New Laws Show Momentum for Gender Identity Protections
December 9, 2011 by Sarah Warbelow, Legal Director
In the last few weeks, we have seen a wave of new protections against gender identity discrimination become the law of the land. Recently, the State of Massachusetts and a number of municipal jurisdictions passed significant protections. The Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, insurance, housing, lending, credit and education. City and county ordinances, generally prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, have passed in Columbia, MO, Evansvillie, IN, Whitemarsh and Jenkinstown, PA and Howard County, MD, adding to strong momentum for full equality and full protection under the law for all people.
Fighting for protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a basic tenet of our work at HRC, but our partners in the states were instrumental in moving these protections forward. Congratulations to the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, MassEquality, PROMO, Indiana Equality, Equality Pennsylvania, and Gender Rights Maryland.
As we celebrate the passage of these critical protections for our community, we cannot help but think about how much work remains. We look forward to continuing our work with advocates and lawmakers pressing for gender identity protections in cities across the country and in all 50 states.
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