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Illinois House passes LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying law

The Illinois state House on Friday unanimously approved a bill to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying.

The measure covers bullying specifically targeted at students because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, among other categories. It was introduced just eight weeks ago, and previously passed in the state Senate on March 24.

The Prevent School Violence Illinois Act — a modification of current law that comprehensively defines bullying for the first time in Illinois law (including cyber bullying) — explicitly prohibits bullying against vulnerable groups of students and creates the Illinois Bullying Prevention Task Force.

The bill will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn for signing.

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