The Indianapolis Business Journal has an article on Proposition 622 - the proposed update of the city's human rights ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Written by Bruce Hetrick, president and CEO of Hetrick Communications, an Indianapolis-based public relations and marketing communications firm, the commentary helps to illustrate the need for fairness and equality in our fair city.
Are people in our community discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity? Back in April, when Councilors voted 18-11 against this same ordinance, some said there wasn't a problem - at least among their constituents.
Some said there hadn't, after all, been lots of complaints filed - ignoring the fact that's it's difficult to file a complaint when there's no law under which to file it.
This time around, there appears to be plenty of evidence there's a problem.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, a Democrat, have issued executive orders saying their respective governments won't discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, issued a similar policy statement.
If the issue's relevant for government, you can bet it's relevant in the private sector, too. What's more, where there's discrimination, it usually transcends geographic boundaries. In fact, this time around, City-County councilors who've been willing have had a chance to meet with - or at least hear from - gay and transgender constituents in their districts who say there is, in fact, a problem.
But in reality, you don't need letter-writing, meetings or testimony to recognize prejudice. Any time you hear the phrase "those people," as in, "Those people don't need a special legal class" or "I don't approve of those people," you can hold this truth to be self-evident: There's a whole lottta discriminating going on.