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5 Ways Delaware is Leading the Pack for Trans Protection

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4. Delaware’s Gender Identity Act Sends the Message that Trans People Deserve Equality

A more recent national Pew Research survey released this month that aimed at assessing the various issues America’s LGBT community faces notes that, while the gay community feels it is gaining acceptance, only 3% of survey respondents feel there is acceptance of trans people.

While nondiscrimination laws cannot of themselves help change this, such laws do serve to set a tone that anti-trans discrimination is not acceptable and in turn can foster a change in general attitudes.

5. Delaware’s Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act is an Example for Other States

With such horrifying statistics the need for the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act and for state and federal laws like it, such as the trans-inclusive federal Employment Non Discrimination Act, become obvious, and even more important to improve the inequality trans Americans face.

As such, Delaware’s encompassing protections should serve as an example for other states that lack these protections and encourage those with bills pending, like New York, to take action now.

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9:17PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Noted.

5:39AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Too bad the US can't be more like Delaware in this respect.

11:18PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

way to go Delaware, it's time to redefine norml, to make a more inclusive reality....

6:01PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Go Delaware (my home state)!

12:43PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

OH & just to clarify, even people who are sterile... By accident, circumstances of birth and even by choice, are STILL GUARANTEED EQUAL RIGHTS under the law. Including those related to housing, medical care, employment & so on. To deny trans people because you can't comprehend the concept, is barbaric & as Delaware has shown, entirely unacceptable.

12:41PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Perhaps John M is one of those few who cannot grasp that parts don't make the person.

Here's an exercise for him to ponder. I'm intersexed. Born with ovaries AND testes. Which am I. I could produce eggs AND sperm. Male? Female? Not allowed to be either? Both?

Grow the hell up already. Gender is between the EARS. NOT the legs.

Get your boy bits blown up (which is NOT unheard of in these last few years of war)... Does that mean you're no longer a man? Have your breasts, ovaries & womb removed thanks to cancer, are you no longer a woman? BULLSHIT. Parts don't trump who you identify as.

And for the record, despite gender ROLES and PARTS, my identity is that of a female. Always has been.

As for Delaware joining the 21st century, EXCELLENT work. It's slow, but progress does matter.

12:40PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thanks. MA is not far behind.

12:03PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

John M, respectfully, the article and the focus is not about sexual organs or ability to reproduce. It's about all people being allowed to enjoy the same rights as everyone else without fear of or actualized discrimination. How YOU feel and what your thoughts and theories are about transgender people and whether or not those feelings and thoughts are based on fact or misinformation, should not be considered a part of the equation. I disagree with most of what you've said and how you seem to feel about this matter.... but I still believe YOU should enjoy the same human rights (and without any discrimination) that I do.
I appreciate your right to state your opinion, as well... just pointing out that it is off topic.

10:08AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thank you Delaware!

10:02AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

To John M....HO HUM! Learn another song.....

To Delaware...YOU ROCK!

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