In 1982, Wisconsin made history by being the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This historic legislation has been protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual Wisconsinites from discrimination at their workplace, in housing and in public accommodations for over 30 years. Fair Wisconsin believes that it is equally important that these protections be extended to the transgender community as well.
Fair Wisconsin recognizes that significant education must happen before any statewide legislative push can happen and, as with all of our priorities, we employ a comprehensive, measured and disciplined strategy to achieve protections for trans* individuals. Currently Dane County and the Cities of Madison and Milwaukee provide these protections at the local level. We are currently working to advance local ordinances in targeted communities as a method of educating the public about this issue and to prepare ourselves for a larger statewide push for trans* inclusive protections. Our most recent victory outside Madison and Milwaukee occurred in Appleton with the passage of gender-inclusive housing, employment and public accommodations protections.
To learn more about trans* terminology, including gender identity and expression, check out this guide from the National Center for Transgender Equality.