PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLIED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Gay Rights Ordinance Passed: It may surprise you that even in liberal California, it was legal to discriminate against LGBTQ persons both in housing and employment as late as 1979. This document describes the debate by the Los Angeles City Council on the Non-discrimination by Sexual Orientation Ordinance. Read the description of the free-for-all in the Council chambers, where Bible waving opponents threatened divine retribution if the ordinance passed. Speaking of the need for these protection was Adele Starr and Rev. Troy Perry, Founder of the Metropolitan Community Church. The ordinance passed by a margin of 13 to 2, making Los Angeles only the 44th community in the United States to offer such protections to LGBTQ persons. Mayor Tom Bradley signed it on June 1, 1979. The response from citizens—50 to 1 against the passage of the law.
Would I have had the courage to take this step?
What can I do now to move equality forward?