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Equity is our race, culture, ethnicity, and identity blog. The blog focuses on coverage important to Illinois and its improvement. Evidence of performance of public policies and their impact will be reported and analyzed. We encourage you to engage in commenting and discussing the coverage of equity and diversity:Maureen Foertsch McKinney and Rachel Otwell curate this blog that will provide follow-up to full-length stories, links to other reports of interest, statistics, and conversations with you about the issues and stories.

New Congressional Task Force For Transgender Equality


Earlier this month, people across the country and state recognized Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was created by activists as a way to honor those who have been murdered in a hate crime. Transgender people say their biological sex does not match the gender they identify with. Studies show they are much more likely to face violence and discrimination than the general population.

Federally, a new push has been made to further protections against discrimination for trans people.  A first of its kind congressional task forcehas been formed. Illinois congressman, Mike Quigley (D - Chicago) has joined the cause. We spoke with David Stacy about it,  he's the government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, which has long lobbied for legislative advances on behalf of the LGBT community.


Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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