Los Angeles elected officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the city's first Transgender Advisory Council, saying the committee would offer a new avenue of policy-making input from L.A.'s transgender men and women.
The advisory council, which will report to a
Advisory Council member Karina Samala said areas of focus would include city hiring policies and hate crimes against transgender people.
"A Los Angeles in which systemic discrimination and violence is a thing the trans community faces is a thing of the past," Mayor
"For too long, trans voices have been silenced in policy-making," Garcetti said.
City officials asserted L.A. is the largest city in the country to create a transgender advisory council, and only the second city overall, after West Hollywood.