BY DON BENTZ – HONOLULU – Equality Hawaii, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, today congratulated the Hawaii House for concurring with the Senate on a HB 546 SD1, a bill codifying prohibitions against discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity, by a 45-4 vote with two absences. The bill moves to Governor Abercrombie’s desk for his signature.
“Today is a great day for all residents of Hawaii,” said Alan Spector, Equality Hawaii Co-Chair. “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.”
“The State of Hawaii is on a steady march to full equality for all its people,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Being free from discrimination based on gender identity and expression, and to be judged on your merits and quality of work is a common-sense approach to employment policies. We congratulate the legislature for recognizing everyone should be treated equally in the workplace, and look forward to Gov. Abercrombie’s signature.”
The Human Rights Campaign and Equality Hawaii have worked closely together to build both public and legislative support for this legislation. Through this joint effort, thousands of phone calls, emails and handwritten letters have been sent to legislators urging them to approve this legislation.
Hawaii law already codified protections for transgender people in housing and public accommodations, and prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.
For an electronic map of nondiscrimination laws in the states, please visit: www.HRC.org/State_Laws.
Equality Hawaii is dedicated to securing equality for all Hawaii’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. www.EqualityHawaii.org
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. www.HRC.org