Join HRC on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. CST for a United Against Hate Rally. Join us at the Capitol where we will gather and march to the Governor’s Mansion to call for the complete repeal of H.B. 1523.
Over the last nine months, Mississippians from across the state have gathered on multiple occasions to join voices and speak out against H.B. 1523. H.B. 1523, deceptively titled “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” enables almost any individual or organization to discriminate against LGBTQ Mississippians at work, at school and in their communities.
HRC Mississippi has been a vocal opponent of H.B. 1523, and has held rallies condemning the bill and has communicated our grave concerns with elected officials throughout the lifespan of the bill. On July 1, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ blocked the implementation of H.B. 152 right before it was set to go into effect. As we await further action from federal courts around the law, we are continuing our call to action, and not letting up the pressure on our legislature and our governor.
The event, entitled United Against Hate, will feature a performance of the song “My, My Mississippi,” written by Mississippi native Tena Clark to express her sorrow over this bill and our state’s history of discrimination. A choir of local Mississippians will also raise their voices to oppose this harmful bill. We hope you can bring your voice and join us, too.
We will gather, not just because we share Clark’s sorrow over H.B. 1523, but because we share her hope for a state where everyone, including LGBTQ people, are welcome and safe.
Please join us if you can on December 11. If not, we encourage you to find out more about the work we do at HRC Mississippi. We hope that one way or another, you’ll join us in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.