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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.

2021-2022 Community Advisory Group

Maliyah Arnold
Chicago
Cook County
Tara Bell Janowick
Johnson City
Williamson County
Dave Bentlin
Bloomington/Normal
McLean County
Naya Busbea
Mascoutah
St. Clair County
Bob Chikos
Cary
McHenry County
Stefanie Clark
Chicago
Cook County
Mary Finedore
Naperville
DuPage County
Rey Flores
Chicago
Cook County

Rev. Marcus Fogliano
Chicago
Cook County
D’Tre’veouz Graham
Marion
Williamson County
Justin Michael Hendrix
Champaign
Champaign County
Kristal Larson
Hainesville
Lake County
Tee LeShoure
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Nicole Livsey
Peoria
Peoria County
Ken Mejia-Beal
Lisle
DuPage County

Nikki Michelle
Waukegan
Lake County
Carl Olson
Bloomington
McLean County
Emme Porter DeWitt
Chicago
Cook County
Jaz Routon
Champaign
Champaign County
Michelle Royal
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Luke Sparreo
Arlington Heights
Cook County
 
Kate Spelman
Berwyn
Cook County

Jason Vincent
Chicago
Cook County
Carrie Vine
Carbondale
Jackson County
Bonnie Washick
Chicago
Cook County