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Texas Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Oppose Bill to Revoke LGBT Protections

April 19, 2017 by admin

Today three Texas mayors who are part of the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition of nearly 250 mayors across the country released the below statement on HB 2899. HB 2899 would prohibit cities across Texas from passing measures that protect transgender people from discrimination in restrooms, and would even void existing protections that do just that in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. The bill was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives last week and is scheduled for its first committee hearing today, April 19.

The statement can be attributed to Mayor Steve Adler, Austin; Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston; and Mayor Jess Herbst, New Hope, the first openly transgender state official in Texas. Collectively, these mayors represent more than 3 million constituents.

“As mayors, we are best positioned to make decisions that protect our communities and allow all our citizens to thrive. In addition to creating an unprecedented level of unfair treatment towards people who are transgender, HB 2899 would take power out of the hands of local officials who know what’s best for their constituents. This bill is an insidious piece of legislation that serves no purpose other than to single out transgender people for discrimination in the Lone Star State. It is a threat to our Texan values of freedom, fairness, and individual liberty, and has no place in the state legislature.”

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. The coalition launched at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January in Washington, DC and currently includes 242 mayors from 46 states and the District of Columbia.

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In Tumblr IssueTime Event, Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Answer Questions on LGBT Equality

April 12, 2017 by admin

This week five representatives from Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, a coalition of nearly 250 mayors from nearly every state in the country, participated in a special virtual event hosted by Tumblr. The event, an “IssueTime” virtual roundtable, saw mayors answering questions about LGBT equality and the push for LGBT non-discrimination protections.

Thank you to the following five mayors who participated. The mayors hail from states with and without LGBT non-discrimination protections, representing small towns and big cities and a wide range of backgrounds:

Click here to see the entire IssueTime event – or see some favorite questions below.

On How Straight Allies Can Take a Stand

https://action.tumblr.com/post/159453005225/what-can-straight-allies-do-to-protect-lgbtq

On the Mayors’ Personal Journeys Toward LGBT Support

https://action.tumblr.com/post/159453043920/first-of-all-i-want-to-say-you-guys-are-awesome

On Supporting LGBT Equality in a Challenging Political Climate

https://action.tumblr.com/post/159453010775/with-a-president-and-vp-speaker-of-the-house

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. We recognize the special role mayors play in protecting the rights and safety of residents and in advancing policies that move our communities and our country forward. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide.

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TODAY: Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Take Questions on LGBT Equality Through Tumblr IssueTime Series

April 7, 2017 by admin

Today, Friday, April 7, five mayors who are members of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination are taking questions as part of Tumblr’s IssueTime series.

Users can submit questions to the mayors all day today – and on Tuesday, answers will be published.

These five mayors are participating, representing just a bit of the diversity and range of support the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition holds:

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. We recognize the special role mayors play in protecting the rights and safety of residents and in advancing policies that move our communities and our country forward. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide.

Submit your questions to these mayors today on Tumblr!

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A Look At What Mayor Slay Has Done for the LGBT Community

April 7, 2017 by admin
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April 6, 2017 by admin
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Congrats to Mayor Horrigan and Akron, Ohio on Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

April 5, 2017 by admin

Last week Akron, Ohio became the seventeenth city in Ohio to enact comprehensive non-discrimination protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote by the Akron City Council was unanimous, following introduction last week by Mayor Dan Horrigan and Councilman Rich Swirsky.

Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio, with nearly 200,000 residents who are now protected from anti-LGBT discrimination.

Mayor Dan Horrigan is a part of Freedom for All Americans’ Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, which launched in January 2017 and now features more than 200 mayors who support LGBT non-discrimination protections.

Mayor Horrigan said this week: “I’m proud that Akron is now one of more than a dozen cities in Ohio to fully protect all resident from discrimination, including our LGBT neighbors. No one should live in fear of being fired, denied service, or denied a place to live because of who they are.  Local ordinances like ours are an important way to stand up for fair and equal treatment for all in our community.”

Equality Ohio, along with many other supporters of LGBT non-discrimination in Akron, have been working toward this ordinance for many weeks, and Equality Ohio has been working toward prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in cities across the state. Freedom for All Americans congratulates all involved on this huge win and the momentum it signals toward statewide protections.

When municipalities – especially larger cities like Akron – embrace non-discrimination protections that cover the LGBT community, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. Hundreds of cities and towns over the past 40 years have voted to protect residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, because they know it’s the right thing to do and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

Congratulations, Akron – and thanks to everyone working toward these important steps forward.

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April 5, 2017 by admin

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