Great news from One Community:
Did you hear the exciting news? This week – for the first time in Arizona history – a BIPARTISAN LGBTQ inclusive non-discrimination bill was filed in the House of Representatives. HB2586 would update our state’s current non-discrimination laws to include gay and transgender Arizonans.
But filing the bill is only the first step.
The bill has been assigned to committee and we only have a short time to get it scheduled for a hearing or else the bill dies until next session. Please join us today in reaching out to the Judiciary and Public Safety Chairman and ask them to grant HB2586 a hearing with the message below.
Representative Eddie Farnsworth, Chairman – House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
SUBJECT: Please grant HB2586 a hearing
Dear Representative Farnsworth,
I’m writing today in support of HB2586, which was recently assigned to your committee, and ask that you grant HB2586 a hearing. This bill would update our state’s current non-discrimination laws to give statewide protections to gay and transgender Arizonans.
Today in Arizona, you can still be fired, denied housing, or refused service simply for being gay or transgender. That's not only wrong, but it's also bad for the economic sustainability of Arizona. We can't afford to have barriers in place when it comes to attracting and retaining the top talent and business we need to succeed. Our regional competitors already have these protections in place, giving them a distinct advantage in recruitment and attraction. Recent decisions by the NFL, NCAA, and NBA to move or not award big events to places lacking equal protections has made this issue even more salient when it comes to our reputation and economic sustainability.
The principles of non-discrimination are rooted in core conservative values of fairness, equality, and opportunity. Everybody should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance.
Thank you for your commitment to an Arizona that celebrates, respects and protects all who live, work, and play in our great state.