Mike had written a blog about the Kingsburg City Council and its Pride Month & Flag proposal on May 18, of which caught the attention of the homophobic party. Well, it seems Republicans have succeeded in their ever going mission of hate. The proposal died, with no council member (except for Jewel Hurtado who sponsored it) supporting it. These other 4 council members said that while they “support” the LGBTQ+ community, they felt that recognizing June as Pride Month and flying the Pride Flag is unacceptable.
“Part of unity in Kingsburg is we all need to support each other. Not one group above another.”
Mayor Laura North
That’s horseshit. Flying the LGBTQ+ flag is in no way divisive; it’s about diversity. And how would recognizing the LGBTQ+ community be putting one group above another? What’s the group in question that would that would be undervalued anyway? Heterosexuals? Homophobes? Bigots? Is it a sin to acknowledge a community that has historically been systemically oppressed and silenced?
On top of those ill informed opinions, they claimed that they don’t need another flag other than the American and Californian flag… Except they also fly a Swedish flag (dun dundun), complete with a full blown Swedish Festival that takes place in May. Republicans can celebrate instilling hypocrisy and cowardice into these council members. Selma on the other hand, at least, has approved their own Pride Month; they will celebrate their first pride ever.
It looks as though a fight is brewing in Kingsburg, California over an LGBTQ+ pride month resolution that will go before the city council. The pride proposal has caught the attention of the Fresno County Republican Party and its chairperson. This is hot off the press from Fresno Stonewall Democrats…
Kingsburg City Council Woman and Fresno Stonewall member, Jewel Hurtado needs our support! Republicans are organizing to defeat her Pride proposal. LGBTQ voices need to be heard, even in Kingsburg, because we are everywhere! Please get the word out!
Marsha Conant, Fresno Stonewall President
It seems as though the anti-gay (Republican) party chairperson, Frank Zanderhoof, has tomorrow’s city council meeting in his target scope. Check out the statement he sent out today regarding the local pride proposal…
To all Conservatives:
•There is an urgent need to attend a Kingsburg City Council meeting tomorrow, Wed, May 19th (1401 Draper St. Kingsburg, CA 93631)
•LGBTQ activists (many from out of town) are planning to ask the Kingsburg City Council to establish one full month to honor the LGBTQ community, including a parade and flags on City Hall
•In these types of meetings it is common for a City Council to be pressured into voting for the requests/demands of the group that has the greatest number of people attending.
•Speakers are needed, however, even if you don’t speak your presence is very important.
•The meeting begins at 6 PM, but it’s a good idea to arrive around 5 PM.
You’re welcome to spread the word!
Fred Vanderhoof, Fresno County Republican Party Chairman