Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hawaii Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Law for Transgender Hawaiians

The Hawaii House voted 45-4 yesterday to concur with the Hawaii Senate on HB 546 SD1, a bill prohobiting employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

The bill now goes to Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), who has said he will sign the bill into law.

Transgender people in Hawaii are already protected against discrimination in housing and public accommodations.  Employment protection already exists for gay Hawaiians.

Hawaii becomes the 13th state (not including the District of Columbia) to codify protections for transgender people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

We're seeing a lot of encouraging progress from Hawaii, which earlier this year passed a civil unions bill.  And no wonder: the state legislature is overwhelmingly Democrat, with a 24-1 majority in the State Senate and a 43-8 majority in the State House.

Elections matter, folks.  If you want LGBT-friendly legislation to pass, you need to vote every single year for the candidates who support equality on the local, state, and federal level.

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