Thurmond, WV passes ordinance banning discrimination


 A town in Fayette County, West Virginia becomes the smallest in the United States to take a stand against discrimination.  According to a release from Fairness West Virginia, Thurmond, WV passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The unanimous vote happened on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.  

Thurmond, which has a population of five residents, adopted employment, housing and public accommodation protections the the new town-wide Human Rights Act.  Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Athens and Harpers Ferry have all adopted similar ordinances.  

“We’re proud that Thurmond is invested in being an inclusive community,” said Fairness WV Executive Director, Andrew Schneider. “It just goes to show that from the smallest town of Thurmond to the largest city of Charleston, the people of West Virginia understand that making our communities inclusive is critical to moving our state forward.”

The release from Fairness WV says that the organization has been working with communities to pass these types of ordinances since 2009.  Officials with the group said that the Thurmond ordinance is stronger than current protection in the statewide Human Rights Act that currently does not extend protections to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) West Virginians.

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