Fresno City Council voted to transfer approval authority to them clearing the path for a historic event: The first ever pride flag raising at City Hall in honor of Pride Month next month. It was a hotly contentious and spirited debate that pitted sides against each other in a sometimes angry war of words. I have conflicting dates for the ceremony at City Hall but when I nail that down I’ll pass it along forthwith.
In typical red meat conservative bigotry and hate I got a hold of an official GOP memo spewing filth and fearmongering in what has become standard Republican garb.
Obviously we know that this memo isn’t worth the time it took to write it but that’s not the saddest thing about it. These are the same old foolish and faulty arguments right wing conservatives have been making for decades. They are doubling down on hate and discrimination and division while their knuckles are glowing white as they desperately grasp at straws, reality, and their hold on power and influence.
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.