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by Tate Cohen
NOVEMBER 01, 2017 6:00 PM
Regarding “LGBTQ rights group revokes endorsement of Democratic candidate for Raleigh mayor” (Oct. 23): Here are some fast facts about EqualityNC revoking its endorsement of Charles Francis. Francis’ donation to George Holding was based upon Holding’s support for community banking, a form of empowerment-based economics that falls under the umbrella of micro-finance. This was before Amendment One, which Francis couldn’t have foreseen.
Francis spoke for then-Republican State Sen. Fred J. Smith once at a campaign event long before Amendment One and HB2. Francis and Smith have been friends for over 30 years and it was in that capacity that Francis spoke for Smith.
EqualityNC stated that Francis has “courted” Republicans. All three mayoral candidates were invited to a Republican conference. Francis attended. McFarlane said in the debate that she would have gone had she not had another commitment. Both candidates have received donations from Republicans. Francis feels it is important to have good working relationships with all Raleigh residents, including Republicans, in order to best serve as mayor.
Not only does Francis state unequivocally that he supports and will support the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ rights, he provides specifics. The city currently does not offer inclusive health care benefits to all transgender people who are city workers. The city’s Human Relations committee cannot mediate complaints about discrimination. Francis has advocated for these protections. He has also advocated for more LGBTQ+ representation on our police force so that police are trained and knowledgeable about how to best protect LGBTQ+ youth and individuals.
You can be a proud Democrat and also care about bipartisanship and working together to create solutions to our city’s current problems. Our country is in such shambles due to the fact that many politicians refuse to listen to one another and work together.