Legislation meant to modernize the process for transgender people in Illinois to obtain a new birth certificate matching their lived gender is moving forward in the state legislature.
A House committee approved the legislation Tuesday, sending it to the full House.
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) introduced the bill, HB 6073. It would eliminate the state's current requirement that transgender people in Illinois provide proof of transition-related surgery in order to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.
Eleven other states and Washington, D.C. have already dropped proof-of-surgery rules for changing gender markers on birth certificates.
Check out Progress Illinois' past coverage of HB 6073 here.