Mecklenburg to add protections for transgender workers

County commissioners will vote on policy revision at meeting on Tuesday night

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: October 15, 2013 in News

UPDATE: Commissioners vote 6-3 to add transgender worker protections

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday night to add protections for transgender workers to the county’s non-discrimination policy.

Scott Bishop, chair of the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC), alerted supporters to the advancement in an email this morning.

Commissioner Kim Ratliff, he said, is expected to introduce the motion with the support of Commissioners Trevor Fuller and George Dunlap. Ratliff’s proposed policy revision is included in tonight’s commission agenda. The motion will add “gender identity or expression” to the non-discrimination policy for county workers. The county last updated the policy in 2005, when it added sexual orientation.

“Commissioner Ratliff has talked with the remaining Democratic commissioners … and she is assured that she has the votes for this to pass,” Bishop said in the email.

Bishop will also speak at the meeting. He is inviting members of the community to attend tonight’s meeting in support of the change. The group asks supporters to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St.

UPDATE: Commissioners vote 6-3 to add transgender worker protections