A Wobble on Reading the Transgender Proclamation


By Mike Lednovich

Mayor Bradley Bean notified Fernandina Beach Pride Monday that he was rejecting reading a Transgender Day of Remembrance proclamation at the Nov. 7 City Commission meeting but then hours later did an about face.

Fernandina Beach Pride President Jordan Morris said Bean telephoned Monday to inform him that the Transgender Day of Remembrance proclamation would not be read at the city commission meeting. The proclamation memorializes those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.

“He explained that he had three other proclamations to read that were celebrations and our proclamation was too solemn,” Morris told the Fernandina Observer. “Mayor Bean said he would read the proclamation at our Nov. 20th event at St. Peter’s.”

Following the notification from Mayor Bean, Morris notified the Pride board of directors of the decision and said members were “outraged.”

The city clerk was subsequently contacted about the decision by Genece Minshew, who is a past president of Pride, and the Fernandina Observer was told about Bean’s decision to remove the proclamation from the agenda.

While being interviewed by the Observer for this story, Morris received a second call from Mayor Bean. Morris said the mayor told him there had been a “misunderstanding” and he would read the proclamation as planned.

Morris said during his first 15-minute call with Bean that the mayor “wouldn’t budge” on his position not to the read the proclamation.

“I told him how disappointed I was and how upset the Pride board of directors would be about this decision,” Morris said.

Morris said the initial cancellation call caught him off guard because Bean had attended last week’s Pride meet-up event.

“Evidently something changed in the six days since then,” Morris said of Bean’s original decision. “His overall tone was totally different than last week.”

Bean did not respond to a text message from the Observer asking for comment on the proclamation. City Clerk Caroline Best confirmed that the transgender remembrance proclamation was remaining on the regular city commission agenda.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 20 was founded in 1999 by a small group, including Gwendolyn Ann Smith, Nancy Nangeroni, and Jahaira DeAlto to memorialize the murder of Black transgender women Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts and Chanelle Pickett in Watertown, Massachusetts.

The local Pride Transgender Day of Remembrance proclamation has been read at city commission meetings for the past several years.



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1 month ago

YES!!! This is a beautiful recognition.

Noble Member
1 month ago

hummm – i am just wondering how the Mayor of Yulee would handle the situation.

Noble Member
1 month ago

Until now, Mayor Bean has been successful at dodging a position on Pride and LGBTQ+ events in our community. He was notably absent from the Pride Festival in June where 5 past Mayors were in attendance. With the Mayor’s pollitical ambitions much higher than Fernandina Beach, perhaps he doesn’t want to upset the evangelical supporters and political action committees who fund his endeavors? Perhaps his acquiesence was the fear of another City Commission meeting filled with Pride supporters, who now, (thanks to Bean’s agenda rearrangement) would wait until the end of the meeting for public comment, surely admonishing the decision.

Ben Martin
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Ben Martin(@ben-martin)
1 month ago
Reply to  srcocchi

Just keep grooming Bradley and he might come around. By and large politicians are “groomable.” It can be Big Banking, Big Pharma, Big Hospital, LGBTQ or whatever. In a better world government would be so small you could hardly see it and would not get involved in things like marriage or gender identities. We would all be individuals protected by the Bill of Rights.

tom s
tom s(@tom-s)
1 month ago

I don’t feel the mayor must comment on every issue when others want a declaration on the agenda. Tolerance and acceptance of others is only common decency. Now, others that do not agree must celebrate and participate in a belief system that is not their own. I am disappointed that the mayor acquiesced on this topic. When did tolerance become monitory participation? Get on with the cities business as there are plenty of important matters to contend with.

Trusted Member
1 month ago

Sodomy is still a sin.