Harris Named First Gay Illinois State House Majority LeaderBrian Johnson of Equality Illinois says the appointment of Harris further demonstrates the Speaker's "commitment to LGBTQ equality and representation."
Illinois Advocate Looks Back On Progress Made By LGBT CommunityOne of Chicago’s leading advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is stepping away from his role in a matter of months and looking back on the work advocates like him have been able to do in recent years, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect In IllinoisMonday is the first day that county clerks throughout the entire state of Illinois must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Proposed Ban On 'Conversion Therapy' Advances In SpringfieldThe measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing so-called conversion therapy -- aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people -- to anyone who is under age 18.
Taxi Publication Threatens To Expose 'Secretly Gay' Aldermen If City Doesn't Ban Ride-SharingA trade newspaper for the city’s taxi industry has threatened to out five aldermen who it claims are “secretly gay,” unless the City Council bans ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar.
Local Gay Rights Supporters Encouraged By Pope's CommentsPope Francis says it's not a crime to be gay and that he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation.
Gay Marriage Supporters Hail Dual Victories In Supreme CourtGay activists and local elected officials on Wednesday were celebrating U.S. Supreme Court action that handed two key victories to same-sex couples.
Gay Chicago Man To Scale Mt. Everest For Same-Sex MarriageA gay Chicagoan plans to take his fight to legalize same-sex marriage to new heights.
Illinois Clergy Push For Gay Marriage LegalizationA group of clergy members is pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Chicago Gay Rights Group Files Complaints Against Chick-Fil-AA Chicago-based gay rights advocacy group has filed multiple complaints against Chick-Fil-A with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, in the latest twist in the culture clash surrounding the fast food chain.
Chick-Fil-A Supporters Turn Out For 'Appreciation Day'The culture clash over Chick-Fil-A came to a head on Wednesday, with supporters in Chicago and around the country turning out for an “appreciation day” first proposed by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Gay Rights Group Petitions Against Chick-Fil-A, Plans 'Kiss-In'The gay rights group Equality Illinois is launching a campaign against Chick-Fil-A – petitioning universities and lawmakers to evict the fast food restaurant from their campuses and planning a “kiss-in” campaign by gay and lesbian couples outside Chick-Fil-A restaurants.
Report: Many Difficulties For Couples In Civil Unions One Year LaterIt has been a year now since same-sex civil unions became legal in Illinois, but the advocacy group Equality Illinois says many couples are not finding that their unions are being treated as equal to marriages.
Illinois Senate Rejects Anti-Bullying Measure Amid Religious ObjectionsLawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.
Advocates Hope For Approval Of Medical Leave For Partners In Civil UnionsGay rights activists are hoping for final approval of a state bill that would guarantee a benefit currently offered only to those in marriages recognized by the federal government.