Tell Gov. Rauner to Sign the Birth Certificate Modernization Bill
A Victory for Transgender Illinoisans
The Birth Certificate Modernization Bill passed with a vote of 32-22 in the IL Senate! We want to thank Greg Harris for his leadership on this crucial victory! Thank you to our community partners and advocates, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Lambda Legal, Equality Illinois, The ACLU of Illinois, and the countless transgender individuals who shared their experiences. At Howard Brown, patients regularly share their experiences obtaining identity documents that do not affirm who they are. With the passing of HB1785, our transgender patients can rest assured that the documents they so desperately need to navigate medical care, behavioral health, social services, and more, can now accurately reflect their gender identity.
The Final Step: Governor Rauner’s Signature
We are almost there! We urge Governor Rauner to sign this piece of legislation into law and by doing so assist in affirming the many transgender Illinoisans who desperately need this modernization to garner the same access as all other Illinoisans.