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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Alameda County Now Prohibits Gender-Based Discrimination

EMPLOYMENT, COUNTY SERVICES, AND COUNTY CONTRACTING NOW GRANTED IN ALAMEDA COUNTY REGARDLESS OF GENDER IDENTITY

January 31, 2005: Alameda County's Board of Supervisors last week voted 4-0 to pass a resolution that prohibits gender identity discrimination in county employment, county services, and county contracting. This includes use of facilities such as restrooms in county buildings. It forbids discrimination based on a person's "gender-related" identity, appearance or behavior, "whether or not stereotypically associated with a person's assigned sex at birth."

Board President Keith Carson and his staff wrote the resolution, and he was reportedly supported by community activists such as Patricia Kevena Fili and Jamison Green. Conservative groups have protested the resolution, saying that conflicts between transgendered people and the public at large would occur as a result of it.

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