With just days before the opening of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland, the host city, has extended its transgender protections to include bathroom use.

Cleveland City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

In 2009, city leaders approved legislation that prohibits discrimination based on a person's gender identity in employment and public accommodations.

A draft of the Republican platform to be voted on next week state's the party's opposition to such laws, and by extension its support for North Carolina's controversial law that restricts transgender bathroom use.

LGBT rights groups applauded the move.

“While national Republican leaders are doing everything possible to relegate LGBTQ people to second-class citizens, the Cleveland City Council is standing up and sending the world a different message – that Cleveland is a welcoming city and won’t tolerate discrimination against transgender people,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “We commend City Council members for setting a pro-equality example for other cities and states by soundly rejecting the dangerous, fear-mongering rhetoric many anti-equality activists are peddling across the country.”

“Cleveland is now a world-class city with laws that foster a culture of inclusion,” said Alana Jochum, executive director of Equality Ohio. “When the world is watching Cleveland on television, whether it's the NBA Finals or the Republican National Convention, they're seeing a city that is welcoming of LGBTQ people.”