Governor updates LGBTQ community equal rights in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s LGBTQ community has updated rights to equal treatment under an executive order signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown, America’s first openly bisexual governor, said a 1987 executive order needed to be updated to reflect current law and understandings about sexual orientation and gender identity.

The executive order, signed Friday, prohibits state agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It directs state agencies to treat everyone consistent with their gender identity and to modify forms to add a third option -- “nonbinary/other” -- in addition to “male” and “female.”

A state agency must also adopt statewide policies to expand access to appropriate restrooms and to accommodate state employees and the public who are transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming.