City in Oklahoma Becomes 1st in State to Embrace LGBT Non-DiscriminationBy Adam Polaski • December 23, 2015 • 10:43 am
Last night in Norman, Oklahoma, the City Council unanimously approved non-discrimination protections prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public spaces. The city becomes the first in the state to fully embrace comprehensive non-discrimination for LGBT individuals by interpreting “sex” in the city’s existing Human Rights Ordinance to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents.
Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma, a statewide organization fighting for LGBT equality in Oklahoma, said of the vote:
This is a historic day, not only for Norman, but for the entire state of Oklahoma. As the first city in our great state to fully protect all of its residents, Norman has set a precedent for every municipality in Oklahoma, and a challenge to our state legislature to follow suit.
Kay Holladay, PFLAG Regional Director, added:
I thank the Norman City Council for ensuring the rights of all Norman citizens. Their leadership in making this public action sends the clear message to our LGBT friends that Norman is truly an inclusive community.”
Learn more about the fight for LGBT non-discrimination in the states here.