LGBT community activists celebrate after DCCCD adopted new nondiscrimination policies on Tuesday

The Dallas County Community College District trustees voted during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, to add gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies.

Three policies were amended by the board. The first covers employees. Two others protect students.

The student policies added the wording into the school’s nondiscrimination policy and the student code of conduct.

After five speakers addressed the board and another five were scheduled to speak, board Chair Jerry Prater told the crowd that attended to support the policy, “We have gotten your message loud and clear.”

The protections passed by a vote of four to one. Trustee Bill Metzger was the only one to vote against the changes. Two trustees were absent, but would have probably voted for passage, according to staff who had worked on the measures.

DCCCD becomes the third community college in the state after San Jacinto College and Houston Community College to add trans protections. The Dallas school is the largest college in the state.

See this Friday’s Dallas Voice for additional coverage.