Lambda Legal, Indiana Youth Group join lawsuit to protect trans students

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Lambda Legal and Indiana Youth Group (IYG), an LGBTQ youth organization, have joined a lawsuit to protect transgender students at Brownsburg Community School Corporation (BCSC), just west of Indianapolis. 

In a press release, Lambda Legal said the organization want to protect students from attack by a teacher who sued the school district after officials asked him to refer students by their accurate and full names. Their names were recorded by the district and requested by the students’ parents. 

IYG is part of the suit in its capacity as the managing organization of the Indiana GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) Network, of which the Brownsburg High School GSA is a member. “Transgender students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect by their teachers and enjoy a safe learning environment, just like anyone else,” said Lambda Legal Counsel and Students’ Rights Strategist, Paul Castillo. “For transgender students, that means affirming their gender identities by using the names and pronouns that are authentic to them.

Pritzker signs LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum bill

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed HB 246 over the weekend, which ensures that LGBTQ history will be taught in Illinois Schools. The bill was an initiative of Equality Illinois, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and the Legacy Project and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education and a broad coalition of statewide and local educational, civil rights, health, and civic organizations. It would require the inclusion of LGBTQ historical contributions in any textbooks purchased through block grants from the state. Any group listed under the Illinois Human Rights Act would be highlighted. It goes into effect on July 1, 2020.

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Prtizker signs Youth PrEP Bill into law

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Youth PrEP Bill into law on Wednesday. The new law allows Illinois youth 12 years old and older to obtain preventative health care services for STDs or substance use disorder without getting parental permission, including pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP). 

The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) in the House and State Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) in the Senate. and supported by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. “Young people don’t wait to have sex until they’re 18, and HIV doesn’t wait either. This legislation will help ensure young people under the age of 18 have easy access to an incredibly effective and safe HIV prevention tool,” said Jim Pickett, AFC’s Senior Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health, in a statement on Wednesday.