Equality Illinois, a Chicago-based LGBT rights advocacy group will hold its next annual “Justice for All” gala Feb. 9, 2013.
The gala, which is the organization’s largest — if not the region’s largest — LGBT fundraising event of the year, serves as Equality Illinois’ annual celebration of gains it has made in the state’s LGBT community, and is a platform for the organization to launch its agenda for the coming year. The event will again be held at the Hilton Hotel Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
EQIL is expecting over 1,000 guests, including statewide elected officials and community leaders. Last year, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama gave the keynote speech.
“This is always the biggest party of the year. We take a moment to celebrate how far the movement for LGBT equality has come, even as we take account of the challenges that remain,” EQIL CEO Bernard Cherkasov said in a media release. “This event is also the centerpiece of our year-long efforts to raise the resources we need to take our case to Springfield and across the state.”
Equality Illinois plans to celebrate it’s “I Do” marriage campaign; it’s report on the first year of civil unions in Illinois; guides it published on best employment practices, “Equality in Your Faith” and its “Same-sex Wedding Guide”; booklets it published including “Religious Case for Marriage Equality,” “Business Case for Marriage Equality” and a law firm best practices booklet titled “Raising the Bar.” In addition, its partnership with the Chicago Fire soccer team, LGBT booth at the Illinois State Fair and defense of LGBT adoption foster care rights in the state legislature will be celebrated, according to EQIL Communications Liaison Mitchell Locin.
Locin expects the organization will have more accomplishments to celebrate before the gala.