Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

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…

Changes at the Den and Eagle, good ones

This past weekend, I attended the LION Publishers Conference here in Chicago. LION stands for Local Independent Online News. The majority of news sites there were mainstream news. They often function like a local daily newspaper. In a few cases, they were the only daily news source for their towns. However, that wasn’t the only…

Equality Illinois launches drive for LGBTQ leadership

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO—Equality Illinois is launching a new initiative to build the policy and political power of LGBTQ Illinoisans by linking qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to openings on key state boards and commissions. “The Boards and Commissions Initiative seeks to enhance the visibility and public leadership of LGBTQ Illinoisans on the important state…

Equality Illinois PAC endorses legislators for 2018

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — The Equality Illinois PAC is endorsing 32 incumbent legislators in its first round of endorsements as the state heads into the 2018 election cycle, the statewide LGBTQ political action committee announced on Thursday. “Elections matter, now more than ever for our community,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC. “At a…

Equality Illinois honors Planned Parenthood of Illinois, LGBTQ activist Jim Bennett

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO – For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the…

Rauner meets with leaders of LGBTQ, allied organizations

CHICAGO – LGBTQ and allied groups met with Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday morning to discuss challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans that might find remedy in actions by the state.

The issues discussed during the meeting at Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ largest civil rights organization, included healthcare and human services, youth and schools, housing, immigration, LGBTQ cultural competency of state-funded programs, and the protection and promotion of civil rights.

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

Equality Illinois

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…