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Illinois enacts gay conversion therapy ban for young people

Friday, August 21, 2015
Under the new law, professionals licenses by the state may not try to change the minor’s orientation. ...

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Illinois Republican governor signs two more pro-equality bills

Thursday, August 20, 2015
“We thank Governor Rauner for approving these bills and demonstrating that support for the equal treatment of LGBT Illinoisans is bipartisan,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.
Both bills were spearheaded by Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization. ...

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Chicago to allow health coverage for gender reassignment surgery (UPDATED)

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Rahm Emanuel
"Chicago will ensure that transgender city employees are able to receive the medical care that they need." ...

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Enhanced Hate Crimes Law

Monday, July 20, 2015
The new law extends hate crimes protections to community centers that may be targeted for institutional vandalism because of sexual orientation or gender identity status.
The Enhanced Hate Crimes Law further protects LGBT Illinoisans and includes explicit mention of crimes against transgender people. ...

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Illinois Senate approves ban on gay conversion therapy; bill heads to governor’s desk

Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Illinois state Senate on Friday approved a measure to ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. ...

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Gay conversion therapy ban clears Illinois Senate committee

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
The measure cleared committee Wednesday evening and now heads to the full chamber. It had passed the House last week. ...

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Gay conversion therapy ban passes Illinois House

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
The bill prohibits licensed mental health care providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with anyone under the age of 18. ...

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Illinois’ GOP governor, LGBT rights advocates find common ground

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.)
Gov. Bruce Rauner said he'll issue a directive that state agencies strictly enforce anti-discrimination laws, and that he'll appoint a liaison from his office to the LGBT community. ...

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Cook County, Ill., says over 6,500 same-sex couples married in first year

Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Cook County clerk's office is reporting more than 6,500 same-sex couples married in Illinois' most populous county over the first year it issued licenses. ...

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Illinois human rights agency says evidence of anti-gay prejudice at Exxon

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Illinois Department of Human Rights says there's evidence of discrimination at an Exxon Mobil Corp. facility in the state following a gay rights group's hiring complaint. ...

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