Topeka city councilman brings LGBT protection measure

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Topeka city councilman Chad Manspeaker, Dist. 6,  announced today he wants to expand the scope of the Topeka Human Relations Commission to include protections for sexual orientations and gender identity.

The goal is to pass an ordinance that would instruct the HRC to support efforts to eliminate prejudice toward the LGBT community as well as other federally protected groups.

Manspeaker says given recent supreme court rulings and new members on the council- it’s time to bring the measure, “This is an important issue across our country and also in our community and I think it’s time to send a message to the entire world that Topeka isn’t a place of bigotry and hate, it’s a place of love and compassion.” Manspeaker added that the change is a step in the right direction.

In a written statement, he said the ordinance would:

“…add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the express list of targets for the elimination of prejudice within the City of Topeka:

“Support efforts to eliminate prejudice because of race, religion, creed, color, sex, disability, national origin or ancestry, or age, sexual orientation or gender identity and further goodwill among all people of the city and promote goodwill, cooperation and conciliation within the city…”

The proposal has to pass a committee hearing first before the council can vote on it.

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