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Troy High Gay-Straight Alliance, City Council Members Urge Mayor to Release Recording

Janice Daniels denies making another anti-gay remark while meeting with the group Monday, but she won't share the audio to prove it.

Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) are urging Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who first made headlines with her last month, to release her audio recording of a with the group Monday afternoon.

The meeting was meant to help the two groups reach an understanding while planning an together, but during a discussion about mental health, members of the Gay-Straight Alliance and their supporters say Daniels told them she would bring in a panel of psychologists to show that .

“There were a lot of disturbing things that were said in that meeting," said GSA member and Troy High School senior Skye Curtis.

Daniels denied making the comment Monday evening, saying, "That is a misrepresentation entirely. ... I never said that."

During Monday evening's City Council meeting, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist said during public comment that she would like the mayor to release her audio recording of the meeting at the community center and asked to file a Freedom of Information Act request for the recording.

Since Monday, at least six individuals associated with the GSA have filed a FOIA, Curtis said.

“She did say very hurtful things," said , a Troy High School junior and member of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance. "We asked the mayor to release the audio recording of the meeting so people can hear what was said.”

Moving on without the mayor

Troy's Gay-Straight Alliance has decided to abandon the project with the mayor after meeting with Daniels during her office hours at the . The group is moving forward with plans to host its own anti-bullying awareness event.

“I want it to be known that the mayor changed her mind," Kilgore said. "We had an agreement about the , and she totally fell back on that. She had agreed to talk about her comment about three weeks ago in our first meeting with her, but she backed out of that now."

Kilgore said he and other GSA members and supporters just want to turn recent events into a positive message for Troy residents. “We want to turn it into a positive event. We want unity. We want to talk about and celebrate diversity because we think it’s a very good thing," Kilgore said.

"I think there are a lot of people that wanted to believe that she was changing and she was sorry, and from what they heard last night and on the audio tape, if she releases it, will prove she isn’t sorry, she doesn’t get it, she’s not going to respect us.”

City Council to mayor: 'Do the right thing'

Troy City Councilman Dane Slater said that releasing the recording would be in the mayor's best interest if she has nothing to hide.

"I would hope that she’d produce the tape and do the right thing," Slater said. "I think I’ll let the public take a look at that and see who’s telling the truth."

"I’m hoping she supposedly taped it," Councilman Jim Campbell said. "I would think the easiest way to prove it woud be to play the tape, so that’s kind of curious that she wouldn’t.”

Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis said she would also like the mayor to release the recording, adding that there may be a procedure to follow before it can be released. “She should make it public and provide it as requested," McGinnis said.

“It’s the mayor’s situation, and it’s something that she should address," Councilman Doug Tietz said. "People can comment and decide what they think. I’ll leave that up to them."

Mayor Daniels did not return phone calls and emails from Patch on Tuesday.

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firelight January 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Thomas, of course I would! (Mary Ann, would you come to the defense of a gay person who was being bullied?)
Thomas T January 14, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Mary Ann, that's good to know. So it shouldn't be much of a logical leap for you to conclude that the Mayor's conduct wasn't an idle, offhand, harmless statement. (Though it can be fairly said that casual cruelty is the worst kind.) When an elected official repeatedly and unrepentantly degrades a segment of society, it gives people who hate that group ammunition. It creates a climate where bullies feel free to do exactly as she did. Therefore, this is not, as you suggest, an isolated incident and she is not, as you suggest, a victim. Her vulgar comments - more than one - are being judged in the court of public opinion, and the general consensus seems to be that she has the all the conscience and self-awareness of a dirty alley cat. She should resign. She is unfit to represent a city that has residents who she so clearly hates.
Linda January 14, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Does the following sound familiar? "I can remember commenting on one of her articles and calling her out for her unethical speech. Like many people who engage in bullying behavior and personal attacks, she would try to turn the tables and play the victim, and took criticism of the content of her opinions personally, complaining that people were picking on her." It is a post from "ccbloger" on December 2, 2011, in reference to an editorial that Janice had in the Oakland Press. This was way before she was elected Mayor. I guess some habits never die.
Mike January 16, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I'm sorry Mary Ann but are you really that blind? If the mayor releases the tape and it confirms what she said where is the harm. The only reason for her not to release the tape is two, first she never taped the conversation and has once again lied to the public or secondly the tape proves once again she lied. If she said what she said, play the tape and the issue is over. Sometimes the simplest answer is the right answer.
Lucille Musser Arking January 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Ms Bernardi , It seems to me that the very reason she should release it is because she taped it in the role of mayor . The second reason is that if she is being misquoted it will correct it . There appears to be a lack of knowledge by our mayor that everything she says or does in the role of mayor is public .

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