Southern LGBTs Get Good, Bad News

Published: December 18, 2014

R.L. Nave
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Despite new information about social and economic disparities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the South, Mississippi continues to make slow, steady progress toward equality.

Last night, the historic north Mississippi town of Holly Springs became the ninth municipality in the state to adopt a resolution "recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents," namely LGBT people.

"For the city of Holly Springs to attract good citizens, home owners, students, businesses and employees, we need to stay competitive with other communities in Mississippi and throughout the nation. A resolution affirming the city of Holly Springs’ commitment to diversity is one step in achieving this goal," said Alderman Timothy Liddy during the meeting.

In addition, a greater number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men have come from the South than any other region in the country. Southern LGBTs also have the lowest insurance rates in the country, with nearly 25 percent lacking health insurance compared to 16 percent of the South’s non-LGBT population.

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