West Virginia

W.Va. town of five residents adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination law

Thurmond, W.Va.

Thurmond, W.Va. Brian Powell, Wikimedia

Thurmond, W.Va.Brian Powell, Wikimedia

Thurmond, W.Va.

THURMOND, W.Va. — A West Virginia town of just five residents on Monday unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The new town-wide LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Act in Thurmond, W.Va., covers employment, housing and public accommodations, according to Fairness WV, a statewide advocacy organization that has been working with communities to pass such ordinances.

Each of Thurman’s five residents has a role in governing their town: three are council members, one is mayor and another is the town recorder.

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Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Athens and Harpers Ferry have all adopted similar ordinances.

“We’re proud that Thurmond is invested in being an inclusive community,” said Fairness WV Executive Director, Andrew Schneider. “It just goes to show that from the smallest town of Thurmond to the largest city of Charleston, the people of West Virginia understand that making our communities inclusive is critical to moving our state forward.”

Thurmond is the smallest town in the U.S. to enact LGBT protections.

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