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October 8, 2019

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBTQ people. The Supreme Court will consider how Title VII’s ban on workplace sex discrimination protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

No one who is well-qualified, talented, and hardworking should have to live in fear of being fired or denied a job or promotion because of who they are or whom they love. That’s why a majority of Americans from all walks of life support these protections.

We are proud of ACLU of Illinois’ John Knight for arguing one of the key cases in front of the Court today.

To learn more listen to Lambda Legal’s Director of Constitutional Litigation Camilla Taylor and Equality Illinois’ Director of Public Policy Mike Ziri talk with The 21st Show and Illinois Public Media about the impact the ruling could have on the community.


EI Responds to Columnist Who Denigrated Transgender Peoples’ Experiences

August 23, 2018

On August 16, 2018, the Chicago Sun-Times published a column by Mona Charen, a nationally syndicated columnist, that denigrated the experiences of and belittled the challenges facing transgender people in society. Mike Ziri, Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois, submitted a letter to the editor in response to the column.


Much Accomplished; More to Do

January 5, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter frontWhile we can look back with pride at what we accomplished together in 2014, we are getting down to business for a busy and challenging 2015, we write in the January EQIL Insider Scoop.

From Illinois’ implementation of marriage equality and muscular anti-bullying protections to stronger community connections, Equality Illinois touched the lives of LGBT Illinoisans and allies throughout the state in 2014.

But with a new administration in Springfield and a Republican Congress in Washington, we must remain vigilant in 2015 to protect our gains while deepening our connections and sharing our resources in every corner of Illinois.

We have to keep up our work until every LGBT individual in Illinois is equal under the law and can live free from fear of discrimination in every aspect of their lives. We are committed to protecting the transgender community; building up protections for LGBT minors; helping seniors live with dignity; and the list goes on. There is much more to do.