|Ashley Cadwallader has left Smalls. PropertyOfZack is reporting this is due to homophobia from her bandmates.|
After months of struggling with the decision, Cadwallader realized she could no longer take the abuse and vitriole [sic] thrown at her by her own bandmates because they refused the accept the fact that she is gay.
The band has sent in a message to POZ, denying any homophobia or abuse:
Her leaving the band was a professional break. It had nothing to do with my past relationship with her, or who she is as a person. Iíve always expressed nothing but love, and respect to not only her but the people around me. I grew up with a home with a mother who taught me well; love others unconditionally. it doesnít matter who they are. evil, Christian, gay, atheist. thereís absolutely no room for homophobia , sexism, or racism not just in the punk rock community but in this world. itís extremely hurtful to hear someone who we backed so hard and stood behind for the past 2-3 years turn the way she did.
Ashley has sent in a lengthy post to POZ, she denies she left the band due to homophobia:
Not once did I ever say my former band mates were homophobic. I take that extremely seriously and I donít want anyone calling them that. All I said was I quit Iím going home, and then a friendís statement was taken and posted out of context on almost every social media blog. Smalls is not homophobic.