Protect the LGBTQ Community from Discrimination
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who live, work and play in Birmingham, Ala., have no legal protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. That means you can get married on Saturday and be fired from your job, denied service, or evicted from your home because you're LGBTQ. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love.
More than 200 counties and cities in the United States already prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Alabamians believe in the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Discrimination is a violation of that tenet. Sign this letter to Mayor William Bell and all 9 members of Birmingham City Council and let them know that you demand equal protection for Birmingham's LGBTQ community.
- Mayor of Birmingham
William A. Bell
- Council President, District 5
- Councilor, District 1
- Councilor, District 2
- Councilor, District 3
- Councilor, District 4
- Councilor, District 6
- Councilor, District 7
- Councilor, District 8
- Councilor, District 9
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who live and work in Birmingham enjoy no legal protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. That means you can be fired from your job for being gay or denied service because you're transgender or be kicked out of your apartment because your gender expression doesn't conform to societal norms.
More than 200 cities and counties have already taken steps to prohibit and prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. These are cities with which Birmingham competes for business, tourism and accolades, such as Atlanta, Austin, New Orleans, Phoenix and Philadelphia.
This is critically important now in light of the recent violence perpetrated against the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Fla., this past Sunday morning and given the recent deluge of anti-LGBTQ legislation cropping up across the nation — including the controversial HB2 anti-transgender bill in North Carolina. Our community — and particularly people of color within it — continues to be marginalized and oppressed. But we will not be silent. And we will not back down. Not one bit.
Birmingham needs to do better if we expect to attract and retain top talent and continue our positive momentum. Let's make this the great city we know it can be, one where the Golden Rule is not merely talk, but rooted in action.
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