On Wednesday evening, by a vote of 12-2, the city council in Appleton, Wisconsin passed a fully inclusive anti-discrimination law, Fair Wisconsin reports:
This law bans discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression in employment and public accommodations citywide, adding to existing fair housing protections in Appleton and statewide protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Transgender and gender non-conforming people can still be fired, evicted or harassed in public places in 32 states, including much of the rest of Wisconsin. But not in Appleton, thanks to the hard work and courage of many activists, advocates and allies, without whom this would have never happened.
Appleton is just the third city in Wisconsin to pass a fully inclusive non-discrimination law of this kind. As mentioned above, it also has an ordinance forbidding housing discrimination on the basis of gender identity; that measure passed in September 2013. And earlier this year, Appleton voters made history by electing Gypsy Vered Meltzer to the city council. Meltzer is Wisconsin's first openly transgender elected official.