Welcome to 5 New Mayors Standing Against Discrimination in Our Coalition!

5 new Mayors have signed our Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Pledge, promising to stand up for comprehensive non-discrimination protections in their municipalities and across the country.

We welcome:

  • John Bauters, Emeryville, CA
  • Derek Dobies, Jackson, MI
  • Craig Moe, Laurel, MD
  • James Diossa, Central Falls, RI
  • Tari Renner, Bloomington, IL

Mayor Dobies from Jackson commented:

“Our victory with the LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance in Jackson, MI would not have been possible without the solidarity of the community and business leaders who dedicated themselves to building a more tolerant and inclusive community in the face of great adversity … I’m proud to stand behind those everyday heroes and continue to advocate for fairness and equality for the LGBTQ community.”

Mayor Bauters of Emeryville, CA also added:

“I am proud to be an out, LGBT mayor representing the people of Emeryville, California. We are a community committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of our residents, employees and visitors alike. Discrimination of any kind has no place in our county. If we are to achieve the dream of equality for all we must begin our pursuit of equality and justice for all in our own front yard.”

Welcome to our new coalition members!


Who is Ed Lee? First Asian-American Mayor of San Francisco Dies Unexpectedly In Office

December 12, 2017 by admin

HRC Mourns the Death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

December 12, 2017 by admin

Remembering & Mourning San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Coalition Founder

December 12, 2017 by admin

Today the office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced that the mayor has passed away alongside family, friends and colleagues at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

In addition to being an advocate for a number of important causes, Lee was the founder of the national Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, consisting of more than 250 mayors across the country advocating for equal treatment for LGBT people in all aspects of life. Most recently, the mayors spoke out in support of nondiscrimination protections related to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that was heard at the Supreme Court last week.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination issued the following statement in response to the news:

Mayor Lee was a true tireless champion of LGBT equality, and equality for all. At his urging, and under his leadership, Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination was founded to be a voice for LGBT equality and has grown to more than 250 mayors nationally.

Mayor Lee was committed to taking a stand for the dignity and respect of all of his constituents, including LGBT people, and the impact of his good work has been felt across the country for decades. We send his family and loved ones our deepest condolences — we hope the memory of his tremendous character will bring them comfort during this hard time.

He will be truly missed.”


30+ Mayors Sign Open Statement Supporting LGBTQ Non-Discrimination As Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument

December 5, 2017 by admin

As the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark discrimination case that could have far-reaching consequences for LGBTQ Americans, 30+ mayors from across the country are uniting to show their support for nondiscrimination measures that ensure all Americans are treated fairly and equally.

The Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case concerns a Colorado bakery that refused to sell a cake to a same-sex couple celebrating their civil marriage. This action was in direct violation of Colorado’s nondiscrimination law, and both the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the state appellate court ruled in favor of the couple.

Today’s statement is the latest in a number of actions taken by mayors around the Masterpiece case. In October more than 150 mayors and municipalities representing 51 million constituents signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief in support of nondiscrimination protections – most who were activated through FFAA’s Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination program.

The mayors issued the following joint statement:

“As mayors of cities large and small, we hold a special responsibility to protect our residents and ensure their equal participation in public life. Discrimination, whatever the cause, serves no purpose but to divide our communities and we cannot allow our public square to become a place of fear, especially for marginalized communities like our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents. We affirm the right of all people to be treated with respect and served on equal terms. Equality for our LGBTQ residents does not reduce our freedom of speech nor our religious expression – it enhances it.”

The full list of mayors who specifically signed the statement:

To learn more about the wide array of constituencies supporting nondiscrimination in advance of the Masterpiece oral arguments, visit www.OpenToAll.com.