CITY HALL - Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Mike Bonin recently highlighted Transgender Day of Visibility, shining the spotlight on a first-of-its-kind report that aims to solve some of the critical issues facing the trans community in Los Angeles.
Shortly after Donald Trump took office, Councilmembers O’Farrell and Bonin City Council directed the Transgender Advisory Council, the City’s Human Relations Commission, and the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department to submit a report requesting recommendations on priorities and policy concerns directly affecting the transgender community in Los Angeles.
“The transgender community is one of the most misunderstood and marginalized in all of society,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “We need to work together to elevate the issues of fairness and provide equality for everyone in Los Angeles.”
Report recommends include: instruct Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to report on how transgender individuals are housed in homeless shelters; instruct the Personnel Department to assess the cultural sensitivity training offered and needed for staff citywide, including sworn and proprietary, on how to address and serve the transgender community; and request the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles report on its procedures and records in resolving complaints of denied vouchers to transgender tenants. The full report and recommendations can be viewed here.
“Today we stand as one, a community united and strong as we take full control of our destiny and assert our rights to live freely and with dignity in this country and city we call our home, and preserve our rights and dignity as Angelenos,” said Karina Samala, Chair of the City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council.
Los Angeles is one of the largest in the country to establish a permanent council of transgender community leaders to advise the City on policies that address critical issues facing the trans community, such as economic development, public safety, accessibility, and public awareness.
“It’s been amazing to have the support of city council and the Human Relations Commission and have leaders like Karina at the forefront making sure that the folks who need their voices heard the most are brought here, that those voices are heard and that real pain, that real exclusion from economics is addressed,” said Justine Gonzalez, Vice President of the Human Relations Commission.