Equality Illinois launches drive for LGBTQ leadership in state

CHICAGO—Equality Illinois is launching a new initiative to build the policy and political power of LGBTQ Illinoisans by linking qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to openings on key state boards and commissions.

“The Boards and Commissions Initiative seeks to enhance the visibility and public leadership of LGBTQ Illinoisans on the important state boards and commissions that are instrumental to the operation of state government and drive major policy decisions,” said Brian C. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization.

“We cannot be confident that the LGBTQ community will be fully equal and included until we are affirmed, represented, and visible in public leadership throughout the state. We should live in a world where we are represented at every level of government, including public boards and commissions,” Johnson said

To address this public leadership need, Equality Illinois is launching the Boards and Commissions Initiative. The Initiative will enable Equality Illinois to advocate to the Governor’s Office on behalf of qualified LGBTQ-identified individuals who are inspired to serve on a public board or commission. Equality Illinois will focus on appointments to panels that have power over five key areas that intersect with the needs and priorities of LGBTQ communities: civil rights and civic engagement, economic development, education, health and human services, and public safety and criminal justice but will also encourage service on any board of interest to an LGBTQ Illinoisan.

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