Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Brunswick Democrats host pride ceremony opposing recent ‘discriminatory’ legislation

Last June, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo hosted a pride ceremony in front of city hall, signing a proclamation recognizing Pride Month. (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti Willis)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — On the heels of recent legislation introduced in Raleigh specific to the LGBTQ+ community, Brunswick County Democrats are taking a stand.

The Brunswick County Democratic Party is holding an LGBTQ+ Pride Month Ceremony and Progress Pride Rainbow Flag Dedication at its headquarters Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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The ceremony is intended to call attention what the party is calling discriminatory and exclusionary legislation introduced by the North Carolina General Assembly.

“It seems to us that these MAGA Republicans have misguided priorities when it comes to much of this legislation,” BCDP chair Shelley Allen said in a press release. “For example, regarding their educational focus we argue that the real danger to students is not the presence of transgender youth or the availability of books that include transgender characters, but the refusal of MAGA Republicans to ban the assault weapons being used to murder our children in schools.”

During the 2023 legislative session at the NC General Assembly, a broad slate of anti-
LGBTQ legislation has been proposed targeting LGBTQ+ North Carolinians in a wide range of areas, from education to health care to public spaces.

“The party is strongly urging concerned citizens to take action by contacting their elected representatives — members of both the NC House and Senate — and urging them to oppose these discriminatory bills,” Allen said.

Specifically, she was referring to bills that exclude transgender students from participating in school sports, ban gender-affirming healthcare for youth, censor curriculum in schools, and banning drag shows.

“The BCDP believes that all citizens deserve equal rights and protections under the law and opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation,” Allen said in the release. “We are hanging the rainbow flag on our building as a strong show of support for these embattled citizens.”

The event, at 1420 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia, is free and open to the public.

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