SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly passed two pieces of legislation on Wednesday, May 31: A bill banning the “gay panic” defense and a law making it easier to update birth certificates. House Bill 1785, a measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, passed the Senate Wednesday night 32-22. Having previously passed in the House, the bill now goes to Gov. Rauner’s desk for his signature. It was sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights). “”No one should face the dilemma of being denied a birth certificate that conforms with their gender simply because they are unable – or cannot afford – to undergo surgery that the medical community agrees is not necessary for everyone who transitions,” John Knight, Director of the ACLU of Illinois’ LGBT and HIV Project, said in a statement.