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Monday, 11 October 2021

9:00 am (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rev. Vance Haywood Phone: 919.390.4580 Email: vanceh@stjohnsmcc.org

Faith Leaders across NC demand action from Lt. Governor Robinson

Press Conference
Monday, 11 October 2021
5:00pm-6:00pm
310 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Faith and community leaders from more than 20 organizations, and representing more than 380,000 LGBTQ North Carolinans and their allies, will gather at 310 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (The office of the Lieutenant Governor) on Monday, 11 October 2021, at 5 pm to present a list of their demands in response to Lt. Governor Mark Robinson's attacks against queer people and the LGBTQ community.

This action directly results from the Lt. Governor's failure to respond on Friday to an open letter requesting a meeting with faith and community leaders. The letter stated, "Your words have caused immeasurable harm and have the potential to cost people their lives, Mr. Robinson; you have an opportunity to make right the wrong and harm (sin) you have done, and we would like to help you." (View the letter at https://wearenotfilth.mailchimpsites.com/)

During the press conference today at 5 pm, the following demands will be made public:

  1. Mr. Robinson must immediately and publicly apologize to the LGBTQ Community for the hateful attack he made in June during his remarks at Asbury Baptist Church.
  2. Hold to his word and immediately make himself available for meetings with impacted persons, community, and faith leaders as he offered to do during his remarks at Asbury Baptist Church.
  3. If Mr. Robinson is not willing to take these actions immediately,NC faith and community leaders are calling for his immediate resignation or forced removal from the office of Lt. Governor for the state of North Carolina.

Every hour that passes without a full and heartfelt retraction by Mr. Robinson places NC LGBTQ persons' lives at risk:

  • According to the FBI, hate crimes are rising nationally in 2021, and incidents directed toward the LGBTQ community make up roughly 17% of those reported.
  • 2021 is on track to be the deadliest for transgender and gender non-conforming people in the US, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
  • The Trevor Project estimates that at least one LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13–24 attempts suicide every 45 seconds in the U.S.

In addition, we publicly invite the business community, elected officials, and concerned citizens to join us for a collective demonstration and march later this week, where we will update the public on Mr. Robinson's response in our continuing pursuit of justice, equality, and protection for all North Carolinians. To learn more, visit https://wearenotfilth.mailchimpsites.com/.

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From Metropolitan Community Churches...

For Immediate Release
Saturday, 9 October 2021

NC LT. GOV. SHOULD MEET WITH CHURCH LEADERS, RETRACT STATEMENT

North Carolina’s lieutenant governor should honor his offer to meet with church leaders who disagree with his recent statements about homosexuality and transgenderism, and should correct his remarks, church leaders said today.

At a recent appearance at a church, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said, “There’s no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, or any of that filth.”

“Sir, homosexuality and transgenderism are not ‘filth,’” said Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches. “On the contrary, God’s creation includes people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – things that are not choices – and God makes no mistakes.”

Rev. Vance Haywood, pastor of Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, was quick to respond.

“Countless thousands of LGBT youth attempt or complete suicide each year, in part because misguided Christians label them as ‘filth,’” Haywood said. “As an elected leader with the privilege of serving the entirety of North Carolina’s population, Lt. Gov. Robinson has the platform to lead – or, at the very least, to remain silent rather than inflame the tensions that infect so many people and families.”

Robinson followed his remarks with an offer to meet with those who disagree, and Haywood pounced.

“We are formally requesting a meeting with you by a delegation of Faith and Community Leaders to discuss these topics,” Haywood wrote in a letter to the lieutenant governor. “We would welcome the opportunity to create an open dialogue to better understand each other and find pathways to uphold the responsibility entrusted to us; to care for people, to encourage them to be their best selves, and to share a message of hope and love.”

“Lt. Gov. Robinson may well have a misunderstanding of these issues, and we welcome the opportunity to respectfully enlighten him,” Eggleston said. “In the meantime, LGBT people should not consider themselves ‘filth’ at all, but as beloved children of God.”

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