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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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LGBTQ rights activists say two pieces of legislation should be signed by the governor. Both passed the General Assembly unanimously.

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that allows churches to become more active politically. Critics say it could lead to LGBTQ discrimination, but U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent that discrimination – with several from Illinois as co-sponsors.

The Northern Illinois University Center for Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality is wrapping up the year with a student symposium and honors reception. 

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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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Some Hoosiers will pay close attention today as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.

Last year, a federal court found Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. This year, lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom law that some said allowed discrimination against same-sex couples.

The law was amended, but not before a local and national outcry. That’s why Katie Blair, who’s with the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Indiana, doesn’t think Indiana will revert to its old ways no matter how the U-S Supreme Court rules.