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Phoenix City Council Votes to Prohibit Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Last night, city councilors in Phoenix, Arizona, passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

The sixth most populous city in the country, Phoenix will join sixteen states and more than 160 cities in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Yesterday’s city council vote came after more than five hours of testimony from Phoenix residents.  The Arizona Republic reports that “an estimated 500 people” attended the hearing, which was moved to the a larger venue to accommodate the size of the audience.

Special thanks go to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton for his strong and outspoken support of the ordinance which will make Phoenix a more welcoming city for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents.

While many U.S. cities lag behind in protections for LGBT people, some of the most LGBT-friendly policies in the country have been innovated and implemented at the municipal level.  To find out more about pro-equality laws and policies that cities can adopt and to see how your city stacks up, check out HRC’s Municipal Equality Index.

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