Nevada continues to advance transgender equality, but Tennessee is considering a bill that would roll back municipalities’ ability to offer protections:
- MARYLAND: Following a violent anti-trans hate crime, Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) wrote to her colleagues that it was a “wake-up call” for the need for trans protections.
- NEVADA: The state Senate advanced two bills that would protect trangender Nevadans from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. A bill that would have made gender identity or expression a protected class under hate crime law failed to pass.
- NEW YORK: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D) contributed this week to the momentum for marriage equality in the state, saying the state is “on the verge of what I believe is going to be an amazing, amazing victory.”
- TENNESSEE: Tennessee’s House has passed a bill that would nullify Nashville’s recently passed sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination protections. The Senate State and Local Government committee was set to discuss the bill this morning, but deferred action until next week. The “Don’t Say Gay” bill will be debated on the Senate floor on Thursday.
- TEXAS: The state Senate again may consider a bill that would ban transgender Texans from marrying the opposite gender, thereby making it legal for them to enter same-gender marriages. Meanwhile, Dallas County today passed gender identity protections from discrimination.
Keep track of how LGBT issues are advancing in the states at our State LGBT Watch.