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This bill separates “gender identity” from the definition of “sexual orientation”. Defines and adds “gender identity” to all statutes that reference “sexual orientation.” Removes language referencing that sexual orientation is not a physical or mental impairment. Repeals ORS 659.870, which prohibits political subdivisions from enacting or enforcing certain laws relating to sexual orientation.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings and behaviors that a culture associates with a person’s biological sex, according to the American Psychological Association. Gender identity has no place in law outside of sexual orientation references. There are only two human genders. If we start naming every sensitive characteristic, the list will be long.
Repeals prohibition on political subdivisions enacting or enforcing certain laws related to sexual orientation. The 2007 Oregon Equality Act codifies legal protections for LGBT Oregonians. “‘Sexual orientation’ means an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth.” ORS 174.100(7) Removes gender identity and adds new definition: “Gender identity” means an individual’s gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior, regardless of whether the identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that associated with the gender assigned to the individual at birth. Removes language referencing that sexual orientation is not a physical or mental impairment and that an individual does not have a disability solely by reason of the individual’s sexual orientation, which means they will be able to claim disability benefits if distraught over non-acceptance or during transition period.