Shelby Co. Non-Discrimination Order

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for activists seeking equal protection for people in the GLBT community. In Nashville, HB 0335 sponsored by Jeanne Richardson of Memphisis before the House Judiciary Committee, but there’s also something going on right here in Shelby County. County Commissioner Steve Mulroy has introduced a non-discrimination ordinance. Tomorrow is the first reading of the ordinance.

You can read the ordinance here, but essentially the measure provides protections against discrimination for people based on their sexual orientation/gender identity in the County government, by contractors for the county government, and by private employers in the unincorporated areas of Shelby Co.

This ordinance is scheduled to be read for the first time tomorrow. It will have to be read 6 times, 3 in the General Government Committee and 3 in front of the entire County Commission.

Contact your County Commissioners at (901) 545-4301 or via email below, and show your support for this ordinance.

Commissioner Deidre Malone
Commissioner Joyce Avery
Commissioner Mike Ritz
Commissioner George S. Flinn, Jr.
Commissioner Mike Carpenter
Commissioner J. W. Gibson, II
Commissioner Henri E. Brooks
Commissioner James M. Harvey
Commissioner Sidney Chism
Commissioner Joe S. Ford
Commissioner Wyatt Bunker
Commissioner Matt Kuhn
Commissioner Steve Mulroy

Also check out this post at Grand Divisions for more details.

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  2. Of course the ordinance is important and ought to be passed. If the County Commission does so, however, what will happen next? If we are not willing to claim that such a new law will eliminate discrimination from the human heart as well as our legal books, what are we willing to suggest is to follow? We still will have homophobia, heterophobia and the suspicion that comes from each toward the other. We will continue to make designations between “communities” on the basis of priviledge–or lack of it–rather than using these laws as means toward the end of a single, beloved and comprehensively human community. How will a law, even one that is necessary, which singles out one group do anything but emphasize particularity, causing more separation from the whole yet again? Further, is “justice” simply a matter of group rights? Is it not possible that justice is universal by nature and something that subsequently goes beyond labels based upon acronyms, hyphens or adjectives? Thanks for your time and the article you have written–

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