ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – As part of her efforts to ensure all of her constituents are able to have a seat at the table, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is hosting a Diversity Discussion Roundtable event focused on the experiences of LGBTQ+ residents.
“One of the most important parts of my job as a representative of our community is to hear from residents of all different backgrounds,” said Manley. “This is a great opportunity for LGBTQ+ residents to make their voices heard and give feedback on what issues they would like to see state government address moving forward.”
Manley’s LGBTQ+ Diversity Discussion Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Zoom. At the event, attendees will be able to share their experiences and discuss the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. To participate or for additional information, residents should contact Manley’s full-time constituent service office by emailing email@example.com.
Since entering the General Assembly, Manley has worked to support the LGBTQ+ community. This past legislative session, she co-sponsored legislation ensuring same-sex couples are treated equally by the health care system and are not financially penalized for their sexual orientation. Manley also helped pass legislation restoring state veterans benefits to individuals who received other than honorable or general discharges because of their LGBTQ+ status.
“Everyone, regardless of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, race or any other demographic category deserves to be treated fairly under the law,” said Manley. “No one should be made to feel marginalized or treated differently due to their background, and I will continue to work to ensure that all Illinoisans are equal under the law.”