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 Audrey M. Edmonson

Audrey M. Edmonson

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Transgender inclusion proposed for human rights protections

Some opposition, confusion stopping discrimination legislation change

A familiar Black county leader is backing a marginalized community in the name of equality for all. District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson has sponsored a change to county law to include protections from discrimination for transgender people. The Miami-Dade County Commission Board will vote on an agenda item about the changes Dec. 2. If passed, the blanket of protection will cover transgenders in addition to others. Concern over differential treatment is huge for Blacks, who are covered in the current ordinance. The law has been amended to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, nationality, marital status, pregnancy and sexual orientation. It covers a lot of individuals, but some think the transgender community is left out.

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A response: Setting the record straight

While reading the Miami Times, January 27, 2014 edition, I was surprised to see an article about the funding for the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). While I