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Friday, November 11, 2005

Indianapolis Mayor Issues Order Protecting Transgender City Workers

(Indianapolis, Indiana) Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson has moved to protect the rights of transgendered municipal workers.

Peterson has amended an executive order he signed in 2004 that protects gay and lesbian city workers to include the transgendered.

The order prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. In signing the document Peterson said it brings the city in line with a state policy adopted by Gov. Joe Kernan and kept in place by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The mayor's action drew praise from LGBT advocacy groups including Indiana Equality and Stonewall Democrats.

“Changes such as this have been needed for a very long time and will make a real difference in the lives of so many people who are simply trying to make a living, support their families, and contribute to the community,” said Leigh Anne Richards, President of the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance.

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission has recommended that the Bloomington City Council add gender identity to the city's human-rights ordinance, which already includes sexual orientation. The recommendation has not yet come up for a vote.

The Indianapolis City-County Council is currently considering an amendment to its Human Rights Ordinance that would protect all Indianapolis citizens and workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of employment, education, public accommodations, and housing.

A similar proposal was defeated in April. (story)

Nationwide, more than 100 communities and at least 16 states and Washington, D.C. have some form of LGBT anti-discrimination statute in place for private employment.


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