Rainbow Flag.

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January 23, 2018

State Of Trump: Illinois Makes Headway With LGBTQ+ Policies

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state, and what might be ahead. Brian Johnson is CEO of Equality Illinois, in the interview below he tells us about the organization's focus going forward, as well as the laws related to LGBTQ+ rights and protections that passed in 2017:


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NPR

October 24, 2017

Poll: Most American Think Their Own Group Faces Discrimination

Majorities in many ethnic, identity and racial groups in America believe that discrimination exists against their own group, across many areas of people's daily lives, according to a poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Banner for C-U Pride Fest.

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

September 15, 2017

Annual Parade To Highlight C-U Pride Fest

Champaign-Urbana’s annual gay pride parade takes place Saturday, September 16, at 4 PM in downtown Champaign. The parade is the most popular event in the annual C-U Pride Fest.


President Trump's tweets reverse a year-old policy set under the Obama administration.

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July 26, 2017

Trump Says Transgender People Can’t Serve In Military

President Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, a year after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender service members.


Stuart A. Wright

Chicago Police Department

June 06, 2017

Illinois Issues: Officials Wage War Against Hate

The General Assembly passed legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Attorney General Lisa Madigan each pushed a separate piece of hate crime legislation. Both sailed through the General Assembly.


Participants in Saturday's Women's March in downtown Champaign make their way down Park Avenue.

Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media

January 21, 2017

An Estimated 5,000 Attend Women’s March In Downtown Champaign

On a day that has seen huge crowds in cities across the country, the Champaign County Young Democrats brought out an estimated 5,000 people to protest Friday's inauguration of President Donald Trump. Following a series of speeches in Westside Park Saturday, the group made its way through downtown Champaign. The event was touted as an official sister march to the national Women's March on Washington.


Urbana resident Bryton Mellott (middle) addresses the media, along with ACLU of Illinois attorney Rebecca Glenberg and spokesperson Ed Yohnka.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

January 12, 2017

Urbana Man Arrested In 2016 Flag-Burning Incident Files Lawsuit

Bryton Mellott, who was arrested last July for burning an American flag and posting pictures of it on Facebook, has filed a federal lawsuit against four Urbana police officers. He wants to see Illinois' flag descreation law officially declared unconstitutional. The 22-year old Urbana resident says he burned the flag in response to the current political climate, and mass shootings, including the incident that claimed 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando last summer.


More than 300 students rallied by the U of I's alma mater statue Friday, in protest of the election of Donald Trump as president.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

November 11, 2016

Anti-Trump Rally Held On U Of I Campus

We’ve seen rallies in cities around the country following the election of Donald Trump as president - including Friday on the campus of the University of Illinois. More than 300 from groups like the Mexican Student Association and Students Against Sexual Assualt addressed the crowd before marching on the Urbana campus quad. The peaceful rally was promoted as way to come together in solidarity against white supremacy, racism, and overall acts of oppression.


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