Why is this important? Because while the Human Rights Ordinance as it stands offers bedrock protections to certain marginalized groups in our South Florida society, including the LGB communities, it leaves out people who are transgender. This means that while it may be illegal here to discriminate against individuals when it comes to sexual orientation, it remains perfectly legal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression," writes SAVE Dade Executive Director C.J. Ortuño in an email.
"When it boils down to it, you can be fired, denied housing, refused services, or just plain discriminated for being transgender, and it's all perfectly legal in Miami-Dade," Ortuño wrote.