In Illinois, we value inclusion, equality, and the freedom to be who you are and love who you love without burden or discrimination. As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans encounter a federal government chipping away at their rights, our work is not done. In our schools, 80% of youth who are transgender or are perceived as transgender report some form of mistreatment at some point between kindergarten and the 12th grade. This mistreatment can include verbal harassment, being prohibited from dressing according to their gender identity, encountering harsher discipline than their peers, or being physically or sexually assaulted. Illinois must continue to move forward as a state where transgender children can access facilities and programming in schools that meet their needs, ensure their safety, and allow them to participate fully, fairly, and equally in school life.