Southern Illinois LGBTQ Town Hall to be held June 25

CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center and Equality Illinois are hosting an LGBTQ town hall on Tuesday, June 25. From the Facebook event:
The Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center, in conjunction with Equality IL, is pleased to host an LGBTQ focused Town Hall with Illinois House Representative Terri Bryant, 115th district, and Representative Dave Severin, 117th District. There will be a question and answer period, followed by an open forum. We will announce other District Representatives as they confirm. Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres by Cristaudo’s Catering.

2019 Speakers Series with State Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, April 20

CHICAGO — Fahrenheit Chicago and Equality Illinois are hosting out St. Rep. Lamont J. Robinson for a speakers series at the Jeffery Pub. From the Facebook event. In a town hall style format, Equality Illinois’ Director of Civic Engagement, Anthony Galloway will engage State Representative Lamont J. Robinson on a host of issues. State Rep. Robinson will discuss his election as the state’s first LGBTQ person of color elected to the state’s legislature and what that means moving forward for LGBTQ people of color.

Transgender Day of Visibility with Equality Illinois, March 31

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois is holding a special event for Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31 in Chicago. From the EI website:
Get excited, Chicago! Sunday March 31st is the most REAL, BEAUTIFUL, and NECESSARY holiday of the year! TRANS DAY OF VISIBILITY 2019! Join us for a special celebration in honor of Transgender Day of Visibilityand the official launch of Trans-Inclusive Chicago!

AFC, Equality Illinois back $15 an hour minimum wage

CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Equality Illinois have put their support behind a push for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Illinois. Equality Illinois said on their website that a higher minimum wage would be a huge help to the LGBTQ communities of the state. A $15 minimum wage can elevate many LGBTQ people out of poverty and provide an opportunity for greater economic security for us and our families. In a 2014 study, the Williams Institute at UCLA predicted that raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $15 an hour would reduce LGBT poverty by one-third for male same-sex couples and by almost one-half for female same-sex couples. The percentage of poor female same-sex couples would fall from 6.9% to 3.7%, a 46% drop in poverty. Poverty among men in same-sex couples would fall from 3.4% to 2.2%, a drop of 35% in poverty. The poverty rates of married different-sex couples would also decrease from 5.6% to 3.1%. Almost 30,000 people in same-sex couples would see their incomes rise above the federal poverty level. AFC put out an email call for their supporters to contact their state representatives to push for a higher minimum wage.

Equality Illinois holds annual gala

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois held its annual gala at the Hilton Chicago this past weekend. The event, always a big event in the Chicago LGBTQ calendar, was sold out for the first time this year and attracted every Chicago politician running for office in city elections next month. In some ways, the gala was also a celebration as Democrats solidified their control of the legislature and regained the governor’s office. South Bend mayor and recent presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gave the keynote address. Other speeches were given by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Gov. J.B. Prizker.