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TDOR 2021

November 16, 2021


Join us for an incredible showcase of talented Trans performers this Trans Day of Remembrance, Resilience and Resistance!


Pride 2021: Illinois’ Got Talent Finalists!

May 19, 2021

We are thrilled to announce the Pride 2021: Illinois’ Got Talent Finalists:

Turns out, the LGBTQ community in Illinois has too much talent to fit only five finalists. Ties in two regions mean that all ticket purchasers for the event will get to vote for one of the following SEVEN finalists:

        • From the Chicago region (TIED!): musical performances Ren Braceros and Kevin Mandla
        • From the Collar Counties region (TIED!): musical performances from Mikey Everything and London Anderson
        • From the North region: a short story from Joel Shoemaker
        • From the Central region: a musical performance from Luke McQuillan
        • From the South region: visual art from Kane Crain


Support these artists and the work of Equality Illinois by buying your ticket TODAY!

(Remember, every ticket purchased = 1 vote for the winner of the $500 cash prize.)

If you are interested in joining our Host Committee, click HERE or contact me at eboyce@eqil.org. If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor or supporter, click HERE or contact me at eboyce@eqil.org.

More exciting announcements to come soon!




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.


Fahrenheit Chicago 3

April 12, 2019

Fahrenheit Chicago 3 events are free and open to the public. However, participants can upgrade to a VIP experience for $15. This upgrade entitles a person to craft cocktails, beer, and an opportunity to enter into a special raffle!


Fahrenheit Chicago 3 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.

Fahrenheit Chicago 3 is an opportunity for small business and community based organizations to connect with LGBTQ communities of color. This years expo our community partners can participate in one day or both days to maximize their presence. We can customize your experience!

Questions: Email Anthony Galloway, Equality Illinois Director of Civic Engagement, at agalloway@eqil.org.


Marriage anniversary, yet our work continues

November 5, 2015

Marriage anniv 2013-2015-1When the Illinois legislature affirmed marriage equality two years ago on Nov. 5, 2013 we knew our work to achieve a lived equality for Illinois and the nation was not over.

Today and tomorrow, LGBT leaders from 10 states convened by the Equality Federation and hosted by Equality Illinois come together to discuss expanding transgender rights, fighting sweeping religious exemptions, and embracing racial and juvenile justice as LGBT issues.



Go Cubs Go!

October 17, 2015

Go Cubs Go!

As the Cubs embark on their quest for the National League Championship, we remember that they have been great friends to their Boystown neighbors and LGBT Illinoisans, so much so that they were in the inaugural class of the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Cubs NLCS memeThe relationship includes:
-Wrigley Field hosted Gay Games closing ceremony in 2006
-Cubs were first professional male team to advertise in gay press
-15 years of Out at Wrigley, started as Out at the Ballgame in 2001
-Mr. Cub–Ernie Banks–endorsed Illinois marriage equality bill
-Laura Ricketts is the only out owner in major league sports
-Cubs march in Pride parade, including Ernie Banks
-Cubs made an “It Gets Better” video for the Trevor Project
-Team donations to LGBT-related causes include Equality Illinois, Center on Halsted and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago



Happy July Fourth

July 4, 2015

July 4 2015 v4On this July Fourth, Equality Illinois celebrates the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy and his understanding of FREEDOM in the U.S. in his ruling on marriage equality:

“Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations.”


Frank: An Evening with Barney Frank

February 25, 2015

Frank_eBlast_croppedAnnouncing Frank: An Evening with Barney Frank

Join Equality Illinois, Center on Halsted, The Book Stall, and Windy City Media Group on March 25 as we welcome former Congressman Barney Frank and hear him speak about his new memoir, Frank.

The evening will include a live interview and a Q&A with the audience all of which will be followed by a book signing with Mr. Frank. Seating is limited. Reserve yours today.