Bil Browning

Colorado legislature endorses non-discrimination

Filed By Bil Browning | May 04, 2007 3:55 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics, The Movement, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Colorado, hate crimes against LGBT people, Indiana, labor, legislation, LGBT civil rights, nondiscrimination, workplace protections

Yesterday the Colorado Senate passed legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter.

Colorado will become the 20th state to protect workers from sexual orientation discrimination and the 12th state to ban gender identity discrimination.

Michael Brewer, a spokesperson for Equal Rights Colorado, added: "We are very proud and pleased in Colorado that after a decade of hard work, patience and education, we join the ranks of states which give basic employment rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We are very proud of the hard work Senator Jen Veiga has done to pass this bill, and we are thrilled to finally bring this to conclusion."

Meanwhile, in Indiana, we enjoy bringing up the rear. Of course we're not one of the 20 tolerant states. Hell, we're one of the last states to have a hate crimes law even! Literally less than a handful now and we want to be the thumb... We have to put our hopes in Congress - our own legislators can't get the job done.

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