Mayor Huether Joins National Coalition of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination - Becomes First Mayor From South Dakota in Coalition
Mayor Mike Huether has joined Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all—including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals—at all levels of government. He is the first mayor from South Dakota to join the coalition, which includes 275 mayors from 48 states and the District of Columbia.
“Protecting people equally and fighting against discrimination are American values, South Dakota values, and yes, Sioux Falls values. We have made gains in this effort, but we also have more work to do to ensure equal treatment for all people living in and visiting our great city,” says Mayor Huether.
Eighteen states and more than 200 cities across the U.S. have laws in place that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public places based on sexual orientation or gender identity. While Sioux Falls City ordinance does not specifically identify sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes, those discrimination cases can be filed with the City’s Human Relations Office under discrimination based on sex.
The City of Sioux Falls has taken steps to advance the cause against discrimination of our LGBT community members. Colleen Moran, Assistant City Attorney, has been appointed as the primary contact for all discrimination and harassment concerns for minority groups, the LGBT community, and others. City departments, such as Police and Fire Rescue, have received training specific to LGBT issues. The City provides protections for LGBT employees through executive orders and its insurance plans.
Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a first-of-its-kind nonpartisan coalition that launched in January 2017 at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, DC. It is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to attain comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections nationwide.
For the full list of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, visit www.mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org.