Helena commissioners are now back-tracking on a proposed ordinance to protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

At an Oct. 10 meeting city commissioners said a Montana Human Rights Bureau memo about a federal employment decision regarding a transgender woman means the nondiscrimination ordinance isn’t necessary. We couldn’t disagree more.

Comprehensive protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people does NOT exist at the federal or state level. Until that kind of protection is guaranteed, Helena’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance is needed now as much as it ever was.

Everyone deserves equal access to jobs, housing and to public businesses and facilities. You can help make that happen.

City commissioners plan to decide TODAY whether to move forward with the ordinance or abandon it. Tell them you believe in protecting everyone. Send them an email and attend the meeting at 4 p.m. in Room 326 of the City/County Building, 316 N. Park, Helena, MT.