Mayors Across the Country Agree: It's Time to Protect LGBT Americans From Discrimination
About Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. We recognize the special role mayors play in protecting the rights and safety of residents and in advancing policies that move our communities and our country forward. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide. Learn More About Our Coalition
Here's What Mayors Across the Country Are Saying About the Need to Stand Against Anti-LGBT Discrimination!
Mayor Muriel Bowser
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
Mayor Jim Kenney
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
Mayor Ed Lee
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
Mayor Ed Murray
I am committed to Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination because Seattle has long ensured full protections of our LGBT friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues—which makes our community strong, diverse, and economically vibrant. As a long-time state legislator and Seattle’s first openly gay mayor, it has been a priority of mine to fight for inclusion and LGBT equality. During a time when LGBT rights are again under attack nationally, we must stand up against discrimination and fight for equal treatment of all people in every community, town, and city in America. Mayor Ed Murray Seattle, WA Coalition Co-Chair
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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
Mayor William Peduto
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
Mayor Lovely Warren
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
Mayor Jackie Biskupski
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
Mayor Alex Morse
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
Mayor Dan Horrigan
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
Mayor Jennifer Roberts
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
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
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
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