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Chicago City Club Hosts First LGBTQ Presentation

June 22, 2018

The City Club of Chicago hosted a historic event on June 19, 2018, its first discussion of LGBTQ issues at this well-known and respected public forum, whose co-founder was Jane Addams.

Led by Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson, the panel featured Tracy Baim of Windy City Times, Kim L. Hunt of Pride Action Tank, David Ernesto Munar of Howard Brown Health, and trans resource navigator Reyna Ortiz.

The full program, Taking Pride in Our Story: Chicago and Its LGBTQ Community, can be watched here:

A report on the panel discussion was posted by Windy City Times.


Participate in the SHOW UP, SPEAK UP! agenda

February 8, 2018

It’s time for the Equality Illinois Show Up. Speak Up! 2018 Agenda. Your Equality Illinois team is on the case in Springfield and working to ensure that LGBTQ issues are included in this election across the state. We are asking you to join us in this work and make sure your voices are heard.
· Attend the Chicago Equality Action Academy Feb. 10 or Feb. 11 to learn how to work on elections.
· Show up at the LGBTQ Forum with District 115 candidates in Carbondale on March 6..
· Participate in the Women of Color Candidates Forum in Chicago on March 8.
· Register to vote in the Illinois primary.
· Attend the Equality Illinois Election Party at Sidetrack on March 20.
· Lobby your legislator April 11 on Equality Illinois LGBTQ Advocacy Day in Springfield.


Equality Illinois Urges Action on LGBTQ Civil Rights Agenda

May 28, 2017

Equality Illinois is hopeful that the General Assembly will act in its final days of the spring session to pass bills advancing LGBTQ civil rights, as well as passage, finally, of a responsible budget with adequate revenues to fund essential programs for all Illinoisans.

EI Director of Public Policy Michael Ziri and our advocacy team are talking to lawmakers to push for passage of bills such as HB 1785 to modernize the standard of birth certificate changes to help transgender Illinoisans and SB 1761 to end the anti-LGBTQ panic defenses in murder cases.

As the last hours of the session unfold, stay on top of legislation important to LGBTQ Illinoisans on our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and here on our web page.



Listening Tour

October 1, 2016


In the first months of the tenure of new Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson, he’s been on a listening tour throughout Illinois, in big cities, college towns and small hamlets, to listen to LGBTQ stakeholders, to hear your stories, and learn about your hopes and fears for the future.

Today, he is publishing his report on what he heard and what Equality is going to do about it.

In his report, Brian recounts the concerns over issues such as educational equality, healthcare access, criminal justice fairness, and safety in our communities. And he outlines the beginning steps of how Equality Illinois will address these concerns in the months and years ahead. Please read his detailed report.




July 15, 2016

Governor Mike Pence V2With his selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, is demonstrating a callous disregard for LGBT Americans and our families.

As a private citizen, a member of Congress and in the Indiana statehouse, Gov. Pence has rejected recognizing that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are equal under the law and under standards of human decency.

Pence opposed federal HIV funding, he supported “gay conversion” therapy, he opposed marriage equality, and he promoted state-sanctioned LGBT discrimination.



Mourning the Victims in Orlando

June 12, 2016

Mourns the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

We mourn the victims of the shooting in the Orlando nightclub Pulse, a popular gay venue. While we don’t know yet the motive of the shooter, we do know we should all feel safe in our homes, schools and places of business and entertainment. Our hearts go out to the Orlando LGBT community and the family and friends of the victims, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured.


New CEO to Launch Statewide Listening Tour

June 5, 2016

This past week, Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson announced a statewide listening tour as he assumed the leadership of the state’s oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization.

Johnson said there is far more work to do to ensure equality for LGBT Illinoisans, and he wants to hear from every corner of the state to help chart our way forward.



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.



Equality Illinois News

February 1, 2016

Newsletter front Feb 2016Check out the fresh, new format for our monthly newsletter, out today.

We bring you the news of Equality Illinois and the movement for working toward a lived equality for LGBT Illinoisans.

Take a look, and signup for our monthly newsletter and other mailings so you can stay informed about the issues and the events that shape them.




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.



2015 Legislative Agenda

April 17, 2015

MEME2015AgendaAdvocates from across Illinois visited the state Capitol this week to discuss a broad agenda of bills that directly impact the #LGBT community across our state, from HB217 ending harmful conversion therapy to a budget that protects vital services for all LGBT Illinoisans.

This year, we are working on more than 25 pieces of legislation that will advance full equal treatment and protections for all LGBT Illinoisans.

The bill to protect LGBT youth from harmful and ineffective conversion therapy is teed up for a vote expected next week in the Illinois House.

And a measure to enhance Illinois Hate Crime protections sailed through the House this week 112-0 and next sees action in the Senate.