Birmingham is the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, and our City should be a national leader in ensuring that every citizen -- no matter their race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender identification -- sees City Hall as an ally.
The current Administration had the opportunity to move Birmingham forward with a Human Rights Ordinance in 2013 that would have established non-discrimination protections for all Birmingham residents, but instead, they initiated a “daylong dialogue” on inclusion and human rights. Birmingham needs more than conversations – they need leadership and action from the Mayor’s office in protecting our most vulnerable residents
The next Administration must act on behalf of all Birmingham residents, and as Mayor, I would commit to a four-part inclusion agenda that would ensure that every Birmingham resident has a voice in City Hall and is protected against discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing.
Initiate a Review of the City Human Rights Ordinance that Cleared the City Council in 2013
- Engage the civil rights and LGBT advocacy community on potential improvements to the Human Rights Ordinance that was considered by the Birmingham City Council in 2013.
- Based on feedback from the civil rights and LGBT advocacy community, within the first 100 days, instruct the City Law Department to review the Human Rights Ordinance that cleared the City Council Public Safety Committee in 2013 and issue a finalized ordinance for the City Council’s consideration.
Secure Passage of City Human Rights Ordinance
- Engage the City Council and the civil rights and LGBT advocacy community to adopt a revised Human Rights Ordinance that would establish basic non-discrimination protections in employment, public accommodations, and housing and establish the Birmingham Human Rights Commission.
Appoint a LGBT Liaison within the Office of the Mayor
- Hire an LGBT Liaison to serve on my executive staff within the first 100 days.
Establish the Birmingham Human Rights Commission
- Instruct the City Law Department to include in any final Human Rights Ordinance the creation of the Birmingham Human Rights Commission that would be responsible for investigating complaints of violations of the Human Rights Ordinance and enforcing the Ordinance’s non-discrimination protections.
- Instruct the City Law Department to ensure that the Commission includes representatives from Birmingham’s civil rights community including the Metro Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP as well as advocacy groups like Birmingham’s Human Rights Task Force, and legal organizations like the Birmingham Bar Association and the Magic City Bar Association.