Washington State’s Hate Crimes Bill Amended to Include Transgender Protections

Governor Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5952 today to add “transgender” to the definition of sexual orientation in the state’s hate crimes statute.

“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gained much needed protection today,” Sen. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, the bill’s sponsor said. “For too long, a population of our community has gone unrecognized in key legislation. That stops today.”

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