In anticipation of the re-introduction of the equal employment ordinance in January, we wanted to provide a place for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community to share their stories of discrimination.
We recognize that there is currently not a safe place to share these stories, so this is our effort to provide one.
When the ordinance was initially introduced last year, some thought that Omaha had no problems with workplace discrimination because they had not heard any stories. We want to make sure that the community understands the true implications of not passing this ordinance. So please share any stories of discrimination in the workplace and how it affects your life and your decisions. And please pass this along to others - those in Omaha or those who choose not to live in Omaha because they are not treated equally.
We will review each story and post it on this site for others to read and understand what it's like to work in a community with no protection for your rights. In addition, we will collect these stories and present them to the Omaha City Council before they vote on the ordinance. We may have to do some minor editing as we prepare the stories for the City Council or our site. We assure you that it will be minor. In some cases, we may contact you to see if you would be open to present your story in person to the Omaha City Council.