Vermont

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Vermont:

Since 1992, LGBTQ non-discrimination in Vermont has protected people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2007, that law was expanded to include gender identity and expression.

The Path to LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Vermont:

  • 1987: Vermont’s Human Rights Commission is established by state statute. The Commission is empowered to investigate and remedy allegations of unlawful discrimination in housing, places of public accommodation and State employment. At the time, the law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • April 23, 1992: The Vermont Legislature passes a robust, comprehensive bill called Vermont’s Human Rights Law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, education, and more. 
  • 1992-2007: Local and national organizations engage in conversations about who LGBT people in Vermont, and support for comprehensive non-discrimination grows.
  • May 22, 2007: Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, a Republican, signs into law a bill that updates Vermont’s Human Rights Law to include protections for transgender Vermonters. The bill ensures that residents are protected from discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Last Updated February 15, 2018