G.R. leaders to review language in LGBT protections

Associated Press

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids officials are reviewing language used in an amendment regarding LGBT protections to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

The Grand Rapids Press reports “gender orientation” was added in 1994 to a list of characteristics in a civil rights section of city code dealing with discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

Patti Caudill, the city’s director of diversity and inclusion, says language used to describe sexual orientation and gender identity has changed significantly in the past two decades. She says the review is necessary to ensure diversity and inclusion policies are consistent with other ordinances.

Unity Michigan, a coalition that endorses anti-discrimination policies, says 36 of the state’s municipalities enforce protections for protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in their local codes.

East Grand Rapids is seeking to put LGBT protections in its non-discrimination ordinance.