Council Member Jonathan Melton places hand on book during swearing in ceremony

Council Member Jonathan Melton Speaks Out About Pride Month

June is Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQ community's dignity, equality, and unabashed self-pride. The monthlong celebration recognizes the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and around the world.

We sat down with at-large City Council Member Jonathan Melton to hear his vision for a more inclusive Raleigh. Joining the City Council in 2019, he was the first openly LGBTQ person elected citywide in Raleigh. 

Jonathan Melton, City of Raleigh At Large Council Member

Jonathan Melton, City of Raleigh At Large Council Member

What does it mean for Raleigh to have a diverse council?

Visibility is very important. Raleigh is a diverse and progressive city. It’s important to have a City Council that reflects the dynamics of the city.  

What are your priorities for the people of Raleigh? 

I’m working to build a “15-minute” city that is dense, walkable, and less car-dependent.

My priorities also include affordable housing and housing affordability to create more housing options including missing middle housing; investing in alternative transportation and transit improvements, including fare-free transit; more bus shelters and benches; increased frequency and Bus Rapid Transit; placing goods and services closer to where people are; addressing food deserts; and creating more people-oriented spaces. 

What would you like to see for the future?

I hope to see continued acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ community, particularly our trans brothers and sisters and queer people of color. I hope we continue to embrace new technology, invest in healthy, vibrant communities — where everyone can earn a livable wage and find a safe, affordable place to live — and focus on becoming a less car-dependent city. 


The City of Raleigh aims to foster an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds feel safe, respected, and represented.  To learn more, visit the LGBTQ Resources page.  



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