Illinois Gender Advocates existed to bring equality and prosperity to the transgender people and our allies in Illinois through public education, networking, and government petition.
IGA is pleased to announce Vanessa Edwards-Foster as the speaker for the 2009 Transgender Day of Remembrance. Ms. Edwards-Foster has championed transgender rights for over a decade such as co-founding and leading the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition which educates Congress on transgender issues and lobbies for the rights of transpeople. "We focus on a time when no transgendered individual will have to hide in shame. When marriage, family, career, housing is not longer a privilege but a basic inalienable right." Ms. Edwards-Fosters has an impressive history too and IGA is proud to join her.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those people who were murdered just for being transgender. These murders are sparked from the hatred and fear of not conforming to cultural norms about gender. We specifically remember those killed in the last 12 months. While this is a national event, Illinois Gender Advocates has run the local instance for ten years.
Dr. Miller, philosophy chair at Lewis University , shares his poetry and fields questions about LGBT issues in academics and among non-transgender, straight people. The LGBT Hotline airs on CanTV, cable channel 21 in Chicago the third Friday of every month. The show is sponsored by Illinois Gender Advocates.