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Equality Illinois’ historic Can’t Stop Our Pride broadcast

June 11, 2020

Equality Illinois’ historic Can’t Stop Our Pride broadcast on June 20!

Leaders from across Illinois are stepping up to support our community. Please meet our Can’t Stop Our Pride host committee. They are tireless champions of our work and we are so grateful to them.

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New Date Alert!

June 3, 2020

Today, we want to say that our hearts and our support are with the brave protesters fighting for needed change across the state and the country. We recognize that Pride (and so many LGBTQ rights in the US) would not exist if it hadn’t been for brave queer people (specifically, Black and brown trans women) who stood up for the whole community and demanded change. We hope to honor their spirit through our Can’t Stop Our Pride event. For all those reasons, we are moving Can’t Stop Our Pride to June 20 to give space to the situation at hand and to allow us time to ensure that we are including appropriate messages and the right voices in this broadcast.  

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Special Message from CEO Brian C. Johnson

June 1, 2020

Pride at its core is a police protest…It is our duty to stand with our LGBTQ African-American siblings and demand better from police.”
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Happy Pride Month

June 1, 2020

Fifty-one years ago this month, LGBTQ patrons of the Stonewall Inn rose up against police brutality. Led by people of color, and trans women of color in particular, their rage fueled a protest that lasted for days. We must never forget that, at its core, Pride is a police protest.
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As we watch the protests and riots in our country, it is our duty as LGBTQ people to honor those from historically marginalized communities who continue to push back against the police injustices they experience. It is our duty to stand with our LGBTQ African-American siblings and demand better from the police.

 


Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

May 26, 2020

Join us June 13th!

Our FABULOUS host committee is excited to be a part of our historic statewide virtual pride event, Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

Can’t stop Our Pride will include family Storytime, a interfaith service, cooking and mixology classes, intimate conversations with LGBTQ leaders in cities across the state, and a DJ afterparty!

 

Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois!

May 21, 2020

On Saturday, June 13th, Equality Illinois will host Illinois’ first Statewide Pride. The theme of the Virtual Pride event will be “Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day ● One Illinois.  This virtual event will be broadcast on Equality Illinois’ YouTube channel from Noon until 5PM and will feature elected leaders, community leaders, performers, chefs, activists, and many others.

 

Show your Pride: SHOW UP. SPEAK UP!

June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Equality Illinois Pride Month campaign to SHOW UP. SPEAK UP! During June, we encourage you to show the colors by showing up and speaking up in many ways:

• SHOW UP at a community pride event scheduled in towns throughout Illinois as well as in many schools, businesses, and faith institutions to demonstrate that we are part of every organization in every corner of Illinois, as demonstrated by the EI Pride Shield designed by artist Todd Mack and donated to Equality Illinois by Kit and Jonelle Welch.

• Support the ongoing work of organizations such as Equality Illinois that fight for LGBTQ civil rights or provide health and social services to people in your community.

• SPEAK UP! by participating in this election season to ensure that LGBTQ voices are heard and also by being involved in the issues locally, statewide, and nationally that impact our community.

 

Congratulations, 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride Honorees

May 25, 2018

Two Illinois activists are 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride Honorees for their strong, ongoing leadership on LGBTQ issues. Nicole Bashor, who spearheads support for political candidates in Illinois who back pro-LGBTQ policies, and Saúl Aviña Jr., who has spent a decade working on HIV treatment and prevention programs, will be recognized at the Equality Illinois Pride Kickoff Brunch on Sunday, June 3 at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., Chicago.

Bashor is a patent attorney and partner at Quarles & Brady LLP. She has served on the Equality Illinois PAC Board since 2011, including a period as chair from 2014 to 2016. In her tenure as PAC Board chair, the board’s endorsed candidates won over 90 percent of the time.

Aviña is program manager at CALOR, which provides a variety of prevention and educational services designed primarily for people most at risk of HIV/AIDS, and also works on research initiatives advancing HIV/AIDS programs.

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LGBTQ Candidate Activist to Speak at Pride Brunch

April 5, 2018

The 2018 LGBTQ Pride Month celebration launches on June 3 at the Equality Illinois Pride Kickoff Brunch with an appearance by Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston and the first out mayor of a major American city, who now works to increase the number of openly LGBTQ officials throughout the country.

As the keynote speaker at the 2018 Pride Brunch, Mayor Parker will discuss her role as President & CEO of Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people who can further equality at all levels of government.

Mayor Parker’s remarks will be delivered during the celebration to be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., Chicago.

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Proud Families Helping Kids in Need

June 19, 2017

Join Equality Illinois and Cradles to Crayons Chicago this Saturday for Proud Families Service Day, an opportunity during Pride Month for families of every stripe to show their support for local kids living in need.

Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”.

Anyone age six and above can volunteer at the Giving Factory. Activities are appropriate and engaging for individuals and families. You will work at a volunteer station such as Clothing Sort, Outfits, School Supplies, Shoes, Toys, or Shopping.

Please sign up for the two-hour shift.

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Our Pride Message: Be visible. BE POWERFUL

June 1, 2017

As Pride Month began one year ago we were looking ahead to joyous celebrations. Then on June 12, 2016 the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was targeted for a vicious hate crime resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“Pride Months will always be changed; we must never forget the 49 innocent lives, overwhelmingly Latinx, LGBTQ young people, taken away from us and from their friends and families. We encourage everyone to take time this month, at a community event or in your heart, to contemplate the lives we lost,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization.

“At Equality Illinois, we were even more determined to honor them with action by successfully advancing a pro-LGBTQ agenda in Springfield and spreading our message of LGBTQ civil rights to every corner of Illinois. On the national level, we are working with our congressional delegation against the challenges from an administration that seems determined to ignore us at best, and force us back into the closet, at worst. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!” Johnson said.

“So, it is important to be visible during Pride 2017, to celebrate, yes, and to commemorate and to challenge the status quo. Because when we are visible, we are powerful.”

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March with Equality Illinois at Pride

May 31, 2017

As you line up your calendar for Pride Month, please consider joining the Equality Illinois contingent at the 48th Annual Chicago LGBTQ Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25.

Our motto this Pride season is “be visible, BE POWERFUL,” and there’s nothing more visible than marching past a million of your closest friends.

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Pride Kickoff Brunch

May 25, 2017

Equality Illinois is pleased to announce that Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza, an advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans, will join us as a guest speaker at our Pride Kickoff Brunch taking place on Sunday, June 4.

We are also proud to recognize Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry, Director of Policy & Outreach for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR), with the 2017 Community Pride Award Recipient that will be presented at the brunch.

Entertainment at the brunch will be provided by DJ Tjaye, exclusive DJ for Oscar/Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson.

With cocktail stations, tasty brunch items and a casual setting, come join us at the innovative space Life Creative for a fun afternoon.

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Proud Families Service Day

May 22, 2017

Join Equality Illinois and Cradles to Crayons on Proud Families Service Day, an opportunity during Pride Month for families of every stripe to show their support for local kids living in need.

Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”.

Anyone age six and above can volunteer at the Giving Factory. Activities are appropriate and engaging for individuals and families. You will work at a volunteer station such as Clothing Sort, Outfits, School Supplies, Shoes, Toys, or Shopping. Please register for yourself and your family today.

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Happy Pride 2015

June 1, 2015

Pride Web CubeEverything we’ve done in the nearly quarter century Equality Illinois has existed is based on the noble premise that LGBT Illinoisans should be free to live our lives equal to everyone else in society, and so we are celebrating Pride 2015 with the mantra of #LIVEequal.

You’ll see this logo at the Chicago Pride Parade and at Pride events throughout the state and in our social media. You can also participate by showing how you #LIVEequal at home, at work, at school, in the community, and at play by posting pictures with the #LIVEequal hashtag.

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