After five hours of emotional public comment on the anti-discrimination ordinance, the three-minute testimony of Taryn Nash, daughter of Not My Bathroom founder Tei Nash, managed to stand out.
Taryn drove from Spokane, where she's studying to be a physician's assistant, to come out to her father for the first time as a member of the LGBT community and admonish how he's portrayed the LGBT community during the ordinance debate. Not My Bathroom, "a coalition of several organizations and individuals" founded by Tei Nash and Dallas Erickson, has been the most vocal critic of the ordinance.
"He had no idea," said Taryn after her testimony. "That was the idea. When I was about the third person in line I saw that he got up and left."
Taryn, 25, was greeted by a small crowd of friends in the hallway outside council chambers after she spoke. She planned on leaving immediately to drive back to Spokane. She has class at 8 a.m.
"It wasn't hard for me to speak out because I'm absolutely passionate about this," Taryn said. "It was hard for me tonight, though, because my father is who he is. He's a strong voice in the community, and for that reason I've been intimidated. But I'm not scared anymore."
More on Taryn and the rest of this evening's historic vote tomorrow, and in Thursday's paper.