Contact Mayor Daley and Your Alderman
to support the Gender Identity Amendment
It's Time Illinois, along with The Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues and many other local and national organizations, is working to help pass an amendment to the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance to include the category of gender identity. We need you to help us achieve this goal by contacting Mayor Daley and your Alderman about this amendment.
An ordinance, sponsored by Aldermen Bernard J. Hansen (44th Ward), Billy Ocasio (26th Ward), and Eugene Schulter (47th Ward), was introduced to amend the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and Fair Housing Ordinance by adding the category of gender identity. Gender identity, as defined by the ordinance, is "the actual or perceived appearance, expression, identity or behavior, of a person as being male or female, whether or not that appearance, expression, identity or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's sex at birth." The category would include transgender people as well as men who might be perceived as "too feminine" or women who may be perceived as "too masculine."
The need for this type of protection in Chicago has been well documented over the past seven years through It's Time Illinois reports on discrimination and hate crimes. Transgender people are among the most vulnerable and discriminated-against groups in Chicago, and there is currently little legal recourse that can be taken. The City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations supports the amendment, and many Aldermen are committed to voting for it.
Currently 45 jurisdictions in the United States include "gender identity" or similar language in their nondiscrimination ordinances. These include the states of Minnesota and Rhode Island and cities from coast-to-coast and all points in between, from New York City to Seattle, from Iowa City to Atlanta. Within Illinois, the cities of Champaign, Urbana, Evanston, and DeKalb have human rights ordinances that include gender identity.
Letters have the most impact, followed by phone calls and e-mail.
It's Time Illinois wants to make it as easy as possible for you to contact Mayor Daley. For a copy of the proposed amendment, advocacy guide, talking points, and other lobbying materials, check out the ITIL Advocacy Center on the Take Action page. We are including a sample letter and a sample phone message, as well as contact information for the Mayor's office and the offices of the Chicago Aldermen (see below).
Please sit down and write a letter or make the phone call today!
Contact us at 312-409-5489 or by email at ItsTimeIL@itstimeil.org.
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