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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Resource: 31% of US population covered

Transgender-inclusive statutes, though only passed by 9 states, is found in many localities. It can be difficult to explain how far-reaching these statutes are. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has a chart setting out jurisdictions with explicitly transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination statutes, together with their populations. It shows that 31% of the US population is covered by statutes that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. The chart is updated to April 06.

The 31% figure does not include state or local policies only covering public employees, or based on court decisions, both of which are fairly large numbers themselves.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is the first US national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization. Its Transgender Civil Rights Project provides legislative and strategy assistance to organizations working to pass trans-inclusive anti-discrimination bills or to add transgender protections to existing laws.

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