BOONE, N.C. — Boone Town Council voted Wednesday night to pass an ordinance that protects residents from discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation. The protections cover a wide variety of things including natural hair or hairstyles, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expressions, national origin, race, martial or familial status, pregnancy, veteran status, religious beliefs, age or disability.
The ordinance ensures protections in employment, housing and places of public accommodation, such as restaurants and businesses, by prohibiting discriminatory practices.
Similar ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity have been passed in 21 other municipalities all across North Carolina. They include large cities and smaller towns – such as Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Hillsborough, and Morrisville – and five counties. See all of the inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances here.