Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

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…

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…