Welcome to Berlin! A place where the beautiful Fox River gently meanders the entire length of the City! Wisconsin’s waterways were once the highways of travel and discovery; it is how Berlin was put on the map! Native Americans used the Fox River as a main way to get from place to place. French explorers believed they were going to find the Orient via the Fox River. For many years, the Fox River was a means to move products, produce and people. Today it continues to play an important part in creating our quality of life.
Local Nondiscrimination Ordinances
In 1982, Wisconsin was the first state in the country to pass a statewide law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this law does not extend to gender identity and expression, leaving transgender and nonbinary individuals vulnerable to discrimination. As a result, communities across Wisconsin have passed ordinances to create local protections while together, we build support among the public and policymakers for statewide protections.
Local Conversion Therapy Protections
Conversion "therapy" laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) minors to harmful conversion "therapy," a widely discredited practice that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers. For an in-depth analysis of these laws, please read LGBT Policy Spotlight Report: Conversion Therapy Bans by Movement Advancement Project. For additional information, visit our partners at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The Trevor Project.