LGBTQ bills pass, stall in Illinois legislature

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

There have been quite a few LGBTQ-related bills considered in the legislative session ending on Monday, May 31. Most passed, but there were a loss.

On Tuesday the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 1063, which would end criminal penalties against people living with HIV. State law still allows for the arrest of people with HIV, even if they don’t transmit HIV to another person. The bill passed 37 to 17 and now goes to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker to be signed into law.

 The Illinois HIV Action Alliance celebrated the passage.

“HB 1063 has now passed both chambers with bipartisan support, and now it is time for Governor Pritzker to sign this bill and repeal this outdated and dangerous law,” the group said in a statement. “The truth is HIV criminalization never improved safety or public health in Illinois –  instead, it has only caused suffering to people living with HIV, their families, and their communities.”

Senate Bill 2133 passed the House on Thursday. The bill, which had already passed the Senate, amends the Data Governance and Organization to Support Equity and Racial Justice Act to include, in addition to race and ethnicity, the demographic categories of age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the categories of data that must be reported. It passed with a vote of 72 to 44.

The REACH Act, Senate Bill 0818, had its third reading scheduled on Thursday. The bill, which would update state health and sex education standards to be comprehensive and inclusive, also includes LGBTQ as a part of the education. It passed the Senate 37 to 18. It is expected to pass the House.

Senate Bill 1730 passed both houses in the past week. It requires public corporations to report the self-identified sexual orientation and self-identified gender identity of it directors. It’s on its way to the governor for his signature.

It wasn’t all good news. House Bill 0009 stalled in the Senate, according to the State Journal-Register. The bill would have let transgender people update their birth certificate without a doctor’s note. However, it didn’t get the 30 votes to pass. The newspaper reported that the bill’s Senate sponsor, State Sen. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) with drew the bill when it failed.

The Journal-Register reported that Fine plans to call another vote for the bill before the May 31 closing of the session.