I saw this news item this evening and knew that if Autumn wasn’t away doing the tiny knife dance, she’d be cluing us in.

BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA OUTLAWS TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

Tobias Packer takes after his father. Those eyes. That smile. Only Packer wasn’t born a man.

“When I was born, the doctor looked at me and said, ‘That’s a beautiful baby girl,'” Packer said. “People knew me in the world as a girl and there was a point in my life where it didn’t feel right.”

Packer is a transgender, and now he and others like him living in Broward County will be protected from discrimination.

Hallelujah!  The decision by the Broward County commissioners was UNANIMOUS.

Under the new ordinance, it is illegal to deny housing, jobs or medical care to anyone who is transgender.

Broward Co. joins the following non-discriminating jurisdictions in FL: Gulfport, Lakeworth, Miami Beach, Monroe Co. including Key West, and West Palm Beach. (PDF).

BUT TAKE NOTE!  The same protections came to Broward County gays and lesbians way back in 1995.  Let this be just one more lesson that if we don’t pass a United ENDA, we are consigning our trans brothers and sisters to additional years of suffering.

Laurel Ramseyer

Laurel Ramseyer

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