Appleton shares its history with Lawrence University, for the two grew simultaneously. The close relationship established in the early years continues to exist.
Local Nondiscrimination Ordinances
In 1982, Wisconsin was the first state in the country to pass a statewide law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this law does not extend to gender identity and expression, leaving transgender and nonbinary individuals vulnerable to discrimination. As a result, communities across Wisconsin have passed ordinances to create local protections while together, we build support among the public and policymakers for statewide protections.
Local Conversion Therapy Protections
Conversion "therapy" laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) minors to harmful conversion "therapy," a widely discredited practice that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers. For an in-depth analysis of these laws, please read LGBT Policy Spotlight Report: Conversion Therapy Bans by Movement Advancement Project. For additional information, visit our partners at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The Trevor Project.