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File #: 2019-1809    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 6/21/2019 In control: Committee on Human Resources
On agenda: 6/25/2019 Final action: 7/9/2019
Enactment date: 7/9/2019 Enactment #: 27
Effective date: 7/11/2019    
Title: Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh City Code, Title Six Conduct, Article V Discrimination, Chapter 659 Unlawful Practices, Sections ?659.02 Unlawful Employment Practices, ?659.03 Unlawful Housing Practices, and ?659.04 Unlawful Public Accommodations Practices to explicitly prohibit employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, create more inclusive definitions of protected classes, and add gender-inclusive language.
Sponsors: Erika Strassburger, Bruce A. Kraus
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 06 - CONDUCT
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Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh City Code, Title Six Conduct, Article V Discrimination, Chapter 659 Unlawful Practices, Sections ?659.02 Unlawful Employment Practices, ?659.03 Unlawful Housing Practices, and ?659.04 Unlawful Public Accommodations Practices to explicitly prohibit employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, create more inclusive definitions of protected classes, and add gender-inclusive language.

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WHEREAS, no individual should be forced to lose their job or their residence or live in fear because of who they are, who they love, or how they express themselves; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Pittsburgh affirms its commitment to enhancing justice, equity, and opportunity to all, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity;

WHEREAS, members of the LGBTQIA+ community experience discrimination in all aspects of life at an alarmingly high rate, and it is incumbent upon the City of Pittsburgh to protect all who live in, work in, and visit our city; and,

WHEREAS, given the absence of state and federal laws protecting residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, it is critical to strengthen these protections at the local level to ensure that residents, employees, and visitors can enjoy a life free of discrimination in Pittsburgh; and,

WHEREAS, the addition of more inclusive definitions of sex, sexual, orientation, gender identity, and gender expression help to ensure that individuals fully understand their rights under the law and that employers, landlords, realtors, and service providers fully comprehend their responsibility to ensure equal access to housing, employment, and public accommodation to all in Pittsburgh; and,

WHEREAS, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of Pittsburgh Human Relations Ordinance #395 banning sex discrimination, which made Pittsburgh's ...

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