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Saturday, 03 September 2011 01:02

California Passed Gender Nondiscrimination Act

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The Gender Nondiscrimination Act, named AB 887, has just been passed by the California state Senate.

It is by a vote 25-13 that the bill, written by Assemblymember Toni Atkins and financed by Equality California, Transgender Law Center and Gay-Straight Alliance Network, passed.

This bill will develop the protections based on gender identity and expression in employment and housing for example.

"AB 887 protects all Californians. No matter your skin color, your age, where you come from or whether you're gay, straight, or transgender, we are all protected by the same rights," Atkins said.

"We share equal protection in employment, housing, and education. This bill ensures that no one is left out."
California has already laws of protections based on gender but AB 887 reinforces those by clearly enumerating gender identity and expression.

Carolyn Laub, Gay-Straight Alliance Network executive director added that "All students deserve to be safe and free of discrimination in their schools."

"The Gender Nondiscrimination Act ensures that confusing legal wording will no longer stand between California's transgender and gender-nonconforming students and their right to a safe learning environment."

From now on, there remains nothing any more but the signature of the Governor.



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