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"We're not 'either/or' people": a virtual rally to support the creation of an LGBTQ+ commission

Gary Braden Anderson

The new commission being proposed for Duluth has a long name that could, in fact, be even longer: Non-Binary, Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex, Asexual Commission for the City of

But the point, stresses City Council President Gary Anderson, is not to shorten the list of ways in which people can express who they are, but to broaden the depth of our relationships.

65 people joined the Zoom rally last night to express support of forming the new commission,  something that Anderson says isn't common in Minnesota, and he praised the forward-thinking nature of Duluth for bringing the idea to a vote.

And in addition to providing support to members of the community who may already be discriminated against with regard to services, health care, housing, jobs, or policies and procedures surrounding any of these things, the commission will advise the city council, government and community at large about issues and concerns of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Duluth City Council will hear the ordinance for the first time at the December 14th meeting at 7pm, and vote on it at the December 21st meeting, also at 7pm.

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