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GLBT groups march downtown, protest city discrimination policy

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Equality groups marched at the NCRM Sunday, hoping to send a message to City Council members. Equality groups marched at the NCRM Sunday, hoping to send a message to City Council members.
The issue brought before the council in 2010, but never made it to a vote. The issue brought before the council in 2010, but never made it to a vote.
More than 150 people at the rally were encouraged to be at city hall Tuesday for the council meeting. More than 150 people at the rally were encouraged to be at city hall Tuesday for the council meeting.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Equality groups marched at the National Civil Rights Museum today hoping to send a message to Memphis City Council members.

As the council considers amending the city employee discrimination lawsuit, part of the Memphis community says their rights are being ignored.

Members of the Tennessee Equality Project hosted a rally at the National Civil Rights Museum Sunday calling for equal rights in the workplace for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Memphians.     

"The time has come for us to change Memphis, we're behind," said Pastor David Clemmons.

On Tuesday the Memphis City Council will consider amending the city anti-discrimination policy to include age and disability. 

Members and supporters of the GLBT community are excluded from that same protection.

"Most people don't recognize that in 29 states in the union, gay, lesbian bi-sexual transgender people can be fired just for being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender," said Anne Gullick with the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP).

They very same issue was before the council in 2010 but never made it to a vote.

"It was pulled from the consent agenda right before the third reading but you know it's 2012, it's time," stated Michelle Bliss with TEP.

More than 150 people at the rally were encouraged to be at city hall Tuesday and demand workplace protection for all.

"What we want is we want a ground swell of support for amending the ordinance to include GLBT protections," said County Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

"Folks in this city have been sitting too long elected officials have been too complacent, abuse and intolerance continues," said Clemmons.

The anti-discrimination ordinance is expected to be on the agenda at this Tuesday's city council meeting which begins at 3:30 p.m.

 

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