PRESS RELEASE: Washington, D.C. – The city of Starkville, Mississippi passed an exclusivity resolution Tuesday recognizing the inherent worth of all its city’s residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
This is the first time any municipality in Mississippi has recognized the dignity of its LGBT residents. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:
“The city of Starkville, Mississippi is sending a message to its residents that all people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – are worthy of respect and equality. These are fundamental American values, and Mayor Parker Wiseman and the Starkville City Council are setting an inspiring example for their fellow lawmakers in surrounding cities and towns. While we must continue pushing for ordinances that codify these values into law across the state, the impact of this resolution on LGBT people – particularly youth – will be powerful.”
“I want to thank the Board of Alderman and all those involved with the equality resolution,” said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman. “The resolution makes it clear that Starkville is a community that works proactively to prevent workplace discrimination before it happens. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “we must learn to live together as brothers…” I hope the equality resolution lives up to the beliefs of Dr. King and sends a message that Starkville is a city that is intolerant of discrimination against anyone and in any form.”
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