Equality Illinois Statewide Partnership

Peoria Proud is the recipient of an Equality Illinois Statewide Partnership Fund since 2017,with our renewed partnership for 2021-2022 just announced. The main purpose of the statewide partnership fund is to engage, educate, and activate LGBTQ stakeholders and allies. Local community-based organizations like Peoria Proud have the knowledge of local issues and the breadth of relationships to be able to identify local needs and generate attendance at events.

We trust in Equality Illinois' ability to develop strong advocates, secure meetings with elected officials, and help promote legislation important to the LGBTQ community. To that end, Peoria Proud and Equality Illinois will work together to provide civic engagement training and opportunities for members of our community to meet with elected officials in a town hall and office visits.
Peoria Proud and Equality Illinois host an annual Advocacy Day in Springfield Illinois, and host a monthly call for local individuals, groups and stakeholders to discuss local issues as well as any changes or legislation at the state level.

To join in the monthly calls, please email us or subscribe below!

2019 Advocacy Day was hosted live with over 200 individuals present at the Capitol. The daylong advocacy event in Springfield; complete with lobbying training, meetings with legislators, a rally, and a visit to the capitol.  This gathering helped to spark conversation, legislation, and awareness to representatives of our state.  

2020: Advocacy Day cancelled due to legislative session ending early due to COVID-19 precautions.

2021: The event was held virtually, with action items sent to over 300+ subscribers across the state regarding pro-LGBT legislation.  See below for our wins in the Spring session, with more information to come.

2021Spring Legislative Updates

Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act
SB 818
The Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act creates guidelines for teaching age-appropriate, inclusive, and comprehensive personal health and safety education and sexual health education in Illinois public schools. This instruction will equip youth in public schools with the tools and information they need to lead healthy and safe lives. Local schools will continue to decide whether or not to provide this education, and parents can choose to opt out their student. SB 818 is an initiative of the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy coalition, which includes Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, ACLU of Illinois, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Rainbow Café LGBTQ Center, Prairie Pride Coalition, Phoenix Center, Peoria Proud, and many more organizations from across Illinois.

Birth certificate modernization 
HB 9
Permits self-attestation in order to correct the gender marker on a birth certificate (removing the requirement for a healthcare provider’s note). 

HIV decriminalization
HB 1063
Repeals the HIV criminalization law. An initiative of the Illinois HIV Action Alliance.

Demographic data collection
SB 2133
Requires ten state agencies to expand demographic data collection (including sexual orientation and gender identity) on participants in state programs. An initiative of a task force that includes Howard Brown Health, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Pride Action Tank, SAGE, Center on Halsted, Northwestern University’s Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program, and Equality Illinois
Status: PASSED the Illinois General Assembly

Modernizing name change law for political candidates
SB 825 (Election Omnibus Bill)
Allows trans folks to run for elected office without having to publish their deadnames on petitions and on the ballot.
Status: PASSED the Illinois General Assembly

Allowing gender-inclusive multi-occupancy restrooms
HB 3195
Allows public and private entities to implement gender-inclusive multi-occupancy restrooms if they want. Sets conditions. An initiative of Justin Sia and Equality Illinois.
Status: Pending in the Illinois Senate (already passed the Illinois House)

Charting inclusive corporate board leadership
SB 1730
Requires corporations in Illinois to annually report out on the data for the self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity of the members of their boards of directors.
Status: PASSED the Illinois General Assembly

Standardizing name changes on marriage certificates
HB 2590
Creates a uniform standard that county clerks must adhere to for name changes on marriage certificates. An initiative of Equality Illinois and Chicago House and Social Service Agency. 
Status: PASSED the Illinois General Assembly