Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws to take effect in the new year

Windy city times CHICAGO—Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws that were legislative priorities for Equality Illinois go into effect with the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, laws that ban the anti-LGBTQ panic defense, modernize birth certificate changes, and encourage LGBTQ public leadership opportunities will help build a better Illinois. “Across the country, we have seen […]

Lincoln Square Rallies to Support Gay Couples Affected by Hate Graffiti

by Liz Baudler 2017-10-01 About 150 community members, many families with young children gathered Oct. 1 to protest against hate graffiti spray painted in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago’s Northwest Side.Community members met at Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell Ave., in front of a map of the Lincoln Square area. They were there […]

Bills on birth certificates and LGBT “panic” defense signed in Illinois

From Equality Illinois and ACLU: CHICAGO — Legislative sponsors, Equality Illinois and ACLU of Illinois celebrated the signing of House Bill 1785 today, modernizing the Illinois Vital Records Act and allowing transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. Illinois now joins 14 additional states, […]

Illinois House Passes Bill to Modernize State’s Birth Certificate Law

SPRINGFIELD — A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed the House by a vote of 63 to 43 on Thursday and was sent to the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join fourteen other states and the […]

Three ways to boost LGBTQ civil rights in Illinois

Sun-Times Editorial Board In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a fundamental right to marry. It was a major victory in the LGBTQ community’s long-standing fight for equality. But there is still a long way to go when it comes to gaining civil rights protections. Every day LGBTQ people face stigmas, […]

Illinois Issues: LGBT In The Time Of Trump

By MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY & DAISY CONTRERAS Protesters in Chicago rally against the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for transgender students. EQUALITY ILLINOIS With rapid-fire changes to LGBT provisions at the federal level, advocates want to keep Illinois’ status as one of the leading states in offering protections.  Alex McCray didn’t want to believe Donald […]

Vital — and accurate — records for transgender people

Sun-Times Editorial Board   For more than five decades, transgender people born in this state have been able to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. Illinois was among the first states — if not the first — to enact a law for it. Once viewed as a progressive law, it is now outdated. […]

Calling foul on North Carolina’s latest transgender bathroom bill

Sun-Times Editorial Board North Carolina is not a welcoming state. On the contrary, a new law there continues to allow discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law to “repeal” the so-called bathroom bill enacted last year to force transgender people to use bathrooms that […]

Harris reintroduces bill easing gender-marker change

by Matt Simonette 2017-02-01 Windy City Times State Rep. Greg Harris (D), on Feb. 1, re-introduced legislation allowing transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender-marker on their birth certificate. While the state has allowed for changing gender-markers since the ’50s, current law requires the applicant to show proof that they have undergone gender-reassignment surgery, […]

Cook County Inches Closer To 10,000 Same-Sex Marriages

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials expect to issue the county’s 10,000th same-sex marriage license this week. Cook County became the first in Illinois to allow same-sex couples to wed in February of 2014. Since then, as of Monday morning, 9,990 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples, moving closer to the 10,000 […]