In 2007, Gershom Faulker made it clear that he was not supportive of the LGBT community. Mr. Faulkner? quotes in this article make it apparent that his discriminatory views have not changed. St. Petersburg is a City with residents of many different backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, ages, and even sexual orientations and gender identities. It is our position that discrimination of any kind is not acceptable, especially by City Leaders.
It? incredibly important that we electfair-minded leaders who understand and use their faith, whether it be Christian or other, to promote the goodness in people rather than using religion-based prejudices to divide,segregate, and condemn.With youth suicides and bullying making recent headlines, it? frightening that Mr. Faulkner? views about equality and discrimination (especially toward the LGBT community) have remained unchanged.
Although Mr. Faulkner states that he considers his ?arlier remarks to be insensitive? he has not yet stated publicly that he feels all residents in the City of St. Petersburg deserve equal rights, and that discrimination of any kind is detrimental to the progress of this City. This statement gives our organization the impression that he’s sorry that he said what he really meant, rather than expressing a discriminatory opinion that should not be held by someone who wants to serve the all the citizens ofSt. Petersburg. This is not the sign of positive leadership, rather a politician saying words that have no real meaning or weight.
We strongly encourage all fair-minded citizens to make a donation to Mr. Faulkner? opponent, Council Member Wengay Newton, who has expressed that he desires to continue to serve ALL residents of St. Petersburg, regardless of their differences.