Across the country, mayors are standing up against anti-LGBT discrimination! Whether they live in small towns or large cities, in urban hubs or rural areas, in states with strong LGBT protections or states with none at all, this broad-based bipartisan coalition represents nearly 200 voices supporting LGBT non-discrimination. Here are just some of the reasons mayors are speaking out:
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. 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.
Mayor Muriel Bowser • District of Columbia • Coalition Co-Chair
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. 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.
Mayor Jim Kenney • Philadelphia, PA • Coalition Co-Chair
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. 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.
Mayor Ed Lee • San Francisco, CA • Coalition Founder & Co-Chair
The City of Chicago is committed to fighting for equality and against discrimination in all its forms. As mayor, I will ensure that our policies and protections apply to everyone who lives in and visits our city. In recent years, we have implemented reforms to achieve major progress in improving inclusion for our LGBTQ community at our schools and throughout the city, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that the voices and interests of all residents in Chicago are not only protected and represented in our policies, but embraced across the city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel • Chicago, IL • Coalition Member
I have been an ally and supporter of the LGBT community for many years, and I’m proud to say that I have been attending Pittsburgh's Pride Parade since the days when it was attended by just a few dozen activists. It’s incredibly exciting to see how LGBT rights have grown the past few years, but there is still much more we can do to fight discrimination.
Mayor William Peduto • Pittsburgh, PA • Coalition Member
Rochester is the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, so the fight for equality is nothing new to us. As an African American woman and the child of an immigrant, I am keenly aware of what discrimination feels like, and equally aware that it has no place or part in the “American Dream.” As Mayor of Rochester, I am proud to continue our city’s tradition of fighting for equality for all or our citizens, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or for any other reason. No citizen should be denied access to jobs, safe and vibrant neighborhoods or quality educational opportunities simply because of who they are. In Rochester, we stand with our LGBTQ citizens because we are one community that is united and strengthened by our diversity.
Mayor Lovely Warren • Rochester, NY • Coalition Member
In 1997, I joined the State Legislature as Utah’s first openly gay elected official. Today, I lead the capital city as the first lesbian mayor. Our city has long embraced the issues of equality, fairness, and opportunity. We have a long history of protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community, and we led the state in the adoption of an ordinance that bans sexual and gender identity discrimination. We know that diversity makes our city strong and vibrant. Salt Lake City is, and will always be, a welcoming community to all.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski • Salt Lake City, UT • Coalition Member
As Mayor, LGBT discrimination is unacceptable in my city. The voices of those who have been beaten down and neglected because of who they are and who they love must be protected. I join with mayors across the country in this coalition because one individual speaking out is not enough. In this time of uncertainty and fear, I choose to stand up for those in my community and other neighborhoods all over this country who are in danger. I stand with love, not hate.
Mayor Alex Morse • Holyoke, MA • Coalition Member
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.
Mayor Dan Horrigan • Akron, OH • Coalition Member
Personally, I would like to see nothing more than a repeal of HB2, but this is not a repeal nor is this a reset. This is a rejection of Charlotte's and North Carolina's progressive, inclusive values. We are not HB2, and we are not today's false repeal.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts • Charlotte, NC • Coalition Member
A city thrives when everyone has a chance to participate fully in the life of the community without fear of discrimination. Here in South Bend, Indiana, we know that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is wrong. Our local non-discrimination policies have been a success, and we hope such policies become the norm in other cities and states as well.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg • South Bend, IN • Coalition Member
A city only works if everyone is equally valued and everyone has real opportunity. Detroit was among the first big U.S. cities to enact antidiscrimination protections for the gay community in the 1970s. It’s a commitment we’ve expanded over the years because we recognize our city’s resurgence will be strengthened all the more through the contributions of our LGBT neighbors. Opportunity must be inclusive.
Mayor Mike Duggan • Detroit, MI • Coalition Member
In Mukilteo, we have long welcomed people from varied backgrounds to form a strong and vibrant community. We work together to confront discrimination and bias, and build a safe, nurturing place for everyone. I am proud to stand with my fellow mayors and fight LGBT discrimination.
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson • Mukilteo, WA • Coalition Member
In a time when our progressive values are being questioned and traditionally marginalized groups are silenced by those in power, we must stand up. I am proud to be a part of Evanston, a city that so actively strives to be inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. As Mayor, I will continue to promote empathy, compassion, kindness, and inclusion to those who are or who feel marginalized, including our LGBT brothers and sisters.
Mayor Steve Hagerty • Evanston, IL • Coalition Member
It’s far past time for governments to stand against discrimination of any group. Hawai’i is renowned for being a welcoming place, and there is no place for discrimination in this place which prides itself on the principle of Aloha. We stand with our fellow Mayor in staunch opposition to any kind of discrimination; all of humanity is created equal.
Mayor Harry Kim • Hawai'i County, HI • Coalition Member
Alexandria, Virginia, is a city of kindness and compassion. Our city has declared itself to be a hate-free zone. We are an accepting and embracing community where we treat each other with human dignity and respect. There is no place for intolerance in our city. We remain fully committed to diversity and to fostering an atmosphere of inclusiveness that respects the dignity and worth of every person without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Mayor Allison Silberberg • Alexandria, VA • Coalition Member