Local alderman proposes new ordinance on transgender discrimination

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - A proposal to prohibit discrimination toward transgender people in De Pere moves forward.

On Monday night, a special meeting of De Pere's Board of Health discussed an new ordinance. It would be aimed at forbidding businesses, employers, and landlords from discriminating against people, who identify as transgender and gender non-binary.

Alderman Casey Nelson says he drafted the proposal to make De Pere more inclusive for all gender types.

It's mirrored after a similar ordinance in Appleton, which allows people to make a written complaint to report discrimination.

"Ours is set up that it would go to the city administrator and then they would hopefully be able to resolve it informally and if that isn't an option or if that doesn't work, then it would go to an ordinance violation, which would be treated like other violations," said Nelson.

The Board of Health passed the proposal unanimously on Monday.

De Pere's full city council is expected to take up the measure at its meeting on November 7th.

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