Nashville Council approves non-discrimination policy

From LGBTQ Nation: The Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday approved new rules for city contractors that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people.

The council voted 21-15 to require firms doing business with the city not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to sign affidavits to that effect. Contractors already agree not to discriminate against federally protected classes.

“I think this is a great move for Nashville and it’s a great step to show we believe in equality,” said Erica Gilmore, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Council member Jamie Hollin called the vote “a milestone moment” for the city.

“As of today, no matter who you are, you’re welcome in the city of Nashville,” said Hollin. “Not only can I tell my son that it’s not cool to hate gay people, it’s the public policy of this city.”

Let’s hear it for Nashville, kids! This clearly must have been a bit of a fight in Tennessee. Good for these public officials to do the right thing.

Forward, kids. Slowly, but surely.