In Month of Momentum for Wyoming, Cheyenne City Council Passes Resolution for LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • October 25, 2016 • 10:33 am

Last night the City Council in Cheyenne, Wyoming adopted an LGBT-affirming resolution calling on the state legislature to pass LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections statewide. By a vote of 7-3, the City Council worked to push the state ahead after hours of public testimony on the resolution.

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The Wyoming Tribune Eagle has been reporting on the Cheyenne resolution for several weeks, writing last week about a small business owner who strongly supports the LGBT protections. The paper writes:

Mary Richey is a certified public accountant and a longtime Cheyenne resident. She owns and operates MER Tax Accounting and Consulting, a tax preparation business. Richey and many other local business owners support the non-discrimination resolution the Cheyenne City Council will consider Monday night. “I think it’s good for business,” Richey said. “I think it’s downright silly, not smart, to not hire the best (job) candidate, regardless of who they are.” The same philosophy extends to her clients. “Good customers want to come where they feel safe and fairly treated,” she said. “It’s good for business and is the right thing to do.”

That’s what the Cheyenne resolution – and LGBT non-discrimination protections – are all about: Fairness for all people in Wyoming, no matter who they are or who they love.

Earlier this fall a similar resolution advanced in Douglas, Wyoming. These resolutions function as a strong step forward in the Equality State, designed to call on the Wyoming Legislature to advance LGBT non-discrimination protections and ensure that no one faces discrimination at work, while searching for a home, or in the public square at any time because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Cheers to our friends at Wyoming Equality for their work on these resolutions, and for pushing LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination forward in Wyoming.


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