Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Detroit bans transgender discrimination

The Detroit City Council voted 8-1 to add gender identity to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

One of the votes in favor of protecting transgender people was from Councilmember Barbara-Rose Collins. Collins lost her seat in Congress in the 1996 Democratic primary amid controversy over her firing of a gay aide who was terminated two days after his partner died of AIDS complications. The Office of Fair Employment Practices later ruled that he was fired because Collins and her chief of staff thought he was HIV+, marking the first time that a member of Congress was found liable for employment discrimination under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. It seems that Collins has come a long way since.


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