THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — It appears the Helena City Commission unanimously passed their transgender/LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. While the news reports I looked at didn’t specifically mention if this included gender identity, I checked NTCE’s Mara Keisling’s Facebook page for confirmation:
“VICTORY in Helena, Montana. By a vote of 5-0, Helena becomes the 2nd city in MT to offer anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
I wrote about Helena’s proposed ordinace vote earlier this month: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/helena-montana-pushing-for-pro-translgbt-ordinance-but-includes-odd-trans-nude-restrictions/
However, the “transgender nude restriction” apparently remains in place. This restriction supposedly addressed a concern about voyeurs and pedophiles. City commissioner Katherine Haque-Hausrath, again tried to fix this to the benefit of trans people, but her amendments failed.
I’m not so sure like being equated with “voyeurs and pedophiles” and I suppose it would take a lawsuit to clear this up. On the other hand, we’re talking Montana, an unlikely place for trans/LGBT protection ordinances. We’ll call it a “victory, but.” I also have a feeling there are going to be more of these “victory, but” ordinances which is why nipping this form of associating transgender with pedophiles need to done pronto!
Recent news report: Nondiscrimination ordinance passes.
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