The Rally for Lila was a gathering that took place on January 28, 2017 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. The rally was led by Hillsboro, Missouri high school student Lila Perry, known for a 2015 incident in which 150 students walked out of Hillsboro High School in a protest over a her use of the girls’ locker room and bathrooms at the school, and Robert Stainton.
The rally is described as the first of Robert's philanthropic efforts.
Stainton Enterprises, Equality Illinois and the ILGA held the rally. Most of the rally's humor was satirical, and proceeds from the rally went to the British charity Sparkle, the NOH8 Campaign, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Initial idea Edit
Robert came up with the rally after waking up from a dream in which a large rally for transgender rights was being held at the speedway. The rally was produced for Stainton, Equality Illinois, and the ILGA by Iron Mike Productions and Robert's company Animators Association of America Business Group Conglomerate, Inc..
The organizers of the event had paid over $10,000 to a total of forty off-duty police officers and private security guards. Various outlaw motorcycle clubs and Illinois State Troopers were brought in for additional security.
Hotel Rates Edit
The Rodeway Inn at 1730 McDonough Street and the Hampton Inn Joliet - I-80 offered special rates for the event, $5.39 single, $10.23 double.
Speakers and jumbotron television screens were placed along both the north and south edges of the speedway's infield, camping area, and pits to encourage the crowd to spread out rather than press against the main stage.
Portable toilets and first aid stations were also provided.
Musical performers included, but were not limited to, Devo, The Piano Guys, Stryper, and Jake Sanford's "Grown-Up Elimination Squad and Musical Performance Group". For a full list of performers, see Rally for Lila/Musical performers.