Kirksville City Council instills non-discrimination policy for LGBTs

The Kirksville City Council has instilled a new policy in order to better the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons.

The council voted 3-2 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's nondiscrimination policy.

Kirksville is the first city north of the I-70 line to add this policy.

This policy means that LGBTs can not be discriminated against when it comes to job employment, applying for housing, and medical coverage.

"You can't fire someone if they are gay. You can't deny an apartment to a lesbian. And far too often, we know that transgendered individuals are denied access to basic services. By passing an ordinance like this, you effectively say you're providing these basic protections and we are getting coverage to these individuals," said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director at PROMO.

Kirksville joins the cities of St. Louis, Kansas City, Clayton, and Columbia with the passing of the non-discrimination policy.