I was excited to read that Montclair is catching up to its progressive neighbors on LGBTQ rights in the June 10 edition of Montclair Local. Our town has lagged far behind towns like Princeton and Hoboken, and the policies introduced at the Town Council meeting will begin to allow us to catch up.

The two proposals that passed the first reading unanimously are non-controversial — one that extends the same non-discrimination language that the town uses for its employees to those who have contracts with the town, and the second that modernizes the non-discrimination clause to include a ban on discrimination based on gender identity. Even the third item (requiring most single-occupancy bathrooms in town to be gender-neutral), which still passed overwhelmingly but not unanimously, is wholly uncontroversial. As Councilmember Price-Abrams explained, the proposed law regarding single-occupancy bathrooms “just means anyone can use that single-use bathroom." 

I fully support policies and laws that make Montclair more welcome and inclusive, and encourage the council to pass these modest proposals. 

David Sailer


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