In courtrooms, in the legislature and in our schools and communities, we fight for an Illinois free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Our goal is an Illinois where LGBT persons can live openly, and our families are respected. Our LGBT work falls into 5 issue areas – relationship recognition, parenting, youth and schools, basic rights and liberties, and gender identity/expression. A cornerstone of discrimination against the LGBT community is a legal system that treats families of same-sex couples as legal strangers. Our primary goal in our fight for relationship recognition is to end of Illinois’ exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from access to marriage. We seek to protect the parenting rights of LGBT people with the aim to end discrimination and legal restrictions on our ability to parent because of our sexual orientation or gender identity. In our youth and schools work, we fight for the freedom of LGBTQ youth to express their identity and ideas, or keep their identity private if they choose; and for tolerance, safety, and fair treatment for young people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our basic rights and liberties efforts seek to ensure the LGBT have the chance to fully participate in society without being subject to discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The central goal of our gender identity/expression work is for us all, including transgender Illinoisans, to have our gender recognized without facing discrimination.
Dear Fellow Illinoisans, We are all plaintiffs seeking the freedom to marry in the two current lawsuits by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois and like you we are... Continue reading
A new poll from Crain’s Chicago Business demonstrates that Illinoisans overwhelmingly support the freedom to marry for same sex couples. Last week, the Illinois Senate passed a measure that would... Continue reading
The time is now. In early 2013, the Illinois General Assembly is set to consider a bill, SB 10, that recognizes the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois.... Continue reading
12/13/12 UPDATE: Legislative leaders announced plans to push for a vote on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in early January. Last May, the ACLU went to court to... Continue reading
The Associated Press reported on the consent decree in Grey v. Hasbrouck, which ensures transgender Illinoisans can obtain birth certificates that reflect their current gender from the Illinois Department of... Continue reading
Over the past few years, the ACLU of Illinois has been working to ensure that transgender individuals who were born in Illinois are able to obtain an Illinois birth certificate... Continue reading
Help the ACLU say “I Do” at this year’s LGBT Pride Parade As you may have heard, the ACLU of Illinois is currently in litigation on behalf of 9 same-sex... Continue reading
On behalf of nine Illinois couples seeking recognition for their shared love and commitment, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Illinois have filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Illinois' law that denies gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.
En Español “I just want to be married to the person that I love.” That is what Tanya Lazaro, a 13-year veteran (and Detective) in the Chicago Police Department told... Continue reading
CHICAGO -- Seeking recognition for their shared love and commitment and protection for their families and loved ones, nine (9) couples from Evanston to Marion filed a lawsuit today to challenge the constitutionality of an Illinois law that denies gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.