Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

Equality Illinois commends Chicago leaders for acting against discrimination

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — A Chicago ordinance designed to protect the dignity and health of transgender and gender non-conforming people will be a clear rebuke to the actions in North Carolina and other states that want to turn back the clock. The ordinance was introduced today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council’s LGBT caucus at the recommendation…

EqualityCon 2016 in Chicago to Hear From Equality Act Chief Sponsor

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO–U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, chief House sponsor of the Equality Act, will be the keynote speaker at EqualityCon 2016, a two-day convention of LGBT champions, progressive advocates, allies, policy experts, political leaders and community groups hosted by Equality Illinois. EqualityCon, formerly known as the LGBT Equality Institute, will be held May 13 and 14 at…

EqualityCon 2016 in Chicago to discuss LGBT issues

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO – EqualityCon 2016, a two-day conference of LGBT champions, progressive advocates, allies, policy experts, political leaders and community groups hosted by Equality Illinois, convenes in Chicago this month to focus on issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans. EqualityCon, formerly known as the LGBT Equality Institute, will be held May 13 and…

Equality Illinois names Brian C. Johnson as CEO

Brian Johnson

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois’ (EI) work on behalf of LGBT Illinoisans and their families enters its second quarter century under a new leader who has a history of social justice advocacy, building diverse coalitions and improving educational outcomes for youth. Named today as the Chief Executive Officer of Equality Illinois is Brian C. Johnson, who…

First Illinois Bear and Bear Cub named

Illinois Bear

CHICAGO — Jason Shiver-Simpson Mr. Illinois Bear 2016 title and Adam Lawrence won Illinois Bear Cub 2016 in the first Illinois Bear contest this past weekend in Chicago. The contest was held at Jackhammer in the Rogers Park neighborhood. There were a total of six contestants for the contest. The judges for the contest were: The…

On LGBT Advocacy Day, Citizens Urge Support for Transgender Illinoisans and State-Funded Services

SPRINGFIELD — Equality Illinois, partner organizations, and citizens from across the state are in the state Capitol Wednesday for meetings with the state’s leaders on LGBT Advocacy Day and calling on officials to advance a lived equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans and their families. The focus of this year’s advocacy day is to…