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President of Pauli Murray Bar Association Dons Pedophile Cape at Public Fundraiser
The NCBA has been in hot water for cancelling a drag show, however the poor Character & Fitness of their SOGI Committe has brought dishonor and shame to the organization & to the legal profession
On Thursday 8 June 2023 the Pauli Murray LGBTQ Bar Association scheduled a Drag Trivia night at the Motor CO Music Hall. The event was originally supposed to be hosted by the North Carolina Bar Association and had been organized by Milan Thuy Trihn Pham who is the Chair of the NC Bar’s SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity) Committee. However, the event was later canceled by the NC Bar’s president Clayton D. Morgan just a month before it was scheduled to take place, as reported by the Daily Beast. Morgan cancelled the event out of fear that the event would be seen as a statement that would worsen the current political climate since Republicans filed a bill titled H.B 673 earlier in April, which would classify drag as ‘Adult Entertainment.’ Naturally this led to backlash from many news organizations ranging from the Charlotte Observer, Spectrum News, and WSOC-TV. It even garnered some attention from the ACLU.
Media coverage of the cancelation was brutal
The NCBA’s SOGI Committee took every opportunity to paint members of the NCBA as homophobic, and to discuss information that should have been confidential, to multiple media outlets, including a recording of a private Zoom meeting that was provided to journalist Noah Kirsch from the Daily Beast in which Clayton D. Morgan discussed his reasoning for the cancelation. Recording meetings is against the NCBA’s Policy.
Within two minutes, the meeting hit its first snag. A member of the group proposed recording the conversation in the interest of “transparency” and “accountability.” Morgan nixed the proposal, announcing that the board had recently enacted a policy against recording meetings. - Michael F.Roessler of the NCBA’s SOCGI committee told the Daily Beast
SOGI’s Milan Thuy Trihn Pham herself reached out to Spectrum Local News along fellow attorney Equality North Carolina “lawyer”, Katie Jenifer. Pham complained about the member’s inability to record and insisted Morgan’s decision felt like a slap in the face. Her colleague Katie Jenifer gave a more polarizing statement almost insinuating that cancelling a Drag Show had bearing on LGBTQ+’s Existence:
“Basically saying you as an identity doesn’t matter. We don’t see your humanity and we don’t respect you. Our existence isn’t up for debate. We aren’t going anywhere. We are your colleagues. We are professionals. Again, if you don’t want to go to a drag show — don’t go to a drag show,”- Katie Jenifer, to Spectrum Local News
Despite the hiccup the fund raiser came to fruition
After the cancelation Candelario Saldana the President of the Pauli Murray LGBT Bar Association stepped up and managed to take over the Drag Trivia. Saldana gathered sponsors, as the event was a benefit for PMBA’s Lavender Law Scholarship which would go toward flying students to The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association's Annual Conference and Career Fair in Chicago. He also proceeded to draw negative attention towards the NCBA in his personal social media accounts and the ones belonging to the Pauli Murray LGBTQ Bar Association, despite having most media outlets on his side. Saldana even managed to get Motor Co Music Hall to give MBPA the space for free and on the same day that the original event was scheduled, because they wanted to receive “positive press attention instead of fascist press attention,” per Saldana’s own words. Everything was going according to plan and then…..
Candelario Saldana chose to wear the Pedophile Cape to the Fundraiser
He donned a full face of makeup, wig and an idiotic cape that brazenly displayed the words: groomer, gay, faggot, deviant & pedophile to the PMBA Drag Trivia fundraiser for the Lavender Law Scholarship.
There is no video footage of his speech available online so one can only speculate as to why he decided to present himself this way, but this is not behavior that any law student should want to emulate. Provided that Pedophile Cape & Lighting™ provided him with a villainous aura, his costume seemed to be a poor attempt to emulate the deceased Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado.
It is not known if this is an attempt to reclaim some of the slurs listed, however Pedophilia is not a slur it is explicitly a crime, and Saldana’s actions are unfathomable. Lawyers are held to a higher standard of Character & Fitness than civilians as officers of the court. Choosing to wear that ridiculous pedophile cape is a political statement which dishonors his very profession, the NCBA and actively shows contempt for the law.
Saldana has a long string of poor Character & Fitness
This is not the extent of Candelario Saldana’s unprofessional and erratic behavior; he further discussed the cancelation of the Drag Show in greater detail at a DEI Legal Conference held by NCBA SOGI Committee member, Cristal Robinson. There he reiterated that the Drag Show had been on the NCBA’s calendar for at least a year before Clayton D. Morgan chose to cancel it after the NC State Republicans introduced H.B. 6773. He also claimed Morgan berated Sullivan Collins Saint; chair of the NCBA’s Young Lawyer’s Division Leadership allegedly he went on a rant and insinuated that he did not want to be perceived as pushing the LGBTQIA Agenda on the world.
Saldana also implicated 2 former NCBA Presidents; Mark Holt & Patti Ramseur, who attempted placate him & other SOGI Members, stating that Morgan was canceling the show in order to cut political tensions and to preserve the integrity of the NC Barr Association. He then attacked their integrity as “allies”. He insisted that they had actively gone against the LGBTQ community, specifically Transgender people, as true “ally-ship” requires constant re-education. The conference was recorded and was worth Attorney CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Hours, of course all provided to lawyers by the Pauli Murray LGBTQ+ Bar Association.
But to further scandalize the situation: a Registered Sex offender joined Saldana on the Organizational Panel
The LGBTQ+ Organizational Panel also featured convicted sex offender Chad Severance Turner, who is the President & CEO of the Carolinas LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce despite his sex offender status. Turner is notoriously known as the lobbyist who led efforts to revoke HB2 in North Carolina, bill that protected women and girls from having members of the opposite sex entering their restrooms & lockerooms. Turner was invited to the conference to discuss the how he and his corporate partners ensured that bathroom provisions were overlooked in HB142 the bill that replaced HB2.
It is unknown whether Saldana & Robinson were aware of Turner’s sex offender status at the time of the conference but there have been many articles published featuring Turner’s mugshots from the NC Sex Offender Registry since 2016, including the notoriously LGBT “friendly” Pink News. The latest of these articles was released by Reduxx, criticizing Charlotte Pride for awarding Severance Turner with a Harvey Milk Award.
But what really takes the cake is that Saldana & his husband wore matching Pedophile Capes to their Wedding!
Saldana married his husband in 2022, and for some strange reason both men chose to wear these stupid pedophile capes to their wedding. This is not normal behavior, and it is not something that is typical at a gay wedding. It is in incredibly poor taste, not to mention stigmatizing, considering most gays do not want to be associated with the crime of pedophilia.
The Saldana’s also invited an Exhibitionist Drag Queen to be their Flower Girl
What ads gravity to the pedophile capes is that the couple invited an exhibitionist Drag Queen named Lolita Chanel (Sebastian Abraham), to be one of their flower girls. This person had been exposed by local activists @xhoop and Gays Against Groomers Chapter leader Brian Talbert ; for wearing BDSM gear in front of children at an All Ages Drag Show at Free Will + Vine, and for taking nude pictures of himself in public bathrooms.
This incident led to the closing of the brewery after drawing rightful anger from protestors, who were painted as evangelical rightwing nut-jobs by Queen City Nerve.
That is totally the kind of flower girl most people want at their wedding!
Saldana dishonors the profession for lacking basic Character & Fitness criteria.
Saldana himself may not be a convicted pedophile but he sure likes to surround himself with people who have 0 regards for minors. This is insane because all lawyers have a duty to report crimes to their licensing agencies. Not to mention he had the audacity to flaunt the Pedophile cape at a Law school Fund Raiser, it is clear he is lacking in the Character & Fitness department as an officer of the court, both in his personal & his professional life. His actions of wearing the pedophile cape show contempt towards his profession, the North Carolina Bar Association and contempt for the law itself. It is clear that he should subject to a character committee evaluation for his behavior & aligning himself with shady characters.
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