Nampa enters fight for LGBT rights

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Nampa leaders will hear a plea for protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual community on Monday.

Melissa Sue Robinson is a well known community activist in Nampa, but she says she still feels like people don't treat her fairly because she's transgender. So she's pushing for the city to adopt an ordinance that would stop discrimination against LGBT members in her community.

"The mayor and the city council need to represent everyone, not just a few," Robinson said.

She says after Boise and several other cities in Idaho passed measures to protect LGBT members from discrimination, she feels like it's time for her city to do the same.

"If they can pass it, why can't Nampa?" she asks.

Robinson says she's been turned down from several job opportunities in Nampa when she got to the interviews and employers found out that she's different.

"You know in your heart that it was because you're transgender or gay or lesbian or whatever," she told KBOI 2News.

So she's asking Nampa to protect people like her from discrimination by passing the same ordinance that's spread to many towns across the United States. It would allow members of the LGBT community to have equal job and housing opportunities.

"Basically, this is going to take it and make it so that when you go for an interview, an employer's going to look at you for your education, for your experience and what you offer, what you have on your plate," she said, "They're not going to look at you though for being gay or lesbian, bisexual or transsexual."

And she says that would be a big step for people like her, who often feel shunned already, on top of having trouble finding a job.

"It makes you feel like you're being singled out. You know, you're a person, a human being just like anyone else," Robinson said, "You like to have friends. You like to mix with society. And it just makes you feel like you're being shut out when that happens."