Brian Pinkston is running for a seat on the Charlottesville City Council. He answered our questions about his view on LGBTQ issues. Don’t forget to vote June 11 in the Democratic primary!
Q: Do you consider yourself to be an LGBTQ ally?
Yes, I do consider myself to be an LGBTQ ally. I’ve supported, both publicly and privately, friends and friends of friends who are LGBTQ. I’ve done this by speaking up for and advocating for them. I’ve also sought to demonstrate care and friendship.
Q: As an elected official, what role will you play or push your elected body to play in promoting the safety and wellness of LGBTQ people who are parents, children, homeless, of color, disabled, tourists, new to the area?
I will emphasize care for those in the LGBTQ community, as I would for any person from a historically marginalized community. I will be proactive in being inclusive of all persons in our shared community life.
Q: Are you safe-space trained and, if not, are you willing to be and to push your fellow officials, staff, and partners to get trained, along with trainings in implicit bias and bystander training addressing race and gender issues that also affect members of the LGBTQ community?
Yes, I am safe-space trained. I’d be happy to take additional training, as specified in the question, as well as to advocate for such training among City staff and elected officials.
Q: What else do you want the local LGBTQ community to know about you?
That I will treat all persons in our community — including LGBTQ — with respect, dignity, and care.