National LGBT rights organizations condemn ousting of Largo city manager

March 24, 2007

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

WASHINGTON, March 24 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and Equality Florida denounced the discriminatory action of Florida’s Largo City Commission for violating its own nondiscrimination policy as well as state and federal law by firing longtime City Manager Steve Stanton after learning that Stanton is transgender.

Stanton is one of the most successful and accomplished city managers in the country and has loyally served the City of Largo for nearly two decades. The commission’s decision to terminate is a stunning demonstration of bias and intolerance. By choosing discrimination over inclusiveness, the city commissioners failed Stanton and failed their city.

Stanton, who is represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will announce next week whether he intends to pursue litigation.

[ Read coverage in the St. Petersburg Times ]

[ Read the Task Force’s March 1 statement ]


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.