Boca Raton Appoints Openly Gay 17-year-old to City Board

South Florida Gay News
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December 21, 2012

Tyler Morrison went from speaking out against the Boca City Council’s lack of LGBT protection, to becoming one its employees, who is now unprotected by a 46-year-old anti-discrimination policy. Boca Raton became the only city in Palm Beach County to opt-out of protecting its LGBT employees when it passed Ordinance 5161 in January 2011. Morrison, a gay 17-year-old Boca resident, introduced himself to the City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting. Once there, he urged the council members to update a 46-year-old anti-discrimination policy to include protection for the city’s LGBT employees.  When city council member Constance Scott supported Morrison and asked the rest of the council what prevented them from moving into the 21st century, Morrison cried.  Then, at their Dec. 11 meeting, the Boca City Council unanimously appointed Morrison to the city’s community relations board. “He seemed like such an articulate and dedicated young man who wanted to get involved,” Susan Haynie, Boca’s Deputy Mayor, told SFGN after the meeting. “And I suggested that serving on one of the city’s advisory boards was the perfect vehicle for him to get involved with our community.”