G.I. Council Sworn In, Outgoing Councilman Honored

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Grand Island swore in three returning council members and two new ones Tuesday night.

Bob Niemann was also voted council president.

This, after the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of G.I. City Hall.

Before the ceremony, outgoing council member Larry Carney was also given a social advocacy award from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, for his work to make members of the LGBT a protected class in Grand Island.

That measure failed, but another proposal to protect LGBT city workers was passed.

Carney said the award is an honor.

"I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of our community coming together as one group of citizens of equal rights, and if we can reach that I think we'll have come a long way and we'll have a far better community," said Carney.

"We felt that we had no other example in the state of Nebraska of another individual, a public official or politician, who had so blatantly and publicly stood up for the LGBT community and did not back down after the first attempt," said Brian Whitecalf, president of the Hastings chapter of PFLAG.