Birmingham Passes Comprehensive, LGBTQ-Inclusive Nondiscrimination OrdinanceBy Cameron Tolle • September 26, 2017 • 2:36 pm
Big news in Alabama today, where the Birmingham City Council just voted unanimously to pass an LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination law. The law passed by the City Council today prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.
FFAA’s Acting CEO and President of Strategy Kasey Suffredini celebrated this huge win in the South—and congratulated advocates in Birmingham for a landmark victory today:
“Today’s city council vote will make a real difference in the lives of the LGBTQ people and families who call Birmingham home. This is a historic moment for Birmingham, and we hope that elected officials across the state take notice. LGBTQ people should have the freedom to go about their daily lives without facing discrimination, and we’re hopeful that other municipalities in Alabama and across the South will follow Birmingham’s lead. Congratulations to Equality Alabama and all of the state and local advocates who worked so hard to secure this incredible victory.”
In addition to modernizing the city’s non-discrimination law, the ordinance also will lead to the creation of the Birmingham Human Rights Commission.
Alabama is one of 32 states without explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people under state law. That means for LGBTQ people in Birmingham, the passage of an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is life-changing. For the first time in Alabama’s history, the residents of the city’s largest state know that if they face discrimination, the law of their city will be on their side.
Congratulations to Equality Alabama and the hundreds of advocates in Birmingham who fought hard—and strategically—all the way through the finish line!