NC councilman calls out ‘intolerant minority’ as mayor rejects Pride Month proclamation (video)

“Either we are a community accepting of our LGBTQ residents and this is a no-brainer or we are not.”

Holly Springs council member Aaron Wolff took his colleagues to task Tuesday for failing to issue a Pride month proclamation or sign on to Wake County’s non-discrimination ordinance.

“What is the downside? I can only think of one downside and that’s the fact that it would make a small part of our population uncomfortable, the part that thinks the lives of our LGBTQ community are worth less. That their lives are sinful. That their lives are nothing to be proud of. Pride in this context is an offensive term,” Wolff said.

“If we have to choose between making an intolerant minority uncomfortable, and making our LGBTQ community feel welcome and safe, I choose the latter every single time.”

Wolff said the Wake County non-discrimination ordinance has also been widely misunderstood by many opponents. It does far more than protect LGBTQ individuals, according to Wolff.

Protected classes under this ordinance passed by the county last October include race, natural hair or hairstyles, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, pregnancy, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, National Guard or veteran status, religious belief or non-belief, age, or disability.

“I’ll say it again – pregnancy, religious belief, age, veteran status, 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,” said Wolff.

Holly Springs Mayor Sean Mayefskie said he believes the town is inclusive and their actions speak louder than words.

Residents who came to speak in support of the proclamation were limited by time on Tuesday. Click below to hear some of those remarks.

To date, six towns within Wake County have signed on to the non-discrimination ordinance.

Video: Town of Holly Springs, NC.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Clayton Henkel
Load More In News

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

For nearly two decades, people who care about North Carolina’s most vulnerable, who relish understanding the… [...]

Bill introduced at the behest of Blue Cross Blue Shield will be heard in a state… [...]

Last week the U.S. House passed H.R. 5 -- a federal “Parents Bill of Rights” that's… [...]

As North Carolina moves closer to legalizing sports gambling, cautionary tales -- especially for young men… [...]

Twenty-five years ago, when a powerful state Senator quietly and suddenly advanced a bill that would… [...]

* Inspired by this news story. The post A campaign of hate appeared first on NC… [...]

Bills that elevate politics over science, research and training are an attack on the integrity of… [...]

Cannabis – aka marijuana. Most Americans already live in a state where it’s lawful to sell,… [...]


You may republish this article online or in print under our Creative Commons license. You may not edit or shorten the text, you must attribute the article to The Pulse and you must include the author’s name in your republication.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Creative Commons License AttributionCreative Commons Attribution
NC councilman calls out ‘intolerant minority’ as mayor rejects Pride Month proclamation (video)