Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

Equality Illinois PAC endorses Villivalam for 8th State Senate District

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois, has endorsed Ram Villivalam for the Illinois State Senate 8th District Democratic primary. “Ram Villivalam will be a champion for all residents of the 8th district, including LGBTQ residents,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC, in a statement released Tuesday. “Villivalam’s record…

Women’s groups plan marches for inauguration anniversary

SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of women’s groups from across the state are planning marches Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale on Jan. 20. According to a press release, Women’s March Chicago, Action Illinois and Women United Network are organizing statewide marches in celebration of the first anniversary of the Women’s Marches of 2017. Named the March on the Polls,…

Three LGBTQ rights laws go into effect Jan. 1

CHICAGO — Three laws supporting LGBTQ rights passed and signed in 2017 will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ rights organization, said they had pushed for all three during the year. The birth certificate modernization law allows transgender people tto update the gender marker on their birth certificate without…

Women’s March Chicago announces affiliation with national organization

CHICAGO — Women’s March Chicago announced its affiliation with March On, a national organization of womens’ marches and progressive organizations, on Friday. The move is intended to amplify the group’s local actions in its focus on motivating women and their allies to get to the polls for the 2018 election. Similar actions are being planned by other women’s march organizers around the world, furthering the alignment and power of the movement.

Equality Illinois to honor transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings

CHICAGO – For her activism on behalf of her fellow transgender youth, Jazz Jennings will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award.

The presentation of the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award will be made at the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality Illinois announced Thursday.

World AIDS Day across Illinois

CHICAGO — December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS and those living with the virus. Many local community across the world and across the state are recognizing the battle with memorials, gatherings and events. The following list of events isn’t a complete list, so please watch…

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task

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CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…

Transgender Day of Remembrance in Illinois

CHICAGO — As the annual time to remember transgender members of the LGBTQ community that have been lost, communities across the state are planning events and vigils. Sunday, Nov. 19 Trans Day of Remembrance Reframing Sunday at 1:30 PM – 6 PM Brave Space Alliance, 1434 W 51st St, Chicago, Illinois 60609 1:30pm: Doors Open…