Save the Date: City Officials To Meet with LGBT Community Regarding New Ordinance
January 3, 2013 2 Comments
If you’ve been wondering just how Boise’s new anti-discrimination ordinance is going to affect you, how it will be enforced, or what to do if you are facing discrimination, you’ll want to mark your calendar.
On Wednesday, January 9th from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Boise Police Department’s new LGBT Liaison Katie Davey, Deputy Police Chief Pete Ritter and City Council member Maryanne Jordan will be among those joining in on a panel discussion regarding the ordinance.
The city’s new law prohibits employers and other businesses from discriminating against employees, renters, leasers or customers because they’re gay or transgender.
It was passed unanimously by the Boise City Council last month and went into affect on New Years Day.
Next week’s meeting will also give community members the chance to meet the police department’s new LGBT Community Liaison, who assumed the position following the departure of Janet Lawler last year.
“With the new LGBT Liaison Katie Davey being named and the new city ordinance taking effect at the same time, it’s the perfect time to begin discussions like this between the LGBT community and the Boise Police Department. In the past, the LGBT community has expressed concern about contacting the police. Hopefully this meeting will begin to break down some of those fears and barriers and the LGBT community will begin to see the Boise Police Department as an ally.” says Lion’s Pride Director Donna Harwood, organizer of the event.
The discussion follows a more informal meeting held with representatives of the community last month.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided compliments of 3 Girls Catering.
What: A panel discussion/”meet and greet” with Boise City officials regarding Boise’s new anti-discrimination ordinance.
When: Wednesday, January 9th from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Who: Everyone who is interested.