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Lambda Legal Applauds City Council Vote to Strike ID Requirements from Chicago Human Rights Ordinance

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June 22, 2016
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Christopher Clark

Today, the Chicago City Council voted to strike a provision of the city’s Human Rights Ordinance that requires patrons to show government-issued identification upon request in order to access public facilities such as restrooms.

Today’s vote sends a powerful message of support and respect for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the City of Chicago. That the City of Chicago took this step at a time when many states and cities have done the exact opposite, says a great deal about our city and its values.

The amendment passed today eliminates a provision in the Chicago’s Human Rights Ordinance that limits the use of public accommodations that are distinctly private in nature, like restrooms and locker rooms, to persons that can produce upon request a government-issued identification with a gender marker that corresponds to the facility.

This kind of policing of the use of restrooms and locker rooms discriminates against transgender and gender nonconforming Chicagoans and visitors to our city. We applaud the City Council for eliminating the ID provision. The City of Chicago City today, continues its proud tradition of being at the forefront of LGBT civil rights.

Read the press release.