United States – Protesters lined Holly Springs Road on Tuesday after feeling left out of the Holly Springs City Pride Proclamation. The rally took place outside of a Holly Springs City Council meeting. The City of Holly Springs declared June Pride Month in a proclamation issued on the 6th. An excerpt from the proclamation read: “All people, regardless of age, gender identity, race, color, religion or disability, have the right to be treated on the basis of their worth as human beings”.
However, the statement failed to acknowledge sexual orientation, which many in the LGBTQIA+ community considered a cruel omission given the significance of Pride Month. Mayor Sean Mayefskie did not celebrate Pride Month last year. Jack Turnwald, an activist for the protest, said: ‘The pride proclamation made on June 6 has excluded our community and pride is for our community.’ I quote: “We would like to be seen and included in this proclamation as it should be. “However, not everyone who came forward did so to demand that the proclamation include LGBTQIA+ concerns.
Anthony Jackson attended the rally, but he wasn’t there to demand changes to the statement; he just wanted to keep things as they were. In the United States of America, everyone has complete freedom. “There’s no need to add anything,” Jackson remarked. Nothing else could be needed. We must take a stand and resist the awakened movement and current events. Mayefskie released a brief statement which included the following:
It was always meant to be a rallying cry against bigotry and a celebration in honor of diversity. It’s a fantastic start. Over the next year, I will welcome any comments from locals who would like to discuss this or any other topic with me. Protesters felt that the mayor’s statement was not enough. Holly Springs resident Donna Friend said, “I want to make sure the mayor understands the meaning of Pride. Mayefskie has indicated a willingness to engage in dialogue, but there appears to be little movement in revising the language of the proclamation.