THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — That’s what this has boiled down to. The county of Palm Beach, Florida has offered to give the city of Boca Raton $235,000 to upgrade the city’s hazmat emergency response preparedness, providing the city includes ‘gender identity or expression’ in its anti-discrimination standards. The county already provides protection for transgender people, the city of Boca Raton does not.
If the city of Boca Raton decides to keep trans people protection language off the books, they will have to pay out of their own pockets to respond to hazmat emergencies — in other words, they’ll be paying to keep trans people an unprotected class in their city.
While the city has offered up a number of reasons for balking at the deal, the bottom line however, the money is being dispensed by the county and the agreement was drawn up by the county commissioners who are elected officials representing the citizens of Palm Beach county — their families, friends and neighbors — not a faceless government entity.
Commission Chairwoman Shelley Vana: “As a county we have stood for equal opportunities for everybody and that means everybody.”
So, Boca Raton, what is it going to be?
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