To stay up to date with national trends, Equality South Dakota has developed a media resource guide with tips on fair and balanced coverage. The guide begins with best practices developed by national news organizations. It also includes preferred terms and language and special emphasis on transgender terms. The guide concludes with information about the LGBT community here in South Dakota, and resources within the state.
At least 135 cities currently have policies in place that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. This number has grown at a fast pace of over 25% in the last two years. Does your city or town have this policy in place? If not, would you like to work with us in asking them to add this?
There is also a trend of businesses adding gender identity to their non-discrimination policies. It began when Lucent Technologies amended their policy to include gender identity in 1997 and Apple joined suit in 1998. In 2002, The Human Rights Campaign released their first Corporate Equality Index it revealed that only 5% of businesses surveyed had non-discrimination policies that included gender identity. Today that number has grown to 76% of businesses surveyed and 79% include gender identity in diversity training as well.
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