I have received several emails of appreciation from our residents. I have also received a few negative emails in reference to our strong support for LGBTQ residents and creating equality for all across our county.
So I want to be clear with those who feel negatively about our support for LGBTQ related activities sponsored by our County Freeholder Board in recognition of Pride Month, we are steadfast in our commitment to advocating for equality and advancing the equal rights movement. I will stand against anyone who feels that we should not be treating each other equally as a county of inclusiveness for all. We are all unique and should be highlighting our differences as positives not negatives, we only can move forward if we learn to build bridges in our communities not tear them down. Seeing negative e-mails like these only makes me stand stronger by my decision and clearly validates the need for the Office of LGBTQ Services (the first County in the State to have this office) and have events to honor and respect the LGBTQ community.
So with that said, I stand firm in supporting LGBTQ residents and allies – that includes lending my voice and active support in efforts to combat discrimination, hate and fear.