-First step toward being enacted into law
The bill now goes to the Assembly Judiciary Committee and then to a vote of the full Assembly and full Senate.
The bill would add a citizen's "gender identity or expression" as a basis for protection under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. The bill has been a top priority for Garden State Equality, which has taken a number of landmark measures to advance the bill.
Last year and early this year, Garden State Equality produced and aired the first television commercial in American history on discrimination faced by the transgender community. Garden State Equality will now put the commercial back on the air, effective later this week. You may watch the commercial at www.GardenStateEquality.org and by clicking on Trans Equality on our home page.
This past summer, Garden State Equality, together with the transgender organization Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, held Equality Day at the State House, focusing largely on the transgender equality bill. In September, Garden State Equality, GRAANJ and New Jersey Stonewall Democrats produced a program on transgender equality at the annual Democratic State Conference.
And this Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 pm in downtown
"Passage of this bill has been one of Garden State Equality's top two priorities, along with marriage equality, from the very founding of our organization," said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality. "There's work ahead of us, to be sure, but today's victory at the Senate Judiciary Committee dramatically increases the chances that the bill will be enacted soon. We deeply appreciate our magnificent partner, the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey."
Added Denise Brunner of Garden State Equality and GRAANJ: "
According to the latest statewide poll on the issue, a 2005 Zogby-Garden State Equality poll, 70 percent of
via e-mail received from Garden State Equality 11/13/06