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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:55 AM

St. Louis County Council Updates Non-Discrimination Ordinance To Include LGBT Persons

Michelle Smith is transgender.

She came out early Tuesday night and was the first of 92 people who signed up to give public testimony.

She had a steadfast delivery for the first part of her comments in favor of the ordinance. Then Smith started thinking about her friends and her voice got a little shaky.

I know a lot of transgender people who are scared every time they go to their job, I have a transgender friend who was fired, Smith said.

After two hours of public comments, the updated non-discrimination ordinance that includes beefed up projections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in the workplace passed by vote of four to three.

Most of speakers after Smith testified against the ordinance, many said it would violate their religious beliefs.


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