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Ft. Worth Adds Transgenders to Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Jim Burroway

November 11th, 2009

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Ft. Worth City Council last night expanded the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include transgender people by a 6-3 vote. City council also discussed a broader range of issues important to the LGBT community, including offering domestic-partner benefits and expanding the city health insurance plan to cover gender reassignment procedures, including sex changes. Discussions were contentious, both inside the packed hall and outside, where protesters from both sides had gathered. The Dallas Voice reports:

There were no arrests or major physical altercations, but there was plenty of taunting and some heated verbal exchanges. Participants from both sides later accused the other of elbowing and pushing, and one of the counterprotesters admitted to ripping a gay Pride flag.

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Christopher Waldrop
November 11th, 2009 | LINK

Nice of the protester to include the “T” in there. Seriously, though, I know transgendered people are sometimes overlooked in anti-discriminatory legislation so this is a wonderful thing.

Ephilei
November 11th, 2009 | LINK

Jim,

Minor note: Please avoid using “transgender” as a noun. It’s an adjective only and using it as a noun makes you sound uninformed or having bad English. Like “the law protects homosexualities.” Good words are “transgender people” as you used in the body, “transpeople,” “trans folk” etc.

Thanks for the coverage nonetheless.

Timothy Kincaid
November 11th, 2009 | LINK

Ephilei,

I too was under the impression that using the word “transgender” as a noun was acceptable. Is there an alternate word that is a noun? Or is there inconsistency in the usage?

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