Metz: Scottsdale LGBT community deserves equal workplace protections

We are all stunned by the horrendous mass murder in Orlando, Florida last weekend. The brutality of this attack is an affront to decent human beings everywhere, but more specifically this was a direct attack on our LGBT community.

Matt Metz

Matt Metz

This terrible event completely eliminates any doubt that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is real. And although this attack took place in Florida, it sadly could just as easily have occurred in Scottsdale.

We must renew efforts to enact an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance (NDO). Our city considered but did not pass such an ordinance a few months ago.

This LGBT NDO would not prevent such an attack from taking place in Scottsdale. However, it would send a loud, clear, and confident message that we in Scottsdale do not tolerate intolerance.

Certainly Scottsdale’s LGBT friends, neighbors, and families deserve the same protections against bias and discrimination that we now provide to other citizens and visitors.

The city of Scottsdale already prohibits discrimination against its own employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This respect for the LGBT community should be extended to all citizens and visitors who do business in or visit our city. This NDO should apply to all businesses in Scottsdale, not just those with many employees.

Please enact an NDO ordinance — as done by many of our neighboring cities — prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all of Scottsdale’s businesses, regardless of size.

Editor’s note: Mr. Metz is a resident of Scottsdale

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