Gender Identity or Expression

Thanks for this blog entry goes to Cathy Brennan, Esq., whose blog, Gender Identity Watch is a valuable resource.  We quote her blog:

 "Grand Island City Council rejected Ordinance 9407 to protect people from being denied employment, housing, or public accommodation because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The ordinance would have defined “gender identity” as “the

The city of Helena, Montana may be next to join the “national trend” in passing laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from employment discrimination.  Already, Bozeman and Missoula have such laws.

Interestingly, what also may be included in the proposed law is non-discrimination based upon “familial status,” which, according to Helena City

On August 16th we quoted a University of Utah law professor who said that laws to prohibit employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation are “a national trend.”   We also reported on August 5th that business groups even in "red states" are concerned that their communities will be left behind in recruiting and commerce if they lack such protection, and

On May 23rd we wrote: “Add Jacksonville, Florida to the growing number of municipalities which are considering or passing laws which would add sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to the list of protected classes of employees.”   We made that bold statement because the Jacksonville City Council had conducted a hearing on the bill which

U.S. Politics Today has just published the results of the Equality Forum "Fortune 500 Non-Discrimination Project" which reports that 477 of the 2012 FORTUNE 500 Companies “voluntarily include sexual orientation in their employment non-discrimination policies.”  The Equality Forum has disclosed the identity of all of the companies that do and do not provide sexual orientation protection

The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington published an article today about the wave of laws being passed countrywide, and especially in neighboring Utah (!), which ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and titled it ”Some Employers Push To Expand Rights – Idaho Interested In Whether Lack Of Protective Policy Will Affect Recruitment.”

It seems

Creve Coeur, Missouri’s town council has just unanimously amended its non-discrimination ordinance by banning employment (and other) discrimination based upon gender identity and sexual orientation.   

As the Sacramento Bee reports "Five other St. Louis-area cities have passed similar measures. They are St. Louis, University City, Olivette, Richmond Heights and Clayton."

Central MichiganLife has reported that the Mount Pleasant City Commission  has just unanimously approved a new human rights ordinance under which “traits including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, family status, sexual orientation and gender identity are covered to prevent discrimination in the employment, housing and

A great resource has been posted online for employers, lawyers, and anyone interested in a compendium of all state laws regarding gay and transgender employees. Written by Jerome Hunt and just released by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, this 84-page report notes that there is no current federal law which provides the