Target: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Goal: Applaud decision to approve LGBT protections and stop LGBT discrimination.
The Charlotte City Council voted recently in favor of an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance makes changes to the already existing non-discrimination ordinance, meaning businesses in Charlotte can no longer deny service or discriminate against gay, lesbian, or transgender people in addition to race, age, religion, and gender. The ordinance also applies to taxis, bars, restaurants, and stores. The most controversial aspect includes allowing residents to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
This isn’t the first time the Council has voted for this ordinance. Last year the vote failed with a majority of the council voting against it. After the election of two new members, it was pushed once again and passed. The new member, Democrat Al Austin, told reporters that Charlotte would not be a city that panders to fear and hate to those who perpetuate fear and injustice. The second new member, Democrat Patsy Kinsey, believed that this new ordinance was similar to her efforts to bring domestic partner benefits to same-sex employees. Sign the petition below to applaud the council’s decision to approve this new ordinance in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dear Mayor Roberts,
It’s truly a historic time for the city of Charlotte. By voting in favor of the LGBT ordinance, your city has proven that it is more than willing to progress and will not allow anyone to discriminate its citizens. Last year when the ordinance was first voted on, many LGBT citizens lived in fear. Although they were protected from discrimination based on their race, age, religion or gender, they still felt that they had to hide from the public eye. Many same-sex couples would avoid being seen together in public, especially in restaurants, bars and taxis, all of whom had the right to kick out anyone they believed to be LGBT.
Transgender citizens can now safely go to the bathroom of their choosing without fear. Acts of violence towards transgender citizens were all too common in the past decade. I would like to thank you for making the LGBT community feel safe.
[Your Name Here]
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