Signs of change in Wyoming: LGBT protections in Laramie; oil-driven demographic shifts

Neighboring Wyoming has its first anti-discrimination ordinance aimed at broadly protecting lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered residents. Wyoming Public Radio reports the measure passed the Laramie City Council last night.

The ordinance, which passed by a vote of 7-2, covers public or private employment, housing, and public accommodations like bars or restaurants. The town of Jackson also has an LGBT anti discrimination ordinance on the books, but it only covers public employees.

The news comes on the heels of another demographic shift for our neighbor to the north, brought about by the oil boom, Inside Energy reported via WPR:

Over the last few years, Wyoming's African American population has grown faster than in any other state. According to census data, between 2010 and 2013, the number of black residents doubled. In some counties, especially those with a lot of energy development or tourism, that increase was more like 300, 500 or even 800 percent.