City creates Transgender Equity Council

The City Council approved the creation of the Transgender Equity Council. The council will serve as an advisory board to the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on matters of importance to the transgender community. The council’s work will include studying issues, courses of action, policies, and programs as well as making recommendations.

The board will be comprised of 15 appointed members and will meet monthly. Board members will be chosen through the City’s open appointment process.Information on the application process is posted at www.minneapolismn.gov/transgender and on the Minneapolis Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Committees webpage at www.minneapolismn.gov/boards.

For more than 20 years, the City of Minneapolis has explicitly protected the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming residents to be free from discrimination based on gender identity. In 1975, Minneapolis became the first city in the country to pass an ordinance preventing discrimination. Despite this, disparities still exist in virtually all areas including employment, healthcare, safety, housing and access to public spaces.

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established to look at transgender disparities, engage the broader community and make policy recommendations for the City to improve the lives of transgender residents. The work group includes participants from City departments, City Council offices, the Mayor’s office, and the community.

In 2016, the City Council and Mayor of Minneapolis passed a resolution supporting continued efforts to further transgender equity in the City of Minneapolis, including the creation of an advisory board.