DART committee to be briefed Tuesday on proposal to add transgender protections

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 at 11:32am

A proposal to add transgender protections to DART’s nondiscrimination policy will be presented to the transit agency’s Economic Opportunity & Diversity Committee on Tuesday.

DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said tomorrow’s agenda item is merely a staff briefing, and committee members won’t vote on the proposed policy change until a recommendation is presented in May. If the committee approves the recommendation at that time, it would proceed to the agency’s Board of Directors, which likely would take a final vote in June.

“We’ve still got a few meetings to go through, but that’s the standard practice for any policy change,” Lyons said. “We’re following through on what we said we would do with this issue in the conversations with the Resource Center.”

Lyons added that while tomorrow’s meeting is open to the public, the committee won’t take input from the audience.

The proposal to add trans protections comes in the wake of an outcry from the LGBT community over DART’s attempt to intervene in a familiy court case to oppose a bus driver’s gender-marker change.

Tomorrow’s meeting is at 1:30 p.m. in DART Conference Room C, on the first floor of the agency’s headquarters at 1401 Pacific Ave. in Dallas.

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