Hawaii’s Trans Workplace Nondiscrimination Bill Goes To Governor’s Desk

The Hawaii state House of Representatives on Tuesday agreed to Senate amendments on a bill that would write into the statue books formal workplace protections for the trans community.

From The Washington Blade:

“Today is a great day for all residents of Hawaii,” said Alan Spector, Equality Hawaii co-chair in a statement. “Providing employment protections to transgender people in Hawaii is a victory for civil rights. The people of this state should be judged on the quality of work they do and not on who they are — that’s what this legislation guarantees.”

HB 546 was first passed by the House at the beginning of March and would prohibit discrimination “on the basis of gender identity and expression as a public-policy matter and specifically with regard to employment.”

Hawaii already has protections for transgender citizens in housing, public accommodations and employment, however employment protections were established through Civil Rights Commission rulings and have not yet been written into state statute.

The Senate passed the bill by a 22-2 margin last week

With the House’s approval of the bill, the legislation now goes to Governor Abercrombie’s desk. The governor has pledged to sign the legislation.

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Angela Burrow
Angela Burrow7 years ago

Excellent news!

Brenda Gilbert
Brenda Gilbert8 years ago

Where Hawaii goes, let's hope all other States and all other countries follow. Excellent news!
Thank you for the post, Steve

Margo A.
Margo A8 years ago

GREAT NEWS! Others could surely learn from the state of Hawaii.. if they were only teachable :-)

Cathy C.
Cathy C8 years ago


Danielle Herie
Danielle Herie8 years ago


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Deborah S.
8 years ago

Let's hear it for Hawaii. At least they have some common sence and a sence of decentcy about them.

Tracey D.
Tracey D8 years ago

Yay for Hawaii! 49 more states need to do the same.

Jane H.
Jane H8 years ago

Thank you, Hawaii and Steve for the post.

Bryon S.
Bryon S8 years ago

Hooray for Hawaii. It's nice to see at least one state has some aloha for all it's citizens.