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Gender Identity Gains Support in Nevada Legislature

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The Nevada Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill which outlaws discrimination in employment against transgendered workers.

The AB 211 bill prohibits hiring bias on the basis of gender identity or expression.  The bill will now pass to Republican Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk.  If signed into law, Nevada would become the 14th U.S. state, along with the District of Columbia, to provide protections based on gender identity or expression.

Josh Miller, a member of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors from Nevada, in a press release by the organization called the bill’s passage “a great day for all residents of Nevada.”

“Providing employment protections based on gender identity or expression is a victory for civil rights, and we urge Gov. Sandoval to sign this legislation,” he said.  “The people of our state should be judged on the quality of work they do and not on who they are.”

The Senate also approved two bills which expand the state’s anti-discrimination laws in areas such as hotels and in housing.  SB 331 protects against discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, while SB 368 adds gender identity to Nevada’s housing anti-discrimination law.  These bills are awaiting Assembly action before heading to Governor Sandoval’s desk for consideration.

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