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December 16, 2021


During this season of generosity and gift-giving, so many LGBTQ Illinoisans still don’t earn a living wage.

Can you #GiveForEquality today to support Equality Illinois’ efforts to secure a better future for the LGBTQ community in Illinois?

During this holiday season, we are asking 200 LGBTQ and allied supporters to make a small gift toward advancing our equality. 

With a donation of as little as $10, $25, or $50, you can help ensure that our critical work on the path to equality for all continues.



PS: To share your support and encourage others to join the cause, post on any social media platform using the hashtags #GiveForEquality and #EqualityIllinoisHoliday



December 13, 2021

It doesn’t take much to make a big difference for LGBTQ kids. #GiveForEquality today!



#GivingTuesday #GiveForEquality

November 30, 2021

Happy Holidays! In this season of celebration and togetherness with family, many of our LGBTQ community remain under attack from anti-LGBTQ equality forces. In fact, just across the border in Ohio, bills are being presented to threaten the rights of trans youth to receive gender affirming healthcare and put at risk for discriminatory treatment in schools. 

While we are proud of how far Illinois has come, anti-equality bills wait in the wings unless we fight them. 

To do that, we need each and every one of you!  During this holiday season, we are asking 200 LGBTQ and allied supporters to make a small gift toward advancing our equality.

With a donation of as little as $10, $25, or $50, you can help ensure that our critical work on the path to equality for all continues.

PS: To share your support and encourage others to join the cause, post on any social media platform using the hashtags #GiveForEquality and #EqualityIllinoisHoliday


EI Holiday Campaign

November 2, 2020

It’s an #EIHoliday! Thank you to our Holiday Campaign Committee for pledging to donate $100 or recruit three friends to give $25 each in support of our critical work to achieve full equality for all LGBTQ folks in Illinois. Click the image here to join the Committee or give what you can, and be sure to share your reason for giving this season with the hashtag #EIHoliday on your social media pages.


Emerging Leaders Circle

February 9, 2019


Equality Illinois is seeking a select, powerful, active group of young professionals to become the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression.

Ask yourself these questions:

  •  Are you 35 or younger?
  •  Do you care about advancing LGBTQ equality throughout our state?
  •  Do you believe in Equality Illinois’ key priorities: Policy, People, and Power?

POLICY–We defend our civil rights wins from anti-LGBTQ attacks and advance pro-LGBTQ policies with a focus on education, health care, and criminal justice.

PEOPLE–We work to get LGBTQ leaders in positions of influence throughout the state with an emphasis on placing LGBTQ Illinoisans on key state boards and commissions.

POWER–We create a civically-powerful statewide network of LGBTQ champions by identifying, training, and supporting LGBTQ and allied community groups throughout the state so they can grow and embolden their base.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, become an Equality Illinois emerging leader! Participation begins at $50/month or $600/year. Membership in The Emerging Leaders Circle includes recognition in our Annual Report, advanced notice of upcoming events, and complimentary entry to our Pre-Pride Parade reception.


Year-End Giving

December 26, 2018

As Equality Illinois comes to the end of another successful year of serving LGBTQ Illinoisans, we want to THANK YOU for your contributions and volunteer service! Today, we are calling on your support to participate in our annual “Year-End Giving Campaign” as we continue to pave a future free of bias, bigotry, and discrimination. Your contribution will continue work that proves hate is not an Illinois value. In 2019 we look forward to continuing to be a shining example of what it means to standing on the frontlines of social and political advocacy.

Your commitment of a “Year End” pledge or a one time annual gift, will allow Equality Illinois an opportunity to continue our legacy and tradition of education, advocacy, and service for years to come.

For any other gifts please contact our Director of Corporate Partnerships & Individual Giving, Melissa Benge at mbenge@eqil.org  or 773.477.7173.


Illinois Scores Unprecedented LGBTQ Legislative Victories

August 29, 2017

On the same day last week that President Trump rolled back rights for transgender Americans, two new civil rights advances for LGBTQ Illinoisans became law. One week earlier, a third new LGBTQ-affirming policy became law in Illinois. These bills were all part of the Equality Illinois 2017 Legislative Agenda.

We need your help to continue our aggressive and effective advocacy in Springfield and keep Illinois at the forefront of LGBTQ civil rights, especially as we face the headwinds coming from this White House.


On Giving Tuesday, help keep the Trump-Pence administration in check

November 29, 2016

giving-tuesday1Donate on Giving Tuesday to ensure that the fight for true lived equality will continue UNTIL WE’RE ALL EQUAL!

Feeling excited and empowered after more than 200 LGBTQ stakeholders and allies came together on Monday night for a Post-Election Action Forum to discuss how to react to the Trump-Pence administration, we are determined to be vigilant in fighting for our rights over the next four years, and we are asking everyone to step up to help.

On Giving Tuesday, please help Equality Illinois with at least a $25 donation.




December 1, 2015

#GivingTuesdayOn #GivingTuesday, let’s remember those who are vulnerable and feel excluded. Equality Illinois is committed to building a better Illinois, so that every individual no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression can feel included and live equally.

We want this holiday season to be happy time for the LGBT community in our state, so we have launched a campaign called The Season of Inclusion to bring together people alongside our community partners, in different parts of the state. From Bloomington-Normal to the Chicagoland to Champaign-Urbana, we are hosting these activities to bring together our community at a critical time as we continue to advance equal treatment and social justice.

With this being #GivingTuesday and the celebration of the 25th year of Equality Illinois’ founding, can you make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to help us make sure that no one is left behind in our continued fight for equality?



$25 for 25 years

September 28, 2015

Art JohnstonA special message from Art Johnston, Equality Illinois co-founder:

As we enter Equality Illinois’ 25th year, I look back in astonishment at what we accomplished together, and feel so positive about our collective ability to tackle the challenges ahead.

If you went out in the 1970s to a bar where gay and trans people gathered, there was a chance that you wouldn’t get home that night, that the bar would be raided, you would get arrested, the media alerted, and the next day you would find yourself described in your hometown paper as a regular at a ‘pervert’ bar. And then, you could – legally – get fired from your job.

That may sound like ancient history. But as recently as 2005, in most of our state, you could be legally fired from your job, legally denied an apartment or service at a restaurant if the person in charge didn’t like LGBT people. And let me tell you: the rights and protections that we as a community have today are a result of years and years of work by community activists, courageous legislators, and the loud and proud support of our entire community.

We absolutely cannot do this without you and our community is counting on you to step up — make your donation of $25 or more to celebrate 25 years of advances for equality by clicking HERE.

Our community has come a very long way, but translating the legal victories into actual, lived equality is work that takes focused effort and vigilance. The transgender community in particular still faces disproportionate rates of violence and widespread lack of access to quality healthcare. LGBTQ-identified students are still more likely to be bullied in schools.

So how do we, after such momentous victories, keep going to ensure full, lived equality for all in our community – especially those most vulnerable? One way is by supporting the work of Equality Illinois. Regardless of whether you’ve given generously in the past, or just now have the chance,  please join me in recommitting to the crucial next steps in Illinois for this movement.

This is your perfect opportunity: all donations made in September will be doubled, as Equality Illinois enters its 25th year. Contribute $25 to celebrate 25 years, and MillerCoors will double that to fuel Equality Illinois’ important work that lies ahead.



Equality Progress Report

June 15, 2015

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Equality Illinois advocated for and helped pass three major legislative initiatives in 2015–protecting LGBT youth from harmful conversion therapy, protecting transgender individuals from hate crimes, and gaining the right to specify gender in funeral arrangements. And, we continue to push for a moral budget.

Please help us keep pushing forward. Donations made to Equality Illinois during June PRIDE Month will be doubled.

Click the link to read the full Equality Progress Report and to donate today so that we can all ‪#‎LIVEequal‬.



Help Equality Illinois on Give OUT Day

May 21, 2015

It’s Give OUT11357201_10153284901529424_2293608356492876400_o Day – you’ve got 24 hours to participate in the largest day of LGBT philanthropy!

Donate $35 or more TODAY to receive a ‪#‎liveEQUAL‬ tee shirt and be entered to win a pair of United flight vouchers.

One year ago, many in our community feared that progress in our movement would slow down, but Equality Illinois is as vigilant as ever.  Already this year we’ve made great strides towards full LGBT equality and equal treatment in Illinois – especially in the last 2 days.  Let’s break them down:

  • Legislation to protect our youth from harmful conversion therapy recieved bipartisan support in the House on Tuesday, and passed 68 to 43.
  • A bill that would update hate crimes legislation to include transgender individuals sailed unanimously through the House in April and passed the Senate yesterday.
  • A bill that would allow Illinoisans to designate their gender identity, expression, and pronouns in written funeral and burial instructions passed the House 79-34 with bipartisan support.

Right now, we need your support to complete action on these measures and much more.



Win United Tickets During May Membership Month

May 4, 2015

May membership Drivie 2015Your valuable past support allowed us to grow our mission last year, to truly build a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy, and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.

Help us continue our work by donating at least $35 during May Membership Month, and be entered into a drawing for a pair of United Airlines tickets.

Since expanding our mission and growing the scope of our work, your donations have helped our community make great progress in these areas:

Educate – We’re educating faith communities on how to advocate for equality and on creating safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT individuals. We’re engaging a wide variety of Illinoisans through comprehensive training of public officers, our “Know Your Rights” educational materials, and our annual LGBT Institute, to name a few.

Advocate – This legislative session, we’re supporting over 2 dozen bills including protecting Illinois youth from harmful conversion therapy, irrefutably including transgender people under hate crimes statutes, requiring public officials to receive sensitivity training in civil rights and cultural diversity, and more.

Protect – We serve as a vigilant watchdog for discriminatory legislation that is often introduced quietly but could have highly detrimental affects on our community. We protect LGBT Illinoisans in the workplace by regularly working with businesses to maintain affirming and inclusive work environments.

Understanding the urgency of our work, United Airlines has stepped up to donate two flight vouchers for travel within the U.S. lower 48 states, Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean. If you join or renew your membership now with a donation of at least $35, you will get entered into our drawing to win the pair of flight vouchers.



On Giving Tuesday, Help Equality Illinois

December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday Mem 2014Given our momentum, it may seem like full equality for the LGBT community is inevitable, but in the last month, we have seen several reminders that our work is not done.

Today is both Giving Tuesday and #ILGiveBig, you can help us hit our goal of 1000 donations so that we can continue the important work that lies ahead for equality.

There are many examples of our work, including these three key areas:
1) Advancing LGBT equality at the state level.
2) Leading the fight for equality nationally.
3) Securing equal treatment for all



Win an Orbitz Flight During May Membership Month

May 1, 2014

MayMembership2014This is EQIL May Membership Month:

Orbitz has stepped up to donate FOUR flight vouchers for travel within the U.S. lower 48 states or Canada. So, if you join Equality Illinois or renew your membership now, you will get entered into a drawing to win one of the FOUR flight vouchers.

If you think the work of securing full LGBT equality has been completed with the passage of marriage, think again. We have an aggressive agenda set in Springfield and in Washington, including strengthening anti-bullying policies and passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.