By Michael K. Browne, Assistant Director -Complaint Investigations Unit
“Every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.” –Harry Truman
Marking the kickoff of our summer outreach, MDCR joined the LGBT community at the Twin Cities Pride Festival! Celebrating 40 years of LGBT pride, the MDCR hosted a booth at which we spoke to community members about our work and our process, took complaints, and even had a coloring station for children (and those who are young at heart)!
Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) Commissioners also came out to talk to the festival goers about volunteer opportunities with the group. A special thanks to Commissioners Patricia Nelson, Adosh Unni, Terrance Noble, Wendy Robinson, and Christine Peters.
Minneapolis has a rich tradition of pioneering the advancement of gender and sexual civil rights. MDCR used its time at the Pride Festival to disseminate information about a recent amendment in Minneapolis’ anti-discrimination ordinance that protects “gender identity” separately from “sexual orientation.” In addition to expanding the classes of people protected under this ordinance, this modification will also help to eradicate the perception expressed by those in this newly-protected class that they are misunderstood, invisible, or a subset of protected individuals.
We had a great time at the 40th Annual Twin Cities Pride Festival and look forward to being there next year! Check back for more information about MDCR outreach events –and if you are hosting an event you think we should join, email us at email@example.com!
Special thanks to our Outreach and Engagement Law Clerk – Ayah Helmy for her contribution to this post.