AWARD: Some Speech Is More Free Than Others
Pete McCracken was selected as new Mayor by Council. He swiftly moved to remove the best tool the LGBT community had, and had used effectively on its own behalf for nearly a year: The ability to calmly and patiently explain, using as much time and as many meetings as needed, to educate Council on the error of their anti-LGBT ways.Following the defeat of Hamilton’s anti-LGBT Resolution, pressure quickly built for him to be replaced as Mayor. Apparently his leadership skills in failing to deliver the Resolution and/or keep the town unified were no longer up to snuff.
From that point forward, speaking time was limited to 3 minute. Prior to that, it had been unlimited. The result was coarser rhetoric by elected officials and the public, as three minutes twice a month is hardly enough time to make a complex point, or to proceed diplomatically.
PEFA had already shown that time and diplomacy could be successful, and that has been perceived as a threat instead of an opportunity.
It took years to blow up, but this forced change in tone set the stage for the drama that was to come surrounding the June 2013 LGBT Pride Month Proclamation.
Idea Owner: Pete McCracken
Mayor: Pete McCracken
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