Shame on you, Mayor BellamyBy
Proclamations, as you probably know, are ceremonial statements that recognize special occasions or outstanding contributions by citizens in our community. They aren’t political things. They cost no money. But Mayor Bellamy doesn’t really like The Gays all that much — fire and brimstone and all that. But, once again, her outdated prejudices get in the way of her being an effective representative for all the people of Asheville.
It’s especially embarrassing for our fair city, a place many proudly see as a shining light of diversity, inclusion, and creativity. Not only will we our hold our annual Pride Celebration on that day, but hundreds of LGBTQ leaders from all over the nation will be in town next year for the Intepride Region 5 Conference. Hell, even Mayor Keith Summey of Charleston, South Carolina (where they’re still fighting the Civil War) agreed to be Grand Marshall of its Pride Parade last year. And he’s an old white guy.
We’ve all witnessed her bizarre meltdowns at City Council meetings and her immature and entitled behavior when publicly dealing with fellow council members. Aside from the fact that she wears her bigotry on her sleeve, I hear from reliable sources that she’s an arrogant pain-in-the ass to work with, she attempts to micromanage city staff (not her role, which is largely ceremonial), she’s uncommunicative with her peers, and she has a Princess Complex that would make Kim Kardashian blush.
Terry’s time has passed. It’s time for the Mayor to go. We need new leadership in City Hall.
Manheimer? Manheimer? Anyone?
PROPOSED REJECTED PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS, in an effort to foster an atmosphere of harmony, goodwill, and security, the City of Asheville recognizes the actions and contributions of all its beloved citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Pride festival promotes unity, visibility, and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons and provides an opportunity to celebrate in harmony with their allies; and
WHEREAS, Pride celebrations contribute much toward reducing misunderstandings, discrimination, isolation, and barriers faced by individuals of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; and
WHEREAS, this annual event reflects the hard work and dedication of the Blue Ridge Pride festival sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who have made this festival a success:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2011 as “BLUE RIDGE PRIDE DAY” in Asheville, NC, and call upon all the citizens of this great city to join me this celebration.