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.
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.
A lawsuit filed against Fairfax Couty Public Schools in an attempt to reverse protections for transgender students and staff was dismissed by a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge Friday according to the Washington Post, Andrea Lafferty, President of Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed student sued the school board in December claiming that “the board overstepped [...]