Apply to serve on the Transgender Equity Council

The City Council approved the creation of a Transgender Equity Council to serve as an advisory board to the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on matters of importance to the transgender community. The council’s work will include studying issues, courses of action, policies and programs and making recommendations. 

The board will comprise 15 appointed members who meet monthly. Board members will be chosen through the City’s open appointment process. City employees may apply. Applications are due March 9. Find information on the application process at www.minneapolismn.gov/transgender.

For more than 20 years, the City has explicitly protected the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming residents to be free from discrimination based on gender identity. In 1975, Minneapolis became the first city in the country to pass an ordinance preventing discrimination. Despite this, disparities still exist in virtually all areas including employment, healthcare, safety, housing and access to public spaces. 

In 2016, the Minneapolis City Council and mayor passed a resolution supporting continued efforts to further transgender equity in the city, including the creation of an advisory board.

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established to look at transgender disparities, engage the broader community and make policy recommendations for the City to improve the lives of transgender residents. The work group includes participants from City departments, City Council offices, the Mayor’s Office and the community. This group and its subcommittees will continue to serve and are also ways City employees can get involved in transgender work. Contact Jenny.Chayabutr@minneapolismn.gov about how you can participate in the Transgender Issues Work Group.

Published Feb 23, 2017

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