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Charlotte mayor gives HRC convention the cold shoulder

Mayor Pat McCrory must be afraid he’s going to “catch” something from the homos of HRC if he positively acknowledged they were spending gay dollars in his city.

Though Charlotte is a business metropolis in the state, in many ways it is more conservative, than say, the Triangle area. It’s not surprising that this sort of nonsense happened.

More than 1,300 HRC members turned out in Charlotte to promote LGBT rights, and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory wasn’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat. Out of more than 20 HRC events of this type, this was the third largest, so to ignore a convention of this size is a purposeful political slap in the face. (News 14 Carolina):

More than 1,300 members of the Human Rights Campaign came to Charlotte to promote equal rights for gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transsexuals. The event marked the group’s first trip to the area, but members say they did not receive the warm welcome they were looking for.

“You can welcome and embrace someone and you don’t have to see eye to eye on all the issues,” said HRC member Joni Madison. Charlotte lawyer Phil Wells says he requested a letter of welcome from the mayor’s office – a common occurrence for convention attendees. Wells was hoping Mayor McCrory would write a couple welcoming sentiments. He was disappointed by the lack of response.

…”Here were a great number of people coming into this great city and spending money and wanting to see the best side of Charlotte, and all he had to do was say, ‘Welcome to our great city and he missed that opportunity,’” Wells said.

Others attending the weekend festivities felt the same way. “I just think that it was a kind of a courtesy, a protocol, and the fact that he didn’t extend a hand, it was a missed opportunity for him,” Madison said.

I think he’s pandering to what he thinks his constituents believe and it’s shameful,” Mitchell Gold said. Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon says the mayor’s office gets approximately 200 requests for welcoming letters every year. McCrory did not comment on the issue.

Regular House Blend readers may recall that McCrory is embroiled in a tussle between gay rights advocates and the bible beaters of anti-choice, anti-gay Operation Save America, which I covered here. That organization wants to restrict the use of public parks, specifically targeting Charlotte Gay Pride. The fundamentalist group called for the police working the Pride event who wore rainbow pins to be reprimanded for this simple act of freedom of speech.

Pat McCrory (R)

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