On April 5th, the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 877) by a 7-1 vote. The bill was authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and is co-sponsored by the Transgender Law Center and Equality California. AB 887 seeks to strengthen employment, housing, and other civil rights protections for transgender people and others who do not fit narrow gender stereotypes.

AB 887 takes existing protections based on gender identity and expression and enumerates them as separate protected categories in non-discrimination laws. California non-discrimination laws already define “gender” to include a person’s gender identity and gender expression; however, AB 887 specifically enumerates gender identity and gender expression in order to simplify compliance with existing legal protections.

Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis tesitified before the committee. “All hardworking people in California, including transgender people, should have the chance to earn a living and provide for their families,” said Masen. “The Gender Nondiscrimination Act would strength existing protections and ensure that confusing legal language does not come between transgender people and our rights.”

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