I'll be a new resident soon...a voting resident who fully supports the equality and pride events for those who have had to struggle to gain them. Selective support? I'm definitely remember that at the polls and when asked for support for other things by this mayor.
As a gay man from a similar small town in Ohio, I know what such recognition means to residents. No one is asking for a parade or a three-day event, all the LGBTQ+ community is asking for is a piece of paper that, essentially, says, "You are here and we see you. We acknowledge you exist. And you are welcome..." Please reconsider your position on this request. Thank you.
I want to see that my childhood hometown is truly the affirming, welcoming and loving "community" it purports to be, for all of its residents and families. This proclamation in the City's name is a small step, but the ceasing of such a proclamation by its elected leadership sends an even bigger message that for symbolic and practical purposes it is, in actuality, not any of these things.