Mayor London Breed Launches Open to All Campaign in San Francisco
Mayor challenges business and residents to take the Open to All pledge opposing discrimination
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, and Treasurer José Cisneros today took the Open to All pledge and encouraged business and residents to oppose discrimination and declare that they are Open to All regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or disability.
“San Francisco has a long history of standing united to advance the national dialogue around acceptance, civil rights, and human rights,” said Mayor London N. Breed. “The Open to All campaign is about reinforcing our values and stating that no matter who you are, where you have come from, or who you love, you are welcome here in San Francisco.”
Open to All is nationwide campaign to build understanding and discussion about the importance of our nation’s nondiscrimination laws—and the bedrock principle that when businesses open their doors to the public, they should be Open to All. It is supported by a coalition of more than 200 nonprofit organizations committed to civil rights, racial justice, LGBT equality, health and healthcare, disability rights, and much more.
To date, dozens of lawmakers from around the country have signed on in support of Open to All. The coalition of businesses continues to grow as well. Recently, Gap Inc. signed the Open to All business pledge and declared that their 2,300 Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix stores are Open to All. Gap Inc. joins Yelp, Marriott International Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., and Lyft, as well as more than nearly 2,000 small businesses, in partnering with Open to All.
“San Francisco has a proud reputation as a City welcoming to all in search of acceptance, refuge, and opportunity. But even in cities like ours with strong nondiscrimination laws in place, people continue to face hostility and hate in everyday situations,” said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who has introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors to declare San Francisco a Open to All city. “Nobody should have to fear being denied service at a restaurant or a safe ride home just because of who they are. By declaring our city Open to All, we are sending a strong message that hate will not be tolerated here.”
“Open for All makes good business sense,” said José Cisneros, Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. “San Francisco employers have long recognized that being inclusive allows them to broaden their customer bases and recruit best and brightest employees. I’ve taken the Open to All pledge and will continue to stand up to discrimination in all forms.”
“As the Federal Administration continues to attack our diverse communities, it is important that we stand by our values of being a City that is truly Open to All and call on other cities to join us,” said Clair Farley, Senior LGBTQ Advisor and Director of the Office of Trans Initiatives.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to take the pledge and declare that San Francisco is Open to All.