Alex Blaze

Dallas County Gender Identity Protections Pass

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 26, 2011 12:13 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: clay jenkins, Dallas, gender identity, transgender

John Wright reported on Twitter that the Dallas County Commissioners Court just passed an ordinance adding gender identity to its antidiscrimination rules for county employees on a 3-2 party line vote.


Dallas County passed protections for sexual orientation in March without gender identity. County Judge Clay Jenkins told the Dallas Voice that he was under the impression that it would include transgender people but was informed that that was not true. While the city of Dallas has had anti-discrimination protections since the 90's, a Republican majority on the commissioners court prevented similar rules until this year.

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I was at the public meeting this morning and addressed the Commissioners Court in support of the Ordinance. I have to say that the way in which the lesbian and gay leadership in our community went back and fought for trans inclusion, and made it happen in only 5 weeks(!), has been a temendous show of solidarity, one which should be a model for the LGBT community nation-wide.