You did it! Springfield committee reverses decision.

From Equality Illinois:

"Springfield’s Joint Labor and Management Health Care Committee met this morning and unanimously decided to reverse its earlier ruling and allow spousal health insurance benefits for city employees in a civil union.

Equality Illinois commends the Springfield LGBT community and our allies for speaking out in favor of equal treatment for each and every couple. In the end, nearly 150 Springfield residents signed the petition urging the mayor and the Joint Labor and Management Health Care Committee to do the right thing and not discriminate against couples in a civil union. Because of the community’s support, along with the leadership of Mayor Houston and Alderman Cory Jobe, the committee made the right decision in the end to reaffirm Illinois’ civil union law that explicitly states that all benefits available to couples in a marriage must be available to couples in a civil union.

We will continue to fight for equality on every level and could not do it without YOU. Thank you!

Very truly yours,
Bernard Cherkasov
Chief Executive Officer”

[Chicago] Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal back out of proposed transgender ordinance

Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal and other LGBT advocacy organizations are dropping support for a police transgender protections ordinance introduced in City Council last month due to compromises made to the language, which they say, damaged the effectiveness of the policy.

In its current form, the ordinance provisions would be overseen by existing City Council committees. Specifically, police would have to report to the Human Relations and Public Relations committees, instead of a new, transgender issues committee or commission. Several iterations of the bill were drafted before it was introduced by Moreno, who told Chicago Phoenix at the time of introduction, that the bill introduced was “strong” and was a “good compromise” with police.

“The ordinance in its current form is not strong enough because key provisions like training and enforcement that we think are important are missing,” Clark said. “Passing something weaker and then strengthening it later is not always the best way to go. You might not be there later.”

Read the full article here.

EQIL's Incredible 2012 Gala is February 11!

From Equality Illinois:

“PLEASE JOIN US: Equality Illinois’ 2012 Gala: Justice for All will take place on Saturday, February 11. Come see and be seen at one of the most elegant and fun LGBT events of the year. With over 1,000 guests in attendance, including elected officials, candidates, and other VIPs, the Gala is one of the most impactful ways to support full equality for LGBT people. Learn more and purchase your tickets today. Simply click below or call 773-477-7173We look forward to celebrating with you at the Gala!”

Sen. Koehler’s daughter Maggie with one of the valuable pens used to sign the marriage equality bill in Illinois! #eqil (at Sidetrack)

Is Voter Registration on YOUR Holiday List?

From Equality Illinois:

"Whether you are making a list and checking it twice or thinking of a New Year’s resolution, please make sure to include registering to vote and voting on your list. You need to (re-)register to vote if you have moved, changed your name or have turned 18! Illinois’ primary election will be held on March 20, 2012, and the deadline to register for that election is February 21, 2012.

The elections held on Tuesday, March 20, will be extremely important and Equality Illinois is doing everything possible to make sure you are ready. In fact, we have made it easy:

1. Verify that you are registered to vote!
  *Confirm that your voter registration is current -

2. Register to vote!
  *Print the State of Illinois Voter Registration Card -
  *Then mail it to your local election authority -

You can also fill out a voter registration form at a our office (3318 N. Halsted Street - Chicago), and we will make sure that it gets to the proper election authority. If you would like additional information regarding voter registration, please do not hesitate to contact me at, call 773-477-7173 or stop by the Equality Illinois office.

Our voter registration and outreach services are available without regard to the voter’s political preference. Information or other assistance regarding registering or voting, including any services offered, shall not be withheld or refused on the basis of support for or opposition to particular candidates or a political party.

Thank you!

Caroline Staerk
Field Director”

Last Chance to Make Your 2011 Tax-Deductible Contribution!

I would like to point out the following links DON’T just lead to donation pages - they have various amounts of options you can use to help.

From Equality Illinois:

"As you know, this year has indeed been a year of tremendous successes for LGBT people in the state, including Illinois becoming just the sixth state to legalize civil unions. Because of your generous support of LGBT equality work and the efforts of supporters like you, we have taken a significant step toward full equality for every family in Illinois! 

There is so much more to do to achieve full equality for LGBT Illinoisans. We have an incredible about of work to do in 2012. If you have not yet done so, please make an additional tax-deductible, end-of-year contribution to help us move forward with our statewide educational work next year. 

My thoughts keep returning to the individuals and families for whom we fight every day. I think of the impact that our LGBT-rights progress has on them and our larger community. I am thankful for the greater protections and safeguards that are available in Illinois. Yet, there is still so much work to be done.  

That is why I ask you to stand with us as we move forward in our battle for equal protections under the law. Will you, please, make an additional tax-deductible, end-of-year contribution to help us advance our aggressive statewide LGBT-rights agenda?

LGBT Illinoisans are counting on your support, and we cannot succeed in achieving full equality without you. 

Thank you again for your support.

Let’s keep moving forward!

Bernard Cherkasov
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. Remember that your generous end-of-the-year donation to Equality Illinois Education Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. “

anonymous said:

ayy ben bu işi çok sevdim lan hihih tamam geliyo bir soru daha : Hayatın nası bakalım mutlu musun ( uha çok şeqil soru olsu asdfghj ) tabiki gine ben T.K.

mutlu sayılırım az daha uyuyabilseydim iyidi

anonymous said:

facebookda serkan yaşar yazıp baktım kara kaşlı kara saçlı hafif esmer çocuksun işte tophane den sin şeqil şüqül fotolğrafların var

sjsjssj hiç esmerlik yokki bende neyi ifşa etmeye çalışıyon qnq ekleseydin keşke jsjsjs :Dd

Call Cardinal George

From Equality Illinois:

"Chicago’s Cardinal George crossed a line this week when he made an outrageous statement in reference to a local priest’s concern about the possible new pride parade’s route. "You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism," George said. The comments came during an interview with Fox Chicago. [Full story:]

For the Cardinal to equate the LGBT movement to a hate group that used violence and terror against racial, religious and ethnic groups, is beyond words and comprehension. His statement runs completely contrary to the spirit of the holiday season and all norms of decency and he should apologize. The Cardinal is not only out line, he is out of touch with his OWN community as a majority of Catholics support LGBT equality.  

Please call the Cardinal’s office (312-534-8230) and demand an apology for this offensive and hurtful statement.

Thank you for taking action on this very important issue! 

Very truly yours,

Bernard Cherkasov
Chief Executive Officer”