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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Equality Illinois is at the Illinois State Fair, which opened Thursday, seeking support from fairgoers against President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military.

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Advocates urge Gov. Rauner to sign bill to help transgender Illinoisans



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – House Bill 1785, a measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, passed the Senate Wednesday night 32-22. Having previously passed in the House, the bill now goes to Gov. Rauner's desk for his signature. We thank the sponsors Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Toi Hutchinson.

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Equality Illinois initiative says victims' sexual orientation or gender identity no excuse for murder


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois General Assembly completed action Wednesday on a bill that prohibits a defendant from using the sexual orientation or gender identity of the victim as a defense against a murder charge. Prohibiting the use of the so-called panic defense was an initiative of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization.

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