Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Council approves Kenney's LGBT bill

City Council approved a bill that would require among other things that newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings have gender-neutral bathrooms.

Council approves Kenney's LGBT bill

City Council approved a bill that would require among other things that newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings have gender-neutral bathrooms.

The bill, sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney which has been lauded by the LGBT community passed 14-3 with nay votes from Councilmen Brian O'Neill, David Oh and Bill Green.  

The bill would also provide tax credits for companies that offer healthcare for life partners, their children and transgender medical needs. Kenney's bill would make online city forms gender-neutral and establish transgender health benefits for city employees to cover psychotherapy, hormone treatment, laser hair removal and gender confirmation surgery.

The Nutter administration expressed support for the bill at a recent hearing.

Read previous coverage on the bill by the Daily News here.

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