Transphobic ordinance on bill in Florida

This video has been released by those campaigning to change the equality laws in Gainesville, Florida.

Placard with slogan

Placard with slogan

It’s exceedingly pernicious hatred that equates trans women with paedophiles and is a cornerstone of the local campaign to reduce rights for transgendered people.  The campaign is trying to introduce a new city ordinance removing anti-discrimination protections for LGTB people, and is headlining the campaign with images of men using women’s restrooms, while the ordinance is actually far ranging in its effect as described in this TV footage.  The Gainesville City Attorney has confirmed that the ordinance, if passed, would remove human rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The ordinance goes to the ballot on 24th March.  There’s a good write up of the current state of play in the Orlando Sentinel but I’ve so far been unable to find a copy of the draft ordinance.  If anybody finds one, I’d appreciated it if you could please post a link to it in a comment.

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    I have found the Gainesville Florida municipal ordinances on line. It is a searchable database. Under the heading discrimination in general it reads:

    “.. the city commission hereby declares the policy of the city to be, for the protection of the public health, safety and general welfare, for the maintenance of business and good government, and for the promotion of the city’s trade, commerce and manufacturing, to prohibit discrimination in the access to and equal enjoyment of places of public accommodation, to ensure equal opportunity to all persons to live in decent housing facilities, regardless of sexual orientation, race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or gender identity and to that end to prohibit discrimination in the extension of credit without regard to sexual orientation, race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or gender identity and to prohibit employment discrimination against persons because of sexual orientation, race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or gender identity that do not constitute bona fide occupational qualifications.”

    You can see the search at this link: http://www.municode.com/Resources/gateway.asp?pid=10819&sid=9

    I’ll also note in my search I learned there are 93 US cities that now offer similar protections, the first was Minneapolis, MN in 1975 and city officials there have been quoted as saying they have had no problems ever reported under their ordinance.

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