1. The County Supervisors failed to adopt a community-proposed and community-supported resolution recognizing the local LGBTQ community and the community’s September, 14 2013 Cville Pride Festival. Question: If elected, would you likely support or likely not support such a resolution?
Most resolutions considered and passed by governing bodies in the public and nonprofit community are positive affirmations or are meant to draw attention to a day, week, month or event where something is celebrated. I wrote many resolutions for my board when I was Chamber president and from time to time we asked our surrounding jurisdictions to adopt resolutions we wrote for them.
I would be pleased to help author and support a resolution recognizing the local LGBTQ community or any public event celebrating the local LGBTQ community that was thoughtfully organized.
2. The Virginia Constitution treats same-sex partners, their children, and other dependents in the household as legal strangers by its particular definition of marriage, and forbids local governments to “create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status,” with the stated purpose to deny rights and benefits to disapproved households ( Section 15.A). Lesbian and gay households are harmed in many ways because of these legal mandates, which local governments participate in and enforce against its local residents. Question: Do you believe that these harms are justifiable? If justifiable, for what reasons?
Other states have changed these discriminatory practices but not so here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These harms are not justifiable.
3. Albemarle is a place where people come to work, live, and retire from all over the country and the world. Around the world, many countries respect and recognize same-sex marriage, and many more have human rights protections for LGBT. And recently the City of Charlottesville included LGBT within its human rights ordinance, although Virginia’s human rights statute does not include them. [ for lists of countries that broadly protect the human rights of LGBT - e.g. Canada, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Argentina, New Zealand, etc - and for countries that do not – e.g. Libya, Sudan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Zambia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, etc ] Question: Should the human rights of LGBT be protected in Albemarle County?
4. Recent research reports significant employment discrimination against gay and lesbian people: 42% had experienced employment discrimination at some point in their lives, and 27% had experienced employment discrimination just during the five-year period prior to the survey; employment discrimination is more common among LGB employees who are open about their sexual orientation in the workplace than among those who are not ( 38% of employees who are out in the workplace had experienced discrimination in the five year period prior to the survey, compared with 10% of those who are not out). Transgender persons report widespread discrimination, harassment and other abuses in workplaces. Question: Should Albemarle County maintain policies, and implement strategies, to ensure awareness and fairness in County workplaces for LGBT workers?