FORT WORTH — A task force formed in the wake of the arrests at the Rainbow Lounge recommended a series of reforms Tuesday designed to give gay and lesbian residents equal treatment at City Hall.
The City Council could vote on one recommendation next week, but it may take time to research the legal and financial aspects of others....
...Among the recommendations:
Extending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include gender expression. A vote on the recommendation is scheduled for Tuesday.
Training for all city employees and elected officials on dealing with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Police, fire and front-line customer service representatives will be trained within two years.
Extending domestic partner benefits, shared pensions and family leave for gay and lesbian city employees.
Including a company’s record on domestic partner benefits when considering city tax breaks.
Including sex-change surgery in city health insurance coverage.
Posting nondiscrimination language on job notices, including a letter to police recruits.
Establishing support groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.
Holding educational fairs and using public events and media to increase awareness of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
Pushing for state and federal anti-discrimination laws.....
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 11/04/2009 08:41:00 AM