Nondiscrimination Laws, Federal, State, and Local

Nondiscrimination laws are used in various contexts as a policy remedy for addressing unequal treatment that affects groups that are systematically marginalized, including trans people. This entry includes a definition of nondiscrimination laws, an overview of the history of such laws in relation to trans people, and the current standing of federal, state, and local laws in the United States, including advocacy efforts that have excluded trans people. The entry concludes by offering some critiques of nondiscrimination laws in relation to trans people.

What Are Nondiscrimination Laws?

Nondiscrimination laws are policies put into place at an organizational, local, regional, or national level to attempt to change behavior—specifically, to discourage behaviors that treat people differently based upon a particular identity or characteristic and result in inequitable access to ...

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