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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✔ Recognized
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Support for LGBT protections by US state

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing?"

 
Favor (69%)

Opposition of religiously based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs"

 
Oppose (57%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #15 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

(34%) Oppose
Favor (58%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #20 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Which statement comes closer to your own views: homosexuality should be accepted by society OR homosexuality should be discouraged by society?"

(29%) Oppose
Support (64%)

History

Homosexual activity in Illinois

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Homosexual activity in Illinois is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1962
Legal
Legislative repeal, effective 1962. First state to repeal sodomy law.
Sources:
Laws of Illinois 1961, page 1983, enacted July 28, 1961, effective Jan. 1, 1962.
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Same-sex marriage in Illinois

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Same-sex marriage in Illinois is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 20, 2013
Legal
In 2013, Illinois legalized same-sex marriage.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Illinois

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Illinois is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
There are no laws that censor the LGBTQ community in Illinois.

Illinois actually requires schools to teach students about the LGBTQ community.
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Right to change legal gender in Illinois

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Right to change legal gender in Illinois is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Legal, surgery not required
according to Movement Advancement Project.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Illinois

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Illinois is recognized.

Current status
Since Jul 14, 2020
Recognized
Illinois-born citizens can change their gender marker to X on their birth certificate. X gender marker will be available on driver's licenses in 2024.

LGBT discrimination in Illinois

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LGBT discrimination in Illinois is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
People are protected from discrimination based upon both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Illinois

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LGBT employment discrimination in Illinois is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since 2006
Sexual orientation and gender identity
State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Illinois

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LGBT housing discrimination in Illinois is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Sexual orientation and gender identity
This state explicitly bans housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identification.

Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted
housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Same-sex adoption in Illinois

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Same-sex adoption in Illinois is legal.

Current status
Legal
All forms of adoption are accessible to LGBT persons per state law.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/illinois
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Serving openly in military in Illinois

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Serving openly in military in Illinois is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 20, 2011
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Illinois

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Blood donations by MSMs in Illinois is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
Blood donation centers follow the new FDA 3-month deferral guidance.
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Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
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1983–Dec 21, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in Illinois

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Conversion therapy in Illinois is banned.

Current status
Since Aug 20, 2015
Banned
The Governor signed into law banning conversation therapy for youth. THe law will go into effect on January 1st, 2016.
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Until Aug 20, 2015
Ambiguous
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it. Though it's not actually ambiguous (It is in fact legal), this is the best indicator of the available options.
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Equal age of consent in Illinois

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Equal age of consent in Illinois is equal.

Current status
Equal
only condition is if the person has authority over them.
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