The city council
of Bloomington, Ind., voted unanimously to approve
adding protections for transgender people to the city's
human rights ordinance. Unlike last week's council
meeting, when several supporters and opponents debated
the proposal, only one person voiced opposition before
Wednesday night's vote.
Under the amendment, gender identity is defined
as "a person's actual or perceived gender-related
attributes, self-image, appearance, expression, or
behavior, whether or not such characteristics differ from
those traditionally associated with the person's assigned
sex at birth."
Bloomington is now at least the second Indiana
city with such an ordinance, as the Indianapolis
city-county council approved similar protections in December.
Bree Hartlage, who has pushed for the
Bloomington ordinance as a representative of
transgender people, said including gender identity is a
move toward equal rights for all residents. (AP)