Starkville becomes first Miss. city to extend domestic partner benefits to LGBT city workers
STARKVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Starkville is the first city in Mississippi to grant domestic partner benefits for LGBT city workers.
Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization,
commended the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for acknowledging the dignity and
worth of LGBT citizens in Starkville.
LGBT couples should have equal access to medical care, and we applaud the Mayor
and the Board of Aldermen for their leadership on this critical issue," said
HRC Mississippi Director Rob Hill. "This measure successfully provides
the necessary benefits that the partners of hardworking LGBT city workers
deserve, and the city of Starkville demonstrated its commitment to upholding
the Golden Rule by treating them with dignity and respect."
passed by a unanimous 7-0 vote Tuesday night.
Wiseman also announced plans this week to appoint two LGBT liaisons to support the needs
of and provide resources to the LGBT community. This includes working with the
city's police department.
Earlier this year, Starkville was also the
first city in the state to pass a resolution welcoming LGBT
people and their families.
The resolution recognizes all citizens should
be treated with respect and equality.
According to a study done by HRC in 2014, 57 percent of LGBT people
surveyed have called Mississippi home for more than 20 years, however, almost
half have experienced harassment in a public establishment; 41 percent of those
earning less than $45,000 have experienced at work; and roughly a quarter have
experienced harassment from a public servant like a police officer or
HRC Mississippi says it is working across the state to change
hearts and minds, advance enduring legal protections, and build more inclusive
institutions from the workplace to the church pew.