Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Breaking news: local government finds something to agree on

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved legislation this afternoon, with a vote of 8-0.

The unifying bill? Legislation that bans discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, accommodations, taxi service and cable television service.

The one area the bill didn't venture into? Locker rooms.

From the release:

The Council’s Health and Human Services Committee ... had suggested adding language in an attempt to clarify how the discrimination law should apply to “distinctly private or personal” facilities. Some people interpreted this to include bathrooms and locker rooms. By not including this proposed amendment, operators of those types of facilities will continue to designate who can use them.

Montgomery County joins the ranks of the 91 other local jurisdictions that have prohibited discrimination against transgender citizens.

-JACKIE SAUTER, Multimedia Editor

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