Despite progress in public understanding about gender dysphoria and inclusion of persons who are transgender in popular culture, discrimination against those who are transgender takes many forms and remains pervasive in many parts of society. Some health care plans continue to retain specific, discriminatory prohibitions on coverage of the health care necessary for the treatment of gender dysphoria. Employees who are transgender face discrimination as they transition (and after) at work. Students who are transgender face a myriad of problems, from the inability to execute a name change on school records to the ability to use gender-appropriate pronouns, or fully access and utilize the restroom and locker room consistent with a student’s gender identity. Persons who are transgender face harsh and discriminatory treatment from police.
Will you work to affirm and protect transgender people from discrimination by: (1) fighting to uphold federal court decisions holding that discrimination against transgender people violates federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination; and (2) taking steps to ensure that Illinois laws, such as the Human Rights Act, are interpreted broadly to affirm and protect people who are transgender from discrimination in Illinois, including in employment, their use of educational and other public facilities, access to public and private health care, their treatment by law enforcement personnel, and in prisons, juvenile facilities, and other forms of state custody? If so, how? If not, why?
DID NOT RESPOND.
I support enforcing anti-discrimination laws so that they protect those discriminated against on the basis of gender identity. My record reflects my support of transgender rights, equality and safety; for example, I supported the modernization of Illinois’ birth certificate laws in 2017. As attorney general, I will ensure that the office’s personnel practices are respectful and inclusive and that the work environment is affirming, with zero tolerance for bullying.
The federal Department of Education under Secretary DeVos has rolled back protections for transgender students, and the Trump administration has argued that federal anti-discrimination laws do not protect transgender people. I unequivocally oppose these steps backward. As attorney general, I will step up in defense of transgender Illinoisans, taking action whenever appropriate to oppose the administration’s overly narrow interpretation of federal law. I will also utilize the Illinois Human Rights Act to defend transgender rights in this state.