Jan 22, 2014

Is it a Cold Day in Hell or Something? Starkville Mississippi for the Win!

On Monday, the city of Starkville Mississippi in the county of Oktibbeha passed a resolution recognizing and supporting diversity, including gender identification and sexual orientation. Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement:

“The city of Starkville, Mississippi is sending a message to its residents that all people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – are worthy of respect and equality. These are fundamental American values, and Mayor Parker Wiseman and the Starkville City Council are setting an inspiring example for their fellow lawmakers in surrounding cities and towns. While we must continue pushing for ordinances that codify these values into law across the state, the impact of this resolution on LGBT people – particularly youth – will be powerful.”

The Mayor of Starkville responded:

“I want to thank the Board of Alderman and
all those involved with the equality resolution. The resolution makes it clear that Starkville is a community that works proactively to prevent workplace discrimination before it happens. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that 'we must learn to live together as brothers...' I hope the equality resolution lives up to the beliefs of Dr. King and sends a message that Starkville is a city that is intolerant of discrimination against anyone and in any form.”

You can read the rest of the article here

What is amazing about this is that it's MISSISSIPPI. I grew, for a part of my life, in Mississippi. A lot of people would have never guessed it, but it is true. Living as a young person in a rural town/region of the country, can get pretty difficult when so much of the population is against who you are. Often times you are made to feel "less than" or that who you are is "an abomination" or just "wrong." This resolution is the first small step for the state of Mississippi, and I applaud the city of Starkville for doing the right thing. I always knew the city that houses Mississippi State University was superior. I just didn't know that they were leaps and bounds above the rest. Hotty toddy who!? [I jest]. 

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