Our Chicago: Importance of Illinois allies as LGBTQ+ people face continued challenges

Our Chicago: Importance of Illinois allies as LGBTQ+ people face continued challenges

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago’s Delight Parade is again after being canceled for 2 years due to the pandemic. However as we rejoice, we’re additionally wanting on the work that also must be carried out to make sure fairness and entry for LGBTQ+ folks right here within the metropolis and throughout the nation.

Brian C. Johnson is the CEO of Equality Illinois. He is been on the forefront of combating for LGBTQ+ justice for years. Johnson just lately stated that “queer folks have by no means been extra equal and affirmed right here in Illinois.” However there’s extra work to be carried out.

“We’re over criminalized,” stated Johnson. “We’re thrice extra prone to be incarcerated than our friends who’re non-LGBTQ+. We’re much less prone to have entry to enough and affirming healthcare. And we’re extra prone to earn low wages or be meals insecure.”

Our Chicago: Half 2″The worth of residing in a democracy is it’s a must to get up day by day and proceed to combat in your rights and your freedoms. We see payments throughout the nation the place persons are attacking younger folks for acknowledging their id, or the identities of their households in class with ‘Do not Say Homosexual’ payments,” Johnson stated. “We see far-right anti-equality forces making an attempt to assault households for making an attempt to satisfy the healthcare wants of their trans younger folks. And we see an Equality Act which might enshrine nationally lots of the protections that we now have right here in Illinois that is been stalled within the Senate for years.”

So how essential is the assist of LGBTQ+ allies?

“We’d like our allies. In Illinois, about 500,000 folks establish as LGBTQ+. So with a purpose to construct the motion that is going to demand our full equality, we’d like everyone who loves a queer particular person, who works with an LGBTQ+ particular person, who worships with or lives close to somebody who identifies as LGBTQ+ to face up alongside of us, and to combat for our full justice,” Johnson stated.

Equality Illinois just lately wrapped up a listening tour throughout the state.

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