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LGBTQ rights advocates have been pushing a measure they say would amend school code in a way that would be beneficial when it comes to noting the community's role in state and national history. Last week those representing groups like Equality Illinois urged lawmakers to pass the proposal, which has yet to reach a vote outside of committee.

Proposal Aims To Diversify History Lessons

Feb 19, 2018
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A state legislative proposal would make sure that schools teach about LGBTQ people who made history. 

Equality Illinois, an LGBTQ advocacy group, says many of the state’s school-aged children who don’t identify as heterosexual feel left out of history lessons.

“The phrase we often hear is that history has been set a little too straight," said Mike Ziri, the group’s Public Policy Director, "and that the contributions of LGBTQ people are not included by omission.”

Democrats hoping to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner will attend a forum tonight in Chicago at a church on Michigan Avenue.

Anthony Galloway is the director of civic engagement for Equality Illinois. He says it's important to hear what the candidates have already done to help promote LGBTQ rights. 

"So our goal in this activity is to educate our constituents," Galloway said, "as well as educate the candidates on issues of impact within the LGBTQ community."

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With rapid-fire changes to LGBT provisions at the federal level, advocates want to keep Illinois' status as one of the leading states in offering protections. 

Alex McCray didn’t want to believe Donald Trump had won the election. In the words of the transgender nursing student from downstate Sherman: “I was hoping it was all just one terrible nightmare. It felt like my rights were being ripped out right from underneath me.”

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Illinois's oldest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights plans to open its first downstate office in the fall.

The announcement was made at a recent meeting in Springfield, where politicians and members of the public discussed how to advance policies and research for LGBTQ+ people.

Bernard Cherkasov heads the group Equality Illinois. He says the new office will be located in the state's capital and have one full-time staff member.

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