Small Cities Stand Up for LGBT Rights

In conjunction with the previous post regarding the map showing which states have full on lgbt protections, there’s this story of how one small city of 28,000 in West Virginia is embracing lgbt rights because they understand what it means financially and otherwise if they don’t. People have taken notice to what happened in North Carolina when they passed that bathroom bill.

When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride.

The married owners of Edna’s hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.

Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Wheeling is among a recent wave of small cities, many in parts of the country that voted for Republican President Donald Trump, to embrace these protections.

“We told people this wasn’t a bad place,” said Lujano, 53, who was in the audience when the ordinance passed in late December. “Finally, this confirmed it.”

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Neighbors Unite Against Passive-Aggressiveness

With the stellar response of Mrs Pearlman’s neighbors, I daresay that the woman who found her flag so offensive isn’t a true neighbor, but was probably out for a walk and saw something she didn’t like. I love the passive-aggressive tone of the letter, too. Good to see neighbors still caring for one another. ūüôā

Susan Pearlman lives in the college town of¬†Ann Arbor, Michigan. So she was surprised when the day after the election, she came home to¬†find an anonymous letter from a neighbor saying that¬†they were¬†“deeply troubled” by the pride flag that¬†Pearlman was flying outside her home.

The neighbor¬†said in the letter that the flag, designed to look like an American flag but with rainbow stripes instead of the¬†red and white, “overlooks so many things the original American flag represents.” The neighbor goes on to ask Pearlman not to take the flag down but to instead put an American flag next to it, side by side.

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19 Reasons Why Manchester Is The Most LGBT-Friendly City In The UK

I’ve been to England three times. Each time I flew into Manchester’s airport as it’s cheaper than London and nearer my friend’s home in Morcambe (just outside of Lancaster). Last time I visited in 2010, I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages and spent the night in Manchester. It’s a lovely city and I’m glad to know of it’s friendliness toward LGBT.

19 Reasons