New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine Signs Trans Civil Rights Bill
In the New Jersey Star-Ledger’s article Transgendered gain a shield from anti-discrimination law, the transcommunity reads great news: Gov. Jon Corzine signed the bill yesterday amending the state’s anti-discrimination law to include transgender people! That makes New Jersey the ninth state with statutory anti-discrimination laws for transgender people!
Sen. Ellen Karcher (D-Monmouth), the bill’s principle sponsor, said of the bill signing:
“Transgender individuals de serve the same rights and privileges we extend to all of our citizens, and this goes a long way to ensure that their rights will be protected from the prejudices of an ignorant few. New Jersey has been at the forefront of civil rights issues in the past, and we will continue to lead the way, to ensure that everyone has a fair chance to succeed in life.”
New Jersey joins California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington in legislating statewide transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections. These state-level laws in addition to similar transgender-inclusive protections in the District of Columbia and in over 80 cities and counties now protect one-third of the US population based on gender identity or expression.
For transpeople like me, this is something to celebrate!