Tuesday, 29 August 2017 23:46

Illinois approves LGBT Public Service Act

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed the LGBTQ Public Service bill into law.

Equality Illinois introduced this bill last spring. It was then passed by the legislature. This LGBT Public Service law will help the state gather the necessary information to know whether Illinoisans of all backgrounds are inspired to lend their strengths and talents to public service on state boards and commissions as explains chief executive officer of Equality Illinois Brian C. Johnson.

Until now, existing laws permitted recognition by gender, disability status, and ethnicity. Now, with the recently approved new law, people will be able to identify with their sexual orientation and gender identity.

These new data will form part of the Annual Report to the General Assembly of the demographic data of individuals who apply for boards and commissions, as well as those who are appointed.

This law will also motivate LGBT people to apply on committees and boards to represent the Illinois LGBT community and contribute to local politics.

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