ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville mayor who has opposed gay-rights initiatives in the past has signed a proclamation honoring the Blue Ridge Pride Festival this weekend.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Mayor Terry Bellamy signed a proclamation Tuesday saying the festival promotes unity among gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Bellamy’s move followed public pressure from City Councilman Bill Russell and a meeting with gay-rights activists before a council meeting Tuesday. She refused to comment after the meeting.
Blue Ridge Pride spokeswoman Ashley Arrington said during the public comment session at the end of the meeting that she was thrilled that Bellamy signed the resolution. Arrington says she and the mayor still differ over issues including giving benefits to same-sex partners of city employees and an equality resolution.