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Illinois Governor Repeals HIV Criminalization Act and Expands Infertility Coverage for Same-Sex Couples

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“The four legislative laws expand coverage of infertility treatment for same-sex couples and women over the age of 35, allow married people to choose gender-neutral certificates, and those who are already married to update certificates and address stigma repealing the archaic criminalization of the HIV law, “according to one press release from the governor’s office.

Repealing the HIV criminalization law is effective immediately.

“The criminalization of HIV has harmed communities in our home state for decades. It has done nothing but spread fear and stigma, and it discouraged people from getting tested or knowing their status,” he said. Illinois HIV Action Alliance.

Pritzker, a Democrat, said the legislative package “will advance the ability of Illinoisans to live the fullest life as themselves more authentic.”

“In our ongoing efforts to shape a safer and more inclusive Illinois, my administration has a mission to elevate and empower those who have too often been forgotten or forgotten,” it said in the press release.

The package also provides financial support to transgender students who would otherwise be denied and provides an inclusive curriculum to schools to ensure that LGBTQ + history is represented in the classroom, according to the statement.

It would also expand Medicaid to cover gender-based surgery and launch the Getting to Zero plan, which is a state initiative to end the Illinois HIV epidemic by 2030.

Starting next year, married couples will be allowed to apply for a new marriage certificate from the county secretary without a language that identifies the gender.

“We are modernizing an obsolete requirement and creating a path so that people can accurately reflect how they identify,” Democratic State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago said. “The LGBTQ community, specifically the transgender community, faces huge hurdles when applying for a marriage certificate.”

CNN’s Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.

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