Friday, February 21, 2014

LGBTQ Mobile

This morning Mobile, Alabama's mayor, Sandy Stimpson had a digital town hall meeting to coinciding with the launch of free wifi in downtown Mobile. The public was free to ask questions via Twitter and the AL dot Com comment section.

I asked some very valid questions that relate to LGBTQ issues.

Hattiesburg, MS and Starkville, MS recently passed LGBTQ inclusion statements. Does OneMobile include it's LGBTQ citizens?

star of is a Mobile, AL native. Are there any plans to honor her achievements?

Mobile, Al scored a 21 out of 100 on the HRC's MEI index Are there plans to improve this score?

When it became obvious that these questions were not going to be answered, I went to the comment section and asked them directly.

Mobile, Al scored a 21 out of 100 on the HRC's Municipal Equality Index (http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/mei-2013-see-yo... With Hattiesburg and Starksville, MS passing resolutions recognizing the dignity and worth of their LGBTQ citizens, are there plans to improve this score?

Laverne Cox, a Mobile, AL native, has gotten critical acclaim for her work in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Are there any plans to recognize one of Mobile's own?

I am not going to say that my questions were ignored. But I will say that questions immediately before and after mine were answered.

By not answering these questions you either don't support your LGBTQ community but aren't willing to go on record saying that or you do support your LGBTQ community but lack the courage of your convictions to risk the political currency to say so.

These questions are especially important now with the State of Arizona on the brink of establishing Jim Crow laws to legalize discrimination against its LGBTQ citizens. When 90% of the Fortune 500 companies that we are trying to lure to our city have LGBTQ inclusive policies and all of the top 10 Fortune 500 business do, it is more important that ever in a fiscal sense that we let these companies know that their LGBTQ employees are welcome here.