- Category: LGBTQ Articles
- Written by Mel Mystery
Hershee Bar supporters came out again to the August 28, 2018 Norfolk City Council meeting to challenge the city’s plan to purchase and redevelop the spot where the Hershee Bar now stands.
This round seemed an apparent win for their opposition. Despite promises made by attendees at a recent LGBT Town Hall for everyone to bring five people to the next City Council meeting, no more than a dozen hard core supporters came out to support the bar. This number was countered by opposition led by Jackie Rochelle of the Five Points Task Force. Rochelle continued her efforts started at the July 24 council meeting to discredit the challenges and stories set forth by Hershee Bar supporters as “rhetoric” and misunderstanding blown out of proportion. Rochelle’s cold “just business” logic continues to show a failure to grasp the unique needs of the LGBT community. Her arguments also fail to address the other facts of the situation – that a marginalized Norfolk community is being displaced and that the City of Norfolk has an ethical responsibility in the matter.