Select Board Chair Jennifer Constable asked the board this week to vote “to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community [and to] reaffirm the Select Board’s ongoing support of our LGBTQ community.”
The vote was unanimous, 3-0, with two select board members – Greg Grey and Domenico Sestito – absent.
This was in response to comments Constable has heard from a number of LGBTQ community members regarding a recent letter to editor published in The Hull Times.
“The letter used language that was quite honestly offensive to [our LGBTQ] community and that has rippled through the [town],” she said.
Select Board member Irwin Nesoff said he believes the board should also extend its support beyond the LGBTQ community, noting that a Boston newspaper indicated that Massachusetts ranks the fourth-highest among all the states for antisemitic and white-supremacist activity.
“I’d like the board to make a strong statement that supports all groups and stresses that Hull is a welcoming and diverse community,” he said.
In response, Constable said that the Hull No Place for Hate group will be invited to an upcoming Select Board meeting to provide an update on its work and activities.
Hull NPFH is dedicated to “building bridges of understanding” while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among all members of the community.
The goal is to unite people to promote a just and inclusive community; provide support and education on diversity; and to “celebrate our differences.”