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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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Local Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Local employment non-discrimination ordinances protect people from being unfairly fired, not hired, or discriminated against in the workplace by private employers on the basis of gender identity.

Click here for a list of city and county ordinances by state.

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  • 100% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on gender identity (statewide protection)
  • 50-59% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on gender identity through local ordinances (see note)
  • 25-49% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on gender identity through local ordinances (see note)
  • 1-24% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on gender identity through local ordinances (see note)
  • 0% state population is protected from employment discrimination based on gender identity through local ordinances (see note)
  • State explicitly bans cities and counties from passing nondiscrimination provisions (see note)
Only jurisdictions with ordinances that prohibit discrimination in private employment are listed. Other localities may have executive orders that apply to government employees and these are not listed. The level of enforcement of these ordinances may vary by jurisdiction. As a result of a 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling, the federal sex discrimination law, Title VII, now protects employees nationwide from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. By contrast, this map looks at state and local laws and ordinances that explicitly protect workers from discrimination based on their gender identity. This information is constantly changing, and we welcome suggestions for additions or changes. Email us here. This data was collected in collaboration with the Equality Federation and state equality groups, when possible.

Click here for a list of city and county ordinances by state.

Local employment non-discrimination ordinances protect people from being unfairly fired, not hired, or discriminated against in the workplace by private employers on the basis of sexual orientation.

Click here for a list of city and county ordinances by state.

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  • 100% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation (statewide protection)
  • 50-55% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation through local ordinances
  • 25-49% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation through local ordinances
  • 1-24% of state population is protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation through local ordinances
  • 0% state population is protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation through local ordinances
  • State explicitly bans cities and counties from passing nondiscrimination provisions (see note)
Only jurisdictions with ordinances that prohibit discrimination in private employment are listed. Other localities may have executive orders that apply to government employees and these are not listed. The level of enforcement of these ordinances may vary by jurisdiction. This information is constantly changing, and we welcome suggestions for additions or changes. Email us here. This data was collected in collaboration with the Equality Federation and state equality groups, when possible.

Click here for a list of city and county ordinances by state.

Alabama

0% of people living in Alabama are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 67 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 67 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

Alaska

41% of people living in Alaska are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 41% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 1 counties out of 18 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 1 counties out of 18 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 1 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with ACLU Alaska.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Anchorage (Unified Municipality)
  • Anchorage Borough (Unified Municipality)

Arizona

35% of people living in Arizona are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 35% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 15 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 5 cities; 0 counties out of 15 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 5 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Flagstaff
  • City of Phoenix
  • City of Sedona
  • City of Tempe
  • City of Tucson

Arkansas

0% of people living in Arkansas are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 75 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 75 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with NWA Center for Equality.

California

Because California has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in California are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Colorado

Because Colorado has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Colorado are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Connecticut

Because Connecticut has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Connecticut are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Delaware

Because Delaware has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Delaware are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

District of Columbia

Because District of Columbia has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in District of Columbia are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Florida

56% of people living in Florida are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 56% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 11 counties out of 67 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 24 cities; 11 counties out of 67 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 24 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Florida.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Atlantic Beach
  • City of Boynton Beach
  • City of Delray Beach
  • City of Dunedin
  • City of Gainesville
  • City of Greenacres
  • City of Gulfport
  • City of Key West
  • City of Lake Worth
  • City of Leesburg
  • City of Mascotte
  • City of Miami
  • City of Miami Beach
  • City of Mount Dora
  • City of North Port
  • City of Oakland Park
  • City of Orlando
  • City of Sarasota
  • City of St. Augustine Beach
  • City of Tampa
  • City of Venice
  • City of West Palm Beach
  • City of Wilton Manors
  • Village of Wellington
  • Alachua County
  • Broward County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Leon County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Monroe County
  • Orange County
  • Osceola County
  • Palm Beach County
  • Pinellas County
  • Volusia County

Georgia

4% of people living in Georgia are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 4% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 159 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 0 counties out of 159 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 1 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Georgia Equality.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Atlanta

Hawaii

Because Hawaii has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Hawaii are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Idaho

29% of people living in Idaho are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 29% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 44 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 12 cities; 0 counties out of 44 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 12 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with ACLU of Idaho.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Boise
  • City of Coeur d'Alene
  • City of Driggs
  • City of Hailey
  • City of Idaho Falls
  • City of Ketchum
  • City of Lewiston
  • City of Moscow
  • City of Pocatello
  • City of Sandpoint
  • City of Victor

Illinois

Because Illinois has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Illinois are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Indiana

24% of people living in Indiana are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 32% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 3 counties out of 92 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 13 cities; 2 counties out of 92 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 9 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Indiana Equality.

State has law that only covers sexual orientation
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • City of Fort Wayne
  • City of Lafayette
  • City of Terra Haute
  • Michigan City
  • Tippecanoe County
State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Anderson
  • City of Bloomington
  • City of Carmel
  • City of Columbus
  • City of Evansville
  • City of Indianapolis
  • City of Kokomo
  • City of New Albany
  • City of South Bend
  • City of West Lafayette
  • Marion County
  • Monroe County

Iowa

Because Iowa has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Iowa are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Kansas

3% of people living in Kansas are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 3% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 105 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 2 cities; 0 counties out of 105 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 2 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Kansas Equality Coalition.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Lawrence
  • Roeland Park

Kentucky

26% of people living in Kentucky are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 26% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 2 counties out of 120 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 6 cities; 2 counties out of 120 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 6 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Kentucky Fairness Alliance.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Covington
  • City of Danville
  • City of Frankfort
  • City of Louisville
  • City of Midway
  • City of Morehead
  • City of Vicco
  • Jefferson County
  • Lexington-Fayette County

Louisiana

12% of people living in Louisiana are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 12% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 64 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 2 cities; 0 counties out of 64 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 2 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Forum for Equality.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of New Orleans
  • City of Shreveport

Maine

Because Maine has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Maine are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Maryland

Because Maryland has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Maryland are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Maryland.

Massachusetts

Because Massachusetts has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Massachusetts are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Michigan

21% of people living in Michigan are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 21% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 83 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 34 cities; 0 counties out of 83 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 33 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Michigan.

State has law that only covers sexual orientation
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • City of Grand Ledge
State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Canton Township
  • City of Adrian
  • City of Ann Arbor
  • City of Battle Creek
  • City of Dearborn Heights
  • City of Detroit
  • City of East Grand Rapids
  • City of East Lansing
  • City of Fenton
  • City of Ferndale
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • City of Huntington Woods
  • City of Kalamazoo
  • City of Lansing
  • City of Linden
  • City of Mt. Pleasant
  • City of Pleasant Ridge
  • City of Royal Oak
  • City of Saugatuck
  • City of Southfield
  • City of Sterling Heights
  • City of Trenton
  • City of Ypsilanti
  • Delhi Township
  • Delta Charter Township
  • Kalamazoo Township
  • Lathrup Village
  • Meridian Township
  • Oshtemo Township
  • Saugatuck Township
  • Traverse City
  • Union Township
  • Village of Douglas

Minnesota

Because Minnesota has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Minnesota are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Mississippi

0% of people living in Mississippi are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 82 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 82 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with ACLU of Mississippi.

Missouri

35% of people living in Missouri are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 35% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 2 counties out of 115 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 12 cities; 2 counties out of 115 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 12 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with PROMO.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Clayton
  • City of Columbia
  • City of Creve Couer
  • City of Ferguson
  • City of Kirksville
  • City of Kirkwood
  • City of Maplewood
  • City of Olivette
  • City of Richmond Heights
  • City of St. Louis
  • Kansas City
  • University City
  • Jackson County
  • St. Louis County (unincorporated)

Montana

17% of people living in Montana are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 17% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 1 counties out of 56 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 4 cities; 1 counties out of 56 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 4 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Montana Human Rights Network.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Bozeman
  • City of Butte
  • City of Helena
  • City of Missoula
  • County of Silver Bow

Nebraska

22% of people living in Nebraska are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 22% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 93 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 0 counties out of 93 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 1 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with local advocates.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Omaha

Nevada

Because Nevada has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Nevada are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

New Hampshire

Because New Hampshire has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, 100% of people living in New Hampshire are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation. New Hampshire does not have a state law prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity. As a result, we only list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression. 0% of people living in New Hampshire are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. Currently, 0 counties out of 10 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

New Jersey

Because New Jersey has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in New Jersey are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

New Mexico

Because New Mexico has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in New Mexico are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

New York

Because New York has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, 100% of people living in New York are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation. New York does not have a state law prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity. As a result, we only list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression. 100% of people living in New York are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. Currently, 3 counties out of 62 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 7 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Empire State Pride Agenda.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Albany
  • City of Binghamton
  • City of Buffalo
  • City of Ithaca
  • City of Rochester
  • City of Syracuse
  • New York City
  • Suffolk County
  • Tompkins County
  • Westchester County

North Carolina

0% of people living in North Carolina are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 100 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 100 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality North Carolina.

North Dakota

0% of people living in North Dakota are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 53 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 53 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

Ohio

19% of people living in Ohio are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 19% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 88 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 15 cities; 0 counties out of 88 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 15 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Ohio.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Athens
  • City of Bexley
  • City of Bowling Green
  • City of Canton
  • City of Cincinnati
  • City of Cleveland
  • City of Cleveland Heights
  • City of Columbus
  • City of Coshocton
  • City of Dayton
  • City of East Cleveland
  • City of Newark
  • City of Oxford
  • City of Toledo
  • Village of Yellow Springs

Oklahoma

3% of people living in Oklahoma are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 3% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 77 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 0 counties out of 77 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 1 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Norman

Oregon

Because Oregon has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Oregon are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Pennsylvania

32% of people living in Pennsylvania are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 32% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 2 counties out of 67 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 32 cities; 2 counties out of 67 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 32 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Pennsylvania.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Abington Township
  • Borough of Bristol
  • Borough of Cheltenham
  • Borough of Conshohocken
  • Borough of Downingtown
  • Borough of Doylestown
  • Borough of Jenkintown
  • Borough of Lansdowne
  • Borough of New Hope
  • Borough of Newtown
  • Borough of State College
  • Borough of Swarthmore
  • Borough of West Chester
  • City of Allentown
  • City of Bethlehem
  • City of Easton
  • City of Erie
  • City of Harrisburg
  • City of Lancaster
  • City of Philadelphia
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • City of Pittston
  • City of Reading
  • City of Scranton
  • City of York
  • East Norriton Township
  • Haverford Township
  • Lower Merion Township
  • Springfield Township
  • Susquehanna Township
  • Upper Merion Township
  • Whitemarsh Township
  • Allegheny County
  • Erie County

Rhode Island

Because Rhode Island has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Rhode Island are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

South Carolina

1% of people living in South Carolina are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 1% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 46 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 0 counties out of 46 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 1 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with South Carolina Equality.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Myrtle Beach

South Dakota

0% of people living in South Dakota are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 66 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 66 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality South Dakota.

Tennessee

0% of people living in Tennessee are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 0% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 95 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 0 cities; 0 counties out of 95 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

Texas

12% of people living in Texas are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 12% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 254 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 4 cities; 0 counties out of 254 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 4 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Texas.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Austin
  • City of Dallas
  • City of Fort Worth
  • City of Plano

Utah

Because Utah has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Utah are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Utah.

Vermont

Because Vermont has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Vermont are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

Virginia

0% of people living in Virginia are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 3% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 1 counties out of 95 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 0 counties out of 95 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 0 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Equality Virginia.

State has law that only covers sexual orientation
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • City of Alexandria
  • County of Arlington

Washington

Because Washington has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 100% of people living in Washington are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, we do not list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances.

West Virginia

7% of people living in West Virginia are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 7% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 55 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 6 cities; 0 counties out of 55 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 6 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Fairness West Virginia.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Charleston
  • City of Harpers Ferry
  • City of Huntington
  • City of Lewisburg
  • City of Morgantown
  • Town of Thurmond

Wisconsin

Because Wisconsin has a state-level non-discrimination law prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, 100% of people living in Wisconsin are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Wisconsin does not have a state law prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity. As a result, we only list individual cities and counties which may have passed non-discrimination ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression. 22% of people living in Wisconsin are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. Currently, 1 counties out of 72 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 4 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with Fair Wisconsin.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Appleton
  • City of Cudahy
  • City of Madison
  • City of Milwaukee
  • County of Milwaukee

Wyoming

6% of people living in Wyoming are covered by local ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity, and 6% are covered by local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, 0 counties out of 23 have ordinances prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as do 1 cities; 0 counties out of 23 have ordinances that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, as do 1 cities. This data was collected in conjunction with the Equality Federation.

State has law that covers sexual orientation and gender identity
Cities and counties prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • City of Laramie
Data current as of 11/22/2016
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