Persistence, hard work, strategy, and a commitment to sharing the real stories of LGBT Americans – that's what we'll need to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide, and last night, that's what helped advocates in Jacksonville, Florida at last claim victory in the fight for LGBT non-discrimination.
For seven years the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality has worked to build unprecedented support for LGBT equality in the city. Because of the tenacity of local advocates, the coalition has grown to include 700+ local businesses, 200+ faith leaders, and thousands of community members calling for one thing: Update the city’s human rights ordinance to include LGBT people.
That’s what happened last night: The Republican-majority City Council in Jacksonville, Florida approved a city-wide LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, and moments later the Republican mayor said he would allow it to become law. This win illustrates that even in a challenging political climate, proactive and positive steps forward for LGBT people are possible – but only if we keep doing the work.
Because of this ordinance, nearly a million people in Jacksonville will be protected from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations,
Thank you Freedom For All Americans for this news!
We still have a lot of work to do