On March 25, Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued an extensive executive order protecting city employees based on gender identity as well as sexual orientation. This order expands on an earlier one issued by former Mayor Bill White that addressed only sexual orientation.
Parker’s order includes vendors and contractors doing business with the city and includes protection for people in all city-run facilities.
The gender identity protection is defined to include self-identification as well as expression of identity.
Coverage of facilities would include protection for people in all areas operated by the city including stadiums, museums or parks as well as city offices. But facilities would also mean protection for persons regarding bathroom usage.
The coverage for Houston employees is more extensive than for Dallas city employees. Gender identity is not included in the non-discrimination ordinance that protects city employees.
More about Parker’s executive order in this Friday’s Dallas Voice.