Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LGBT community gets attention from mayor's office

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM

It really bugs me when any segment of our population is ignored by those in power, but this isn't a new phenomenon. Still, I'm happy to report that Qnotes, via the blog Interstate Q, a news source for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population, is reporting they've received mail from Charlotte's Mayor's office:

After more than a decade of McCrory’s cold shoulder, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has put his official acknowledgement of our lives on paper.

Most mayors and other government officials across the country and world write these sorts of things. They’re customary and tradition, mostly. Given our history here in Charlotte, however, it’s a sign of progress. Although there are a few positives — CMPD is reaching out and will hold a public forum with LGBT community members in October, and sexual orientation was finally added to city employment policies this past March — the Queen City still has a long, long way to go before its LGBT citizens are fully accepted and embraced in the full life of this city (like the most recent example in which city-county officials couldn’t bring themselves to simply say, “No, we don’t discriminate against LGBT people”).

Read the entire post, by Matt Comer, here.

For the record, every member of our society is worthy of our politician's attention and support.

The media could do a better job, too:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. Additionally, she's on the steering committee for the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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