Across the country, mayors are standing up against anti-LGBT discrimination! Whether they live in small towns or large cities, in urban hubs or rural areas, in states with strong LGBT protections or states with none at all, this broad-based bipartisan coalition represents nearly 200 voices supporting LGBT non-discrimination. Here are just some of the reasons mayors are speaking out:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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