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Statewide LGBTQ coalition holding rally on Wednesday

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A statewide coalition of LGBTQ organizations are holding a rally at Chicago’s Federal Plaza on Wednesday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m.

The rally is being held in response to hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills being filed in statehouses across the country.

Featured speakers:

  • Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Equality Illinois
  • Zahara Bassett, Life is Work
  • David Guana, ALMA Board Member
  • Kara Ingelhart, Lambda Legal
  • Radia Mchabcheb, Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Latonya Mayley, Affinity Community Service
  • Brian Johnson, Equality Illinois 
  • Eisha Love & Elizabeth Ricks, Chicago House
  • Stephanie Skora, Brave Space Alliance
  • Myles Brady Davis, Equality Illinois

Host Coalition members include: AIDS Foundation of Chicago, ACLU of Illinois Association of Latino\a\x Motivating Action (ALMA), Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, Center on Halsted, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Equality Illinois, Golden Rainbows of Illinois South, Indivisible Chicago, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Life is Work, Peoria Proud, PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Prairie Pride Coalition, Pride Action Tank, Rainbow Café LGBTQ Youth Center, She Votes Illinois, Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois, and Youth Outlook.

“Transgender and nonbinary people are Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ patients, supporters, and staff,” said Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “We proudly stand with them today and every day  because we know firsthand that people of all gender identities deserve civil and human rights, including the right to high-quality, affordable health care and accurate, relevant education and information so everyone can live full, healthy lives.”

“Notwithstanding advancements we have made in Illinois, the safety and wellbeing of our LGBTQ community is challenged in our city, in our state, and across the country,” said Mony Ruiz-Velasco, deputy director of Equality Illinois. “According to a national survey, 43% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of trans and nonbinary youth. Today, we are here to show up and speak up to ensure that our communities are not silenced, but rather seen, heard and able to not only live, but thrive with dignity and respect.”

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