The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Bostock case was a major victory for trans+ rights nationwide this summer. Serious gaps still exist in trans legal protections, but many trans people also live in communities where state or local laws protect their rights related to housing, employment, and access to public places, schools, restrooms, health care and more. Use your vote to support trans people by electing state and local officials who are committed to prioritizing the needs of trans people in your community.
Do you know, for example, that over twenty states and hundreds of cities explicitly ban discrimination against trans people in housing, employment, and public accommodations? Or that nearly half of all states legally require insurers and Medicaid programs to provide coverage for necessary gender-affirming care?
You can lend effective support to trans people by working to strengthen laws in your community on a local or statewide scale in many ways:
- Learn about trans rights in your community. Find and share up-to-date information about laws in states and localities across the country with the Movement Advancement Project’s easy-to-read maps.
- Find out how your local community stacks up against cities across the country that are taking action to support and protect trans people. The HRC Municipal Equality Index evaluates city policies ranging from restroom access to police encounters.
- Support trans candidates running for election in state and local races in your community.
- In addition to voting for pro-trans rights candidates, learn about all the different ways that you can support trans people by learning about and joining in the work of trans advocacy groups.