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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signs executive order to protect transgender students

By WITW Staff on July 3, 2019

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure that he says will ensure that the state’s schools are “affirming and inclusive” of transgender and nonbinary students.

As USA Today reports, the executive order, which the governor signed on Sunday, will create a task force of 25 appointees to study the rights of trans students and the ways that schools can provide “welcoming” and “inclusive” environments.

The order also directs the State Board of Education to take the lead on LGBTQ issues, USA Today reports, including making resources widely available on the legal rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

“We’re taking one more step toward securing Illinois’ place as a leader in equality and hope,” Pritzker said on Twitter. “Under this executive order, ignorance is no longer an excuse for bigotry.”

The move comes at a time when federal protections for transgender and nonbinary people have been gradually removed under the Trump administration.

For instance, the Trump administration recently rolled back protections for transgender patients under the Affordable Care Act, USA Today reports, with the Department of Health and Human Services saying it plans to remove gender identity from the class of people protected from discrimination in health care.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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