I’m a 30-year old lesbian who grew up in the state of Maine. My decision to attend law school in Charlotte and make Charlotte my home was, in part, because I was looking forward to living the “city life.” Only after moving here did I realize that living in Charlotte is difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Not only does the city lack basic protections against discrimination for based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but the LGBT community has little representation on the city council and local boards.
LaWana Mayfield is running for city council in District 3 in southwest Charlotte. If elected, LaWana would be the first openly gay LGBT council member, and one of possibly two women on city council. LaWana has been a community organizer and active advocate for LGBT, HIV/AIDS and racial justice issues for over 15 years.
I urge anyone in District 3 who cares about LGBT issues in Charlotte to get out and vote in the Sept. 13 primaries. It is critical that we elect people who care about making Charlotte a better and easier place for LGBT people to live. LaWana would be a fierce and tireless advocate not just for our community, but for the community as a whole. I urge you to get out and vote for LaWana on Sept. 13.
— Sarah Demarest, Charlotte, N.C., letter