CHART! “Gender Identity” laws by state: definitions, citations, contexts

I made this excel spreadsheet of “gender identity” anti-discrimination legislation almost a year ago.  I have hesitated to share it on the internet because there are surely errors (in the weblinks and citations if nothing else) and because IT SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR LEGAL RESEARCH. But still, it’s pretty sweet and helps frame the larger legal picture.

There are 3 tabs in the spreadsheet.

  1. The main tab includes a complete accounting of all state “gender identity” definitions used for the purpose of anti-discrimination protections with sex override text in red (17 states total).
  2. The middle tab highlights “gender identity” definitions that sloppily confuse or otherwise lump sexual orientation and gender identity together (6/17 states).
  3. The final tab features additional legislative language that makes exception for sex in particular contexts such as locker rooms, bathrooms, and sleeping quarters; or for particular reasons such as privacy or safety (11/17 states).

Here are the column headings/information that you may sort by:

A.  State
B.   Year passed or effective
C.   Definition of “gender identity”
D.   Improper purpose exclusion?
E.   Consistent, uniform, sincerely held requirement?
F.   Confusion with sexuality or “sexual orientation”?
G.   Applies to public accommodations?
H.  Applies to employment?
I.   Applies to education?
J.   Applies to housing?
K.   Applies to credit/lending practices?
L.   Legal citation
M.  Web link, as available (these are not all stable links)

GI laws chart 6-25-2013

The 17 states in alphabetical order:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Delaware
  5. Hawaii
  6. Illinois
  7. Iowa
  8. Maine
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Minnesota
  11. Nevada
  12. New Jersey
  13. New Mexico
  14. Oregon
  15. Rhode Island
  16. Vermont
  17. Washington

If you find errors (because nothing is perfect and I don’t have a paralegal), please leave a comment on this post and I will update the chart with new information as it comes in.

Thank you, and here is the spreadsheet for your download: gender-identity-laws-by-state_6-2013.1


  1. For whatever reason I only see 12 states in the linked spreadsheet, and not all of the expected columns. Using Excel Viewer.

  2. Hmmm, that’s strange ramendik. I’m sorry you are having trouble, but I’m glad you commented about it. Have you downloaded the xls file? Or maybe try reading it at scribd?

  3. Downloaded on a different machine now, all working. Local issue apparently – you have three sheets and only one was shown on that first machine. Sorry about this.

  4. Downloaded on a different machine – all ok now. On that first machine only one sheet of the three was shown, thus the confusion. Sorry.

  5. Thank you. This was helpful to me with reference to CA SB 1266.

  6. GallusMag · ·

    Reblogged this on GenderTrender and commented:
    This is sort of mindblowing… seriously.

  7. Oh, great! Thank you for commenting to let me know. I really appreciate that.

    By the way, I have been LOVING your comments over at Gender Trender about refusing to blame young females for transition-related confusion. Your words were refreshingly patient and insightful. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that too. 🙂

  8. Thank *you* for saying so–it means a lot coming from you! II so admire your work and wish I could contribute somehow. Let me know if there’s anything I can do.

  9. […] of all state-level American “gender identity” legislation with exact text and links here. You need to download the xls […]

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