Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

Equality Illinois asks for Advisory Board applications

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Statewide LGBTQ rights group Equality Illinois is asking for members of the Illinois LGBTQ communities to join its advisory board. From the EI website: As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois launched the Community Advisory Group in 2016. The group is a diverse cross-section of voices…

Illinois rated second best state for LGBTQ families in country

CHICAGO — Despite a long list of problems, mostly financial, Illinois was ranked as the second best state in the country for LGBTQ families in a recent ranking by Move.org. Illinois came in just behind California and ahead of Hawaii. Move.org listed plenty of reasons for while Illinois ranked so high. The state’s anti-discrimination laws …

Illinois passes Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House voted Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state is needed to ratify the amendment. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Nearly a century after the amendment was drafted, the Illinois House voted 72-45 to ratify it following more than two hours of debate. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stood behind…

Illinois Senate passes LGBTQ curriculum bill

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would required the inclusion of LGBTQ contributions to the history curriculum in schools. Equality Illinois said in an announcement that the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, had passed the Senate with a 34-18 vote. Two Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting for…

Howard Brown looking for transgender stories

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago is writing a book on transgender aging with the hope of helping healthcare providers provide better care to trans, GNC and gender queer older adults. The clinic is asking community members who are TGNC and 60 years old or older to write about their experience with using…

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…