Bill Number: AB 887
Our state’s non-discrimination laws protect transgender people by including discrimination based on “gender identity and expression” as a type of “gender” discrimination. However, because “gender identity and expression” didn’t appear as a category within each individual non-discrimination law, employers, landlords and others who must follow these laws have been confused about whether transgender people are protected. AB 887 places “gender identity and expression” alongisde other protected categories in our non-discrimination laws, helping people to understand the law and effectively address discrimination against transgender people.
Status: Introduced on February 17, 2011. Passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on April 5, 2011, on a 7-1 vote. Passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 4, 2011, on a 12-5 vote. Passed by the full Assembly on May 16, 2011, on a 54-24 vote. Passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 14, 2011, on a 3-2 vote. Passed by the full Senate on August 30, 2011, on a 25-13 vote. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Author: Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)
Legislative Co-Authors: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Roger Dickinson(D-Sacramento), Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-San Mateo), Assemblymember Ricardo Lara (D-East Los Angeles), Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Senator Padilla Leland Yee (D-San Francisco).