Codified Ordinances, Article 185, Chapter 125
Adopted: November 27, 2001
The Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to establish a local human relations commission which would include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. While Lancaster City had a nondiscrimination ordinance since 1991, it was tied to the County Human Relations Commission which does not have protections for LGBT people. A local group formed to help lead the advocacy for this ordinance, the Lancaster Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom.
In 2010, when local advocates attempted to work with County Commissioners to expand the county human relations code to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – the commissioners disbanded the human relations commission altogether.
In the News
City Council establishes Human Relations board Lancaster Era (November 28, 2001)