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Legislating Equality: A Review of Laws Affecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered People in the United States

All over the nation local and county governments are considering the enactment of laws that protect or benefit the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. By advocating for civil rights protections, domestic partnership registries and benefits, and hate crimes laws, local GLBT and GLBT supportive activists are pushing their cities and counties to ensure equal rights and benefits for equal work and to create safe communities for GLBT people. As evidenced by the 236 local and county laws described in this 93-page publication, effective GLBT activism at the local level is proving that equality begins at home and is providing the bridge to successful state and federal advocacy.

Wayne van der Meide

Produced by the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Resource Link: www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/legeq99.pdf

We are indebted to Sivagami (Shiva) Subbaraman of the Office of Human Relations Programs (www.ohrp.umd.edu/WE/) and the Office of LGBT Equity at the University of Maryland, for compiling this and other great LGBT resources for the NCDD website. LGBT is short for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

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