This legislative session is a busy one for champions of #LGBTQ equality in Illinois. On the national level we are seeing a really big rise in anti-LGBTQ sentiment, particularly from the administration in Washington. Seeing that happen in Washington, we have to SHOW UP! and SPEAK UP! to support our allies and champions in the Illinois State Capitol and make sure that our state continues to demonstrate its values of being fully equal and inclusive. Learn more and register for the 2018 LGBTQ Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 11: www.equalityillinois.org/2018-advocacy-day.
One of our priority issues will be the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, an initiative of Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, to teach students the historical events and contributions by #LGBTQ people. An LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum can also have a positive affect on students’ self-image and make their peers more accepting.
Equality Illinois LGBTQ Advocacy Day: A daylong advocacy event in Springfield, complete with lobbying training, lunch, meetings with legislators, and a visit to the Capitol. The event includes a box lunch and concluding reception. Registration includes transportation selection: bus from Chicago or driving on your own, including car pooling and ride sharing. Affinity Community Services is a community partner of LGBTQ Advocacy Day.
The bus departs at 6am from Equality Illinois in the Loop at 16 N. Wabash Ave., and from Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave., at 6:35am.