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The committee also held back a bill that would have required trans students to use restrooms for the gender of their birth.
Equality Illinois said the bill, HB 6073, modernizes the standard in Illinois for an individual to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate. This is important to trans Illinoisans because they may face embarrassment, discrimination, and harassment if their core identification documents do not reflect their authentic gender identity.
“It is the same standard that the federal government uses for the change of gender markers on passports,” State Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago, the bill's sponsor, told the Windy City Times. “It is also the same standard that the federal government uses for the purposes of social security, and that a dozen other states have adopted for their state laws.”
HB 6073 now goes to the Illinois House for a floor vote.
The gay rights group is calling on opponents of discrimination to sign a petition against HB 4474. The petition will be presented to committee members and to the House member who represents each signer. Individuals can sign the petition at tinyurl.com/HB4474-petition.
Equality Illinois is planning an LGBT Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 13, in Springfield. Registration for LGBT Equality Lobbying Day is at: http://tinyurl.com/2016-advocacy-day.