Earlier this month, hundreds of Mississippians gathered at a rally in Jackson to demand the repeal of HB 1523, the so called “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.” The discriminatory law allows individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians, in some of the most important aspect of their lives, including at work, at schools, in their family life and more.
The rally was filled with a diverse and dedicated crowd. Long-time activists, republicans and democrats, well-respected attorneys and business leaders from across the state joined us, taking a stand for LGBT equality.
Just a few years ago, I would have never imagined some of these people “coming out” for LGBT equality. For example, I spoke to a straight couple from Madison who “had enough” with Mississippi’s legislature and statewide elected leaders who discriminated against the LGBT community.
If you were unable to attend the rally, there is still more you can do to fight against HB 1523:
- Text "MyMississippi" to 30644 for updates and actions across the state.
- Learn about HRC’s work across the state at http://www.hrc.org/local-issues/mississippi.
- Sign up for our newsletter at www.hrc.org.
- Like HRC Mississippi’s Facebook page.
Additionally, HRC Mississippi urges the LGBT and allied community show up. For example, attend city council meetings and local school board meetings and encourage leaders to enact pro-equality policies. You can share your opinions at your place of worship, creating a dialogue about the importance of accepting all people, and you can vote on Election Day to elect pro-equality leaders. By showing up together, we can make our state a place all are welcome and valued.