Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to include protections for transgender city employees in revised policy language recommended by the City’s Human Relations Commission. With the vote, the state’s capital city became the sixth city in North Carolina to protect all city employees in the LGBT community and the 10th state municipality to offer those protections, following Asheville, Boone, Carrboro, Charlotte, Chapel Hill and Buncombe, Durham, Mecklenburg and Orange Counties. The motion to pass the revised language, including protections for transgender workers, came from Republican Councilmember John Odom, thought by many to be the city’s most conservative councilmember. The unanimous vote occurred without discussion or debate.
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