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Inside Out Youth Services asking City for accountability following council member’s tweets

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Inside Out Youth Services asking City for accountability following council member's tweets

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council held an open floor for three minutes to talk about issues not on the agenda, and several community residents called in to share concerns over the city council's lack of response to council member Jill Gaebler's tweets concerning transgender women.

While council member Gaebler did not return KRDO's calls or comment during Tuesday's council meeting on the matter,  the controversy rages beyond Gaebler.

During the council meeting, Council Member, Yolanda Avila of District 4 expressed her opposition to the tweets.

"I did put on my social media that no group should be targeted and all people need to be treated with respect and dignity...there is no room for any of that.”

While Council Member Wayne Williams said people should be able to express their opinions freely.

“This concept that if anyone disagrees with you they must be evil is something that I am gravely concerned about in our society and that is true at the national level and it is true today...I believe that this country was founded on the basis that people can express different views,” said Williams.

One Colorado Springs parent of a 16-year-old transgender female also shared her concern on Tuesday, saying she wants the council to be more vocal about these issues.

“I want to know that the people that I am voting for, that are taking care of my community have my child’s best interest at heart, rather than kinda maybe sort of, we might be in danger because that is a man in a dress, that is pure bigotry and hate, I don’t want to feel like I have to hold on to my pepper spray because someone might attack my child," said the concerned parent.

Jessie Pocock, Director of Inside Out Youth, an organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth in Southern Colorado, is calling city leaders to step up.

“Very concerned about the lack of adult advocacy for young people, aren’t we the ones that are supposed to be supporting them? Aren’t we the ones that are supposed to stand for them? What are we doing on the sidelines saying get off of the court," expressed Pocock.

Inside Out Youth currently has 77 active trans-parenting members, they are hoping community leaders take accountability.

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