Gay Issues

For Every Phone Call From Angry Glenn Beck Fans, Salem Mayor Will Donate To LGBT Group

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Glenn Beck fans are flooding the mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, with anti-gay phone calls and she says for every one she receives she’ll give $5 to an LGBT group.

Mayor Kim Driscoll ended a deal with Gordon College after the school’s president signed a letter supporting an exemption to a federal regulation banning discrimination in hiring based on sexual orientation.

Driscoll said the school has violated the city’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance and could no longer run events in the old town hall.

The move was reportedly criticized by conservative radio host Glenn Beck. Now Driscoll’s office is being flood with angry phone calls expressing “patently offensive views regarding [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual] individuals." Most of the calls are from out of state.

Driscoll wrote a letter to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth promising to make a donation for every one of these calls she receives.

"We are keeping a tally of these telephone calls and for each one we receive, I will be making a donation of five dollars to nAGLY,” she wrote.

The Gordon College president was one of 14 who signed the letter sent to the White House asking to be exempt from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

“The city does not contract with private parties that willfully discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation,” Driscoll said of the contract termination on July 15.

Sources: Boston Magazine, WHDH, TheBlaze

Image credit: Alan Light