On Feb. 5, the Detroit City Council passed a two-part resolution opposing discrimination against transgender individuals and welcoming the National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality, Creating Change to the Renaissance Center last weekend.
Triangle Foundation and the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project, worked closely with City Council to include gender identity and expression in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances.
“I can’t think of a better time for City Council to pass this resolution than the eve of Creating Change,” said Sean Kosofsky, director of policy for Triangle. “We will continue working with the ACLU to help Council translate this resolution into an ordinance that will protect Detroit’s transgender residents, workers and visitors.”
“We applaud the City Council’s passage of a resolution welcoming the Creative Change Conference and its statement that it opposes gender identity or expression discrimination,” said Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the LGBT Project. “When it passed its human rights ordinance prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in 1978, the City of Detroit demonstrated that it was a leader among major United States cities in its commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.”