BY Julie Bolcer
December 01 2009 9:00 AM ET
The Cleveland city council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that
will change antidiscrimination laws to add protections for transgender people in employment and housing.
According to The Plain Dealer,gay city council member Joe Santiago, who recently lost his bid for a second four-year term, introduced the ordinance last year, at the same time the council began to consider a domestic-partnership registry for same-sex couples. The registry passed by a vote of 13-7.
“The unanimous vote was the latest step the council has taken to demonstrate a more tolerant atmosphere — one that helped the city land the 2014 Gay Games, an international competition,” ThePlain Dealer reported.
Next year council members may consider expanding the nondiscrimination ordinance to allow transgender citizens to use either a men’s or women’s public restroom.
- Op-Ed: Two and a Half Men Introduces Trans Character, Manages to Stay Respectful
- WATCH: The Best of LGBT Chorus Holiday Music
- WATCH: Obama Invokes LGBT Rights in Mandela Eulogy
- Just Another Day at Work in LGBT America
- Salvation Army 'Does Not Consider Homosexual Orientation a Sin'
- Forum Shows Key Role of Parents in Winning Rights for Gays and Lesbians in China
- Latest News NBC To Spotlight Russia’s Human Rights Abuses During Olympics 19 min 34 sec ago
- Couples/Personal Finances The Financial Effects of DOMA: Filing Taxes 33 min 57 sec ago
- Couples/Personal Finances Examining Employee Benefits in the Wake of DOMA’s Overturn 51 min 54 sec ago
- Women Pussy Riot To Be Freed 1 hour 5 min ago
- Health New Campaign Inspires LGBT Americans to Take Advantage of Obamacare 2 hours 32 min ago
- Television Meet the New Queens of RuPaul's Drag Race 2 hours 39 min ago
- Women WATCH: Real-Life Girlfriends Bria & Chrissy on '10 Things Lesbians Do on Saturdays' 2 hours 41 min ago