Nev. Bill Expands Hate Crime Laws to Transgender People

March 8, 2011 at 1:03pm

Crimes against transgender people would merit stronger penalties if a bill to expand Nevada's hate crimes law passes.


Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, pushed SB180 Monday to add crimes based on "gender identity or expression" to existing hate crime legislation, which includes crimes based on sexual orientation.


Reno mother Elvira Diaz gave a tearful testimony saying the bill would help protect people like her 6-year-old child Jessie, who biologically is a girl but prefers to dress like a boy and use the men's restroom.


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