Mississippi is one of few states that has yet to secure civil rights protections for everyone. There is no law that explicitly protects individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, education, or the use of public accommodations. Federal protections exist for certain people on the basis of race, sex, and other categories, but the coverage is limited for sexual orientation and gender identity. Having no state protections makes cases discrimination harder to resolve as they must be processed through federal courts rather than state courts. Because there are limited federal protections for LGBTQ people, in Hattiesburg and other places without local non-discrimination ordinances, residents can be fired from their job, evicted from their houses, or denied service at a business because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. By signing this petition, you are telling the city leaders in Hattiesburg that now is the time to adopt an ordinance that protects all city residents. For the past two years, the WAAM Coalition has been pushing for a non-discrimination ordinance in Hattiesburg. Now we need your help to convince city leaders to pass it. Please sign the petition if you are a Hattiesburg resident who thinks all people deserve local civil rights protections.