Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Mayor Mary McAngus of a small Ohio village announced today her resignation following accusations that she made anti-gay comments about a local police office.

According to the Village of Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt, the mayor repeatedly referred to Officer Kyle Calendine with derogatory anti-gay comments in front of his fellow officers. 

Police Chief Proffitt told the Associate Press that he supports LGBT rights and denounced McAgnus’ comments. 

Whether it's an elected official, local school board member or national 'advocacy groups', anti-gay vitriol creates a toxic environment that can make LGBT people – particularly youth – think they aren't worthy of the same dignity that all Americans deserve. 

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