At­lanta mayor bans city travel to North Carolina over anti-LGBT law

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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.

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