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Transgender individuals share their stories as Bozeman’s NDO takes effect

Bozeman Resident Julie Small
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Julie Small, 37, a transgender resident of Bozeman, showed her support for the non-discrimination ordinance by describing to city commissioners her life as a mother to two children.

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Bozeman Resident Niki Buettner
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Niki Buettner, 24, a transgender resident of Bozeman, showed her support for the non-discrimination ordinance by describing to city commissioners her challenges with depression before coming out as transgender.

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Bozeman Resident Shawn Francis
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Shawn Francis, 22, moved to Bozeman in August 2013, and since then has faced discrimination in the work place and lost rental opportunities due to the perceived sexual orientation, which he described to city commissioners during the non-discrimination ordinance public comment.

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Julie Small is a mother of two. She attends Montana State University. She was born on the Crow Agency, served in the Air Force and is a Christian.

She is also a transgender person.

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Chronicle Staff Writer Erin Schattauer was with the Chronicle from 2013 to 2014

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