Illinois gov moves to protect trans students

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A member of the LGBTQ community holds a banner during a Pride march outside the Presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Friday, June 28, 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York. The group is also marking the 25th year since the first Pride march in the country as they continue to call for gender equality and same-sex marriage.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has created a task force to study the rights of transgender students.

The Democrat signed an executive order Sunday, the day of Pride parades nationwide including in Chicago. The order also directs the State Board of Education on related issues, including publishing resources on the legal rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

The task force will be made up of 25 people appointed by Pritzker. They’ll study what schools are doing to promote LGBTQ rights to make sure students have “welcoming” and “inclusive” environments. Their report is due in January 2020.

Advocacy group Equality Illinois calls it a positive step, but says stronger statewide protections are needed.

Chicago’s Pride Parade starts at noon. Lori Lightfoot, the city’s first openly gay mayor, is one of several grand marshals.

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