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To the Editor,
I know Red Lodge as a town that is full of kind, warm, and accepting people, but I also know that we still have much work to do to make all of our friends and neighbors feel welcomed and included. I work with young people in Red Lodge.
Over the years I have had teenagers reach out to tell me that they didn’t feel like their presence was appreciated by some community members simply for the fact that they are different.
I know of LGBT people who were treated poorly right here in our town. Their stories break my heart. The City of Red Lodge’s proposed Nondiscrimination Resolution is a necessary gesture that demonstrates to all community members that we are trying to be better.
I understand that there are religious objections to the Nondiscrimination Resolution. I would argue, as a religious person myself that we give up nothing by agreeing not to discriminate. In fact, I would argue that we would be more deeply living the tenets of our faith if we treat all people as we would like to be treated (and few of us, I believe, would ever want to be discriminated against!).
Maya Angelou wrote, “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” Let us not make the warmth of Red Lodge inaccessible to anyone. Let us be people who are not burdened with any prejudice. May we be better.  
I am grateful the City Council has opened this conversation.

Sincerely,

Travis Burdick
Red Lodge

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