LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Minnesota:
Since 1993, LGBTQ non-discrimination in Minnesota has protected people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. The statute’s broad definition of sexual orientation includes transgender individuals, so discrimination based on gender identity and expression is also prohibited statewide.
The Path to LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Minnesota:
- 1989: Governor Rudy Perpich proposes a state commission to study the prospect of adding sexual orientation to the State’s Human Rights Act. The proposal fails at the legislature.
- 1990: Newly elected Governor Arne Carlson successfully forms a similar committee.
- 1992: Republican Governor Arne Carlson signs an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in both State and civilian employment.
- April 2, 1993: Minnesota lawmakers update the state’s Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public accommodations. The law is signed by Republican Governor Arne Carlson, making Minnesota the first state in the country with fully comprehensive LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws.
Last Updated September 30, 2019