Archive for the ‘Places in Illinois’ Category

Quinn to Sign Civil Unions on Jan. 31

January 22, 2011

Word on the street is the Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the civil unions law on Jan. 31 in the Chicago Loop in a public ceremony. An official announcement with more details should come soon.

Mayoral Candidates on LGBT Issues

January 21, 2011

Equality Illinois has just published the results of questionnaires from all of the leading candidates in the Chicago mayoral race regarding their stances on LGBT issues. Check it out.

Rahm Emanuel Supports Equality

December 16, 2010

Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel just gave an interview to the Windy City Times in which he advocates for marriage equality, saying the following:
“I believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to get married. That’s why I thought the civil unions [ are ] the right thing to do, but it’s only the first step toward an ultimate goal.”
Of course, marriage equality is not a matter that will be decided by Chicago’s mayor. Nonetheless, the strong support for LGBT equality from the leading candidate in the race is welcome. (Although there is a chance he could be disqualified from the race based on residency requirements, he is is polling far ahead of his competitors so far).
More on his positions on LGBT issues here.
More to come on the positions of the other mayoral candidates.

Equality Illinois Holds Faith Forum

December 4, 2010

Equality recently held a forum in Bloomington to help LGBT-supportive clergy and lay people to network. It is one of the first projects of the organization’s recently launched Religious Outreach Committee. Equality Illinois staff report that they are planning to hold similar meetings across the state. Here is the report from Equality Illinois on the meeting:

Equality Illinois, Advocacy Council for Human Rights, and Allied for Equality hosted an Interfaith Equality Roundtable breakfast discussion this past November 16 in Bloomington. The main goal of the discussion was to connect clergy, lay leaders, and LGBT community groups from central Illinois to each other, and also forge a dialogue about how faith can unite us in the struggle for equality.

Equality Illinois continues to build upon our successful Faith & Freedom Initiative. The project engages leaders and communities of faith in understanding LGBT equality issues, what same-sex partnership recognition means, and how it affects people on the ground every single day.

Numerous questions were considered during the roundtable: What are we are we doing (or have done) at our places of worship to make LGBT congregants feel welcome? How do we have discussions with other faith communities about LGBT acceptance and equality? How can religion-based bigotry be countered?

The roundtable was a great start to the ongoing discussion of how to incorporate faith and LGBT equality while working together. Our goal is to continue this in the future and grow it. We had fifteen people at this roundtable. Now let’s grow that to fifty! 

Equality Illinois to Host Civil Union Forums

December 4, 2010

Equality Illinois, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization, will be hosting two community forums this month to answer everyone’s questions about the civil unions bill that just passed and what it will mean for the LGBT community in Illinois. The events will be Dec. 9 in Belleville and Dec. 16 in Chicago. Detailed time and location information as it becomes available. Call (773) 477-7173 for more information.

The Big Moment

December 1, 2010

Check out the moment the moment when the state House of Representatives passed the civil unions bill yesterday. And savor it.

Lutheran Pastor Voices Support

November 30, 2010

Rev. Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle, pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Romeoville, spoke eloquently at today’s clergy press conference in favor of the bill. The presence of supportive clergy surely helped to get this bill through the House of Representatives, so thanks to Rev. Anderson-Hurdle and all other clergy who have helped with this struggle!

We’re a Step Closer to Making History

November 30, 2010

The bill still awaits action from the Senate and the signature from governor, but things are looking good. If passed, the bill will go into effect next year.

Here is a video of Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, ending comment on the bill today:


Religious Leaders Hold Press Conference

November 30, 2010

Read about the religious leaders press conference here.

Other updates here.

Audio and video streaming available here.

The bill is still awaiting a 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.