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Flagstaff, AZ gay civil rights law advances

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The Arizona Daily Sun
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January 31, 2013

It was the words of a soft-spoken man that brought the head of the Northern Arizona Pride Association to tears during Tuesday night's Flagstaff City Council meeting. Kathryn Jim cried as she listened to a self-described former bigot confess how he once whispered hateful slurs on the playground as a child. He credited his college professor for inspiring him to turn away from his bigoted thoughts, bonding over with LGBT classmates at a Texas university by realizing how he shared similar fears with them and how he would celebrate with them when things went right. He, along with more than a dozen other speakers, told the Council they supported the proposed civil rights ordinance that for the first time would protect sexual preference, gender identity and veterans from discrimination in employment and public accommodations. In all, more than 100 people attended the meeting at City Hall, with most indicating their support for the ordinance. Only three people spoke out against the proposal, with one saying the city could not afford the cost of implementing such an ordinance.