For Launch of Coalition, Mayors and Policy Experts Join Together at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in DC Posted on January 13, 2017

In advance of the upcoming inauguration, mayors from cities and towns across the country will launch Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination with a breakfast briefing on Wednesday, January 18 at the Holland & Knight law offices in Washington, DC. The launch will include a roundtable discussion between co-chairs of the coalition and policy experts on LGBT issues about what mayors and local officials can do to support their LGBT constituents and advance equal protections.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. With 32 states still lacking comprehensive protections for LGBT people and increasing uncertainty surrounding new federal policies, it is more crucial than ever to continue building support at the local level. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination aims to provide support and resources that can be implemented immediately in order to advance equality and affirm the dignity of all.

More than 150 mayors from more than 40 states and the District of Columbia have joined the coalition to date. The full list will be released at the launch. Details below:

  • WHO: Co-chairs of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, over two dozen additional mayors from around the country, LGBT policy experts, progressive activists, and community members
  • WHAT: Breakfast briefing to discuss the status of nondiscrimination protections nationwide, make local policy recommendations for mayors to advance equality, and preview a forthcoming report on nondiscrimination by the Center for American Progress that will provide local officials with a range of executive actions they can take to support their LGBT residents
  • WHERE: Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C.
  • WHENWednesday, January 188:00-9:00am EST

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination
  • Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination
  • Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, founder and co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination
  • Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination
  • Matt McTighe (moderator), executive director of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide
  • Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president for external affairs at the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans

The event is open to press. RSVP to angela@freedomforallamericans.org.