A leading Illinois LGBT-rights group is urging Chicago aldermen to pass an ordinance aimed at protecting transgender people from discrimination in hotels, grocery stores and other public accommodations.
The Chicago City Council's Human Relations Committee is slated to consider the mayor-backed ordinance at its meeting Wednesday.
The measure, according to Equality Illinois, "would close a gap in the city's Human Rights Ordinance that currently allows places such as a restaurant, hotel, or grocery store to ask for a government ID as proof of gender identity in order to use a restroom, fitting room, or other such facility."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council's LGBT Caucus introduced the ordinance at last month's council meeting.
Equality Illinois wrote a letter last week to aldermen, asking that they support the measure.
"The ordinance continues Chicago's proud tradition of advancing the equal treatment and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens," Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson wrote in the letter.
"You should not have to prove your gender identity to enter a restaurant, hotel, or grocery store. But in the City of Chicago, a transgender or gender non-conforming person could be asked to show proof of gender identity in the form of a government-issued ID. That's fundamentally unfair."
UPDATE (5:07 p.m.): The Chicago City Council's Human Relations Committee approved the equal access ordinance Wednesday. It now goes to the full city council for consideration.