MINOT, N.D. -- Recently, the city of Minot raised a rainbow flag at city hall to honor our LGBTQ community.
Pride month is in June, and usually, this sort of thing would take place then, but due to the pandemic, things got delayed, so it happened in September.
Unfortunately, raising the flag ticked off a lot of citizens, and they showed up at a recent meeting of the city council to express their ire.
At one point, one of the complainers called out recently elected councilwoman Carrie Evans for looking as if she wasn't enjoying the gripe session.
This elicited a volcanic response from Evans, including a disclosure that she's a gay woman herself, something which wasn't previously known to the public.
"I am proudly the first openly elected lesbian in North Dakota. So that is why I am not paying any heed to your crap," Evans told the assembled whiners. "We, the people. I'm the people. I live in Minot. I am a taxpayer. I am a person. I get to see myself represented on that flagpole."
I wouldn't usually endorse any elected official talking that way to a constituent, no matter how passionately they feel about an issue, but one cannot begrudge Evans her pique.
Can you imagine sitting there, as a member of a community, and having people tell you it's some affront to temporarily raise a flag that honors the inclusion of people of your identity in that community?
It's a sign of just how quickly attitudes about homosexuality have changed in North Dakota. Not so long ago, over 70% of voters here put a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution.
Today, those who oppose homosexuality seem to be very much in the minority, while voices like Evans are ascendent.
That's a positive thing.
Evans is a very left-wing politician, and I doubt I'll find much to agree with her on as she helps govern my city, but I'm glad she feels welcome in our community, and I join her in disgust at what the cranks had to say about the pride flag.
Here's the whole council meeting, just in case you want to get a taste of the stupidity that prompted Evans' response.
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