Detroit, Michigan and Kansas City, Missouri have joined the ever-expanding list of 90 cities, 12 states and Washington, DC, that protect people on the basis of gender identity and expression in their nondiscrimination policies.
On April 2, the City Council of Kansas City voted unanimously to add the protections for gender identity and expression. Council member Beth Gottstein, the measure’s primary sponsor, said in a widely released statement, “If our city code does not protect everyone, it protects no one.”
A few days later on April 9, the Detroit City Council voted 8 to 1 to amend the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include gender identity and expression.
The federal government lags severely behind cities and states in providing legal protections for transgender people.