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Equality Illinois and Kirkland & Ellis Recognized for Legal Work

September 26, 2016
Serena Grant, Director of TrustLaw, (on left) presents the award to Mike Ziri of Equality Illinois and Marjorie Lindblom and Seirian Thomas of Kirkland & Ellis

Serena Grant, Director of TrustLaw, (on left) presents the award to Mike Ziri of Equality Illinois and Marjorie Lindblom and Seirian Thomas of Kirkland & Ellis

Equality Illinois is honored to have received with Kirkland & Ellis LLP the Impact Award from the TrustLaw Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal program.

The award celebrates our partnership with the law firm on legal research that informed our advocacy for legislation sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy & Sen. Daniel Biss that banned conversion therapy in Illinois.

During the legislative process, we were privileged to partner with leading medical and mental health organizations as well as the The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU of Illinois, Lambda Legal and many others on this effort! Thank you, TrustLaw, for your help and for this recognition.



Equality Illinois CEO Writes: Ban Conversion Therapy Nationally

August 17, 2016

Advocate columnIn a column in the online edition of The Advocate magazine, Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson argues for a national ban on dangerous and ineffective conversion therapy practiced against LGBT‬ youth.

Johnson wrote in response to the lawsuit filed by a group of pastors against the new Illinois law passed and signed with bipartisan support last year.

As noted, the law does not prohibit faith leaders from preaching their beliefs; it does prevent state-licensed mental health professionals from offering treatments debunked by science, unsupported by the mental health professional community and usually harmful to the individual and the family.



Equality Illinois Condemns Attempt to Undermine Ban on Conversion Therapy

August 11, 2016

CONVERSION THERAPY LAWSUITEquality Illinois condemns the lawsuit filed by a small handful of pastors against Illinois’ law protecting LGBT youth from harmful conversion therapy.

The Youth Mental Health Protection Act is based on scientific consensus. The law protects patients from harmful, coercive, and fraudulent treatments that attempt to change the unchangeable.

Faith leaders remain free to say what they want from the pulpit, regardless of how misguided it may be.



Mental Health Experts Support Therapy Ban

March 17, 2015

Experts Letter MemeA letter from mental health, medical and academic organizations in Illinois strongly supporting the Illinois Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act is a significant statement that explains the dangers of harmful and ineffective efforts to force LGBT youth to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Equality Illinois, the state’s largest advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, calls on the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner to heed the experts.

“The experts have spoken. LGBT youth are endangered by attempts to change who they are. Lawmakers must pass the bill, and the governor must sign it,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.



Sign Petition Against Conversion Therapy

March 6, 2015

Conversion therapy petition memeTell your legislators and Gov. Rauner to support a ban on conversion therapy!

Every major medical and mental health association agrees, conversion therapy is ineffective and dangerous. Young people who face rejection because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression are more likely to have high levels of depression, more likely to engage in substance abuse, and more likely to attempt suicide.

Join with the Illinois Conversion Therapy Coalition, including Equality Illinois, Youth Service Project, Prairie Pride Coalition, Center on Halsted, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Illinois Coalition for Adolescent Health, Human Rights Campaign, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, and PFLAG National, in support of the bill.



EQIL Initiative to Pass Conversion Therapy Ban

January 20, 2015

conversion therapy banEquality Illinois on Tuesday announced an initiative to pass legislation banning ineffectual and dangerous conversion therapy during this new term of the Illinois General Assembly in order to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago introduced the bill on Friday. House Bill 217, the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act, would make it illegal for mental health care providers to engage in sexual orientation change efforts with anyone under the age of 18. A Senate version will be introduced soon, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston.

“Illinois should be at the forefront of banning this failed and discredited non-therapy that attempts to change the unchangeable, our innate sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.