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Fort Worth extends bias protection to transgenders

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On Nov. 10, the Fort Worth City Council voted to amend the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include discrimination based on transgender status, gender identity, or gender expression.

Fort Worth now joins Austin, Dallas and El Paso as the only Texas cities banning such discrimination.

Fort Worth’s Human Relations Commission began working on the amendment more than a year ago. The original ordinance stopped short of the new protections, banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on race, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.

The amended ordinance, which became effective upon adoption, defines “transgender” as a person who experiences or expresses their gender differently from conventional or cultural expectations. That includes, but isn’t limited to people who express a gender that does not match the sex listed on their original birth certificate.

It defines “gender expression” as a person’s external characteristics and behaviors, such as dress, grooming, mannerisms, speech patterns and social interactions that are generally identified with a particular gender.

“Gender identity” means a person’s innate, deeply felt sense of gender that may or may not correspond to his or her physical characteristics or the sex listed on his or her original birth certificate, according to the amendment.

Thirteen states, the District of Columbia and 109 cities and counties have ordinances banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, according to the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.

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