With city elections fast approaching, Equality Texas is making clear what the next administration needs to do to improve the city's non-discrimination ordinance that was amended to include protections for the LGBT community.
San Antonio's mayor and city council need to eliminate what they say are roadblocks that hinder the effectiveness of the ordinance, the group says.
For the NDO to provide protections, the city needs to:
1. Guarantee the necessary budget resources to support the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
2. Offer internal learning opportunities for City officials, council aides and city employees to reinforce understanding of the non-discrimination ordinance.
3. Integrate strategies that lead to the enforcement of the non-discrimination ordinance with the community citywide.
"We believe that our work for fairness and inclusion is far from over in San Antonio. The fight to end discrimination at the local level has been a transformative engine for improving the quality of life for all of us," Equality Texas said in a press release. "We’re eager and ready to sit down with the Mayor’s office and councilmembers to outline the next chapter of community collaborations to build a more accepting city.