State Laws and Legislation

D.C. Hate Crimes Law

Gender identity protected? Yes
The District of Columbia hate crimes law explicitly addresses discrimination based on actual or perceived disability and personal appearance. D.C. Code §§ 22-3701 - 3702 and 22-3704 (2001). Personal appearance covers discrimination based on "outward appearance, irrespective of sex, with regard to bodily condition or characteristics, manner or style of dress." D.C. Code § 2-1401.02 (2001).

Sexual orientation protected? Yes
The District of Columbia hate crimes law explicitly addresses sexual orientation. D.C. Code §§ 22-3701 - 3702 and 22-3704 (2001).

Updated: Thu, March 08, 2007 - 12:00:31