Tag: civil rights

Equality Illinois launches drive for LGBTQ leadership

Equality Illinois

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…

US clarifies vote on UN death penalty resolution

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department explained its “no” vote on a anti-death penalty resolution after an outcry on social media. From NBC OUT: In a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explained why the U.S. voted against the resolution. “We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s…

U.S. votes against UN resolution banning death for being gay

NEW YORK — Last week, the United States voted against a United Nations human rights resolution that condemned using the death penalty for same-sex relationships, the Washington Blade reported. From the Blade: The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin. Congo,…

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.

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…

Defense Secretary: Transgender troops can stay pending study

WASHINGTON — The Hill reported Tuesday evening that that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the announcement Tuesday. From The Hill: The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis…

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.…