HOLLY SPRINGS, NC – (06-08-22) – Holly Springs Mayor Sean Mayefskie announced during a Town Council meeting Tuesday night, the town won’t issue a Pride Month proclamation recognizing the LGBTQ Community and LGBTQ Rights.
“I think our actions as a town speak louder than the words,” said Mayefskie. “And that’s the reason for my decision.”
Dozens of residents attended the Town Council meeting Tuesday night and several asked for a Pride proclamation. Not only that, they also insisted that Holly Springs sign onto Wake County’s non-discrimination ordinance which includes protections for LGBTQ Americans.
Homophobic Mayor Mayefskie rigged the Town Council meeting by only allowing seven speakers, claiming time constraints. Speakers were selected in order of registration.
Former Town Council candidate Carrie Randa spoke in favor of a Pride Month proclamation…“In this inaction, one can only conclude that Holly Springs has decided that some of its most vulnerable citizens are just not worth the effort and don’t require the same protections afforded to everyone else,” Randa said. “Pride Month is a time of celebration and also a time to draw attention to the need to continue to fight for full equality for all of our citizens.”
The mayor did issue a proclamation during Tuesday’s meeting for Juneteenth, recognizing the holiday and its significance to the African-American community, however in his words ‘Pride month propaganda’ is not something he wants to promote.
Of the seven people allowed to speak, only one resident, Steve Schneider, spoke against a Pride proclamation and signing on to the county ordinance.
Council member Aaron Wolff spoke in favor of a proclamation and non-discrimination ordinance…“We need this because we know it has value,” Wolff said. “We have heard from residents why they think the proclamation had value. I’ve heard from my LGBTQ neighbors and the families of youth — transgender, LGBTQ youth in this town — and they have told me that it has value.”
Watch Homophobic Mayor Mayefskie Denounce PRIDE Month
According to Wolff, council members will talk more about the Wake County ordinance at its June 14 Town Council meeting.
Wolff further stated that the ordinance not only provides protection for members of the LGBTQ community but also protects against discrimination based on ethnicity, race, natural hair and hairstyles, pregnancy, veteran status and disability.
“It is unclear to me if everyone who reached out to us against this ordinance had a full and clear understanding of exactly what they were campaigning against,” he said. “We will have more discussion about this.”
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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