Chicago, IL -
, in partnership with Lambda Legal, is inviting activists and supporters to attend the LGBT Equality Institute this spring to discuss the myriad issues still facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans and the strategies for addressing them in the aftermath of the successful passage of the freedom to marry."Our victory for marriage equality last year was the result of the combined efforts of scores of groups throughout Illinois and a successful multi-dimensional strategy to get the bill through the General Assembly," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization."The work of securing full equality for LGBT people is far from over. That is why we are bringing together LGBT equality activists and supporters from all corners of Illinois to identify the next priorities for our movement, develop a statewide roadmap to full equality, and to continue building the skills and capacity our movement needs to accomplish our goals," Cherkasov said.The LGBT Equality Institute will convene from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in the Embassy Suites Downtown/Lakefront, 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago. Registration will cost $50 per person and can be done at: https://gopride.com/Za2z Scholarships are available to those with financial need by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org."The voices from throughout Illinois were the key to the success of the marriage bill and will be what drives further LGBT advancement in Illinois," said Patty Dillon, director of field operations of Equality Illinois. "We want this to be an inclusive conference to build on that success."
To that end, Equality Illinois is seeking knowledgeable individuals and organizations to submit proposals to host interactive presentations during the institute, which could be submitted here: https://gopride.com/Za2w The deadline for proposals is Friday, April 11.From a news release