RESOLUTION OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION SUPPORTING THE EXPANSION OF AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR PROTECTION FROM DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON GENDER IDENTITY

 

WHEREAS, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons historically have been and continue to be victims of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation;

 

WHEREAS, there are two states, five counties and thirty-two cities that provide legal protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including the cities of Pittsburgh and York, Pennsylvania;[1]

 

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of supporting the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons;

 

WHEREAS, by resolution dated September 30, 1999, the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors resolved that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports and encourages adoption of state and federal legislation to include protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity;

 

WHEREAS, Chapter 9-1100 of The Philadelphia Code currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, but does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity;

 

WHEREAS, Bill No. 010719 was introduced in City Council of Philadelphia on December 6, 2001, and is cosponsored by fourteen Councilpersons;

 

WHEREAS, Bill No. 010719 calls for the amendment of Chapter 9-1100 to include gender identity as a prohibited basis for discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations;

 

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has an interest in equality of treatment for all citizens of the City of Philadelphia and the prohibition of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on bases including gender identity.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports and encourages enactment of an amendment to Chapter 9-1100 of the Philadelphia Code to include gender identity as a prohibited basis for discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, either as now proposed in Bill No. 010719 or otherwise;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association shall take all actions in support of this resolution as is deemed appropriate, including communication of its position to members of City Council of Philadelphia, the Mayor of Philadelphia, and the general public.


PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED:MARCH 21, 2002


[1] Source: Transgender Law and Policy Institute (www.transgenderlaw.org).