WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — The Largo City Commission in Largo, Fla., voted 5 to 2 last night to start a three-step process to remove City Manager Steve Stanton from the job he’s held for 14 years. This decision comes after Stanton announced plans to undergo a gender reassignment process.
Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“The Largo City Commission’s action is a blatant, immoral act of discrimination. It is shameful that the commissioners care more about pandering to local bigoted sentiment than they do about ensuring that the city continues to benefit from the service of an experienced manager. Their treatment of Steve Stanton was appalling, almost like a modern-day act of setting the lions loose on him in the Coliseum.
“Unfortunately, this is just one more example of the discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face every day in this country. It is wrong to fire people simply because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity or expression, and it is long past time for Congress to act to end this type of discrimination.
“The commissioners in Largo still have a chance to right this wrong. Rather than make Largo a global example of intolerance and bigotry, they can prove their city to be fair-minded and respectful of all people, regardless of differences. We urge the commissioners to reconsider their decision at the next vote.”