Archive for the ‘Call to Action’ Category

Tell Obama to Support Marriage Equality

January 15, 2011

Sign this HRC petition to urge President Obama to state his support for marriage equality. It just takes a minute!

Elsewhere in the World

December 4, 2010

While this blog has focused lately on the passage of the civil unions bill in Illinois, it has actually been a huge week in for LGBT news elsewhere. A brief week-in-review roundup:

Protestant Advocacy Group Endorses Civil Unions

November 30, 2010

Protestants for the Common Good, an Illinois advocacy organization, has endorsed House Bill 2234, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The bill, which is expected to be brought up for a vote in the state legislature today, would grant recognition and rights similar to those or marriage. The bill would not require churches or other religious bodies to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples or recognize the relationships of same-sex couples.

Faith leaders from across the state have endorsed the bill. See a full list here.

Call your state representative and senator TODAY (preferably this morning!) to express your support for the bill or send them an e-mail using this easy form.

Join the Final Push!

November 29, 2010

With the civil unions bill likely coming up for a floor vote on Tuesday, NOW is the time to call your state representative and senator to let them know that you support this step forward for same-sex couples. Search for your representatives by entering you ZIP code.

While a phone call is the best way to be heard, e-mail works too and several organizations have set up easy web sites for the issue. Check out the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Illinois, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago to take last-minute action now.

LGBT Change Mobilizes Action for Civil Unions

November 21, 2010

LGBT Change, a grassroots Illinois advocacy organization, is mobilizing voters to take action in favor of the passage of the civil unions bill, which will be considered by legislators on November 30. The organization is looking for people to work phone banks, as well as to lobby in Springfield in person. Here is the full information:


1.)   Local Action: Call your Legislators NOW and urge them to vote YES on The Civil Unions and Religious Freedom Act (SB 1716, House Amendment 1).  If you don’t know who your legislator is or don’t know their phone number, you can find all of that information by clicking here.

2.)   Phone Banks: We need HELP contacting voters in key legislative districts! 

Call from Home: If you have a computer and telephone, you can sign up to call from home.  Please email and she will send you the log-in information.

Call from a phone bank location: If you prefer, you may go to one of our banks at the following locations, on the following dates:

TODAY!!  Saturday, November 20, 10am -5pm

– Northside Location – 4311 North Broadway

– Bucktown Location – 2129 North Western Avenue

We will also have Phone banks set-up in Evanston, Oak Park, West Side, North Side, South Side, and the Loop on the following dates and times:

Monday, November 22 and Tuesday November 23, 10am-9pm

Wednesday, November 24, 10am -5pm

Friday, November 26, 10am – 9pm

Saturday, November 27, 10am-5pm

If you don’t have your own cell phone, we have phones that you can use.

If you can volunteer, please email and Stacy Lemery with the date and location you wouldlike to attend, and she will return your email with the address of the phonebank location and directions.

3.)   LGBT Change Lobbying Days November 29 and 30: LGBT Change and The Civil Rights Agenda Fund have been aggressively lobbying members of the General Assembly for weeks and we have a firm grasp of where this vote really is. Now it’s time for you to turn up the heat with us! Please join LGBT Change and The Civil Rights Agenda in Springfield on Monday, November 29 from 9am to 5pm and Tuesday, November 30 from 9am until the vote to help lobby legislators on this issue. We also want you to be there to see this historic vote. We will have a lobbying packet for everyone who comes down to Springfield to give their legislators at their offices. We will have tables in the South Hall of the Capitol Building in Springfield with everything you need to show your legislator you want leadership and courage with a YAY vote on Senate Bill 1716 House Amendment 1, The Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act. If you need a ride or can offer a ride to Springfield, please

As you can see, there is so much to be accomplished and only a few days to do it.  Please email to RSVP and receive details on all the events above.

Illinois is at a crossroads in a fight to be remembered for years to come. It is so important to hold legislators accountable but we can’t do this without your help. If we as a community do not support our pro-equality officials and punish those who openly encourage discrimination, we are to blame for any shortcomings.

Again, sign up NOW to take a pivotal first step towards full equality in Illinois. Email and help write history in America!

Equality Illinois Joins Push for Veto Session Vote

November 18, 2010

Equality Illinois has now also joined the push for a veto session vote on civil unions as soon as possible. Gov. Pat Quinn, who recently won re-election, has committed to signing the bill into law if it is passed by the Legislature. The group also posted full information about the bill.

As part of their effort to pass the bill, Equality Illinois gathered hundreds of signatures from supportive clergy and lay people from churches and synagogues across the state. It is not too late to add your name and show that people of faith support fairness and equality for all.

Vote Tuesday, November 2!

November 1, 2010

Many of tomorrow’s races are likely to be close. Your vote counts!

See Equality Illinois’ candidate endorsements here.

Click here to find out where to vote.

Chicago LGBT Group Launches Faith Project

October 13, 2010

LGBT Change, a Chicago LGBT rights organization, announced today the launch of “The Faith Project,” an effort to promote dialogue and understanding between LGBT people and communities of faith. The project’s first event will be a panel discussion at 6 p.m., October 20, at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Avenue. See the organization’s web site for more information. The group has also started a Facebook group.

Community Responds to Suicides

October 3, 2010

Local community leaders are planning a vigil in response to a series of suicides among gay youth that have been reported in the media recently. The vigil will be 7:30 PM on Friday, October 8, at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, just south of Fullerton, a few blocks west of the Fullerton CTA station.

Here is what Ellen Degeneres had to say in the wake of this terrible series of tragedies:

No H8 Campaign Comes to Chicago

August 31, 2010

The No H8 Campaign, which arose in protest of California’s proposition 8, is coming to Chicago. Show your support for marriage equality by having your photo taken on October 11, which also happens to be National Coming Out Day. All photos will be posted to the campaign’s web site. The photo shoot will be at the W Hotel, 172 W. Adams St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Organizers ask that you wear white and make a contribution to their campaign in order to be photographed.