New England mayors join new national anti-discrimination coalition

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Reflects on Rapid Growth of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Coalition

January 30, 2017 by admin

 

Editors’ Note: This blog post was authored by Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, a founder and co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination.

Earlier this month I was thrilled to join with mayors from across the country for the formal launch of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, a coalition coordinated by Freedom for All Americans featuring mayors standing up for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections. More than 200 mayors from almost every single state in the country are included on the impressive bipartisan roster of local leaders who know how important it is to speak out against anti-LGBT attacks.

As the mayor of San Francisco, I’m so proud of my city’s long-standing commitment to advancing and protecting the rights of our LGBT residents. We’ve seen first-hand here that by opening our arms and welcoming everyone, San Francisco is a safer, more diverse, and stronger city.

It’s terrific to see mayors in so many cities who also see the need to champion progress toward equality, justice, and opportunity for all. From Birmingham, AL to Jackson, WY, from large cities like Seattle, WA and Philadelphia, PA to small towns like East Point City, GA and Ketchum, ID, local leaders are committed to doing the hard work of education and advocacy until we achieve a society that ensures equal treatment for all.

When I joined with several other mayors last year in founding Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, we aimed to take the very best of the steps forward we have taken for equality in cities like mine and provide a template to support mayors across the country who want to do what’s right for their constituents. Together, we can provide a space for elected officials everywhere to take their local action and create a national impact.

Take a look at the 200+ Mayors from almost every state standing up against anti-LGBT discrimination!

 

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“Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination” formed to expand local protections amid Republican dominance of federal and state government

January 24, 2017 by admin
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175 Mayors begin coalition to fight LGBT discrimination

January 23, 2017 by admin
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Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Roster Climbs to Nearly 200 in 43 States

January 23, 2017 by admin

In the week since the public launch of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination in Washington, D.C., more than a dozen new mayors have voiced their support, signing up as coalition members. The coalition now stands at a total of 190 mayors in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia.

The new mayors include Francis Slay of St, Louis, MO; Mike Rawlings of Dallas, TX; Sam Liccardo of San Jose, CA; and Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, LA. Louisiana is now the forty-third state represented by the coalition.

This week Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted his support:

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. With 32 states still lacking comprehensive protections for LGBT people and increasing uncertainty surrounding new federal policies, it is more crucial than ever to continue building support at the local level. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination aims to provide support and resources that can be implemented immediately in order to advance equality and affirm the dignity of all.

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Over 100 Mayors Unite Against LGBT Discrimination Days Before Inauguration

January 18, 2017 by admin
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175 mayors launch new coalition against anti-LGBT discrimination

January 18, 2017 by admin
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175 Mayors from 40+ States Launch Coalition for LGBT Protections

January 18, 2017 by admin

Angela Dallara | [email protected] | 646.430.3925 

WASHINGTON — Today, in advance of the upcoming inauguration, 175 mayors across the country from cities large and small announced “Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination,” a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people.

The launch was announced at a breakfast roundtable briefing and discussion among LGBT policy experts and dozens of mayors — including co-chairs of the coalition — at the Holland & Knight law offices in Washington, DC. The discussion centered on what mayors and local officials can do to support their LGBT constituents and advance equal protections at home, and took place alongside Freedom for All Americans and the Center for American Progress.

175 mayors from 42 states and the District of Columbia have joined the coalition to date. The co-chairs include San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. The full list of current Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination can be found at

www.mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org.

“I’m proud of San Francisco’s long-standing commitment to advancing and protecting the rights of our LGBT community, and of the tremendous contributions we’ve made to LGBT culture, history, and advocacy in America,” said Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, founder and co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination. “By opening our arms and welcoming everyone, San Francisco is a safer, more diverse and stronger city in part due to the invaluable members of our LGBT community. The vision for Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination seeks to take the very best of the advancements for equality that have been made in cities such as San Francisco and provide a template to support mayors across the country who want to do what’s right for their constituents, and join the efforts at the national level. We need all cities to stand together, in solidarity, to continue the progress towards equality, justice and opportunity. This coalition is committed to doing the hard work of education and advocacy until we achieve a society that ensures equal treatment for all.”

“I am committed to Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination because Seattle has long ensured full protections of our LGBT friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues—which makes our community strong, diverse, and economically vibrant,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “As a long-time state legislator and Seattle’s first openly gay mayor, it has been a priority of mine to fight for inclusion and LGBT equality. During a time when LGBT rights are again under attack nationally, we must stand up against discrimination and fight for equal treatment of all people in every community, town, and city in America.”

“When the District of Columbia passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, our city again stood up for fairness, equality, and dignity for all of our residents,” said Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. “But when members of our community travel outside of Washington, DC on vacation or on business, they continue to face potential discrimination and a patchwork of unequal laws. It’s time now for other cities, states, and the entire country to embrace LGBT nondiscrimination protections so no one faces unfair treatment simply because of who they are.”

“The city of Philadelphia is committed to being a fair and inclusive place where all people feel welcome, and this includes passing equal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people,” said Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia. “Full equality — no matter who you are or who you love — is not only good for our community; it’s the right thing to do. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination will work to make fairness and inclusion a reality everywhere.”

32 states still lack comprehensive protections for LGBT people and the new administration brings increasing uncertainty surrounding federal policies. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination will provide support and resources that can be implemented immediately at the local level in order to advance equality and affirm the dignity of all. To learn more about the project, visit

www.mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org. To inquire about interviews with individual mayors, email [email protected].

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Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

 

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For Launch of Coalition, Mayors and Policy Experts Join Together at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in DC

January 13, 2017 by admin

In advance of the upcoming inauguration, mayors from cities and towns across the country will launch Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination with a breakfast briefing on Wednesday, January 18 at the Holland & Knight law offices in Washington, DC. The launch will include a roundtable discussion between co-chairs of the coalition and policy experts on LGBT issues about what mayors and local officials can do to support their LGBT constituents and advance equal protections.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. With 32 states still lacking comprehensive protections for LGBT people and increasing uncertainty surrounding new federal policies, it is more crucial than ever to continue building support at the local level. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination aims to provide support and resources that can be implemented immediately in order to advance equality and affirm the dignity of all.

More than 150 mayors from more than 40 states and the District of Columbia have joined the coalition to date. The full list will be released at the launch. Details below:

Confirmed speakers include:

The event is open to press. RSVP to [email protected]

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Meet the Co-Chairs of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination

January 13, 2017 by admin

We are proud to have four great mayors serve as co-chairs of the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition. The effort to coordinate mayors in joint opposition to anti-LGBT proposals and policies began in earnest in the spring of 2016, when Mayor Ed Lee worked with his colleagues to found a group committed to speaking out against discrimination. Now we’re thrilled to have four outstanding mayors from some of the largest cities in the country speaking out in favor of laws that protect all people from discrimination, no matter who you are or who you love. Take a look:

Mayor Muriel Bowser (Washington, D.C.): Mayor Bowser is the 7th elected Mayor in Washington, DC and took office in 2015, pledging to foster a culture of inclusion, transparency and action.  Mayor Bowser has been committed to ensuring that every Washingtonian gets a fair shot. The Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs has focused on public safety, LGBTQ youth, government operations and policies, community engagement and transgender residents’ issues.

Mayor Jim Kenney (Philadelphia, PA): On January 4, 2016, Jim was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his first budget, the Mayor worked closely with City Council to fund bold anti-poverty initiatives – including expansion of quality pre-k, the creation of 25 community schools and $300M investment in parks, rec centers and libraries – by making Philadelphia the first major city to pass a tax on sweetened beverages.  One month later, Philadelphia shined on an international stage while hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, winning praise for the Philadelphia Police Department’s positive interactions with demonstrators and for the city’s overall management of this large-scale event during an acute heat wave and a particularly tense time in our nation’s history.

Mayor Ed Lee (San Francisco, CA): Mayor Lee took office in 2012 as Mayor of San Francisco. For his entire career, Mayor Lee, who is the first Asian American mayor in the city’s history, has been an advocate and friend to the LGBT community. Only two days after North Carolina’s devastating HB2 was signed into law, Mayor Lee was one of the first mayors to ban any non-essential city-funded travel to the state. Mayor Lee worked with his colleagues to found Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination.

Mayor Ed Murray (Seattle, WA): Mayor Ed Murray became Mayor of Seattle in 2014 after 18 years in the Washington state legislature.  As an openly gay legislator, he led the push for Washington’s statewide LGBT nondiscrimination law, which passed in 2006.  As Mayor, he has been dedicated to social justice – making Seattle a safe, affordable, vibrant and interconnected city for all.  In 2015, Mayor Murray announced a task force to develop recommendations to create a safer environment for LGBT people in the city and to work with community members, businesses and organizations to increase safety and LGBT visibility citywide.

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Welcome to the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Website!

January 13, 2017 by admin

Welcome to the website for Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination – your portal to the coalition of nearly 200 mayors from more than 40 different states and the District of Columbia who are standing up for LGBT non-discrimination and standing against efforts to discriminate against LGBT people.

The Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition formally launched in January 2017, following efforts from mayors in early 2016 to speak out against a wave of anti-LGBT legislation filed in states across the country, from North Carolina to Mississippi. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a project of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide

Mayors have a unique and special role to play in protecting the rights and safety of residents and in advancing policies that move our communities and our country forward. That’s why so many mayors have signed onto the coalition to represent all of their constituents and speak out in favor of LGBT equality.

Here’s some of what you can find here on the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination website:

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Championing Municipal-Level Protections for LGBT People

January 13, 2017 by admin

Mayors are often at the forefront of ensuring that all residents in their city or town are protected and treated with respect. One key way to demonstrate this leadership is by championing municipal-level protections, working closely with the city council or other governing body to update city non-discrimination policies that prohibit discrimination to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity are included.

Across the country more than 200 cities in nearly every state have embraced LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections, and each time municipalities take this action, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. These cities and towns understand that protecting residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is simply the right thing to do. Often, mayors are at the helm of these efforts to ensure no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

 

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Prohibiting Non-Essential Travel to States with Anti-LGBT Laws

January 13, 2017 by admin

Since early 2015 we have seen many mayors and local leaders take action to prohibit city funds from being used for non-essential travel to states with blatantly discriminatory laws targeting LGBT people. Mayors have issued travel bans to North Carolina following the passage of the egregious anti-LGBT HB2, as well as to Indiana after the state passed a law disguising anti-LGBT discrimination as “religious freedom.

Travel bans like these are not just symbolic – they also have an economic impact on the states and send a message that discriminating against LGBT people is bad for the economic prosperity of the state. With public employees no longer staying in hotel rooms, frequenting restaurants, browsing stores, or visiting tourist sites, the dollar amount adds up. Travel bans function as a warning to other states – don’t pass anti-LGBT laws – and a statement of values for the mayor issuing the order.

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Supporting Local Law Enforcement on LGBT-Inclusive Trainings

January 13, 2017 by admin

In several cities, mayors are working closely with their local police chiefs to ensure that the department has fully LGBT-inclusive policies for all members – and to develop training curriculum for the police academy that specifically addresses the concerns of LGBT residents. Too often, LGBT individuals are at a greater risk of being victimized based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and it’s vital that local law enforcement understands the community and the specific considerations to keep in mind when working with LGBT residents.

One recent example is in Providence, Rhode Island, where Mayor Jorge Elorza is working with Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements to develop LGBT-specific training materials for law enforcement officials. “Now, more than ever, it is important that every member of our community feels safe and protected,” Mayor Elorza said.

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‘Civility, compassion’ themes of mayor’s remarks

January 5, 2017 by admin
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