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Lafayette passes local nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals; countywide protections on the horizon September 6, 2016

LAFAYETTE, Ind. —This evening, the Lafayette City Council passed an ordinance expanding nondiscrimination protections to transgender citizens and visitors by a vote of 8-0. The unanimous vote happened just hours after the Republican controlled Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners gave an initial nod to expanding county-wide nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals with a 3-0 vote. Lafayette is the seat of Tippecanoe County, as well as the county’s largest city.

For several years, Freedom Indiana has worked with communities across the state to secure nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers, especially after the legislature passed its discriminatory religious exemption law.

Chris Paulsen of Freedom Indiana released the following statement praising the elected officials in Tippecanoe and Lafayette for passing these important protections:

“While there are currently no statewide nondiscrimination protections for for LGBT Hoosiers, we at Freedom Indiana are pleased that so many municipalities are leading where the state legislature has failed so many times. With the passage of these local ordinances, communities like Lafayette, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Zionsville, Marion and Monroe counties — and hopefully Tippecanoe County — are proving they are open and welcoming to everyone, including gay and transgender individuals and their families.”

Tippecanoe is expected to have a vote on final passage September 19.