Eighth Mississippi City Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Resolution

Published on June 3 2014 No Comment
Eighth Mississippi City Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Resolution

The City Council of Jackson, MS, has made its city the eighth in The Hospitality State to pass a resolution declaring its stance against discrimination.

Through the leadership of Councilmen Melvin Priester and Charles Tillman, who sponsored the introduction of the resolution, Jackson will join a growing list of Mississippi cities and towns – including Starkville, Oxford, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and Magnolia – which have declared themselves inclusive, welcoming, and non-discriminatory

“I’m excited to see Mississippi’s capital and largest city recognize that diversity, including LGBTQ citizens, is a critical component of a successful city” said Knol Aust (Co-founder and Chair, Unity Mississippi). “It’s an historic and timely resolution—especially when you consider the recent legislation [SB2681] that was originally manufactured to allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community. We welcome this acknowledgement by the city that its citizens deserve equal treatment regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“We applaud the Council’s work in passing this resolution. This is a remarkable first step in the movement to establish full equality under the law for the people of Jackson. We, as a community and as an organization, strongly encourage the Council to continue this important work by now considering and passing into law an ordinance that codifies the sentiment declared in this resolution,” said Jenni Smith (Co-founder and Vice Chair, Unity Mississippi).

A growing majority of Mississippians support the fair and equal treatment of their LGBTQ neighbors, friends, and family. We commend the recent progress and affirm that it is time for Mississippi’s cities to continue this movement forward by establishing ordinances to protect its people from discrimination.