Post submitted by Hope Wisneski, HRC Regional Field Director

HRC congratulates Bozeman in becoming the fourth city in Montana to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and visitors from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  

Bozeman city commissioners earlier this week voted unanimously to approve the non-discrimination ordinance.  The vote came after several years of hard work led by Montana Human Rights Network, with support from Forward Montana Foundation, the ACLU of Montana, and Pride Foundation. HRC mobilized its members in Bozeman to take action, joining over 100 businesses, more than 30 faith leaders, and thousands of supporters who contributed to this advancement for LGBT rights.

HRC congratulates our local partners and thanks those who serve on Bozeman’s city commission.  Bozeman joins hundreds of cities nationwide -- including Butte, Helena, and Missoula in Montana -- with protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

HRC now looks forward to supporting the advancement of an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Billings, Montana's largest city.

Cities across the country are showing leadership on matters of equality. Where states and the federal government have failed to act, municipalities have stepped up. HRC’s Municipal Equality Index demonstrates the ways that many cities can – and do – serve the LGBT people who live and work in those cities.

To find out more about what cities around the country are doing to support their LGBT residents and visitors, check out HRC's Municipal Equality Index.

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