About the Alliance
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has long championed the rights of the LGBTQ community. In 1984, the organization adopted policy calling for the legal protection of those rights at all levels of government, making it the first organization of elected officials to do so. In 1991, it adopted policy calling for granting the protection of federal hate crimes laws to all citizens, including LGBTQ communities, and in 2009 it adopted policy supporting marriage equality. America’s mayors have been at the forefront of the battle for marriage equality, employment discrimination protections, and the repeal of don’t-ask-don’t-tell, decriminalizing HIV, and against right-to-discriminate laws across the country. USCM will continue the fight to protect the rights of LGBTQ Americans — and all civil rights.
In 2019, the Conference established the LGBTQ Alliance to lead the Conference’s work related to LGBTQ advocacy, policy, and protections that are increasingly under assault by the Supreme Court and state legislatures nationwide.