The first resolution declared that LGBTQ+ communities add to the Metro area’s quality of life. The resolution said that it would also recognize the 33rd anniversary of the first Nashville Pride event. If adopted, the Nashville Pride Board of Directors would receive an official copy of the resolution.
The resolution was sponsored by council members Zach Young, Brett Withers, Emily Benedict, Russ Bradford, Nancy VanReece, Bob Mendes, and Burkley Allen.
The push to establish Nashville Pride Month comes shortly after Governor Bill Lee signed the bathroom signage bill into law, requiring businesses to inform patrons if they allowed individuals to use bathrooms differing from their respective biological sex. Around a week later, Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk said that he won’t enforce that law.
In March, Lee signed into law the transgender sports bill banning students from playing on teams of the opposite sex. The Biden Administration reportedly promised they will challenge this law and others like it across the nation.
The latter resolution concerning Black Restaurant Week explained that the pandemic caused 41 percent of Black-owned businesses to close temporarily or permanently between February and April of last year. The resolution noted that this was nearly double the national average of 22 percent for pandemic-incited business closures.
The resolution identified some of Nashville’s Black-owned restaurants: Kingdom Cafe, Minerva Avenue, Willie B’s Kitchen and Lounge, The Cupcake Collection, StrikeOut Wings, and Chef Batts and Zombie Kitchen catering.
Council members Tanaka Vercher, Joy Styles, Brandon Taylor, Jennifer Gamble, Antoinette Lee, Sharon Hurt, Delishia Porterfield, Sandra Sepulveda, and Zulfat Suara all sponsored the resolution.
This resolution comes up shortly after the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, and around the time of the corresponding riots that ensued. In Nashville, just as with nearly every city where George Floyd rallies occurred, the protesting devolved into rioting.
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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
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