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Illinois launches new guide to protect transgender and non-binary students

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) - Nationally, 78 percent of transgender and non-binary students youth have reported discrimination because of their gender identity.

Studies also show transgender students who have a hostile school environment are 41 percent more likely to attempt suicide.

These numbers have the State of Illinois taking action.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has announced new guidance to protect transgender students from discrimination.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says this guidance will ensure all classrooms are welcome to every student. Their IDHR continues to investigate any charges of discrimination based on gender identity.

“Ensuring every Illinois student has access to a safe, validating learning environment where they can be their true self is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This guidance from the Illinois Department of Human Rights will provide students, caregivers, and educators another tool to ensure classrooms are welcoming, affirming, and inclusive for all students.”

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