Hometown of Paul Ryan Passes Transgender-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Ordinance

March 29, 2016 • 10:05 am

JANESVILLE – Last night, the city of Janesville, Wisconsin passed a transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance that ensures explicit protections in public spaces and employment. The ordinance protects residents on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex/gender, disability, arrest/conviction record, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, results of genetic testing, honesty testing, pregnancy or childbirth, and military service.

Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“Local cities know what is best for their residents, and the Janesville council members did the right thing by passing protections that ensure none of their constituents can be denied a job or refused services because of who they are. This measure will improve the lives of countless people and their families, and will hurt no one. Janesville is sending an important message to the rest of the state that all people are welcome to live, work, and thrive in their community.”

In March, Wisconsin lawmakers adjourned the legislative session without advancing a bill that would have banned transgender children from using facilities at school that match the gender they live everyday. Freedom for All Americans provided communications support, digital strategy, and legislative guidance to Fair Wisconsin this legislative session, generating hundreds of contacts to lawmakers in opposition to the bill.

Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to pass nondiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, but lacks the same statewide protections for transgender people. A poll released in March shows that 73 percent of Wisconsin residents support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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