An LGBT activist opposed to holding Leadercast events in Nanaimo says she’s discouraged after an uproar led to the repeal of a City Council motion that cancelled this year’s event.
E.T. Turner is the vice president of the Vancouver Island Rainbow Association. In 2013, Leadercast was called off by the organizers themselves after the Association spoke out about the anti-gay activities of one of the event’s US-based sponsors. They raised the same concerns this spring.
Turner says the May 5th Council motion against the event wasn’t their idea, although they supported it, and she says painting it as anti-Christian was wrong.
Turner says their opposition to Leadercast is tied solely to the activities of the CEO of sponsor Chick-Fil-A.
She also says the outcry against the motion was coming mostly from outside the city, and even outside the province, and the voices of the majority of Nanaimoites weren’t part of the debate.