Opinion: Stop the lip service Scottsdale — a pledge is not enough

I was disheartened to learn the city of Scottsdale has recently determined that it is not necessary to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance that would include our gay and transgender community members with regards to employment, housing and public accommodations.

Brad May

Brad May

Further, it makes no sense that they would choose to adopt a pledge that promotes the very same principles they are refusing to enforce.

As a long-time Scottsdale resident and someone who owns a business in Scottsdale, it is unconceivable that a person can still be fired or denied basic services based simply for who they love.

When someone walks in to my place of business, it is not my job to institute a litmus test to determine if I approve or disapprove of their life. My job is to serve each and every person delicious meals on the same terms, in a courteous and professional manner. Nobody should be turned away from a business or denied service simply because of who they are.

At Over Easy, we are promoting a culture that respects coworkers and others in the community, and we want to help lead the way in setting an example of professional standards that embraces everyone — no matter one’s race, gender, faith or identity.

And, I want to live and work in a city that does the same.

I don’t want to lose customers because people don’t feel welcomed in Scottsdale or are worried about where and when they’ll get turned away from a cash register or hostess stand.

Additionally, I don’t want Scottsdale to continue to lose out on business opportunities simply because other communities around us have an up-to-date diversity focus, and we do not. Recently, I became aware that Scottsdale lost out on a large company’s expansion project that would have created many jobs, and significantly add to our tax base.

A neighboring community with a 21st century ordinance such as the one Scottsdale could not adopt was the beneficiary of our city’s archaic approach to this matter. The company passed on two Scottsdale sites and is setting up shop in Tempe. Shame on our city government for allowing this to occur!

Get with the program Scottsdale, and stop the lip service — a pledge is not enough.
It is time to cultivate a city that supports the fair and equal treatment of all. It’s good for business, it’s good for Scottsdale, and most importantly, it’s good for all Arizonans.

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