Atlanta mayor bans city travel to North Carolina over anti-LGBT law
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced on April 5 that he is banning travel to North Carolina for city employees after passage of a law there that excludes the LGBT community from anti-discrimination protections and keeps cities and counties from enacting their own anti-discrimination policies.
“As a result of Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign discriminatory and unnecessary legislation into law, effective today I am directing all City departments to stop non-essential, publicly-funded employee travel to the State of North Carolina,” Mayor Reed said in a statement. “I extend my support to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who worked to enhance protections for the city’s LGBT population, as well as to the LGBT residents of North Carolina. Every person, regardless of their gender, gender expression or sexuality is a valued member of our community.”
Mayor Reed is the latest to enact such a ban following similar moves by city leaders in Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and New York, and by governors in Washington, New York, Connecticut and Minnesota.