This week, New Jersey became only the ninth state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia and over 80 local governments, to enact a non-discrimination law which bans discrimination for both sexual orientation and gender identity.
Equal rights advocates, led by Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ), and supported by Garden State Equality and local advocates, were successful in getting large majorities of legislators in the New Jersey Legislature to support banning discrimination. The Senate passed the bill 31 to 5, while the Assembly passed it 69 to 5.
"With the expected signing of this law by Governor Jon Corzine, we now have approximately one-third of the nation banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Unfortunately, not one single gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person in Tennessee is afforded such protection. We hope that one day, Tennessee will join Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Maine, Washington, Hawaii, and New Jersey in providing fair and safe work places for all people," said Dr. Marisa Richmond, president of TTPC.
The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the federal, state and local levels. TTPC is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.