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Illinois governor signs order protecting transgender students

Illinois governor signs order protecting transgender students

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Sunday signed an order protecting transgender students, CNN reported.

The executive order is aimed at ensuring schools have the resources needed to be "affirming and inclusive for transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students," the governor's office said in a statement obtained by the outlet.

"This executive order is one more step toward securing Illinois' place as a leader in equality and hope," Pritzker said. "Under this executive order, ignorance is no longer an excuse for bigotry."

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The order creates a task force to look at best practices and directs the state Board of Education to take several steps, including developing procedures for concerns such as student records, names, pronouns and dress codes.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), the first openly gay mayor of the city, praised the order. 

"Ending the intolerable levels of discrimination and violence against our transgender community starts here — in our schools -- by making the values of tolerance and respect just as much a part of our educational cultural as academics, athletics, and the arts," she said, according to CNN.

The order comes at the end of Pride Month and on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.