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.