It’s another victory for LGBT people after the North Palm Beach Village Council voted to enact the Village’s Civil Rights Ordinance, which goes into effect immediately.
The ordinance will protect LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race and more throughout the Village. The Village is home to more than 13,000 residents.
According to a press release, Village Council member Darryl Aubrey proposed the ordinance at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
"While the United State Supreme Court recently ruled that discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited nationwide, there are no federal or statewide laws in effect in Florida which protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing and public accommodations," said PBCHRC President and Founder Rand Hoch in the press release. "Therefore, until Congress or the Florida Legislature takes action, we must rely on municipal and county officials to fully protect LGBTQ people from discrimination."
Out of 411 cities, towns and villages in Florida, only 32 have enacted LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinances.
Over the years, PBCHRC's "Palm Beach County: You're Welcome!" campaign has encouraged elected officials in many Florida’s cities such as Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, and Wellington to enact LGBT-inclusive municipal civil rights laws.
PBCHRC is currently working with the Town of Haverhill and Juno Beach, as well as the City of Riviera Beach, to enact LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinances by summer's end.