State's Strides To Improve LGBTQ Rights Are Good But Need More Work: Pritzker

Jim Gudas
June 15, 2019 - 11:35 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor JB Pritzker said that although Illinois has become a better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people since he took office earlier this year, much more needs to be done. 

Pritzker said that Illinois has taken steps to expand medical services for people with HIV, as well as those seeking gender-changing procedures.

He also said the state has expanded educational opportunities for LGBTQ students.

But Pritzker acknowledged that more work needs to be done to protect marriage equality from court challenges and to reduce the number of attacks against transgender people, particularly African Americans who are transgender.

Pritzker added that he will defend LGBTQ rights from what he claimed are actions by the federal government that threaten gains made by the LGBTQ community in recent years.