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Ft. Worth City Council Passes Inclusive Non-Discrimination Policy

November 11, 2009 By: texasman Category: Discrimination, Featured, LGBT News

Ft Worth EqualityThe Fort Worth City Council listened to several hours of comment on the recommendation of the Diversity Council to add transgender language to the city’s non-discrimination policy.

The GLBT community was present with well over a hundred representatives. Many spoke in support of the new change in law, including transgender people, parents of transgender people, gays, lesbians, and even straight allies.

In opposition were several people from the community including several lawyers, conservatives, and Christians. While most contended that they were not hateful of gay people they feared the new ordinance, it’s language, and its affect on the youth of the community.

Finally, after all the public spoke, the council voted to approve the measure in a 6 to 3 vote. The debate was strong on both sides, but the city of Fort Worth voted to protect the rights of transgender people, as well as gender identity and gender expression. Under the new ordinance all public places will have to ensure that they are not discriminating in this manner.

The city will begin to place this in new contracts and is hoping to ensure that those doing business with the city will also protect the rights of the GLBT community.

There are several items that are continuing to be carried forth by the city including, diversity training, education of the public about the law, and working to hire more GLBT people.

MarlinMarlin: You may remember Marlin from an earlier episode of Closet Talk. Since then, he’s been keeping us up to date on the happenings in Ft. Worth after the fateful raid of the Rainbow Lounge. Marlin is a former pulpit minister turned activist.