Tennessee mayor introduces gay rights ordinance


The mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., is introducing a measure to ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in city employment.

The ordinance proposed by Mayor Madeline Rogero will get its first reading during a city council meeting April 17 at the Knoxville City County Building.

The Tennessee Equality Project announced Rogero’s decision early April 11, noting that TEP’s PAC studied candidates for mayor last fall and endorsed Rogero.

“Rogero indicated she would support such an ordinance, which won her our endorsement,” TEP said. “Now she is honoring her promise and leading the effort to advance the measure.”

In March, TEP and the Green Party held training workshops on the impact of the proposed measure with leaders of both groups, as well as representatives from city hall, PFLAG, East TN Gay-Straight Alliance and Knoxville Pridefest.

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