We just received word from PROMO, Missouri’s statewide advocacy organization for the LGBT community, that Jackson County anti-discrimination codes have been updated to include sexual orientation and gender identity in housing and public accommodations.
PROMO’s press release states that on Feb. 27, “The Jackson County Legislature unanimously voted to update the County Codes to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT) from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. Employment protections were already extended in 2010. The ordinance, sponsored by all nine Jackson County legislators and supported by Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, makes Jackson County the seventh city or county in Missouri to provide basic protections fully inclusive of both sexual orientation and gender identity.”
In his statement, A.J. Bockelman, PROMO’s executive director, said, “Many people believe these protections already exist, but in fact you can still be fired from your job if you are gay or denied access to safe housing if you are even perceived to be a lesbian. It is a mark of progress to see Jackson County moving into the modern era and extending protections to the LGBT community.”
County Legislator Crystal Williams (2nd District At-Large) said in her statement: “I am incredibly proud of what this means for the LGBT community. They have fought long and hard to see progress in this state, and as a legislator of Jackson County, I am honored to do my part in supporting the extension of protections to cover housing and public accommodations.”
County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz (1st District At-Large) stated, “It was a pleasure working on this important update with the LGBT community. We represent all people of Jackson County, so it is absolutely crucial that all classes of people are protected from discrimination of this kind.”