LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville teen is on a mission urging local leaders to protect the LGBT community.

Evan Stoner addressed city council members at Monday night's meeting. He believes passing an ordinance could protect LGBT individuals from discrimination.

He wants council members to use similar mandates in Louisville and Indianapolis as a model.

"It would set the tone. It would really say, 'This is Jeffersonville. We support everybody. People are people. They deserve to be treated with respect. They deserve to be treated with dignity.' Our city should protect our residents. Our state should protect our residents," Stoner said. 

Stoner is also organizing the city's first-ever gay pride festival through a new non-profit called "Jeffersonville Pride."

A launch event is planned for noon on Saturday at New Beginnings Non-Denominational Church.

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