Lambda Legal Applauds Dallas County Community College District for Prohibiting Gender Identity and Expression Discrimination
(Dallas, TX, January 4, 2012) -- Tuesday night, the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to add gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies. Three policies were amended by the board. The first covers employees. Two others protect students.
Lambda Legal South Central Regional Director Roger Poindexter released the following statement:
"With this vote by the DCCCD Board of Trustees, Dallas County becomes the only county in Texas where all major public and governmental entities extend full protections to all," Poindexter said. "From the beginning of our discussions, DCCCD board members and the DCCCD chancellor made it clear they supported extending protections to transgender employees and students, and the near-unanimous vote is a strong signal that discrimination against anyone because of their gender identity or expression will not be tolerated."
"Members of the LGBT community in Dallas came together to advocate for this important policy, and Lambda Legal was proud to work together with our colleagues to make the case for these important protections."
DCCCD is the largest undergraduate system in Texas, and the vote follows a similar vote last month by the Houston Community College District. DCCCD joins Dallas County, City of Dallas, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and DFW International Airport in extending fully inclusive protections.
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