LGBTQ Sanctuary City Consideration in Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri is considering becoming an LGBTQ sanctuary city, which would make it the first city in the state to adopt such a measure. The proposal would include a range of policies and practices aimed at protecting and supporting LGBTQ individuals and communities.
Some of the measures being considered include providing LGBTQ-inclusive training for city employees, expanding access to gender-affirming healthcare, and implementing anti-discrimination policies in housing, employment, and public accommodations. The proposal also includes establishing an LGBTQ liaison within the city government to advocate for the needs and concerns of the community.
The push for Kansas City to become an LGBTQ sanctuary city comes in response to the ongoing discrimination and violence that many LGBTQ individuals face. By adopting these policies and practices, the city aims to send a message of support and inclusivity to its LGBTQ residents and visitors.
If the proposal is passed, Kansas City would join a growing number of cities across the country that have adopted similar measures. These sanctuary cities provide a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ individuals and communities and serve as a model for other cities to follow in promoting equality and justice for all.
It also says if the state passes a law or resolution that imposes criminal or civil punishments, fines, or professional sanctions in such cases, Kansas City personnel will make enforcing those requirements “their lowest priority.”
The resolution comes as a judge is considering a proposed emergency rule from Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey that would require adults and children to undergo more than a year of therapy and fulfill other requirements before they could receive gender-affirming treatments such as puberty blockers, hormones, and surgery as puberty blockers, hormones, and surgery.