CHICAGO (TOC) — Equality Illinois’ annual brunch kicked off Satisfaction Month, bringing collectively each state and native officers, together with LGBTQ+ leaders in the neighborhood.
“Possibly in Florida, they do not say ‘homosexual,’ however right here in Illinois, we are saying ‘homosexual.’ Cheers,” mentioned Gov. JB Pritzker.
It was each a celebration of delight and a group name to motion.
“Whereas I feel it is nice that you simply rejoice queerness and every part, my major mission is to carry politician and judges accountable,” mentioned Alexis Martinez.
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Martinez has been an activist because the Nineteen Sixties, popping out as a transgender lady at 14 years previous. She mentioned we nonetheless have work to do.
“There’s every kind of points within the justice system, the psychological well being methods, our training methods,” Martinez mentioned. “All throughout the nation, trans individuals are being attacked legislatively.”
“We’ve by no means been extra equal and affirmed within the state, and but queer individuals are nonetheless having hassle accessing enough healthcare, we’re nonetheless extra poor than our straight and cis gender allies, we’re over-criminalized and too many people are victims of violence,” mentioned Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot echoed these sentiments.
“It is not nearly ‘do not say homosexual,'” Lightfoot mentioned. “It is about ensuring that we do not take any steps backwards.”
Illinois Home Majority Chief Greg Harris was awarded the 2022 Neighborhood Satisfaction Honors for his work all through the previous 16 years and his continued pursuit for higher entry to medication, housing and most significantly, respect.
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“I feel there’s a variety of embarrassment and disgrace on the subject of speaking about LGBTQ points and we have to begin destigmatizing,” mentioned Chicago Remedy Collective Government Director Iggy Ladden.
Martinez supplied some recommendation for folks, particularly dad and mom.
“Stroll in love,” she mentioned. “Love your youngsters no matter what their id is. Chances are you’ll not perceive them, you could not agree with them, however love them.”
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