Update on our Broadway Youth Center (BYC) Holiday Amazon Wishlist:
Through a joint effort of the LAGBAC and the CCSAO LGBTQ+ ERG (Cook County State's Attorney's Office LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group), we were able to collectively contribute a third of all the items that were collected by the BYC during the drive!
Items donated included food, toiletries, hair care products, laundry care products, gift cards, winter gear, personal electronics, and more.
Items that were donated are being brought to the BYC tent, a new outdoor, heated, open-air space that provides young people with critical access to resources while ensuring social distancing protocols. The tent is located near Howard Brown’s administration offices and has been decorated with flags and posters from the brick-and-mortar clinic. Young people can access therapy, drop-in services, basic needs pick up, and hot meals at the BYC tent. Those in need are also able to sign up for shower and laundry time slots at BYC’s main building.
It's been a tough year for all of us, but we are thankful we were able to make a small difference for those in our city, neighborhood and community.
The Alliance of Illinois Judges (AIJ) is celebrating the historic election of LAGBAC’s very own Judge Jill Rose Quinn, the first transgender elected official in Illinois. The video program "From Chiola to Quinn" celebrates LGBTQ+ judges in Illinois. Judge Tom Chiola (Ret) was the first openly gay elected official in Illinois in 1994. The program will air on YouTube, January 26 at 5 p.m. Featured Speakers include: Hon Tom Chiola (Ret), Hon. Nancy Katz (Ret), Hon. Mary Rowland, and of course, Judge Jill Rose Quinn. Tickets are $10 and are available at theaij.com/events/.
LAGBAC congratulates Board Members Judge Jill Rose Quinn and Judge Levander "Van" Smith Jr., as well as LAGBAC members Judge Michael Forti and Judge Mary Cay Marubio, on their recent election wins this past November. LAGBAC is very proud of the many LGBTQ+ and supportive ally members on the bench! Thank you for your continued service to our organization and to our community!
LAGBAC is teaming up with Howard Brown Health's Amazon Wishlist to support The Broadway Youth Center (BYC). BYC aims to make life healthier and happier for young people who are trans, queer, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and especially young people without stable housing.
Please visit tinyurl.com/LAGBAC2020 to access BYC's Amazon Wishlist. Select Broadway Youth Center when you get to the shipping page and make sure to put "LAGBAC" in the from section. If you need a receipt, be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field.
Thanks for all your generous support! LAGBAC wishes you a fantastic holiday and a happy new year!
LAGBAC’s very own Board Member, Judge Jill Rose Quinn, is being honored this year at the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s Virtual Gala!
Judge Quinn will be honored with an Advocate for Diversity Award. This award celebrates those individuals who have actively advocated and promoted diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Foundation will present this award to Judge Quinn at its Annual Unity Gala held virtually this year on December 8, 2020. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke, Justice Kilbride, Judge Roughy Shalabi, Judge Lewis Nixon among others will be honored as well. Please join at 5 pm for an hour of networking and at 6 pm for the program.
The Diversity Scholarship Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible, in full or in part, according to the laws of the Internal Revenue Service. #diversityscholarshipfoundation
LAGBAC thanks all who attended tonight's Mentorship Kick-Off Event Panel! Special thanks to our esteemed panelists, Judge Cecilia Horan, Matthew Jannusch, Mark Tompkins, Colette Kopon, Daniel McCord, and Lily Amberg for their great stories and useful advice! Stay tuned for details relating to more LAGBAC Mentorship Program events in the future!