The city of Fort Worth, Texas is considering an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on gender identity, gay weekly the Dallas Voice reported.

The city's Human Relations Commission voted July 28 to amend the city's anti-discrimination policy to include transgender protections. All eleven members voted in favor of the recommendation.

The commission's recommendation must now be approved by the city's Diversity Task Force before City Council will consider the measure.

If passed, the ordinance would prohibit discrimination against transgender people in the areas of employment, housing, and places of public accommodation.

The move has been under consideration for nearly a year, Lisa Thomas, a Human Rights Commission member, told the paper: “The commission has been working on this issue since before I joined more than a year ago.”

“At our March meeting, members of the transgender community spoke to the commission, telling the commissioners about their lives and the issues and discrimination they encounter trying to live their lives,” Thomas said.

“Those citizen presentations were informative and very moving,” she added.