Beginning in January 2015 the City of Dallas Office of Ethics and Diversity held a series of LGBT focus group sessions to give City employees identifying as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender an opportunity to raise concerns and to provide feedback to the city manager through the ethics and diversity officer. Employees attending these sessions were compelled to establish a more permanent organization to represent the community of LGBT City employees. Several employees formed a steering committee, with the assistance of the ethics and diversity office, to develop a mission for the organization and bylaws which would govern it.
The Dallas City Association for Promoting Equality was formally established on May 15, 2015. Twenty-three charter members were enrolled, adopted the bylaws and elected officers.
On February 9, 2017 the membership of the Association voted to change the name to the LGBT Employee Association of Dallas to more clearly identify our organization to colleagues and the community.
Bylaws of the Association
To raise awareness of equality issues in the workplace in order to foster an organizational culture that is inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ City employees, promote professional and personal development, and break negative stereotypes through education.
Felix Arrieta, President
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