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In a message dated 5/13/2004 9:01:30 AM Eastern Standard Time, CRN@rainbow-news.com writes:

CHAPEL HILL:  Chapel Hill adds “gender identity and gender expression” to list of prohibited discrimination

SOURCE:  Town of Chapel Hill -- www.townofchapelhill.org

Chapel Hill adds “gender identity and gender expression” to list of prohibited discrimination

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved Monday (May 10) an amendment to town policy prohibiting discrimination in employment to include “sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”

Gender identity or expression refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female or androgynous and includes all the ways a person expresses their gender, including mannerisms, behaviors, dress and appearance.

The town’s policy previously used the term “affectional preference,” and this was changed to “sexual orientation.”  With the revision, the Town Code now states:  “All personnel responsible for recruiting and employment will continue to review regularly the implementation of this personnel policy and relevant practices to assure that equal employment opportunity based on reasonable job-related job requirements is being actively observed to the end that no employee or applicant for employment shall suffer discrimination because of age, sex, race, color, religion, nonjob-related disability, national origin, sexual preference, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status.”  Language in the town’s Comprehensive Plan was similarly revised.

The Town Council voted unanimously on April 14 to request that the North Carolina General Assembly repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

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