Last night, the City Council of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho approved a non-discrimination ordinance that protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. With nearly 400 people looking on, the City Council heard four hours of testimony before voting of 5 to 1 in favor. One council member said “discrimination in any form is wrong… If you want to fix the world, you start in your own backyard”.
Coeur d’Alene is now the fifth city in Idaho to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. All five cities have passed their ordinances in the last three years, and three of the cities have passed their ordinances since the start of 2013. The state of Idaho does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Twenty-nine other states also lack these protections for LGBT people, and thirty-four states lack protections for transgender people.
These cities in Idaho reflect a movement that is happening at the local level across the country. Where states and the federal government have failed to act, municipalities have stepped up. More than 170 cities and counties across the country have passed non-discrimination laws that protect their LGBT constituents. HRC’s Municipal Equality Index demonstrates the ways that many cities can – and do – serve the LGBT people who live and work in those cities.
Read the Municipal Equality Index report here, and click here to see the detailed scorecards for the 137 cities the MEI rated in 2012. The 2013 Municipal Equality Index is rating 291 cities and will be released this fall.
To learn more about federal legislation to stop employment discrimination against LGBT people, visit the HRC Resources on ENDA, or take action by calling on your United States Senator to end workplace discrimination now.