The repeal of the HIV criminalization law is effective immediately.
Pritzker, a Democrat, said the legislation package will “advance Illinoisans’ ability to live their fullest lives as their truest selves.”
“In our continued efforts to shape a safer and more inclusive Illinois, my administration is on a mission to lift up and empower those who too often have been overlooked or forgotten,” he said in the news release.
The package also allows for providing financial aid to transgender students who would otherwise be denied and brings inclusive curriculum to schools to ensure LGBTQ+ history is represented in the classroom, according to the release.
It would also expand Medicaid to cover gender-affirming surgery and put in place the Getting to Zero plan, which is a statewide initiative to end Illinois’ HIV epidemic by 2030.
Starting next year, married couples will be allowed to request a new marriage certificate from the county clerk without gender-identifying language.
“We are modernizing an outdated requirement and creating a path so people can accurately reflect how they identify,” said Democratic State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz from Chicago. “The LGBTQ community, specifically the transgender community, face enormous obstacles when requesting a marriage certificate.”
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.