BAY ST. LOUIS — The city of Bay St. Louis has unanimously passed a measure recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), the Human Rights Campaign reports.
Bay St. Louis joins five other Mississippi cities — Starkville, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Magnolia and Oxford — which all passed similar actions earlier this year.
“Like so many cities across America, Bay St. Louis, Miss., has made clear that all its residents deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and equality, regardless of who they are or who they love,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin. “Today the Bay St. Louis city leadership proudly affirmed the city’s support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and moved Mississippi forward on the road to equality.”
The action comes less than two weeks after HRC launched Project One America, an effort to expand LGBT equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. HRC is making an $8.5-million investment concentrated in these three states.
The community-based program focuses on building lasting LGBT presence and infrastructure. A full-time local staff and dedicated office space will support this effort, according to HRC.