An LGBTQ Town Hall for Action

Two opportunities for local LGBT people to get involved in Social Action projects this week:  Apply for Community Advisory Group (deadline this Wednesday), and an education, coalition building and action forum in response to the epidemic of shooting in Chicago (on Thursday).

October 17, 2016
A Wider Bridge Staff / Pride Action Tank

In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latinx individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 20 for a forum aimed at education, coalition building and action.


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The event is 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, just west of Ashland Avenue. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. Due to location restrictions, no food or beverage will be provided.

The free program will feature various speakers who are doing the work on anti-gun violence, including through activism, lobbying and electoral politics. LGBTQ activists will address the need to amplify the existing organizational work, and bring new resources to the table for more effective coalitions.

Joy McCormack, founder of Chicago Survivors, an organization that provides crime victims services to families who experience violent loss, is working with Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times, and the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to develop the event.

Other speakers include: Cleopatra Pendleton, whose daughter Hadiya’s murder in 2013 garnered national media attention; Channyn Lynn Parker, a trans advocate from Chicago House, discussing the dramatic rise in murders of trans women of color; Maria Pike from Moms Demand Action Survivor Network is a gun sense and peace activist whose son Ricky Pike was gunned down in 2012; Mark Walsh of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence; Kim L. Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank; LGBTQ and Latinx advocate Emmanuel Garcia; Muslim LGBTQ advocate and attorney Nabeela Rasheed; anti-violence advocate Lisa Gilmore; Dawn Valenti from Chicago Survivors; John Gruber from The Brady Campaign; Kathleen Sances from G-PAC; and Commissioner Mona Noriega of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Apply for Community Advisory Group

As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois is launching a Community Advisory Group – a diverse cross-section of voices from across Illinois to inform the policy positions and initiatives we adopt and pursue in our work to secure and defend the equal and inclusive rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans.

The group will be composed of 20 individuals. If you’re interested, go to the application page to review the objectives and responsibilities of the Community Advisory Group, then download, complete, and return the form.

We want to make sure the Community Advisory Group includes the diverse views of LGBTQ Illinoisans from every corner of the state. Together, we will advance justice and equality in Illinois.


Pride Action TV talks foster care

Check out this month’s Pride Action TV episode where Kim L. Hunt talks with Pleshette M. Hamb-Murphy about an upcoming foster parent recruitment event, focused on the needs of teens in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.