Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Employment Protections For Transgendered

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii legalized civil unions this session. Its Senate confirmed a lesbian to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 22-2 to extend employment protections to transgender people. The legislation now moves to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's desk where it awaits his signature.

The law codifies prohibitions against discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity.

“The march towards full equality in the Aloha State continues,” Alan Spector, Equality Hawaii co-chair, said in a press release. “Providing employment protections to transgender citizens in Hawaii is a victory for civil rights and equal treatment under the law for all residents of our great state.”

If the bill becomes law, Hawaii will join 12 states and Washington D.C. in providing transgender employment, housing and public accommodation protections.

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