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Days before GOP convention, Cleveland passes transgender-friendly bathroom ordinance

View of the Cleveland skyline as the Cleveland Cavaliers hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship victory parade and rally in June.
View of the Cleveland skyline as the Cleveland Cavaliers hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship victory parade and rally in June. Getty Images

On the eve of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, City Council members there have unanimously approved a new policy allowing transgender individuals to use the bathroom or locker room that corresponds with their gender identity, according to the Web site Cleveland.com.

The RNC begins Monday. The platform of the Republican Party opposes measures that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, and the party also supports House Bill 2, the controversial N.C. law that prohibits cities and towns from passing their own ordinances for gay, lesbian and transgender protections.

Equality Ohio supported the Democratic council’s decision, saying “transgender Clevelanders and visitors have the dignity of using the restroom matching their gender identity.”

The ordinance was first introduced in 2013, according to Cleveland.com.

The Charlotte City Council expanded its nondiscrimination ordinance in February, extending legal protections to the LGBT community. But HB2, passed by the legislature a month later, nullified the city’s ordinance.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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