Archive for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kansas city bans sexual orientation discrimination

August 5, 2014


— Roeland Park has become the second city in Kansas to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The city’s mayor on Monday night broke the council’s 4-4 tie. It was the second time the council had considered the anti-discrimination issue this summer.

Residents demanded a revote after a councilwoman was absent from the original vote in July. The law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public service.

Lawrence is the only other city in Kansas that includes sexual orientation and gender identity in its anti-discrimination ordinance. Kansas City, Mo., has a similar ordinance.

Opponents of the ordinance say they will petition the city to put the issue to a citywide vote in November.


Scott Criqui 3 years, 8 months ago

Great new! Another step in the right direction. However, Roeland Park makes the third city. Topeka, KS was the second - May of this year.

Brock Masters 3 years, 8 months ago

Just in the news and semi-related. Interesting since I only think of straight establishments discriminating against gays.

Scott Criqui 3 years, 8 months ago

For clarity, Topeka's ordinance only protects city employees.

Brock Masters 3 years, 8 months ago

I f a person born one sex can identify as the opposite gender and be recognized as such, can a person identify as a different race and be recognized as that race?

If not why not?

Eddie Muñoz 3 years, 8 months ago

First, sex and gender are two different things. Sex is assigned at birth, but gender identity is internal. This explains it better than I ever could -

Race is socially constructed, because humans feel the need to categorize things, we put ourselves into boxes. My father is Mexican and my mother is Caucasian, and while on the outside I present as Caucasian, I identify as Hispanic, and when asked to check a box that's the box I check.

One could attempt to change their physical appearance to look closer to the race they identify as, just as those who identify differently than the sex they were assigned can, but it's an individual choice to make those physical changes.

To directly answer your question, though, I would say yes, someone can identify as a different race. How you identify is entirely a personal choice and not based on the color of your skin. Whether you will be recognized as that race I can't speak to because that will depend on who you're asking to recognize it.

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