Dozens Call For LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Ordinance; Say “It’s long overdue”

CHARLOTTE, NC – A new push tonight for LGBTQ rights in Charlotte. Dozens of people rallied outside the government center to push for a non-discrimination ordinance, which is something advocates say is long overdue.

“We’re hoping that the city of Charlotte really takes a serious step in this direction and is able to commit beyond words,” said Daniel Valdez.

He is the President of Charlotte Pride. Valdez says the city council is dragging their feet when it comes to action on a non-discrimination ordinance for LGBTQ

“On a broader level I think it sends a message that Charlotte is an inclusive city. It is a welcoming city,” said Valdez.

“I think a lot of people would be surprised to know that I could marry my partner tomorrow and be fired from my job the next day,” said Cameron Pruette.

Pruette is the head of Charlotte LGBTQ Democrats. He says they’re looking for logical education based language in an ordinance that is similar to what has been passed in eight other North Carolina cities.

“You can be denied housing, a job, or access to services in Charlotte because you’re gay, or because your trans, or because your hairstyle is racially based,” explained Pruette.

Pruette says Charlotte is the largest city in America without similar protections to what have been enacted in Asheville and Durham. He says the council continues to give the issue lip service with no action.

“I’m not asking you to fix years of problems, I’m not asking you to bring back trans women who’ve been murdered in this community. I’m asking for equal access. That’s it,” said Pruette.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles has said in the past that they would work on a non-discrimination ordinance, but didn’t give specifics on when.