KIMBERLEY DRISCOLL is the mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, a small coastal city north of Boston.
Recently, her office hit headlines when it terminated a contract with a local college because the school opposed anti-discrimination legislation aimed at protecting gay and lesbian employees.
After the news was picked up on what Driscoll called “right-leaning blogs and websites” including one linked to Glenn Beck, she said her offices were targeted by phone calls expressing “patently offensive views regarding LGBT individuals”.
In response she wrote an open letter to a local LGBT organisation, which she then posted on Facebook:
Here’s the relevant part:
This has resulted in a number of phone calls being placed to my office today from people outside of Massachusetts who have expressed some patently offensive views regarding LGBT individuals [...] I anticipate we will receive more of them over the course of this week.I wanted to inform you that we are keeping a tally of these telephone calls and for each one we receive I will be making a donation of $5 to [your organisation] nAGLY, in support of your good work.