Former WRAL-TV news reporter/anchor Pam Saulsby is an institution here in NC; her open support of her lesbian daughter — and the LGBT community — spurred her to make this stunning, earnest homemade anti-Amendment One video.
Journalist, educator, loving mom, and singer — that’s Pam Saulsby (@pamsaulsbyinc). I first met Pam in 2010, during NC Pride, when we both rode in the parade. She was the first local TV reporter/anchor to do so, and the crowd loved her. Her role as an ally — and overall great citizen who gives back to the community — cannot be understated in this fight against discrimination. From her bio:
Pam is the daughter of loving, strong, Christian parents who have been married for more than 50 years. Their values and life lessons have made her the woman she is today.
Pam Saulsby is an Emmy-award winning journalist, keynote speaker, recording artist, with hands-on community involvement.
She has enjoyed a distinguished 32-year career as a television journalist, and for 20 years was one of Raleigh’s most well-known and trusted local news anchors.
In 1986 Pam was named a Distinguished Woman of North Carolina.
Pam has one daughter, Ashley Marie Gibson, who lives in Chicago, Illinois. Ashley works as an educator in the Teach for America Program.
It is her love for Ashley — and our state — that motivated her to speak out about Amendment One. Early voting has begun and runs through May 5. Primary day is May 8. For more info: http://ncvoterguide.org.
Pam Saulsby: Hey everybody I am sitting in my front yard, where as you can see, I have posted a sign against Amendment One.
That’s the constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in North Carolina.
I’m saying “No” for one simple reason: my daughter. She is gay. She is gay.
And I’m going to take a stand against any measure, any measure, that will make this intelligent, strong, young, independent, beautiful young woman, feel unequal or somehow inferior.
I’m not even going to address the nuances of Amendment One, the myths, and how this amendment goes far beyond the obvious. I care about these things, don’t get me wrong.
But on May 8th, I’m assuming my “Mommy Bear” posture. I’m in protect mode. And I will be that way when I go downtown to vote.
I want my daughter, Ashley Marie to have the same equal rights to marriage.
And in my Mommy bear posture, I’m ready to fight if need be, and fight fiercely.
I want to show you an example of what I mean by my “Mommy Bear” posture.
There I am, my arms are folded, I’m ready to battle and there’s my daughter Ashley Marie leaning against my shoulder there. That’s the Mommy Bear posture that I’m talking about.
That child, ya’ll is my heart and soul. She is the best thing I’ve ever done.
Ashley Marie, that child, is a reflection of me.
My hope is that want her present in a world where she is free to marry the woman that she is in love with, and wants to build a life with and that includes, and that includes having children, yes.
Anything less than that, anything less than that, where I come from is unfair, and it is wrong. It is as simple as that.
Now, I would invite you to add your comments to what I’ve said here on YouTube, and if you don’t cosign what I’m feeling, you can say that as well. And if you’re the mom or dad of a gay son or daughter, I’d like for us to have a conversation as well.
Thank you for listening.
Thank you, Pam.
Thanks to Scott Wooledge for the transcript!