An amendment to add "gender identity and expression" to the Tampa Human Rights Ordinance passed first reading and will come to the council for a final vote in two weeks.
The council voted unanimously 7-0 to move the measure to 2nd reading where the final vote will take place.
Councilmember Joseph Caetano, who originally voted no, changed his vote to yes to make it unanimous late this afternoon.
Business leaders in the Tampa Bay area including Manny Alvarez and Nick Kouris from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida spoke in favor of the measure as a common sense approach to creating an effective workplace where people know they will be judged based on merit not prejudice.
Phil Dinkins, chair of the Human Rights Board requested the measure be brought forward last month. Fellow Board member Frank Roder also spoke in favor of the measure.
Thank the Tampa City Council