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Illinois Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youths

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

Illinois' Republican governor on Thursday signed a law banning mental health therapists from trying to change a young person's sexual orientation or ...

Poll: Majority Of Illinoisans Support Marriage Equality

Posted 02.19.2013 | Chicago

A new poll released Tuesday suggests that a majority of Illinoisans are hoping that their state legislature will move to legalize same-sex marriage th...

School District Under Fire For Policy Supporting Trans Students

Posted 10.19.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times: An Aurora school district is taking heat for a new policy intended to make transgender and gende...

Republican State Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy the Windy City Times: A group of Illinois lawmakers has introduced a resolution aimed at re-affirming the state's ban...

Downstate Clerks Get OK To Defend State Gay Marriage Ban

AP | Posted 07.03.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Two Illinois county clerks have received permission to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court. Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel ...

Downstate County Clerks File To Defend State Gay Marriage Ban

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 09.01.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two county clerks from downstate Illinois have asked a judge for permission to do what Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and ...

Report Focuses on Needs of Chicago's LGBT Community

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

An assessment on the needs of Chicagoland's LGBT Community, the first of its kind in nearly 10 years, has just been released. Among key findings, healthcare was the top concern, showing that we have to look at our lives in a holistic matter.

State Prosecutors Refuse To Defend Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 08.21.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriag...

PHOTOS: Meet The Same-Sex Couples Suing Illinois For Marriage Rights

Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Chicago

Nine Illinois couples filed a lawsuit this week, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York-based Lambda Legal, to challenge the consti...

Illinois Gay Marriage Battle Heading To Court

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama's recent support of gay marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed ...

State Anti-Bullying Bill Postponed Amid Conservative Opposition

Posted 05.23.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times: A bill aimed at strengthening anti-bullying protections in Illinois has been postponed after Sen...

Gov. Quinn Clarifies His Gay Marriage Stance

Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Just three months after teetering on the issue, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has come out in ...

Will Illinois OK Gay Marriage? Bill Sponsor Says Votes 'Aren't There'

Posted 04.16.2012 | Chicago

The principal proponent of legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois recently admitted that such a bill is not likely to become a ...

County Changes Its Tune On Civil Unions After Couple Turned Away

Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times Lake County has reversed its policy of denying civil union licenses to same-sex couples who t...

Anti-Bullying Bill Advances In Statehouse

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: A bill that would strengthen current anti-bullying protections in Illinois has passed out th...

Can Gay Marriage Help A Struggling State Economy?

Posted 03.28.2012 | Chicago

If Illinois lawmakers decide to legalize same-sex marriage, they will bring more than just marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln, according to a ne...

Bullying Prevention Bill OKed By State Human Rights Commission

Posted 03.01.2012 | Chicago

Legislation calling for a bullying prevention policy in Illinois was approved this week by the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The proposal (Hous...

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Two Lesbian Activists Square Off In Statehouse Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

When long-time Chicago lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist Kelly Cassidy was appointed last spring to the Illinois Statehouse of Represent...

State Tourism Office Makes Push For LGBT Visitors

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

The same week that a group of state lawmakers introduced legislation that would bring marriage equality to Illinois, the state's tourism office introd...

Quinn Not Sure How He Feels About Gay Marriage

Posted 02.14.2012 | Chicago

Just days after a group of pro-equality lawmakers introduced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn has expresse...

LGBT Groups Protest Catholic Leadership

Posted 02.13.2012 | Chicago

Story of Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Despite a blistering cold morning, more than 20 LGBT activists protested outside of Holy Nam...

Could Illinois Be The Next State To OK Gay Marriage?

Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

A group of pro-equality Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday filed a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Lan...

Downstate GOP Lawmaker Takes Aim At Civil Union Law

Posted 01.31.2012 | Chicago

A downstate Republican lawmaker is pushing a new bill to the Illinois state general assembly which attempts to introduce exceptions to the state's civ...

Gay Marriage In Illinois In The Works? Proponents Talk Strategy

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois lawmakers have begun laying the groundwork for their latest push to bring marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln. The Windy C...

Springfield Reverses Vote, Will Uphold Civil Union Benefits

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: The City of Springfield has reversed its decision not to extend partner benefits to civil un...