Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

EI applauds AG Lisa Madigan for brief supporting transgender Illinoisans

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO–Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan today joined 12 other attorneys general throughout the U.S. in support of the Obama Administration’s policies that advance the equal treatment and protection of transgender Americans in workplaces and schools, a move applauded by Equality Illinois. “Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is standing firm for the equal rights of transgender…

Equality Illinois reacts to Trump’s VP pick

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois on Friday reacted to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump selecting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. The gay rights organization focused on Pence’s long anti-LGBT record. From EI’s executive director Brian Johnson: With his selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Donald Trump, the…

New law clinic will help transgender Illinoisans

CHICAGO–Of the many personal, medical and legal challenges faced by transgender Illinoisans, Equality Illinois, The John Marshall Law School and the Seyfarth Shaw law firm are teaming up to try to make the legal issues a little easier to manage. Equality Illinois and John Marshall are launching a Gender Marker and Name Change Legal Project…

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…