Mayor Lovely A. Warren is leading the way in the fight to end bigotry, bias and discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

In the city where Susan B. Anthony cast her illegal vote and where Frederick Douglass penned his abolitionist newspaper, Mayor Warren has maintained that in Rochester, no one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are, where they were born, their faith or based on who they love. One of Mayor Warren’s first acts after taking office was to ensure transgendered city employees had access to proper health care, and she continues to fight for the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in Albany. She has partnered with Trillium Health Care to raise awareness about ending AIDs and promoting preventative care for the LGBT community. She has marched alongside the LGBTQ community in the annual pride parade, hoisted the Pride flag above City Hall, and linked arms and cried with our community as a whole after the tragic mass shooting on an Orlando LGBT nightclub in 2016. She approved City funding for both the Rochester Pride and Black Pride celebrations, and is a member of the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Coalition.

“The new city policy is completely consistent with our mission, vision and values of our great city and my union, and I could not be more proud of Mayor Warren and Council member Matt Haag. I couldn’t agree more when Mayor Warren explained to more than 500 people at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Saturday night, “Eliminating barriers to health care is simply the right thing to do. The City was the first to support domestic partnerships [1994] and I am happy that we lead the effort to equalize benefits for all once again.” Plain and simple, Mayor Warren gets it. I am particularly pleased that my employer will now ensure that City of Rochester employees, their spouses, and dependents will all have the fullest gender affirming benefits our insurer provides.” –Voice Reporter, Official blog of the CSEA Monroe County, NY Local 828

“Rochester is the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, so the fight for equality is nothing new to us. As an African American woman and the child of an immigrant, I am keenly aware of what discrimination feels like, and equally aware that it has no place or part in the 'American Dream.' As Mayor of Rochester, I am proud to continue our city’s tradition of fighting for equality for all of our citizens, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or for any other reason. No citizen should be denied access to jobs, safe and vibrant neighborhoods or quality educational opportunities simply because of who they are. In Rochester, we stand with our LGBTQ citizens because we are one community that is united and strengthened by our diversity.”

– Mayor Lovely Warren

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