Greensboro first in NC to OK sexual orientation, gender identity housing protections

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The city is the first in the state to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in its housing non-discrimination policies, city officials say.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make the changes to three existing non-discrimination ordinances.

The first prohibits discrimination in city programs, services or activities. As part of this the city will explore the feasibility of adding gender neutral restrooms or changing rooms in all city buildings. The rooms would be available to all genders and people of all gender identities and expressions as well as to families.

Councilman Tony Wilkins expressed concern at the possible cost of creating new, gender neutral accommodations. But Mayor Nancy Vaughan said it shouldn’t be difficult.

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