June 27th, 2008

House to Hold First-Ever Hearing on Transgender Rights

House to Hold First-Ever Hearing on Transgender Rights

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet
Posted on June 25, 2008, Printed on June 27, 2008
On Thursday the House will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on transgender rights. Introduced by Congressman Rob Andrews, D-NJ, the hearing will examine discrimination faced by transgender people in the workplace.

Andrews' home state of New Jersey offers some workplace protections for transgender people: a law passed in 2006 prohibits discrimination based on "gender identity or expression" in employment, housing and public accommodations. But New Jersey is one of only 13 states (and the District of Columbia) with policies banning discrimination based on gender identity. Most other states have protections that only extend to gays, lesbians and bisexuals; gender identity is not included.

I think this was yesterday, so it should be on their site, I haven't checked as of yet though. Cross posting around.

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