Jonathan Cole reports at Grand Divisions that Councilor Janis Fullilove has received death threats for sponsoring the city’s proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance:
Last night, Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove informed me that she had received four phone calls from unknown numbers threating her life. Each death threat referenced Fullilove’s sponsorship of the LGBT-inclusive employment non-discrimination legislation supported by Tennessee Equality Project. Following these calls, someone threw a dead cat in Fullilove’s front yard. Memphis Police have responded with added presence at her home. Fullilove and her family are safe for the moment.
Gutless punks. Fullilove has been a supporter of equality in the city for a long time, and deserves praise, not threats, for proposing the NDO. Cole asks a relevant question:
If an elected Memphis City Council member can be threatened and intimidated with violence for having the courage to advocate as a straight ally for LGBT inclusive workplace protections, imagine what a city employee working in sanitation services, the Police Department, or the Fire Department might experience. Gender and sexual orientation bias in the community and in the workplace is real.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are not the only ones who suffer from homophobia and transphobia in our society. Yesterday’s threats prove that such irrational sickness and ugliness affects the whole community.
Enough said. I hope they find these punks and throw them in the basement of 201 Poplar.