Pending bill to require consideration of a human trafficking victim’s “gender” (not defined) and “gender identity” (not defined) in the development of a State Plan for the Prevention of Human Trafficking.
According to Equality Michigan, the Jackson City ordinance will mirror the City of Kalamazoo’s language. Kalamazoo uses the following definition of “gender identity:” A person’s actual or perceived gender, including a person’s self-image, appearance, expression, or behavior, whether or not that self-image, appearance, expression, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s biological sex as assigned at birth as being either female or male.
Gender identity means the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.
Current law does not define sex.
Proposed language for public accommodations (not defined):
It shall be unlawful for any person offering for a consideration services, public accommodations or passenger transportation, or for the agent, operator or manager of such person, to refuse, withhold from or deny to any person such services, public accommodations or passenger transportation for any reason, directly or indirectly, related to the age, race, creed, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disability, sexual orientation or gender identity of such person. However, nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit any person from having a special event such as women’s bowling night, men’s bowling night, women’s or men’s bridge night, or other similar events which limit the event or activity to individuals of a particular sex, except such special events shall not occur on a regular basis so as to defeat the intent of this section.