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 35 years. Fair Wisconsin believes that it is equally important that these protections be extended to the transgender community as well.
Currently the Cities of Madison, Milwaukee, Appleton, Cudahy, Janesville, and Sun Prairie provide these protections at the local level, with comprehensive gender-inclusive housing, employment and public accommodations protections, in addition to policies in Dane County and Milwaukee County. We continue to work to advance local ordinances in targeted communities as a method of educating the public about this issue and to underscore the need for a larger statewide push for transgender inclusive protections.
To learn more about transgender terminology, including gender identity and expression, check out this guide from the National Center for Transgender Equality.