Following a unanimous vote from the Ferguson City Council, Aug. 28 Ferguson became the sixth city in St. Louis County that has remedied the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from their nondiscrimination protections. In extending these protections to more than 21,000 residents, Ferguson became the first city in North County St. Louis that is welcoming to its LGBT community.
“This ordinance is essential in helping to ensure that all residents are protected from any discrimination; keeping Ferguson a community of choice. Our residents need to know that we are welcoming to all and appreciate the diversity that comes with every resident,” says Councilman James. “It is great that Ferguson can continue to add these protections but individual cities is not enough, we need to continue the work for state protections.”