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Forum staff reports, Published August 15 2013

Heitkamp, Sobolik to speak at rights event

FARGO – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., will discuss human rights efforts in North Dakota and Washington, D.C., tonight during an event at the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo.

The second annual “Evening of Possibilities,” hosted by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, aims to increase awareness about social justice and human rights issues at the federal, state and local level.

The event is from 5 to 7 p.m.

Heitkamp will give an update about the human rights movement at the federal level, according to a release from the coalition. She’s one of 53 co-sponsors of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity at the federal level.

Fargo City Commissioner Melissa Sobolik will speak about her efforts to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protective classes for employment and housing in Fargo. North Dakota state law does not provide protections from discrimination in employment or housing for LGBT individuals.

The event is free and open to the public.