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FY2 0I3 EQUALITY ILLINOIS

ANNUAL

REPORT


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MISSION The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.

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A WORD OF THANKS

Bernard Cherkasov Thank you for supporting Equality Illinois and our mission to secure, protect, and defend equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Illinoisans. When we publicly launched our “I DO� support marriage equality campaign in summer of 2012, many could not imagine that we could secure so many legislative victories so fast. But we were serious about our effort and so were our members. We opened two campaign offices in targeted areas; hired field staff to identify new supporters and strengthen existing bases; established working groups to create the African American, Latino, Religious, Republican, and Business Cases for Marriage; and reached every corner of the state to push for the freedom to marry. We engaged unprecedented numbers of Illinoisans in conversation about marriage, turning their support into action. That is how we passed the marriage bill through two Senate Executive Committees, through the full Senate with bipartisan support, and through the House Executive Committee. And that is how after an extraordinarily active summer recess, we passed the bill through the full state House. While the fight for marriage was our highest profile work, with EQIL earning coast-to-coast coverage including in The New York Times, we continued to focus on other issues impacting individuals and families in our community. From our Penny Wise, Equality Strong program through our Transgender Leadership Council, we grew or launched programs engaging, educating, and empowering our community. The stories and data in this FY2013 Annual Report are proof that when we come together, nothing is impossible. At every step, our members, supporters, partners, and allies led the way to historic successes. And just as you have gotten us this far, we will need your active support in order to get to the finish line. Thank you for all that you do for us.

Chief Executive Officer

P.S. This report reflects on our activity during FY2013, which lasted from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 ANNUAL REPORT FYI3

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7 " , /  Ê  FY2013 began with the “I Do” support marriage equality campaign underway. By June 2013, over 12,000 postcards were signed by supporters all around the state, and then sorted by legislative district for distribution to lawmakers.

! ! ! ! Equality Illinois ran scores of phone banks throughout the state, where volunteers! contacted supportive residents and urged them to contact their legislators. Here, state ! Rep. Sara Feigenholtz stopped in to thank the callers and made a few calls herself. ! ! ! Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed marriage bill strategy with EQIL CEO Bernard Cherkasov, chief House sponsor Rep. Greg Harris and Senate sponsor Sen. Heather Steans, state Rep. Deb Mell and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy

A multi-denominational group of clergy from all parts of Illinois spoke at a state Capitol press conference organized by Equality Illinois, where they called on lawmakers to pass the marriage bill.

“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (second from left) and his now-husband Justin Mikita (left) lobbied in the state Capitol for the marriage bill with EQIL’s Caroline Staerk and Randy Hannig and clergy supporter Rev. Kim Beckmann. Advocating in Springfield were EQIL Public Policy Director Randy Hannig, Rev. Kim Beckmann, EQIL Field Director Caroline Staerk, PFLAG parent Bonnie Garneau and EQIL CEO Bernard Cherkasov EQIL Field Director Caroline Staerk delivers thousands of “I Do” support marriage equality postcards to the Capitol offices of Illinois state representatives.

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EQIL member & super-volunteer, Second Class Petty Officer Lee Reinhart, makes calls to State Representatives in support of the marriage bill from Afghanistan!

Equality Illinois led and participated in rallies, such as this one in front of the office of state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia


THOUSAND WORDS As the marriage campaign heated up, couples shared their wedding pictures to demonstrate that this was about real people who are denied rights, benefits and recognition.

Equality Illinois co-organized the May 31 rally in the Illinois Capitol before the House adjourned without taking a vote.

EQIL CEO Bernard Cherkasov addresses the Capitol rally on May 31 before the House adjourned

The day after the House failed to vote, Equality Illinois launched its Fight Back for Love campaign. (photos courtesy beckermedia.com) Working in Springfield with the House sponsor of the marriage bill. (l-r) EQIL’s Caroline Staerk, Rep. Greg Harris, EQIL’s Randy Hannig, EQIL’s Bernard Cherkasov

! ! ! ! ! ! ! At the Chicago Pride Parade, Equality Illinois shared its Fight Back for Love campaign and the message carried in many parade units from our Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition, “We are Committed to Winning the Freedom to Marry.”

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After the House failed to act on the marriage bill, Equality Illinois went to work to expand and reinvigorate the effort. Here, Equality Illinois field associate Charlie Rice-Minoso talks to a community meeting in Belleville.

A bright spot on the marriage front was the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Another community meeting was held at the Chicago Urban League, led by a panel that included EQIL Field Director Caroline Staerk and Roderick Hawkins of the Urban League.

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FOUNDED THE ILLINOIS UNITES FOR MARRIAGE COALITION WITH LAMBDA LEGAL AND ACLU TO WIN THE FREEDOM TO MARRY IN ILLINOIS DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 12,000 MARRIAGE EQUALITY POSTCARDS AS OF JUNE 2013 TO LAWMAKERS SHOWING CONSTITUENT SUPPORT IN EVERY SENATE & HOUSE DISTRICT IN ILLINOIS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY COLLECTED OVER 500 SIGNATURES FROM CLERGY MEMBERS AND LAY LEADERS IN SUPPORT OF THE FREEDOM TO MARRY THROUGH THE FAITH AND FREEDOM INITIATIVE PASSED THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND MARRIAGE FAIRNESS ACT (SB10) THROUGH THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ILLINOIS HOUSE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ORGANIZED THE FIRST EVER BOOTH DEDICATED TO LGBT EQUALITY AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR IN SPRINGFIELD INCREASED GRASSROOTS SUPPORT FOR LGBT EQUALITY THROUGHOUT THE STATE PUBLISHED FIVE CASES FOR THE FREEDOM TO MARRY WITH TARGETED, AUDIENCE SPECIFIC MESSAGING TO AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO, REPUBLICAN, BUSINESS, AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES

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OPENED TWO CAMPAIGN FIELD OFFICES IN SPRINGFIELD AND WESTMONT AND HIRED TWO FIELD ORGANIZERS WHO ENGAGED SUBURBAN AND DOWNSTATE ILLINOISANS TO EXPAND OUR OUTREACH WORK REGISTERED AND EDUCATED VOTERS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 2012 ELECTIONS, WHICH SAW HISTORIC GAINS FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY DEFENDED AGAINST ATTACKS ON OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND DEFEATED FOUR SEPARATE PIECES OF LEGISLATION REQUIRING VOTERS TO PRESENT A VALID VOTER ID CARD THAT WOULD CREATE A BURDEN ON TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS PARTNERED WITH MAJOR EMPLOYERS AND LAW FIRMS ACROSS THE STATE TO ENCOURAGE MORE LGBT-INCLUSIVE AND AFFIRMING POLICIES AND PRACTICES IN THE WORKPLACE LAUNCHED A FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM IN COORDINATION WITH THE CITY OF CHICAGO TREASURER’S OFFICE AND CHASE TO EDUCATE AND EMPOWER LGBT COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO FACE ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES STRENGTHENED BONDS WITH INTEGRAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS INCLUDING IMMIGRANT, LABOR, AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCAL LGBT GROUPS STATEWIDE ESTABLISHED A $500,000 “FIGHT BACK FOR LOVE” CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE PASSAGE OF THE FREEDOM TO MARRY IN THE ILLINOIS HOUSE ÓnÊÊ

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FISCAL YEAR 2013

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EQUALITY ILLINOIS

STAFF

BERNARD CHERKASOV Chief Executive Officer ANGELO BARONE Director of Finance & Administration PATTY DILLON Director of Field Operations RANDY HANNIG Director of Public Policy MICHAEL NORDMAN Director of Development MITCHELL LOCIN Communications Liaison CHRIS HUARACHA Operations Manager JOY CONKLIN Special Events Associate CHARLIE RICE-MINOSO Field Associate MARET BANKS Equality Illinois Intern

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DIRECTORS (As of July 1, 2013)

DALILA FRIDI Chair, Equality Illinois Education Project JOHN PARRO Chair, Equality Illinois Vice Chair, Equality Illinois Education Project CATHERINE SIKORA Vice Chair, Equality Illinois MICHAEL JEFVERT Treasurer ANTHONY D’AMATO Secretary, Equality Illinois Education Project GRANT GOCHNAUER Secretary, Equality Illinois YVETTE CHAVEZ MICHAEL COLLINS MARK COZZI JOAN DUCAYET KEVIN HAUSWIRTH STEPHEN S. HERSETH* ARTHUR L. JOHNSTON* CHRISTINA KAHRL WILL LOPEZ DAVID ERNESTO MUNAR MIKE SIMMONS *EMERITUS

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