Cheviot City Council member banned from social media app after ‘Pride Month’ post

Council voted Tuesday to advance a “Pride Month” resolution over the council member’s objections.
Cheviot City Council member banned from social media app after ‘Pride Month’ post
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 9:38 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 9:26 PM EDT
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CHEVIOT, Ohio (WXIX) - Cheviot City Council members on Tuesday advanced a contentious resolution designating June as “Pride Month” in the city.

The resolution will receive a full council vote at the next meeting on June 7.

The designation became controversial after a council member authored a scathing social media post in the leadup.

Council member Brian Smyth is now banned from Nextdoor due to his post, says fellow council member Stephanie Hawk.

According to a screenshot of the post shared widely on social media, Smyth pleaded for attendance at the meeting, saying in part, “The resolution and this Council member want to dedicate the City of Cheviot for the month of June LGBTQ+ month. I promise you, if this goes forward, there will be half-naked debauchery-led parades in the streets.”

Hawk says Smyth’s original post was made on the “Residents of Cheviot” page on the Nextdoor app. She says the post was taken down.

Said Cheviot Mayor Samuel Keller on Monday, “When Councilman Smyth conveys his personal feelings and represents them as an elected official in the City of Cheviot and spews hate and bigotry towards any part of the community, [it’s] totally unacceptable.”

Smyth was the lone vote against the designation Tuesday night. It passed 3-1.

Questioned by a member of the public on his stance against the resolution, Smyth replied, “A celebration for the way people have sex, I think, is inappropriate.”

Keller maintains everyone is welcome in Cheviot.

“Brian Smyth does not speak, I repeat, does not speak, for the City of Cheviot,” he said.

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