Mayor Pro Tem Al Heggins Issues Statement Condemning Hateful Rhetoric About LGBTQ+ Community


Salisbury, N.C.—Oct. 9, 2021—Elected public servants have a sworn duty to serve ALL constituents regardless of their party affiliation, race, national origin, religion, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, color, level of physical ability or socio-economic status.

Being an elected public servant, I believe it is my duty to stand against hate speech and discrimination promoted by any person or entity; especially when that person is another elected public servant. As such, I am deeply disturbed by, find despicable and condemn NC Lt. Governor Mark Robinson’s transphobic and homophobic words.

I will not repeat his vile rhetoric, as I refuse to amplify his abhorrent position. I view his stance as prohibitive to the pursuit of happiness and dangerous to the peaceful existence of our NC LGBTQ+ community and extremely harmful to overall positive human relations. Instead, we must foster environments that value the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals and their families, which in turn promotes the learning and compassionate growth of cisgendered individuals.

No elected public servant should be allowed to retain their elected seat when their disposition is one of overt or covert discrimination. Our state and our municipalities need to move forward with sweeping nondiscrimination protections for North Carolinians; not promote the further marginalization of consistently marginalized and persecuted groups.

I am committed to the ongoing cultivation of safe and welcoming environments and firmly stand with the LGBTQ+ community and their families here in Salisbury and across the state of NC in the face of hate, intimated violence and discrimination.

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