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Resolution in Support of Transgender Equal Rights - July 7 2011

Resolution in Support of Transgender Equal Rights - July 7 2011

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CIT.Y
OF NORTHAMPTON
MASSACHUSETTS
July 7, 2011
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Upon the recommendation
ofthe
Northampton Human Rights Commission
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WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,Resolution in Support
of
An Act Relative to Transgender Equal Rights
The City
of
Northampton currently protects transgender people on thebasis
of
gender identity and gender expression in the city'snondiscrimination ordinance and has done so through ordinance since
2005;and
Massachusetts transgender youth, adults, and their families continue toface pervasive discrimination and violence because
of
widespreadprejudice; andThe 2009 National Transgender Discrimination Survey administered bythe National Center for Transgender Equality and the National-Gay andLesbian Task Force found that among the Massachusetts transgenderparticipants, 76% reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment onthe job, 20% had lost a job, and 39% were not hired because
of
theirgender identity and expression; andLikely due to this discrimination, survey respondents experienced povertyat over three times the rate
of
the general population and that 15%
of
respondents had a household income
of
$10,000 or less,
as
compared to4%
of
the general population; andThe same survey found that for trans gender youth in K -12 schools inMassachusetts, 79% had experienced harassment, 31% were physicallyassaulted, and 11% left school all together because
of
he harassment; andThe
~arne
survey also found that Massachusetts transgender youth andadults experienced discrimination in public accommodations andservices, including from government agencies, ·hotels, restaurants, buses,and airports, and that 58% had been verbally harassed in a place
of
publicaccommodation or service, and 22% were denied equal treatment by agovernment agency or official; and
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