As Mayors, we have the special responsibility to protect the rights and safety of our citizens and to advancing policies that move our communities and our country forward. Our communities are safer, more welcoming and more economically vibrant when everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law. For these reasons, we support inclusive nondiscrimination laws that provide explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in housing, employment and public accommodations.
LGBT equality and equal treatment is ultimately about building stronger communities for everyone. Our gay and transgender constituents, neighbors, family and friends should have the freedom to earn a living, have a place to live, and be served by a business or government office without fear of discriminated against.
As leaders of economic development within our communities, we know that protecting gay and transgender Americans is good for business. Today’s top job creators and talent seek states and communities that are welcoming to everyone, including LGBT employees and their families.
I stand with my fellow mayors and the overwhelming majority of Americans who support comprehensive nondiscrimination policies and urge our state and federal leaders to join in support of equal treatment for all our citizens.
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Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide.