Monday, 12 June 2017 22:27

Illinois legislators have sent two pro-LGBTQ measures to the Governor

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Another good news from the United States, Illinois legislators have sent pro-LGBTQ bills to the Governor.

Indeed, the legislators of Illinois have approved two pro-LGBT measures.

First, a bill that would allow transgender and intersex people to easily change their gender on their birth certificate.

"No one should face the dilemma of being denied a birth certificate that conforms with their gender simply because they are unable — or cannot afford — to undergo surgery that the medical community agrees is not necessary for everyone who transitions," said John Knight, director of the ACLU of Illinois’s LGBT and HIV Project, in a press release.

"People who are transgender and intersex should make their own medical decisions with the guidance of medical health professionals — not politicians. We urge Governor Rauner to sign this bill as soon as possible."

This bill is like the one in Oregon that I mentioned last week. At present, fourteen states and the District of Columbia allow this change of gender on birth certificates.

Legislators also unanimously approved another bill that would prevent the use of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense against a murder charge.

If adopted, Illinois would become the second state to approve such a measure after California.

Now it remains only to know if the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, will sign these measures into law or veto them.

Rauner is a very conservative Republican but in 2015, he signed the bill that prohibited the use of so-called "reparative" therapy on minors.