Thursday, May 05, 2011

With Hawaii, 25% of States Have Transgender Protections

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) signed into law today House Bill 546, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in employment and as a matter of public policy.  The Hawaii state House voted to pass the bill by an overwhelming majority last month.

Hawaii already has gender identity protections in the areas of housing and public accommodations.  Protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation have existed in Hawaii for two decades.

Hawaii becomes the 13th state (along with the District of Columbia) to protect transgender people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  As HRC's Jeremy Pittman writes, that means that 25% of American states protect transgender people.  Of course, it's not enough until 100% of them do, but it's a milestone and cause for celebration.

These are the 13 states that protect transgender people in employment, housing, and public acccommodations:

California
Colorado
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Maine
Minnesota
New Jersey
New Mexico
Oregon
Rhode Island
Vermont
Washington

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