LGBTQ+ Rights

Rep. Kelly Cassidy helped make Illinois a haven for LGBTQ+ rights & says the impact is beyond words

April 10, 2024

Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D) left Florida for Chicago when she was still a teenager, skipped college, went to work right away, had three kids in short order, and has been moving at the same lightning speed ever since.…

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MWRD Commissioner Precious Brady-Davis honors former Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris at breakfast reception

October 29, 2023

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago Commissioner Precious Brady-Davis honored former Democratic Illinois House Majority Leader Rep. Greg Harris at a breakfast reception and bi-monthly board meeting Oct. 19 at the MWRD headquarters in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. Ahead…

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Nurse MJ Hanlon prepares a blood pressure monitor at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Hanlon is trans and said she doesn’t feel safe traveling to many states around Illinois.

Providers Say Illinois Set to Become Haven for Gender-Affirming Care

May 25, 2023

As states around the Midwest consider and pass policies restricting access to gender-affirming care and the rights of transgender individuals, many say Illinois is moving towards becoming a haven for gender-affirming healthcare and trans rights in general.  Some trans people say it…

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Illinois House Democrats continue to fight for women's rights. This week, they passed four measures including one that requires insurance coverage for medication abortion, hormone therapy, and HIV prevention medications.

Illinois House Approves Package of Reproductive Health Care Bills on Partisan Votes

May 25, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — Illinois House Democrats approved four bills protecting reproductive health care rights Wednesday night. Senate Bill 1344 will require insurance coverage for medication abortion, hormone therapy for people needing gender affirming care, and PEP or PrEP medication to…

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We're excited to announce our host committee for Equality & Pride 365! Join House Speaker Welch and these champions for change for our pride celebration for all.

Host Committee for Equality and Pride 365 Announced

May 13, 2023

We’re excited to announce our host committee for Equality & Pride 365! Kelly Cassidy, State Representative for the 14th District Precious Brady-Davis, Associate Regional Communications Director at Sierra Club Greg Harris, Former House Majority Leader Ken Mejia-Beal, Democratic Party of…

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Kevin Romero, left, and his husband, Philip Maziarz, hold their dogs Parker and Wickett outside the home they're renovating in Uptown on April 15, 2023, in Chicago. (Shanna Madison / Chicago Tribune)

LGBTQ Residents Moving to Illinois from States with Conservative Agendas: ‘I don’t want to be ashamed of where I live’

April 26, 2023

Mark Niehaus-Rincon, 67, has lived in Omaha, Nebraska, for 12 years but says “life is too short” to stay there. He and his husband, Alex, a native of Omaha, have faced the silent treatment from others at their gym for…

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