Report: Illinois ranks #2nd best state in the US for LGBTQ couples and families

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 25: A group of marchers hold a giant rainbow flag while participating in the annual LGBTQI Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The LGBT community descended on Market Street for the 47th annual Pride Parade. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

A new report suggests Illinois ranks as the 2nd best state in the country for LGBTQ couples and families.

The report from analyzed the best and worst states to live for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) couples and families, factoring in whether the state had hate crime laws in place, whether or not conversion therapy was allowed for minors, and whether anti-discrimination laws were set.

The report found that Illinois met five major criteria (employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and state employment), although conversion therapy for minors is banned within the state.

Illinois ranked #2 in the nation behind California, with the second highest number of LGBTQ-identifying residents.

According to the metrics, Illinois has 5 pride centers in the state, had 48 businesses that made the Human Rights Campaign’s “Best Places to Work in 2018” list; has 23,049 same-sex couples living in Illinois, with 16.6% raising children; and has 4.77 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

The report says the best cities in Illinois for LGBTQ couples are Chicago, Aurora and Joliet.

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