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Statewide Community Advisory Group

Diverse Voices Advising Equality Illinois
 

The Equality Illinois Community Advisory Group consists of LGBTQ individuals and allies from across the state to engage with Equality Illinois in the policy development and agenda building necessary to secure and advance LGBTQ equality, social justice, and intersectional action in Illinois.

With members from all corners of Illinois–Carbondale to Chicago, Rock Island to Champaign–and from a wonderful diversity of backgrounds and experiences, the Community Advisory Group informs, advises, and challenges us about opportunities for and obstacles to lived equality and inclusion in every part of Illinois. In addition to advising Equality Illinois, advisory group members have made broadcast appearances, been interviewed for news articles, and written columns about LGBTQ issues in the news.

The Community Advisory Group grew from the summer listening tour of Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson in 2016 that took him to 12 communities throughout the state. He heard troubling tales about a lack of access to affirming healthcare, the treatment of LGBTQ people in our criminal justice system, and the need for an inclusive educational system.

The Community Advisory Group contributes to Equality Illinois’ understanding of these and many more issues that LGBTQ Illinoisans experience every day. And, at a time when many LGBTQ individuals are feeling isolated, anxious, and frustrated about policymaking, Equality Illinois is dedicated to ensuring our policy agenda is developed through the consistent and ongoing engagement of many voices, perspectives, and lived experiences.

For more information about the Community Advisory Group, please get in touch with Equality Illinois Director of Public Policy Mike Ziri.

2020-2021 Equality Illinois Community Advisory Group

Grayson Alexander
Chicago
Cook County
Maliyah Arnold
Chicago
Cook County 
Marina Bekovic
Chicago
Cook County
Tara Bell Janowick
Johnson City
Williamson County
Dave Bentlin
Bloomington/Normal
McLean County
Bob Chikos
Cary
McHenry County
Anne Dempsey
Westmont
DuPage County
Samantha Ellison
Chicago
Cook County
Mary Finedore
Naperville
DuPage County
Ariana Flores
Chicago
Cook County
Rev. Marcus Fogliano
Chicago
Cook County
Hunter Gillaspie
Chicago
Cook County
Susan Haarman
Chicago
Cook County
Justin Hendrix 
Champaign
Champaign County

Toshia “Tee” LeShoure
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Elise Malary
Chicago
Cook County
 

Ken Mejia-Beal
Lisle
DuPage County

 

 

Nicole Livsey
Peoria
Peoria County

 

Emme Porter DeWitt
Chicago
Cook County
 

Dr. Kathleen Robbins
Champaign
Champaign County

 

Jasmine “Jaz” Routon
Champaign
Champaign County
Michelle Royal
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Emily Spangler
Chicago
Cook County
Ricardo Torres
Chicago
Cook County
Danny Vega
Chicago
Cook County
Emma Vosicky
Naperville
DuPage County
Bonnie Washick
Chicago
Cook County