At the ACLU of Illinois, we work hard to protect the rights of individuals to be free from discrimination: that includes the rights of all students to be free from discriminatory harassment in public schools, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. That is why we were delighted to hear that Senate Bill 3266 passed in the Illinois House 108 votes to zero.

SB 3266 modifies the current anti-bullying law by comprehensively defining what bullying is, and providing guidelines which will allow schools to create and implement the anti-bullying policy that current law requires them to have. Learn more.

This bill was the initiative of the Illinois Safe School Alliance, an organization committed to making Illinois schools safe for LGBT students. Their hard work and dedication has paid off: SB 3266 has passed both the Illinois Senate and House, and is on its way to the Governor's desk.