On Friday, August 25, 2017 Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender individuals to update their birth certificate. House Bill 1785 modernizes the IL Vital Records Act and allows transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery. He also signed into law a bill that eliminates “gay panic” defense. This is when an individual claims that they murdered someone because someone gay made a pass at them and they feared for their safety, reputation, or social standing.
Thanks to all who worked to make this a reality!