Action Alert
Tell Gov. Rauner to protect the rights of transgender and intersex Illinoisans

Illinois has come a long way. Many of you were with us seven years ago to witness the passage of civil unions for same-sex couples. Then, in 2013, you raised your voice in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. This year, we passed a bill (House Bill 1785) to allow transgender and intersex Illinoisans to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without proof of surgery that is now on the Governor’s desk. 

Take action: Tell Governor Rauner to sign House Bill 1785!

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Bruce Rauner (R-IL), Governor
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Your signature is needed to advance progress for transgender rights in Illinois. House Bill 1785 updates Illinois law by eliminating the unnecessary and medically unsound surgical requirement for correcting the gender marker on birth certificates, updating the standard to require clinically appropriate treatment.

In 1955, when Illinois was the first state to recognize that transgender people should be able to change the gender marker on their birth certificates, medical professionals believed that transition required surgery. Today, contemporary medical standards require an individualized gender transition treatment plan for each person, which may or may not include surgery. Leading medical organizations have therefore urged the elimination of surgical requirements for correcting gender markers.

House Bill 1785 makes Illinois vital records law consistent with the standards used by the federal government and a growing list of states. The federal government does not require surgery to correct the gender marker for various forms of identification, but instead requires proof of "appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to the new gender" or evidence that a person is intersex and the gender marker should be corrected.

Most importantly, House Bill 1785 relieves transgender and intersex people of a serious burden by reducing the serious risks of discrimination, harassment, embarrassment, and assault transgender and intersex people born in Illinois face when their status as transgender or intersex is revealed, by making it possible for them to correct their core identification document - their birth certificate - so that it matches their identity and appearance.

Please support transgender rights and sign House Bill 1785 when it comes to your desk.
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