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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas City Council on Tuesday decided to update its anti-discrimination ordinance.
The issue really came down to the specific language in the ordinance, but it is a few words that could make a big difference to some people. The update adds members of the transgender community to the existing ordinance.
It clarifies that “a person’s gender is determined by the person’s own perception of their gender.” This change does not add or take away any protections.
The move passed unanimously. Supporters of the update called it just a matter of paperwork.
Those within the LGBT community called it an important step. “It’s very important that we show the rest of the nation that we are a world-class city, and that we are protective of, not just LGBT people, but all different classes of people,” explained Dallas LGBT Task Force member Omar Narvaez.
This discussion came on the heels of Houston voters rejecting a proposition that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“We don’t stand for discrimination in the City of Dallas,” added Narvaez, “and we haven’t for many, many years.”