A few days ago, Burlington mayor Pramila Jayapal sat down for an interview with ABC News.
Jayapals interview was with ABC’s “This Week.”
Jayapala discussed her work in the city, as well as the challenges she faces.
Jayupals focus on the transgender community has been a topic of conversation, but this time she discussed her stance on the issue.
She said she has come to understand that it is not about her but about the transgender people in her city.
Jayappals comments have sparked a lot of discussion on social media and the mayors decision to support the inclusion of transgender individuals in the Burlington City Charter.
Jayapal said that when she first started working on the charter, she saw a need to provide equality to everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression.
Jaypera said she was inspired by the work of the Transgender Marching Band in Minneapolis, and the support they have received from other cities.
“When you work in Burlington, it really comes down to that,” Jayapalis said.
“I think that people understand and respect that this is about us as citizens, not just a group of people that have a set of gender identities.”
In order to have a more diverse city, the mayor said it was important to protect the rights of everyone in the community.
Jayipas comments have also sparked backlash online.
Several commenters have criticized Jayapallas stance, including the Burlington Police Department, which said that the mayor’s comments were insensitive and offensive.
The police department did not respond to a request for comment by ABC News, but a statement released by the Burlington police department reads in part: “The police have a diverse police force, comprised of officers from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and we work with the community on a wide range of issues.
It is our policy not to comment on the private matters of individuals.”
Jayaps statement comes on the heels of the resignation of the police chief, who had called for the police department to be inclusive of transgender people.
Jayaapal told ABC News that she hopes the police will listen to the community’s concerns about the safety of transgender citizens and that she has been in contact with the department to ensure that they listen to her.
In the past, Jayapality has spoken out on issues including anti-discrimination laws, the inclusion and protection of transgender persons in employment, and transgender rights in her own community.
While the comments have stirred up controversy and criticism online, the city has been praised for its response.
On Saturday, the Burlington city council voted to pass the new LGBT rights ordinance, which includes a $2,000 donation to the Transgender Community Center of Burlington.
This story is developing.