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Illinois Gov. signs executive order for state’s transgender students


A non-binary student taking notes in class.(Photo by Zackary Drucker as part of Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection)

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday signed an executive order that directs the state education department to support transgender students.

From CNN:

Pritzker signed an executive order aimed at ensuring schools have what they need to be “affirming and inclusive for transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students,” said a statement from his office.

“This executive order is one more step toward securing Illinois’ place as a leader in equality and hope,” Pritzker said. “Under this executive order, ignorance is no longer an excuse for bigotry.”T

he order establishes a task force to look at best practices and directs the state Board of Education to take several steps. Those steps include promoting LGBTQ students’ rights in schools, and developing procedures for concerns such as student records, names and pronouns, and dress codes.

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