January 27, 2022
Abbi Swatsworth, OutNebraska Executive Director
OutNebraska believes this much-needed update is happening at the right time. By bringing our non-discrimination definitions in alignment with the Bostock decision, we can ensure that LGBTQ+ Lincolnites know that this is a modern, equitable city that welcomes everyone.
The addition of military and veteran status as a protected class means that those who served will have vital protections in employment, housing and public accommodations as well. Finally, the clarification of protections regarding marital status and disability means these updates will protect many of Lincoln’s community members.
“Across our races, backgrounds and genders, we all want to be treated with dignity and respect,” states Abbi Swatsworth, Executive Director of OutNebraska. “By passing protections against discrimination, Lincoln can ensure each one of us has the freedom to be ourselves, pursue our dreams, and have a good life — no exceptions.”
Working as a part of a community coalition that includes the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, The ACLU of Nebraska, faith leaders and civic leaders, OutNebraska knows that these updates will positively impact Lincoln’s ability to attract and retain young talent.
With this update we help make sure that young people of all genders can thrive and share their talents with Lincoln rather than moving away from their families. This policy update adds to a list of other great reasons for young people to invest in their community. We will do all we can to see it succeed.
OutNebraska is a statewide organization working to advocate, celebrate and educate on LGBTQ+ issues in Nebraska. For more information visit outnebraska.org