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Illinois Marriage Equality Political Fundraising Lags

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Has the fury fizzled? Leading up to a possible showdown on same sex marriage in Springfield next week, marriage equality advocates have raised a pi...

A Sit-Down With Bernard Cherkasov, CEO Of Equality Illinois

Terrence Chappell | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Terrence Chappell

Like many refugees who travel to America, Cherkasov came with the American dream. He achieved the American dream, but what he also found was discrimination against his fellow LGBT community members. It was then that Cherkasov knew that he had another fight to fight.

Joseph Erbentraut

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...

Emanuel, Madigan Back State Rep. Kelly Cassidy In Primary Battle

David Ormsby | Posted 01.22.2012 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A political brawl is in brewing between two high-profile lesbian human rights activists for an Illinois state House seat, a clash which has drawn in Chicago's newly minted mayor and the state's powerful House Speaker.

Joseph Erbentraut

Illinois' Foster Care, Adoption Dispute With Catholic Charities At Standstill

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

Though the state of Illinois's Department of Children and Family Services announced last week that it had suspended its foster care and adoption contr...

More Than 1,600 Illinois Couples Applied For Civil Unions So Far

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

With the month of June complete, an LGBT advocacy group announced Thursday that, by their count, 1,618 total civil union licenses were issued througho...

Gay Rights Leader Rick Garcia On His Sudden Firing

Windy City Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

'So he fired me 10 days after we passed a civil-unions bill that only six states have. He fires me. Who has passed more civil-rights legislation in th...

Mayoral Candidates Reach Out To Gay Voters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's candidates for mayor are making their views on gay rights known this week, hoping to drum up support within the city's LGBT community. Ger...

Night Of 100 Drag Queens Helps Support Equality Illinois

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For 18 years, the "Night of 100 Drag Queens" has showcased some of Chicago's best drag performers at Sidetrack in Lake View. The show returns this y...

Pat Quinn Endorsed By Gay Rights Groups, LGBT Supporters Call Bill Brady 'Dangerous'

Chicago Pride | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, a gay rights advocacy group, today endorsed Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as the Democratic gubernatorial cand...

Gay Marriage In Illinois: Hynes Gives Full Support, But Activists Say It May Be Awhile

Chicago Pride | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While LGBT activists are pleased that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes supports full marriage equality, those working hard in Springfield ...

A Test for LGBT Equality: Why I Support Dan Hynes for Illinois Governor

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tobias Barrington Wolff

Pat Quinn opposes marriage equality, and LGBT people and issues are nowhere to be found on his campaign website. The choice in this race was a clear one for me.

Emanuel Replacement Candidates Court LGBT Vote

Chicago Sun-Times | Laura Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The applause-o-meter wildly careened as the tuxedoed politicians strutted across the stage Saturday night at the annual Equality Illinois gala. Dawn C...