Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dallas County Commissioners To Hold Tuesday Vote Adding Gender Identity To Non Discrimination Policy

Been following the drama up I-45 in Dallas County that started March 22 when a non discrimination policy was passed  for the 7000 county employees that omitted the trans community.

Newly elected Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and county commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia were fulfilling a campaign promise and believed that the sexual orientation language would cover the trans community.   To their credit, when they were told it wouldn't they began working on adding gender identity language to the just amended policy.

While Judge Jenkins awaited an opinion from the District Attorney he and Dr. Garcia fought to get that elusive third vote to pass the gender identity addition.   Dallas area TBLG advocates spoke in front of commissioners court and flooded the court with e-mails and calls in support of the policy change .  

Despite that, Commissioner John Wiley Price is undecided, and Commissioner Maurine Dickey, whose district includes the Oak Lawn gayborhood earlier this week disrespectfully came out against it.

According to the Dallas Voice, Commissioners Court has an upcoming April 26 meeting will take place at 9 AM CDT at the county administration building at 411 Elm St.   On the agenda is the Court Order that would add “transgender, gender identity and gender expression” to the Dallas County non discrimination policy.  

“One thing you could do to help me out on this, is show up en masse,” Jenkins said to the Dallas Voice. “I figure people who don’t want this to pass will probably show up, so it would be nice if we had equal representation there.” 

So Dallas area trans peeps and our supporters, Judge Jenkins needs your help.   If you can be there, show up on April 26 for that meeting.   If you can't, then call or e-mail the Dallas County commissioners court and urge them to vote for the policy  .

And yes, you know Moni is going to help you make it easy for you to be agents for your own liberations:

And as always, be nice and respectful while doing so.

County Judge Clay Jenkins – 214-653-7949
Dist. 1 Maurine Dickey – 214-653-7552
Dist. 2 Mike Cantrell – 214-653-6100
Dist. 3 John Wiley Price – 214-653-6671
Dist. 4 Dr. Elba Garcia – 214-653-6670


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