New ordinance in Brownsville to protect LGBTQ+ community

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, September 07 2022 Sep 7, 2022 September 07, 2022 6:03 PM September 07, 2022 in News - Local

The Brownsville LGBTQ+ Task Force is celebrating after what they are calling a "historic win for the city."

Brownsville City Commissioners passed the Fair Practices ordinance during a Tuesday meeting.

Bryan Martinez, chairman of the task force, says this ordinance will protect members of their community against discrimination in public housing, employment, and other areas.

"We've gotten approached by different citizens that they have been discriminated, and there was nothing that can be done and so now that we have this ordinance in place, protections are in place to be able to go after those individuals and fine them for discriminating this individual," Martinez said. 

Martinez says there are less than five non-discrimination ordinances in the state.

Brownsville is the only city south of Austin to have this rule.

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