One-Quarter of U.S. States Ban Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity
May 3, 2011 by Jeremy Pittman, Deputy Field Director
On Monday, Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law House Bill 546, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in employment and as a matter of public policy. The bill had received final legislative approval in mid-April.
Hawaii becomes the 13th state to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing and public accommodations, marking one-quarter of U.S. states with such laws. More than 125 cities and counties also have such laws on the books.
Hawaii law has prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation since 1991. Hawaii also already prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in housing and public accommodations.
For a map of state employment nondiscrimination laws, visit http://www.hrc.org/about_us/state_laws.asp.
To learn more about transgender Americans and HRC resources, visit http://www.hrc.org/issues/transgender.asp.