Dear Lord Mayor, Leader of the Council, Councillors
I write following the statements made by Cllr Glenn Williams in the Council Chamber on the 14th January, where he displayed outdated, bigoted and hateful comments, towards members of the LGBT+ community.
We at Coventry Pride are pleased that you have already demonstrated your support, both in words and deeds, and call on you to join us in urging Cllr Williams to resign immediately. We are aware that Cllr Williams has already ignored a vote of the Council calling on him to resign, but ask you to demonstrate, once again, that views such as his have no place in today’s society.
Cllr Williams has displayed, once more, that he does not share the values of our City, the City of Peace and Reconciliation, the City of Culture 2021. He appears to stand in direct contradiction to the values, aspirations and ambitions of the typical Coventrian. Coventrians will be ashamed that he represents us, that people in the wider world will think that his views are those of this city.
As members of the LGBT+ community, we are vulnerable. Every day we face hatred, disgust, and threats. To know that people will feel emboldened by Cllr WIlliams’ comments is appalling. Young LGBT+ people already face many barriers to living full lives, comments such as Cllr Williams’ make their lives much harder, and lead to an increase in suicide, self-harm, and long-term illness.
I have submitted a formal complaint to the Ethics Committee about Cllr Williams comments, and I look forward to seeing the results in due course.
We call on you, as representatives and leaders within our great City, to demonstrate that views of hatred have no place here. To show that enough is enough. Hate is hate. Love is love. Coventry Pride calls on Cllr Glenn Williams to resign immediately. Will you join us?
Martin Pink, Chair, Board of Trustees, Coventry Pride