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Nevada governor signs two additional transgender protection bills

Thursday, June 2, 2011
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday signed into law two bills that extend discrimination protections for transgender people.

The two bills codify prohibitions against discrimination in public accommodations and housing respectively.

SB331 protects against discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of gender identity or expression, and SB368 adds sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to Nevada’s housing anti-discrimination law.

The bills were approved in the Nevada Assembly on May 23, and in the Senate on April 25.

A third bill passed in the Nevada legislature was signed by Sandoval last week — AB211 expanded the state’s workplace discrimination laws to cover gender identity or expression. A fourth bill that would have added transgender people to hate crime protections died in the Senate in April.

“We thank Governor Sandoval, once again, for standing up for all Nevadans,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “No one should have to live in fear of being discriminated against in housing or public accommodations simple because of who they are. With the signing of this legislation, Nevada takes another significant step towards full equality for Nevadans and visitors to the Silver State.”

Nevada becomes the 14th U.S. state, along with the District of Columbia, to provide protections based on gender identity or expression.

A ceremonial signing of the bills is scheduled for Friday.

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