City Council approves first Transgender Equity Council members

The new body will advise the City on issues that are important to the transgender and gender-nonconforming community

Today, the City Council approved the first members of the newly created 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 and gender-nonconforming community. The council’s work will include studying issues, courses of action, policies, and programs as well as making recommendations.

There were 71 applicants for the 15-member council. Of those, eight were approved by the City Council today. Four spots reserved for City employees have yet to be filled. Also, spots reserved for the Minneapolis Public Schools and Hennepin County are pending final approval by those jurisdictions.

Members approved by the City Council today include:

  • Nova Bradford
  • Milin Dutta
  • EJ Dean
  • Zeam Porter
  • Nic Puechner
  • Freya Richman

The City Council also confirmed the following two appointments made by Mayor Betsy Hodges:

  • Nathalie Crowley
  • Taylor Rose Payer

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 the Transgender Equity Council.

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