Illinois forum to discuss LGBTQ fears from a Trump Presidency

CHICAGO — Amid concerns and fears that a Trump presidency will set back gains for LGBTQ Americans and other marginalized groups, Illinois LGBTQ  and other supportive advocacy, health and service organizations have scheduled a forum on the possible responses to the new administration.

The free, public event is set for 6-8 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 in the Lake View Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison St., Chicago. Though not required, free advance registration is encouraged to ensure that adequate resources are in place in the church. Sign up is at

Organizations around the country have received worried calls and messages from LGBTQ Americans and their families that the hard-won rights recognized and implemented over the last eight years under President Obama are at risk of not only being reversed, but that LGBTQ people will be targeted for discrimination in many places around the country.

“It is important to come together at a community forum to share those concerns, to explain what the law protects and what might be in danger of being overturned, and to suggest ways to get involved in fighting to protect our rights,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ education and advocacy organization, which is a co-sponsor of the forum.

Other co-sponsors of the meeting include the Lake View Presbyterian Church, Howard Brown Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Association of Latino/a/x Motivating Action (ALMA), Center on Halsted, Pride Action Tank, Affinity Community Services, Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Vida/SIDA), Planned Parenthood of Illinois, South Side Help Center, and Legal Council for Health Justice.

“What happened in this election should serve as a call to action to all leaders, activists, and organizers, especially those who work in traditionally marginalized communities, that we have got to work together as one voice and take collective and strategic actions to insure that this presidency doesn’t undo all that we have gained,” said Julio Rodriguez, president of ALMA, another co-sponsor of the forum.

Read the full story at The Illinois Eagle.