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City approves protections for LGBT residents

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For some people, home isn't always the safe and desirable place most expect it to be.

"They'll just give us nasty looks or something," said Keghan Tacey.

Keghan Tacey said that's what he faces in Bay City when he goes out with his dad Nicole Tacey.

She's a transgender woman.

"I understand that people don't understand transgendered people," Nicole Tacey said.

She admits it's tough for most to wrap their minds around her being a dad, while identifying as a woman.

But she says her happiness, shouldn't be discriminated against.

Technically, in Bay City, like many communities across the nation, she could lose her job or be denied housing because of her gender identity.

"I would hate to think that myself or my family was homeless for the simple fact that I was being myself," Nicole Tacey said.

On Monday night, Bay City commissioners all agreed protections are a must for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

"It looks like we will be able to hopefully, down the road, be able to bring this to attrition, to accomplish this goal with keeping costs minimal and negligible," said David Terrasi, Bay City commissioner.

The city leaders called for an ordinance to ban discrimination against the LGBT community.

They want to spin it off a similar ordinance in Traverse City that protects against it.

City manager Richard Finn said there's not a lot of money in the coffers to add staff to address complaints, but believes there is a way.

"Determine what would be involved staff wise, what would be involved if we did a human relations commission, and how does that all work?" Finn said. "We've got to reach out and determine how other places are doing these types of things."          

The Tacey family said they hope an ordinance will pass to make home feel like home.

"I know it hurts my dad's feelings because he's just a regular person just like us," Keghan Tacey said.

Nicole Tacey said, "There needs to be protections so when these people do come to terms being themselves."

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