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Workplace protections.

1975: Colorful congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) introduces a bill to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination.

1977: Washington, D.C., protects gays against workplace discrimination.

1982: Wisconsin becomes the first state to pass a law protecting its gay and lesbian citizens from discrimination in employment and housing.

1989: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that workplace discrimination based on nonconformity to traditional gender expectations is illegal.

1992: Colorado passes the antigay Amendment 2, which was overturned in 1996. California, New Jersey, and Vermont pass laws banning antigay workplace discrimination.

1994: The pro-gay Employment Non-Discrimination Act is introduced in Congress.

1998: President Bill Clinton issues Executive Order 13087, banning antigay discrimination in federal civilian employment.

2004: The sixth circuit U.S. court of appeals rules that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects transgender people from workplace discrimination.

2005: Illinois and Maine become the 15th and 16th states to pass workplace protection laws.
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Title Annotation:TIME LINE
Author:Romesburg, Don
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 11, 2005
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