CapitolPost submitted by Hubert Tate, former HRC Press Secretary, Project One America

On Tuesday, HRC praised the Jackson, Mississippi city council for passing an equality resolution recognizing the worth and dignity of LGBT people.

Jackson joins seven other Mississippi cities passing diversity resolutions recently—Starkville, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Magnolia, Bay St. Louis, Oxford, and Waveland.

The resolutions are passed as HRC makes preparations to hire three dedicated staffers in Jackson with space for Project One America, an effort to dramatically expand equality to people in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.

Earlier this week, Project One America launched a story-telling campaign to discuss the lives of LGBT people. Summer of Conversations is meant for people to host formal or informal gatherings of friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and loved ones on front porches, in backyards and over the dinner table.  

Study after study shows that simply knowing someone who is LGBT dramatically increases support for measures that protect LGBT people from discrimination. A report by Public Religion Research Institute shows when Americans know someone gay or lesbian, they are more likely to favor LGBT protections. The study finds nearly two-thirds of Americans have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian, nearly three times the number reported in 1993. Also, roughly one in ten know someone who is transgender.

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