City Council to Consider Adding ‘Gender Identity, Transgender Status’ to Human Rights Code of the City of Alexandria

The anti-discriminatory language will be the policy of the city in regard to housing, public accommodations, employment, health and social services, credit, education, and city contracts. 

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Alexandria City Hall. (Photo: James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA – The Alexandria City Council is set to vote Dec. 10 on an amendment to the Human Rights Code of the City of Alexandria that would make it illegal to discriminate against employees based on “gender identity, transgender status.”

According to the Amendment:

“The population of the City of Alexandria consists of people of different races, colors, sexes, religions, ancestries, national origins, marital statuses, familial statuses, ages, sexual orientations and disabilities, many of whom, because of their race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status or disability, in some instances have been unjustly discriminated against with respect to housing, employment, public accommodations, health and social services, education, credit or city contracts.”

That means that the anti-discriminatory language will be the policy of the city in regard to housing, public accommodations, employment, health and social services, credit, education, and city contracts.

The policy further declares that it is “duty and policy of the city to exercise all available means and every power it possesses to protect the city and its citizens from such conditions and from the undesirable results that have been or may be caused or encouraged by the existence of such conditions.”

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