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Illinois advocacy group launches transgender rights initiative

The Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT rights and policy advocacy group, will launch a new project that will bring greater focus to advancing the rights of transgender and gender-variant communities in Illinois.

Two teens arrested in "robbery, homicide" of openly gay student

Two teens have been arrested in the murder of an openly gay high school senior in what police are ruling a “robbery-turned-fatal-shooting," while the victim's family are calling it an anti-gay hate crime.

Poll: More Illinoisans support same-sex marriage than two years ago

Support for same-sex marriage equality among Illinoisans has grown by 10 points over the last two years, according to a poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

In Illinois, downstate county clerks file to intervene in marriage lawsuit

A judge has allowed two downstate Illinois county clerks intervene on behalf of the state’s marriage statute prohibiting same-sex marriage after high-ranking Cook County officials said they would not defend the law in a legal challenge headed by the ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal.