Gay and Transgender Charlotteans Are Under Attack
By Chris Sgro on 02/12/2015 @ 10:00 AM
Anti-LGBT forces in our state are targeting gay and transgender Charlotteans. We need your help right now.
The same extreme group that spearheaded our state's marriage ban, has now set its sights on preventing elected leaders from updating non-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender Charlotteans in public accommodations. To do so, they're spreading misinformation and outright lies about our community.
The Charlotte City Council will vote on these protections on February 23, at 6:30 p.m. and we need our fair-minded supporters at that meeting.
But we can't wait. The other side is calling and emailing Charlotte's leaders right now. We need to make sure fair-minded voices are heard in support of these important protections. For more on these protections, why they're important, and how to talk about them, please click here.
Call or email Charlotte's leaders today:
Mayor Dan Clodfelter
Mayor Pro Tem Michael D. Barnes
Claire Green Fallon
Patsy B. Kinsey
Gregory A. Phipps
John N. Autry
Edmund H. Driggs
And don't forget to join us on February 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Charlotte City Council meeting (Charlotte Mecklenburg Gov't Center, 600 E. Fourth Street) to show your support for equality for all Charlotteans.
THINGS TO KNOW:
The purpose of these updates is to safeguard the opportunity of all Charlotteans to be free from all forms of arbitrary discrimination, including discrimination based on real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital or family status.
The updated non-discrimination ordinances would protect people from arbitrary discrimination in public accommodations, commercial contracting and passenger vehicles for hire.
It is important to understand that more than 200 cities in states across the United States— like Kansas City, MO, Gainesville, FL and Kalamazoo, MI— have already passed and successfully implemented these ordinances, with no increase in public safety incidents. Charlotte is one of only 3 of the nation’s 20 largest cities that does not have inclusive non-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people in public accommodations and fair housing.
Updated non-discrimination ordinances will strengthen the community by fostering an atmosphere of respect and inclusivity. It will send the message that Charlotte is a welcoming place to live, work, and raise a family.