register for the 2019 LGBTQ Advocacy Day on Wednesday, May 15, 2019!

This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow supporters of LGBTQ equality and let your voice be heard on issues that affect us all.
 
We hope to see you there!

 

Spring 2019 Network for Equality

March 11, 2019

Equality Illinois is pleased to have Priya Parrish, serve as the guest speaker at next month’s Network for Equality!

Priya Parrish is a Managing Partner at Impact Engine, a venture capital and private equity investment firm focused on companies that generate positive outcomes in education, health, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Impact Engine, she served as Chief Investment Officer at Schwartz Capital Group, a single-family office investing across global markets. Previously, Priya was Strategy Head at Aurora Investment Management, a multi-billion-dollar manager of hedge fund portfolios, and managed product development of investment products that incorporated environmental, social and governance factors at Northern Trust Asset Management and KLD Research & Analytics. Priya currently serves as Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she teaches and mentors students about impact investing strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Throughout her career, Parrish has advanced workplace equality by advocating for diverse candidates and mentoring young leaders with diverse backgrounds. She volunteers with Girls Who Invest, a group that advocates for gender diversity in investing. Parrish has been involved in South Asian LGBTQ advocacy work through Trikone Chicago, which supports queer South Asians and their families, friends and allies.

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Spring 2019 Network for Equality

March 5, 2019

Equality Illinois’ premier LGBTQ networking event, Network for Equality, is taking place Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. This fun event serves as a space for LGBTQ people and allies to come together, network, and build community.  The funds raised support the work of Equality Illinois, the 501c4 arm of our organization working to build a more civically powerful LGBTQ community in the state of Illinois. For sponsorships or additional information, please reach out to Melissa Benge at mbenge@eqil.org.

 

NETWORK FOR EQUALITY

February 13, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!  Equality Illinois’ premier LGBTQ networking event, Network for Equality, taking place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at MillerCoors Roofscape.

This fun event serves as a space for LGBTQ people and allies to come together, network, and build community. 

For sponsorships or additional information, please reach out to Melissa Benge at mbenge@eqil.org.

 


2019 Gala Raffle

January 24, 2019

Win a dream: TWO round-trip, Premium Cabin tickets to any destination that United Airlines serves. 
Taxes, fees and restrictions apply

Equality Illinois is excited to offer YOU a chance to win a dream: TWO round-trip, Premium Cabin tickets to any destination that United Airlines serves. Taxes, fees and restrictions apply.

From Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:00am CST to Thursday, January 31st at 4:00pm CST, you’re able to secure your chance to win by purchasing raffle tickets online. 

You can also purchase raffle tickets in person at the 2019 Equality Illinois Gala on February 2, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago.

For every one raffle ticket you purchase, your name is entered once for a chance to win these Premium Cabin tickets United donated to Equality Illinois. The drawing will be done at the Gala, but you need not be present to win.

Your raffle donation supports the ongoing LGBTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

 

Equality Illinois 2019 Gala

January 3, 2019

2019 GALA SPECIAL GUEST ANNOUCEMENT COMING SOON!!!

We are just 30 days away from the largest LGBTQ equality event in the Midwest! Have you LOCK in your tickets???

This year’s Gala is chaired by community leader Nabeela Rasheed, and is on track to be one of our most successful and vibrant yet!  Each year we award inspirational leaders and organizations whose selfless work helps create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. This year we will celebrate and honor Channyn Lynne Parker, Danny Wirtz, and the Illinois AFL-CIO.

 

Equality Illinois 2019 Gala

December 13, 2018

Now is the time to LOCK in your tickets and seating for the largest LGBTQ equality event in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country!

WE invite YOU to Equality Illinois’ 2019 Gala presented by United Airlines and hosted by Hilton Chicago taking place Feb 2, 2019.

This year’s Gala is chaired by community leader Nabeela Rasheed, and is on track to be one of our most successful and vibrant yet!  Each year we award inspirational leaders and organizations whose selfless work helps create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. This year we will celebrate and honor Channyn Lynne Parker, Danny Wirtz, and the Illinois AFL-CIO.

 

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.

BRUNCH INFO AND TICKETS

 

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.

INFO AND TICKETS

 

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.

REGISTER

 

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.”

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