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Transgender Education Network of Texas
Plano, TX Equal Rights Ordinance
As an established nonprofit organization the Transgender Education Network of Texas has a history of working for and with the transgender population through education and advocacy in social, business, legal, governmental, faith based, and all other areas of the transgender life. Because of the conflicting information circulated concerning the Plano, TX Equal Rights Policy we feel a responsibility to release the information we have discovered, reflections on our discoveries, and this statement of our position.
STATEMENT OF POSITION
The Transgender Education Network of Texas does not appreciate the fact that an ordinance was written with the intent of adding gender identity protection without input from the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We find the restroom exclusion confusing and not acceptable. We find the exclusion of non-profits allowing them to deny important and often necessary services to the transgender and gender non-conforming community lacking. However, we do recognize the intent of the city to provide protection to the transgender and gender non-conforming community that was previously not provided. We do acknowledge that this new policy was not an amendment to their existing policy, but replaced it and therefore the repeal of the policy would leave Plano with no Equal Rights Policy. We also recognize that the vote to repeal this existing policy would, in all probability, make it almost impossible to get a policy even this inclusive passed in the future. If the ERO withstands the Plano vote and remains the law in Plano, TENT is committed to actively pursuing amendment of the Ordinance so that offensive language and discriminatory exclusions are removed.
Therefore, considering all these facts, the Transgender Education Network of Texas is opposed to the Plano Equal Rights Ordinance, but is against the repeal of the Plano Equal Rights Ordinance.