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Beginning next year, Illinois schools will be required to include the positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in their history curriculum.

The Illinois Senate has advanced a plan requiring public schools teach a unit on the role and contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals in society.

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A state legislative proposal would make sure 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. Mike Ziri is the group’s Public Policy Director.

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Advocates for LGBTQ rights in Illinois say while 2017 brought setbacks at the federal level, the state passed three laws aimed at improving equality.

The General Assembly passes legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents.

In Illinois, LGBT activists are speaking out in the wake of Saturday night's massacre in Orlando, in which a man shot and killed 49 people at a gay night-club.  Equality Illinois was quick to react to the shooting - saying on its website: "We should all feel safe in our homes, schools and places of business and entertainment." 

One of the state's largest lobbying groups for the gay and transgender community is setting up its first downstate office. 


      CHICAGO (AP) - People filling streets and sidewalks for Chicago's gay pride parade yesterday say the event is extra special this year because of the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage.      The parade follows Friday's ruling allowing the marriages in all 50 states.      Nikita Lowery of Chicago says she decided to attend the parade for the first time this year.

A gay rights group is mourning the death of Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Some gay rights groups criticizing Rauner

Jun 2, 2014

As dozens of county clerk offices across Illinois begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, some gay rights groups are criticizing the Republican candidate for Illinois governor Monday.