CITY OF SEATTLE
A RESOLUTION requesting the United States Congress to pass the Equality Act to ensure that federal civil rights laws are fully inclusive of protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle has a long history of opposing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance 125100, adopted August 1, 2016, recognizes that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community still face threats to their physical safety, economic security, and overall well-being, and The City of Seattle has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including LGBTQ youth, and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by conversion therapy; and
WHEREAS, Resolution 31224, adopted on June 21, 2010, expressed the City Council's commitment to full equal rights for all Seattle residents and City employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and established that it is City policy for City departments to work with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and the Seattle Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Commission as they assess the needs of Seattle's LGBT community and propose community and City strategies for meeting those needs; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance 125231, adopted on December 21, 2016, changed the name of the LGBT Commission to the Seattle Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Commission, adding the word "Queer" to the Commission's name to expand the Commission's advocacy for the legal rights for all individuals, including all people marginalized within society due to gender identity and sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS, transgender women and transgender people of color are more likely to be turned away from or experience harassment ...Click here for full text