Archive for the ‘Chicago’ 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 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.

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.

Equality Illinois Endorses Quinn for Governor

August 8, 2010

The Windy City Times reported that the Political Action Committee of Equality Illinois has endorsed Pat Quinn for re-election as governor. Equality Illinois is the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. The group announced its endorsement when Quinn appeared at Northalsted Market Days, a street festival in Chicago.

The Windy City Times reports that Quinn reiterated his commitment to signing a civil unions bill into law and said he believes that the bill can be passed this year. The endorsement can not have been a difficult decision. Quinn’s opponent, State Sen. Bill Brady, has stated his opposition to LGBT rights in general and has advocated amending the state’s constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

Chicago Couple Marries on Toronto Parade Float

July 15, 2010

Kevin Tindell and William Hall, a Chicago couple, were married earlier this month in Canada on a parade float in the Toronto Pride Parade. The couple are featured on the cover of Gay Chicago Magazine. Read more here and here.

Gay Rights Leaders to Speak to Jewish Group

June 23, 2010

The Upper Midwest regional office of the Anti-Defamation League will be hosting an event tonight in Chicago featuring speeches about “The State of Civil Unions and LGBT Equality in Illinois” by State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, and Bernard Cherkasov, executive director of Equality Illinois. The event will be at 6 p.m. at The Gage resataurant, 24 S. Michigan Ave. More information is available here. It is the league’s first event in cooperation with Equality Illinois.

July Strategy Meeting Scheduled

June 13, 2010

Representatives of the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry will meet jointly with allies from Equality Illinois and the Illinois Interfaith Coalition for Civil Unions at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. All activists committed to passing a civil unions bill in Illinois this year are welcome to join in this meeting to help with strategy, planning, and organizing.

Congressman Celebrates LGBT Families

June 9, 2010

Rep. Mike Quigley

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, R-Chicago, yesterday attended a party in Chicago with families that have same-sex parents. Quigley has been an longtime advocate of lgbt rights.

The event – designed to celebrate these families and dispel stereotypes – was arranged in response to inflammatory comments from former presidential candidate and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, who recently spoke out against same-sex marriage and the right of same-sex parents to adopt children. Party organizers invited Huckabee, who did not attend. WBBM-TV offered a report.