Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lafayette City Council Votes to Protect Transgender Rights

The Lafayette City Council voted 8-0 to expand the city's Human Relations Ordinance to protect transgender residents. Lafayette's ordinance originally covered complaints about housing, employment and accommodations based on race, sex, religion, color, handicap, familial status and national origin. In 1993 protections for gays and lesbians were added. This year's expansion added age and veteran status, along with gender identity, as protected statuses. Mayor Roswarski led the charge, saying, “I feel it’s time we do this.” A final vote will be held at the next council meeting. Read the J&C's coverage here. Channel 18 coverage is below.