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On the same day that President Trump rolled back rights for transgender Americans last week, two new civil rights advances for LGBTQ Illinoisans became law. One week earlier, a third new LGBTQ-affirming policy became law in Illinois.
This is a huge achievement. Continuing an Illinois tradition of bipartisan support for LGBTQ rights by the legislature and the governor, Illinois continues to move forward while the federal government reverses course and Donald Trump is going against the tide of history. These bills improve the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans, and having them signed into law also improves the social and political fabric for everyone in the state. Working together, we can achieve great things.
Equality Illinois’ full-time lobbying team, partnering with allied organizations, advocated tirelessly to move these three measures through the legislative process to the governor’s desk with bipartisan support:
- House Bill 1785 modernizes the Illinois Vital Records Act, allowing transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
- Senate Bill 1670 encourages the appointment of LGBTQ Illinoisans to state boards and commissions and develops LGBTQ Illinoisans for public service.
- Senate Bill 1761 ends the LGBTQ panic defense so criminal defendants who kill LGBTQ people can no longer be acquitted by claiming that they were provoked by a fear of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill passed unanimously in both Houses of the General Assembly.
These bipartisan victories were built by Illinoisans like you who sent thousands of messages to legislators and Gov. Rauner. Officials in the governor’s office told us that your messages were meaningful.
We are elated by these victories, but our work continues. We need your help to keep Illinois at the forefront of LGBTQ civil rights and keep Equality Illinois leading the charge for making sure there is no backsliding in the face of the headwinds coming from the current White House. Please donate today.
Until We’re All Equal,
Director of Public Policy
PTGS & Peoria Proud “Light Up the Night 2016” Dinner/Dance – TDOR Presentations: Be sure to check out all of the fun and pictures from the “Light Up the Night” dinner/dance. Also check out the video presentations by PTGS of the Transgender History Project “Make History:Be an Ally” and “Transgender in the Media – Where Do We Go From Here?” by our guest Judith Valente all found at the link above (which is the PTGS Social Page) .
2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Reports: Here you will find your links to the US Transgender Survey. With almost 28,000 respondents, the U.S. Trans Survey (USTS) is the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. The staff of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the rest of the USTS team are thrilled to share the results of the USTS with you. Please take the time to read through the survey’s findings. Although it is not a shock to most of us living in the trans community, some of the findings are quite Shocking!!!
Professional Resources Page: Click on the provided link which takes you to our Professional Resources Page where you will find the links for Planned Parenthood of Illinois – Transgender Hormone Services and links to the clinics in Peoria, Pekin and Bloomington.
*Peoria Public Radio WCBU 89.9: “Healthcare Options Expanding for Transgender Patients in Peoria, Pekin” by Cass Herrington of WCBU • Jul 13, 2016 Great news for the Peoria area!!!!!! Planned Parenthood announced Wed. its centers in Peoria and Pekin will begin offering hormone treatment and preventative care, specifically for transgender patients as soon as Aug. 1. Read the whole article by clicking on the WCBU link above!!!! This wonderful development for the Peoria/Pekin area is transpiring from the TransHealth Forum 2016 and the dedication of several wonderful individuals, Kris Haley of PTGS and Bethany Hillman of Planned Parenthood Illinois (PPIL).There will be more news & announcements coming soon. Check back here often as Pam Adams of the PJ Star will be doing a story on these wonderful developments for the transgender community. This story will be posted here as well for your viewing.