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Community Groups Hosting Events Supporting Non-Discrimination

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BOZEMAN -

Bozeman's city commission is considering crafting a non-discrimination ordinance in the next two years.

The ACLU of Montana, Forward Montana, Montana Human Rights Network, Interchange and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays started the discussion by hosting community events around Bozeman discussing many issues the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community face.

Wednesday night was focusing on the transgender population.

It was one of three events civil rights groups are putting on in Bozeman to educate the community on issues the LGBT community deals with in Montana.

Supporters say events like this are important for people to better understand the transgender community.

"Non-discrimination ordinances usually have issues with transgender people because people don't know or understand transgender people," said Marty Elizabeth Ortiz, LBGT activist.

The next two events will both be Saturday. From noon to 4 p.m. Forward Montana is inviting people to join them from going around town knocking on doors to collect Equality Cards.  People are asked to meet at the Strand Union Building on MSU's campus.

A dance will end the night from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Montana Arts and Entertainment Complex. The show will feature Tate Chamberlin, Interchange creator, DJ Bones, Christian Jackson, The Trap Door Project, and Chris Sage.

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