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.