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Petitioning Jacksonville City Council Member Warren Jones and 9 others

Tell Jacksonville: Add Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Anti-Discrimination Policies

Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in the entire state without an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Indeed, the political climate can be tough. One city council member suggested that gay people weren't qualified to hold elected office because of their sexual orientation, and suggested that if gay marriage ever came to Jacksonville, the city would collapse like the Roman Empire.

Still, despite inflammatory comments like this, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission is pushing hard for the city to adopt anti-discrimination measures on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As Mike Wachholz , chair of the Human Rights Commission said, "For me, the political climate isn't relevant. Are we going to do the right thing and the decent thing?"

The right and decent thing is for Jacksonville's City Council to adopt anti-discrimination policies that include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It's one step Jacksonville must take in order to improve its reputation when it comes to safety and acceptance, and truly become a welcoming city for all people.

Send an email to Jacksonville's City Council telling them to add sexual orientation and gender identity to their anti-discrimination policies.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Warren Jones
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Art Shad
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Don Redman
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Richard Clark
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Clay Yarborough
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Johnny Gaffney
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    William Bishop
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Reginald Brown
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    E. Denise Lee
  • Jacksonville City Council Member
    Jack Webb


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