North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Buddy Collins, an outspoken opponent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, to serve on the state’s Task Force on Safer Schools. According to the press release announcing the appointment, the Task Force “will provide guidance to the Center for Safer Schools and consider future policy and legislative action that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina.”
Collins, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education as well as the North Carolina State Board of Education, has a troubling record of anti-LGBT statements and actions.
As I explored in an April 2013 post, for example, Collins voted as a local school board member to defy a state law mandating that local anti-bullying policies include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (Fortunately, he was out-voted.)
The Progressive Pulse, a North Carolina policy blog, notes that Collins’ new appointment “comes as a bit of a surprise given the controversy that swirled around his original nomination to the [state] Board of Education.” LGBT equality groups had vehemently opposed Collins’ nomination to that post.
LGBT leaders are also organizing against Collins’ most recent nomination: Equality North Carolina has posted an action alert on its website:
Equality NC encourages its supporters to contact Gov. McCrory’s office at (919) 733-5811, and ask that he protect *all* North Carolina students by reconsidering his nomination of Buddy Collins. Supporters can also send an e-mail, fax or tweet request via the Office of the Governor website at www.governor.state.nc.us/contact.