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Bill would expand anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ community statewide

Posted: 8:53 AM, Feb 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-03 10:53:19-05
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Several lawmakers and community leaders on Thursday said the state needs a law to protect Arizonans from being fired, denied housing or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Lawmakers failed to get a similar law passed last year, but supporters have returned to introduce a bill that would add state-wide protections rather than relying on a patchwork of protection in certain ZIP codes.

Only five cities in Arizona – Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Sedona, Winslow – have fully inclusive sexual orientation and gender-identity ordinances that address housing, employment and public accommodations, according to lgbtqmap.org.

Flagstaff protects its LGBTQ community with employment and public accommodations.

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