Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

LGBTQ forum with Democratic candidates for governor announced

CHICAGO — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact our lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wednesday, December 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced Thursday. The “Illinois LGBTQ…

Equality Illinois condemns 45’s DACA decision

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CHICAGO — The executive director of Equality Illinois condemned 45’s announcement on ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called on the state’s elected officials to speak out. From Brian C. Johnson: Equality Illinois stands with the Dreamers. Immigrants are part of the fabric of America. Here we believe in tolerance, inclusion, liberty, and…

Rauner signs ban on ‘gay panic’ defense

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill that prevents people from claiming the “gay panic” defense in crimes, making Illinois only the second state to ban the defense. From Equality Illinois: The measure, SB 1761, which the governor signed on Friday after unanimously passing both chambers of the General Assembly, is part…

Bill to make updating birth certificates easier signed into law

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill that would make it easier for transgendered individuals to update their birth certificates. The bill, House Bill 1785, modernizes the Illinois Vital Records Act and to allow transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery.…

First Midwest Drummer in Chicago this September

CHICAGO — This is the first Midwest Drummer North America (DNA) contest. It will be held in Chicago at the Jackhammer complex in September. Midwest Drummer is a male-identified fetish contest where each contestant can compete for the title of Drummer, Drummer Boy or Drummer Bootblack. The region covers the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and…

Equality Illinois announces new board members

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois and Equality Illinois Institute announce their 2017-2018 boards of directors, which include six new board members, who, together with the board veterans, represent the diverse LGBTQ community in Illinois as well as allies. Equality Illinois is the lobbying arm of the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization representing lesbian, gay,…

Equality Illinois condemns rejection of transgender service people

CHICAGO — Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ rights organization, issued the following statement: By rejecting the brave military service of transgender Americans, President Trump’s policy by tweets is an outrageous about face of the trend of creating a military where courageous Americans of all identities and backgrounds are encouraged to…