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Equality Illinois COVID-19 Resources

April 9, 2020


Our number one priority is the health and safety of Our LGBTQ Community

During this time of uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), one thing is without question:
We will navigate through this challenging time, together!

 As Equality Illinois continues to hear about the surge in needs and challenges our LGBTQ community is experiencing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together a list of online resources.


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Inclusive Curriculum Bill Introduced to Teach LGBTQ History

February 16, 2018

The Illinois Inclusive Curriculum Bill is introduced in the state legislature, an initiative of Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago and state Rep. Anna Moeller, of Elgin, so students will learn about the significant historical events and contributions by LGBTQ people.

Some examples: The nation’s first gay rights organization, the Society for Human Rights, was formed in 1924 in Chicago. Illinoisan Jane Addams, the mother of social work, founder of the Hull House, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was in a committed 40-year relationship with her partner, Mary Rozet Smith. The organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, was a gay man. And Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, was a lesbian.

The Illinois School Code already ensures inclusion in history curriculum of the contributions and experiences of other historically marginalized communities, including of people of color, women, immigrant communities, and people with disabilities, so the Illinois Inclusive Curriculum Bill is consistent with current state law and our shared Illinois values of inclusion and respect.



Pass a Responsible Budget

April 23, 2015

Budget memeThe legislature is working on Gov. Rauner’s proposed budget, which calls for drastic funding cuts in programs that protect the health and safety of Illinoisans.

Equality Illinois is part of the Responsible Budget Coalition, which is committed to preserving vital services for Illinois families and communities. We must fight against poverty, ensure access to health care and housing, and cultivate an environment where every person is safe and secure in their school, workplace, and neighborhood. The budget must demonstrate these priorities.

Encourage the General Assembly and Gov. Rauner to act responsibly.




LGBT Advocacy Day

March 26, 2015

LGBT Advocacy Day E-mail GraphicEquality Illinois is holding our annual LGBT Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 15 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

It’ll be a great opportunity to talk to lawmakers about legislation that affects the LGBT community. Our agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, protecting LGBT youth from ineffective and dangerous conversion therapy, and saving important funding for public services in the state budget.

Registration for a bus ticket from the Chicago area includes admission for one round trip to Springfield, lunch, and registration to the LGBT Advocacy Day.  Or you can drive on your own from anywhere in the state and participate in our program when you arrive. Share your plans on social media with #LGBTadvocacy.




New Adoption Guide for Prospective LGBT Parents

January 14, 2015

Adoption Guide MemeEquality Illinois today launches an exciting new initiative to assist prospective LGBT parents through the sometimes challenging road map to adopt children in need of loving, permanent homes: Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents.

The guide contains an overview of adoption law, topics to consider at the start of the adoption process, and a list of adoption and foster agencies in Illinois and their stated policies toward same-sex couples and LGBT individuals.

The guide contains an overview of adoption law, topics to consider at the start of the adoption process, and a list of adoption and foster agencies in Illinois and their stated policies toward same-sex couples and LGBT individuals.



EQIL Adds New Resource

January 7, 2014

Name&GenderMarkerChangesCoverAs our first new initiative of the new year, Equality Illinois today is releasing our Guide to Name and Gender Marker Changes, an Equality Illinois tool kit designed to assist transgender individuals facing the sometimes difficult task of changing their names and identification documents.

We are in a new era for equal rights for LGBT individuals in Illinois and the U.S. While we are still fighting for full equality, we need to make sure that the rights we have fought so hard to win are implemented fairly and that the impacted individuals have access to fully use their rights. Our Guide to Name and Gender Marker Changes is a significant step in that process.

This new booklet from Equality Illinois contains information to guide transgender individuals in Illinois through the process of changing one’s name and obtaining a new birth certificate, driver’s license, Social Security card, and passport. It also provides information regarding registering with the United States Selective Service Administration.

The 44-page Equality Illinois Guide to Name and Gender Marker Changes includes the forms that will be needed, the government offices to contact, and step-by-step instructions.

Read and download the guide