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||Equality Illinois signals readiness for anti-discrimination battles at 2023 gala
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LGBTQ+ Chicagoans and their supporters gathered the evening of Feb. 4 for the 2023 edition of the Equality Gala. Speakers included Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson, and Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith, who was bestowed with Equality Illinois' Spirit Award for her work in fighting anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the Sunshine State.
Smith said that, despite the rampant sentiment against the community that is so prominent in her state's political milieu, LGBTQ+ residents there are "fine" and prepared to battle for their rights. Smith warned, however, that such local discrimination may portend challenges to LGBTQ+ communities nationwide.
"I'm here to remind you that the Florida fight is our fight collectively, [and] I'm here to tell you that we're going to win," she said.
Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson similarly remarked, "Buckle up, because we're not going anywhere."
Dozens of local-, state- and federal-level politicians also joined the celebration. Their procession was capped with remarks from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The presentation also included a remembrance of activist Elise Malary, who died in 2022.
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