‘Straight Pride’ organiser says ‘we are a totally peaceful racist group’

‘Straight Pride’ organiser says ‘we are a totally peaceful racist group’ August 12, 2019

IN arguing his case for a ‘Straight Pride’ rally in Modesdo, California, Don Grundmann, the homophobic extremist who heads of the National Straight Pride Coalition – (motto: ‘save the next generation of babies’) drew looks of amazement and laughter from local councillors when he inadvertently admitted that his was a racist organisation.

Modesto City leaders later decided not to allow the rally to take place, saying on Friday that the group will have to find another venue to hold their march and parade.

City spokesperson Thomas Reeves said there were issues with the event.

As of tonight I can confirm the City of Modesto will be denying the permit.

The ‘Straight Pride’ event was planned in Modesto’s Graceada Park for August 24. Reeves says the event organisers were faced with a problem.

We were informed today by the insurance carrier that they are denying insurance. If you don’t have insurance, you can’t reserve one of our parks. The second thing is our concern for safety. We have a big concern for the residents around Graceada Park where the event was planned to be held.

Reeves says ‘Straight Pride’ organisers can apply for another permit to hold the event at an alternative site not in a residential area and will still have to ensure they have proper insurance.
Grundmann claims he was set up to fail.

My presumption is that were being set up to be told that the bureaucratic process won’t be completed in time.

He even suggested that Modesto city council members had an agenda of their own.

Even if I turned in an insurance policy as I’m speaking to you, we would be told that it’s too late to complete the process. Maybe that isn’t true, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that occurs.

The event was advertised on social media in a colorful flyer celebrating heterosexuality, masculinity and more.

Opponents at a city meeting last Wednesday night said the event is really about white supremacy and hate speech.

Image via YouTube

Matthew Mason, above, is a student and LGBTQ activist who came out as gay four years ago. His adoptive mother, who lives in Modesto, was in support of the ‘Straight Pride’ Event.

Mason said Modesto is an inclusive city and council members made the right decision.

Everybody in the community has really been speaking out and taken a stance against this really harmful rhetoric that Don Grundmann is trying to bring to our community.

Earlier, Mason expressed fear that the rally would end in violence.

Adam Webber also had issues with some of the language he was hearing from Grundmann and supported the city.

I think it was the right decision. I‘m openly gay myself and also a physically disabled person so obviously, I would be concerned about a group like that coming into the area.

• This report is cross-posted from The Pink Triangle Trust.

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  • Tawreos

    Can one peacefully hate other people?

  • Chris Hogue

    Probably not. Gandhi tried as he peacefully hated British rule, but apparently he did take out those frustrations on his wife.

  • Vanity Unfair

    Hatred is a violent emotion. I don’t think you can go beyond peaceful disagreement, the basis of logical debate.

  • Raging Bee

    I suppose one could play the meek and mild Christian lamb of God who only fantasizes about all the vicious violence he wants to inflict — sorry, wants God to inflict — on all the people he hates.

  • Raging Bee

    For people who claim they’re proud to be straight, these folks tend to get awfully bent out of shape…

  • WallofSleep
  • WallofSleep

    I never knew that I was supposed to be proud of the fact that I was born into a privileged class of people that has never had to suffer institutionalized bigotry. Weird.

  • Matt Fitt

    Mo•des•to
    Modesto, CA

    ‘Cuz spelling it correctly makes it easier to avoid ever going there.

  • WallofSleep

    “‘Cuz spelling it correctly makes it easier to avoid ever going there.”

    … by accident. Because the only people who go there on purpose live in Turlock.

  • WallofSleep

    Also, quintuple extra upvotes for using ‘Cuz instead of Cause, because there is a difference, and these days on the internet I almost feel like a mudder focker who recognizes that difference should be awarded a galldarn medal.

  • barriejohn

    Yeah – it’s just like saying you’re “proud” that you’re not disabled, or proud that you’re not mentally handicapped. It’s really a coded message that conveys your feelings about members of the minority group.

  • Carstonio

    I’ve long wondered how many homophobes have racist motivations, such as believing that white gays and white ‮snaibsel‬ are refusing to procreate and enabling non-whites to win the demographic competition.