A lawmaker in North Dakota made her feelings known in an epic take down of a homophobic constituent during a recent town hall meeting. Carrie Evans, a local council member, went off on the unnamed man who had objected to a rainbow Pride flag flown in front of Minot’s City Hall — the flag was being put up in September as the ongoing global pandemic had thrown off Pride season.
“If you’re not aware, and I think a lot of people in this room are not aware and have come here just because this was a ‘gay issue,’” Evans explained. “I am proudly the first openly elected lesbian in North Dakota, so that is why I'm not paying any heed to your crap.” While some outlets have reported that Evans' sexuality wasn't publicly known at the time, she's been speaking about her history-making status since at least June.
The response came after the man had verbally sparred with the mayor, demanding he be given a full five minutes to speak. The man, and others had begun to turn their attention to Evans, who was having none of it.
After reminding her constituents that she lives in Minot and is both a “taxpayer” and a “person” with the same rights as others who had flags flown outside city hall, Evans continued by saying “We are not some group of people who live in San Fransisco or Seattle – we are here. We are your elected officials. We are your brothers. We are your sisters.”
“Don’t tell me you’re not hatred and anger,” she continued. “That’s all I feel, I’ve had to listen to it for days now as has the mayor and many of my colleagues. It is unacceptable. The city is big enough for the all of us.”
Evans then cut to the crux of the matter, pointing out that flying a rainbow flag in front of City Hall “doesn’t take anything from your rights and freedoms” before pointing out the significance of Pride to Evans and the LGBTQ+ community.
“But you know what it does for me?” Evans continued. “It shows me that I live in a city that appreciates and embraces and the people of my community and that I can live here and feel safe.”
In June, Evans revealed KX News in Bismark she left Minot 30 years ago because she didn’t feel comfortable there at the time as part of the LGBTQ+ community. She returned in 2017 because times have changed.
“This is the Minot I always wanted!” she told KX News. “I want to be here and to be accepted for that, and it’s part of who I am.”
Unfortunately, it would appear some things never change when it comes to bigotry and ignorance, but Evans was there to explain how things work for her hateful constituent.
“I’m sorry it doesn’t make you feel ‘comfortable,’” Evans concluded. “But we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away.”