For the First Time Ever, Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Transgender Non-Discrimination Legislation

By Adam Polaski • June 1, 2017 • 12:12 pm

Big news today out of Wisconsin, where lawmakers today introduced a bill to secure comprehensive non-discrimination protections for transgender people across the state.

Wisconsin has the unique distinction of being the first state in the country to pass a law protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation – back in 1982. The bill was signed into law by a Republican governor, a signal that the Badger State was a clear leader on LGBT equality. But now, 35 years later, state law continues to lack explicit protections on the basis of gender identity and expression, so transgender people in Wisconsin are vulnerable to discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations.

Today our partners at Fair Wisconsin and Wisconsinites across the state came together for a press conference introducing the legislation.

It’s time for Wisconsin to catch up with nearly 20 other states and the District of Columbia and embrace fully comprehensive non-discrimination protections for transgender people! Read more about the path to non-discrimination in Wisconsin here. 

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