Non-Discrimination Laws | National Center for Transgender Equality

Issues

|

Non-Discrimination Laws

Discrimination can be an everyday experience for many transgender people and can affect nearly every area of life. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey showed that 26% of trans people lost a job due to bias, 50% were harassed on the job, 20% were evicted or denied housing, and 78% of trans students were harassed or assaulted. And the transphobia that drives the discrimination is exacerbated when the trans person is a person of color and also faces compounding racism. Trans people of color face higher rates of discrimination.

Clear non-discrimination laws covering gender identity and expression are  an important part of the solution because they can help stop the discrimination before it happens. Clear laws often cause businesses to have policies against discrimination and train employees to follow those policies. At this point, much protection can also be found under state and federal sex discrimination law as well. Learn more in our Know Your Rights Center.

However, laws on the books don’t always translate into actual fair treatment. Another important step for governments to take is to issue guidance or rules about what the law means, such as by stating that transgender people have the right to use sex-specific facilities that match who they are.

If you are working to pass a state or local non-discrimination law or policy, NCTE may be able to help.

Resources

From the Blog

January 26, 2021

New Report Outlines Why We All Need the Equality Act Now

Cover of new report. Illustration of large diverse group of people in a crowd.

A new report released today, “Why We All Need the Equality Act Now,” outlines the ways in which the Equality Act is vital legislation not just for LGBTQ people, but also for women, people of color,

January 25, 2021

A President Who Keeps His Promises

We have big news. President Joe Biden moved quickly and delivered on his promise to end the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

Get Involved

There are no actions for this issue at this time. Please check back soon!

Join Our Mailing List

   Please leave this field empty