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Sandoval to sign bill today protecting transgender workers

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CARSON CITY – Despite opposition from Republican legislators, Gov. Brian Sandoval will sign a bill today prohibiting discrimination against transgender workers.

Dale Erquiaga, senior adviser to the governor, said Sandoval will also sign two other bills approved by the Legislature to ban gender discrimination.

Assembly Bill 211, to be signed today, passed the Assembly 29-13 and the Senate 11-10, with all of the opposition coming from GOP lawmakers.

The bill prohibits discrimination in employment based on gender identity or expression. Gender identity or expression, according to the bill, means gender-related identity appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned gender at birth.

The Assembly on Monday approved the two other anti-discrimination bills on transsexuals in public accommodations and housing. The vote was 29-13 and the bills are on their way to the governor. All 13 "no" votes were cast by Republicans.

Erquiaga said the governor wanted to sign all three at the same time, but the two bills approved Monday haven't arrived in time.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, praised the Legislature for passing Senate Bill 3231 and Senate Bill 368.

Campaign President Joe Solmonese said "an individual’s gender identity and expression should never be the basis for determining access to housing or public accommodations."

Nevada will join 13 other states and the District of Columbia in providing protections based on gender identity.

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  1. Doctors identify your gender at birth. It is not an "Assigned Gender" like you would be assigned to a team or a club. You are born with or without the ability to bear children or not to bear children. I know this will be an unpopular opinion with my Democrat brothers and sisters but it is my opinion and I have a right to it.
    Not every single little problem every human being has with another, needs a law or a statute or legislation. Transgender is the most ignorant sounding of all the catch phrases lobbyists have made up over the years to draw attention to something. People who aren't happy with who they are to the point of wanting their genitals removed have bigger issues then can be solved by a workplace annotation.
    I don't like people who put bandanas around their dogs necks and take them to Nascar events. Should I propose a law? I do not like people who add horns under their skin, or have their tongues split because they are sad they weren't born a snake. Should they also have special attention? Do we have a whole special congressional department rewrite the constitution so "We the People" can help by enabling the "Gender Confused".
    In contrast I do understand that there are people with clear medical reason like being born with both male and female organs or particular DNA evidence. But 'gender expression' needs to be protected? No one should be hassled about it but if I want to hire someone and he shows up in a dress and heels he is not getting the job.

  2. "I know this will be an unpopular opinion with my Democrat brothers and sisters but it is my opinion and I have a right to it."

    You do have a right to your opinion. However, there was bi-partisan support for this issue, why make it a "Democratic party" issue?

    "I'm sure not to far into the future that the dummycrats will pass a law stating that democrats can legally fornicate with animals."

    "Dummycrats"? Lame insult. Come up with something better.

    As far as fornicating with animals being legal, what do I care? Aren't Republiklans always talking about personal freedom and getting Government out of our lives?

    Notice, "Republiklans", that's a good political insult. Now go back and work on "dummycrats" and get back to me.