Pass Ordinance 2012-226 to include sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Petitioned Bob Stephens

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Mayor and Springfield City Council
Bob Stephens
Springfield City Council
Jeff Seifried
Springfield City Council
Cindy Rushefsky
Springfield City Council
Jerry Compton
Springfield City Council
Scott Bailes
Springfield City Council
Jan Fisk
Springfield City Council
John Rush
Springfield City Council
Doug Burlison
Springfield City Council
Thomas Bieker

Pass Ordinance 2012-226 to include sexual orientation and gender identity

    1. Devyn Taylor
    2. Petition by

      Devyn Taylor

      Springfield, MO

People in the LGBT community are routinely discriminated against in the workplace environment in many areas of the US, perhaps even more so here in the Midwest. 
In the spirit of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights, all citizens should be protected equally under the law. In other areas similar laws have done much to protect and put at ease those with varying sexual orientations and gender identity.

They have been shown to do well for business too. In fact, the HRC's Corporate Equality Index this year showed that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies have included sexual orientation, and 50% have included gender identity in their non-discrimination policies. Studies also show that people that are out in the workplace are generally more productive and more at ease with their coworkers as well. 

As a transsexual I can personally vouch that it is much less distracting now that I'm out living as myself, rather than trying to live every day hiding who I am.  For most people, it is very easy to overlook feeling comfortable in their own body.  For transgendered people it is an everyday battle... one that can continue even after beginning the physical transition to help their body match their mind.  Transitioning is a stressful, but necessary part of our lives.  Many of us are cast out from our families, losing friends and relationships along the way.  Without legal protection we have the additional stress of potentially losing our jobs and homes in the process as well!

It is important that we make a push to show that people overwhelmingly support giving equal rights in employment and housing to people in the LGBT community. Especially now as the city council in Springfield is considering the bill, and opponents are getting increasingly loud to try and shut it down.

Ultimately, this is one small step. Hopefully this is successful and can function to inspire similar petitions and movements throughout the country.  Ideally, we will all soon have equal protection and treatment under the law here in America.  I believe that much like the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, it will ultimately be a series of small victories that truly brings us together as a nation united.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Update!

      Devyn Taylor
      Petition Organizer

      The city council tonight decided to put together a task force to bring more of the community together to discuss the bill. While the opposition cheered at this development, it really gives us an opportunity to build our numbers!

      I plan to work now to get a website and new petition up in a few days, with renewed effort to bring equality to all in our community. As soon as that is finished, I'll post another news update so all of you can help!

    3. We now have over 100 signatures!

      Devyn Taylor
      Petition Organizer

      First off, this is a great start. Thank you all so much for continuing to share this and get word out on this issue!

      When I started this petition, I did so because I observed all of the hate and anger those opposed to this ordinance showed. It is impossible to really gauge the opposition, but it is easy to tell that there are a lot of people that don't want to see this passed.

      Because of this, if you live in the area... I strongly encourage you to attend and/or speak at the upcoming City Council meeting as well! The meeting will be held this upcoming Monday at 840 N Boonville Ave in Springfield and will start at 6:30PM. Last time the place filled, so I recommend arriving at 5PM!

      To speak at the meeting, email or call the Springfield city clerk, Brenda Cirtin, at bcirtin@springfieldmo.gov or 417-864-1650 and say:

      "I want to speak in support of Ordinance 2012-226 at the City Council
      meeting on August 27th. My name is [your name], and I'm located at [your address]."

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • annoymous beginings MIAMI,FL, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is wrong!!!!!

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    • Loretta Ranieri TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I believe that all people are created equal and should be treated fairly with equal rights. We are all children of God.

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    • Catherine Carter HONOLULU, HI
      • almost 2 years ago

      I saw Rev. Snider's testimony from August 13, 2012 and I hope the council will take it to heart. The issue of gay rights is exactly similar to the issue of racial rights. Discrimination against any group is not right and should not be legal. Churches can believe what they want but their beliefs shouldn't be dictating what is legal. Equal rights for every person is what should be legal. That is WHY we have governments in the first place. YOU are the equalizers! Please, take your responsibility seriously and pass Ordinance 2012-226.

      Thank you,

      Catherine Carter

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    • David Heath SNOHOMISH, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Equal Rights should be important to everyone. Anyone that actually READS the Bible knows that the cherry picked anti Gay Bible quotes are a hoax. The spouters of this mis-information ignore that is is an equal abomonation in God's eyes to wear cloting of mixed fibers or to touch pig skin, and so on. God and Jesus have one law. Love. If you love, you will not lie, cheat, steal, etc. The venomous are clearly not deciples of the Prince of Peace. Please vote for equal rights. It has nothing to do with distroying the family. Gay is a gentic factor, not a choice or a sin.

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    • Jeff Levy LENEXA, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      Equality and Protection for ALL regardless.

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