Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

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…

Equality Illinois launches drive for LGBTQ leadership

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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

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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

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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.