Adam Polaski

Nevada Governor Approves Gender Identity Protections

Filed By Adam Polaski | May 25, 2011 11:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Carson City, Nevada, Sandoval, trans

Rights for the transgender community took a step forward in Nevada yesterday, nevada.jpgwhen the state's governor, Republican Brian Sandoval, approved a bill protecting transgender people from workplace discrimination. The law, which goes into effect October 1, applies to employers with 15 or more employees and allows trans people to file claims of discrimination with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission.

The signing took place yesterday at a ceremony in Carson City.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the governor also intends to sign bills that prohibit discrimination against trans people in public accommodations and in property or housing sale and rental. Protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation have been included in Nevada since 1999.

The primary sponsors of the bill signed into law yesterday were Paul Aizley, a Democratic assemblyman from Las Vegas, and two Democratic senators, David Parks from Las Vegas and Sheila Leslie from Reno. Parks spoke highly of the law's ability to protect members of the LGBT community. He said, speaking about the approved law and the other two pending anti-discrimination bills:

It is wrong to discriminate against people for characteristics that harm no one else and that are a legitimate expression of their sense of self. It is harmful to society to deprive such individuals of the ability to earn a living, find housing, to use stores, restaurants, and other facilities to live free of fear.

The decision makes Nevada the fourteenth state to ban job discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

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Now Nevada's Republican Governor has a better record on transgender rights and equality than Nevada's Democratic senior Senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The reasons to support the creation of a truly progressive third party just keep on coming, don't they?

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | May 25, 2011 2:44 PM

It's what the casinos want to attract GLBT tourism and in Nevada the casinos trump everyone, including bigots.

Good for Nevada!! Now if we can just get progressive states like MA, NY, NH to actually extend basic protections to their trans populations.

Jay Kallio | May 26, 2011 1:31 AM

This is great news to get a legislative win, since that terrible, disheartening defeat in Maryland. It's not everything in the way of the anti discrimination protections and rights we need, but every win helps create momentum for further successes.