Equality Illinois’ mission is to secure, protect and defend the basic civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the state of Illinois.
- Promote legislation to protect the rights of LGBT individuals with regard to safe schools, hospital visitation, inheritance rights, bereavement leave and the many other rights that affect LGBT citizens across Illinois.
- Maintain the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the Illinois General Assembly, the community and the workplace.
- Oppose legislation which seeks to limit the civil rights of the LGBT community, such as anti-gay adoption bills, constitutional bans on same-sex marriage or attempts to rescind or restrict the Illinois non-discrimination bill signed into law in January, 2005 (SB3186).
- Expand statewide grassroots support through an enhanced communication network, technical assistance and on-site support.
- Mobilize support and increase statewide participation in the legislative process through activities such as conferences and lobby days.
Equality Illinois was founded in 1992 to secure, protect and defend the basic civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans. Founders of the Chicago-based organization were activists Rick Garcia, Arthur Johnston, the late Jon Henri Damski and lobbyist Lana Hostetler, all of whom had previously played a key role in the passage of Chicago’s Human Rights Ordinance.
3712 N Broadway #125
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-477-7173 Fax: 773-477-6912