FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE MID-AMERICA GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONGRATULATES THE CITIES OF PRAIRIE VILLAGE AND MISSION, KS, ON THEIR APPROVAL OF NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR LGBT INDIVIDUALS.
On Monday December 17, 2018, the City Council of Prairie Village, KS, unanimously adopted an ordinance to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Two days later on Wednesday December 19, the City Council of Mission, KS, also approved changes to city ordinance to protect individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity by a vote of seven to one.
“LGBT protections are not just the right thing to do for the city’s residents, they ensure that local business remains open, welcoming, and inclusive,” explains The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) president Danny Zaslavsky. “We want to express a true congratulations to both these cities’ leaders for making their communities a better place to live and work.”
The Mid-America GLCC supports non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals. As noted in the Mid-America GLCC 2018 Public Policy Platform, the organization promotes “equal access to employment, housing, credit, public spaces and services, education, and government funded programs at all levels of government.”
Michael Lintecum, Executive Director, and Jeff Harris, Board Member and Director of the chamber’s Policy Committee, advocated to both city councils in favor of the ordinances. “The Chamber has long supported an open marketplace for all, and non-discrimination protections are a positive, pro-active way to ensure LGBT individuals are treated equally,” explains Harris.
Prairie Village and Mission joins Kansas City, MO, Roeland Park, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS, in protecting LGTB individuals. Non-discrimination ordinances are also being actively discussed in Overland Park and Merriam, KS.
The Mid-America GLCC is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The Mid-America GLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in Mid-America.