Petition urges DART to add trans protections

Posted on 01 Jun 2010 at 8:48am
Pamela Dunlop Gates was one of three board members appointed by the city of Dallas who voted to delay the decision.
Pamela Dunlop Gates was one of three board members appointed by the city of Dallas who voted to delay the decision.

Looks like someone has posted a petition over at Change.org titled, “Urge Dallas Area Rapid Transit to Add Gender Identity to Nondiscrimination Policies.” The petition had 126 signatures as of this morning. You can sign it by going here.

As we reported last week, DART’s Board of Directors voted 6-5 to delay a decision on adding transgender protections, after some members requested additional information from the agency’s attorneys. (Yes, the same attorneys who created this whole mess by sticking their noses in a transgender employee’s family court case.) The board will take up the matter again June 15.

Voting to delay the decision were DART board members Pamela Dunlop Gates, Bill Velasco, Bob Strauss, Ray Noah, Mark Enoch and Loretta Ellerbe. Interestingly, Dunlop Gates, Velasco and Strauss all represent the city of Dallas, which has included gender identity in a nondiscrimination ordinance for the last eight years.

Noah represents Addison, Highland Park, Richardson and University Park; Enoch represents Farmers Branch, Garland and Rowlett; and Ellerbe represents Plano.

Contact information is noticeably absent from board members’ bio pages on the DART website, but I’m told you can try to reach them by calling 214-749-3278.

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