Observed annually during the month of October, LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender icons while reflecting on the history of gay rights and civil rights movements. Inspired by the 1987 March on Washington, National Coming Out Day is observed every year on October 11th to celebrate LGBTQ+ individuals for who they are and bring awareness of supporting everyone to live their truth. Learn more about this day and find helpful resources for Living Openly on the Human Rights Campaign website.
The Back 2 Business (B2B) Grant Program is an effort to assist small businesses, hit hardest by the pandemic, with recovery grants. LGBTQIA+ owned businesses are encouraged to review and apply for this opportunity. The deadline is quickly approaching on October 13, 2021 at 11:59pm. For more information, visit the Department of Commerce’s website about this program.
Registration is now open for the Identity and Innovation Summit taking place on October 20, 2021. This free virtual summit focuses on recruitment, hiring, and retention of disabled workers who identify as transgender or non-gender conforming and/or people living with HIV. The all-day event will showcase local and national experts and stakeholders covering three key areas of policy, practice, and professional development as they relate to working with these underserved communities. Within the day, there will be opportunities for robust discussions and networking to address the need for professional development of employers and workforce organizations so that all people’s skills and talents are fully included throughout Illinois. Learn more and register today.
While Pride Month takes place every July, read this Illinois workNet article featuring how employers can support LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace and Illinois’ own remarkable LGBTQ+ advocates.
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC) brings LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses together with a mission to promote economic opportunities. LGBTCC fosters pride serving the community by advocating and offering resources to encourage equality, increase awareness, and support for businesses and individuals. LGBTCC is a voice for the Illinois LGBTQ+ community.
The Association of Latino as Motivating Action (ALMA) fights for the rights of the Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning community by advocating for fairness and equality, and affirming Latino LGBTQ culture. Learn more at their website and be sure to read an interview with the Assistant Secretary of IDHS Dulce Quintero who has helped to inspire others within the LGBTQ community.
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