| INSIDER SCOOP – MAY 2014
In the MAY EQIL Insider Scoop:
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MAPPING THE FUTURE = Join us as Equality Illinois hosts the LGBT Equality Institute to discuss the myriad issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans and the strategies for addressing them following the passage of marriage equality. The institute is 9 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 17, at the Embassy Suites Lakefront Hotel, Chicago.
Among the expert presenters will be Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky,a senior member of the state’s congressional delegation, Gautam Raghavan, White House Advisor on LGBT Issues, and Meg Gorecki, Midwest Director for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Do you want to learn how to create an LGBT-inclusive culture at your workplace? To attract allies to your organization? To discuss the intersection of faith and LGBT equality issues? To learn what’s next on the federal and state LGBT equality agenda? To be a better networker? Here is your chance to learn about these topics and so much more!
The day long institute, including breakfast and lunch, is just $60.
ILLINOIS – With the Illinois General Assembly entering the last month of its spring session, there is an urgency to act on these issues in Springfield:
Strengthening anti-bullying policies: House Bill 5707 sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy enhances state anti-bullying policy by writing acomprehensive state standard to be implemented by school districts. The bill requires schools to have an anti-bullying policy in place, investigate cases of bullying, and create a yearly report of incidents. The measure received bipartisan support when it passed the House; let’s make sure it passes with the same in the Senate.
Passing the ban on revenge porn: The bill was approved by the Senate and prohibits internet posting of sexually explicit photos of another person without permission, which could single out LGBT individuals for blackmail, forced outings, and harassment. Equality Illinois will work with House lawmakers to pass this bill.
Passing the Voting Rights Constitutional Amendment: This amendment would ban voter suppression tactics that have been passed in other states, including those that would place voting restrictions targeting LGBT Illinoisans. If passed in the Senate, it would go before voters this November.
Defending LGBT Minors: A bill to protect LGBT minors from being subjected to the discredited practice of conversion therapy suffered a setback in the House, while a similar measure remains on the Senate calendar. The need for the bill remains – to protect the most vulnerable individuals already struggling in the face of homophobia and transphobia – and Equality Illinois will continue to work on it with our legislative allies.
NATIONAL – Our work in Washington continues on these initiatives:
Securing Employment Non-Discrimination:
Ending Blood Donor Ban: End the homophobic ban imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration against blood donations by men who have sex with men.
The just-issued listing of wedding officiants answers one of the most frequent questions about the new marriage equality: Who will perform our wedding?
Also, the updated Equality Illinois guide “Marriage Rights in Illinois” answers most of the other questions couples have about taking advantage of the state’s new marriage law, including how to convert a civil union into a marriage. Both guides can be read online or downloaded.
With the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act going into effect statewide IN ONE MONTH on June 1, now is the time to take advantage of these resources
A great crowd always joins us for First Friday, so please come by for the fun, cocktails, musicals, and door prize drawings. For a $10 donation at the door to the Equality Illinois PAC, you receive two drink tickets and a ticket to be entered in our door prize drawing. Friday, May 2, 6–8pm @ Sidetrack, 3349 North Halsted Street in Chicago (21+ with ID).
Contributions support Equality Illinois PAC. Paid for by Equality Illinois PAC. Contributions are not tax deductible. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website, elections.il.gov, or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois. State law requires that we report the occupation and name of the employer of any individual who contributes over $500.00.
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning musical comedy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
USE the code EQUALITY when purchasing tickets and a portion of every ticket sold is donated to Equality Illinois. More information and tickets are available at 773.327.5252or they can be purchased ONLINE.
This Sunday, May 4, at 3-6 pm enjoy an afternoon of socializing with friends old and new, dining on delicious light bites, and sipping cocktails at the elegant Mayne Stage Theatre, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago.
The suggested event donation is $10, and there will be a cash bar and raffle prizes also available.
Set aside time for the annual Spring Wine Tasting at Sidetrack on Wednesday, May 7. General admission opens at 6:30 pm, and VIP access starts at 5:30 pm to give you the first tastings of the always premium selections.
Your ticket purchase supports the work of Equality Illinois, and you can have a fabulous time doing it! (Must be 21 or over with ID.)