On Sunday, dozens of fair-minded Mississippians joined HRC for a “United Against Hate” rally. Faith leaders, lawmakers and community leaders marched from the Capitol to the Governor’s Mansion to speak out against discrimination and against the discriminatory 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.
Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer Tena Clark joined us at the rally. A Mississippi native, Clark wrote “My, My Mississippi” a song that expresses her sorrow over H.B. 1523 and Mississippi’s history of discrimination, while looking toward a hopeful future for the state she loves. A mass choir comprised of local singers performed the beautiful and stirring piece in front of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion.
This wasn’t the first rally HRC has held in Mississippi. Since H.B. 1523 was introduced more than nine months ago, HRC has actively spoken out against Mississippi’s harmful H.B. 1523.
Our hard work came into fruition when on July 1, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the implementation of H.B. 1523. However, H.B. 1523 continues to be a threat while under appeal. HRC and our allies are focused on stopping H.B. 1523 and any other new bills that seek to harm the LGBTQ community.
We are grateful to everyone from across the state to speak up and sing out. Enough is enough – we do not want hate in our state.
HRC and our allies have made a commitment to continue to make our voices heard any chance we can get. We will be relentless in the pursuit of creating a state where all citizens are safe and welcome. Together, if we are united against hate, we can build a brighter, more inclusive future for Mississippi.
To learn more about HRC Mississippi’s work, click here. To get involved, text “My Mississippi” to 30644.