Honoring humanity creates an equitable and just society.
Often, in the United States, the guarantee of human rights starts with recognition in the law. The Washington State Office of Equity champions equity and justice for everyone in the state, working to ensure that the civil rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two-spirit and Gender non-conforming people are protected based on the law. We are committed to promoting policies and laws in Washington state that protect the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two-spirit and Gender non-conforming residents based on principles of humanity, justice, and belonging.
Below are laws that protect the human and civil rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two-spirit and Gender non-conforming people. Please visit Policy for more information on federal and state laws that protect human rights and outlaw discrimination.
- RCW 49.60 Law Against Discrimination; Human Rights Commission Guide to Washington State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60)
- SB 6239 Civil Marriage and Domestic Partnership
- WAC 162 32 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Directive 16-11 LGBTQ Inclusion and Safe Places Initiative
- SB 5722 - 2017-18 Restricting the practice of conversion therapy
To realize a world of equality and dignity for all, we will have to change laws and policies; we will also have to change hearts and minds. Every sector and every person can play a role, speaking out to remind the world that it should not be illegal to live your life as you are and to live your life with whomever you love. Rick Parnell, Chief Operating Officer of the UN Foundation