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Petitioning Mayor and Springfield City Council Bob Stephens and 8 others

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

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.

Letter to
Mayor and Springfield City Council Bob Stephens
Springfield City Council Jeff Seifried
Springfield City Council Cindy Rushefsky
and 6 others
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
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Mayor Bob Stephens and the Springfield, MO city council.

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We're asking to pass Ordinance 2012-226 to include sexual orientation and gender identity and protect all of the citizens of Springfield, Missouri from discrimination in housing and the workplace.

People in the LGBT community are routinely discriminated against in the workplace 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 to the one currently being considered in Springfield 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 show that people that are out in the workplace are generally more productive and more at ease with their coworkers as well.

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 the life of someone with gender identity disorder. 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.

Reasons such as this cause extraordinary strain on the lives of people in the LGBT community. Coming out as gay can often have consequences just as bad as those that are transgender. It's not a choice to be born gay or transgender. However, this ordinance is. Please make the right decision and give us equal protection under the law against discrimination in housing and the workplace.
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Thank you for your consideration and time,