SPRINGFIELD, MO – In a 6-3 vote last night, the Springfield City Council passed comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Council passed the comprehensive version, instead of the housing-substitute bill.


Springfield joins the other 14 municipalities in Missouri with comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinances inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity making the queen city the first southern Missouri municipality and the third largest city in the state to do so.

"As a supporter of economic development for the city of Springfield, I believe it is important to be inclusive in my support of our diverse workforce,” Councilwoman Jan Fisk said of the vote. “The results of tonight's vote send a clear message that the City of Springfield is open for business, and we welcome everyone who wants to help build our future for a better community."

 Advocates of the nondiscrimination ordinance have been working to pass this ordinance for many years. In 2012, the first version was introduced by City Council, and a public hearing was held. The bill was tabled with a commitment to create a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. The Task Force began meeting in early 2013 and issued their report with suggestions to City Council in late 2013.

 "PROMO applauds the leadership of the Springfield City Council for standing up to discrimination and protecting ALL workers, residents and visitors of Springfield, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization."When we all have opportunities for success, all of Springfield wins,We look forward to working with the city to implement this law and show the LGBT community their true value as they continue to add to the growth and success of Springfield."
Protections go into effect immediately, and discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations in Springfield can be made directly to the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations (MCHRCR).



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