COMMENTARY: DeMaio invites guests to homophobe’s fundraiserEditorial, Top Highlights Friday, April 13th, 2012
Some people think that I am not a supporter of Carl DeMaio. The truth is that I cannot stomach those who put their personal career above the well-being of our community. DeMaio recently stated that he is not running on social issues; this is evidenced by his fundraiser hosted by former mayor of San Diego, Roger Hedgecock (see invitation).
As I previously stated in my message in our October 20, 2011 issue (issue 49) Roger Hedgecock is now a right wing, conservative radio talk-show host. Hedgecock has made many attacks on the LGBT community on his talk show, as well as in print publications and during interviews.
Infamously, in 1994 Hedgecock petitioned for his group, the “Normal People,” to march in the Pride parade. Due to his group’s intention to protest and disrupt Pride, the Pride Committee refused his request, resulting in a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court. Hedgecock argued that the First Amendment guaranteed him the right to participate in the parade, and accused the LGBT community of discriminating against his group because they were heterosexual.
Hedgecock also used the LGBT community as a wedge issue during the Gov. Gray Davis recall election stating that Davis was going to sign a bill giving rights to “transsexuals … because he (Davis) needs the radical leftist gay and lesbian community to support him.”
Here are just a few of Hedgecock’s other notable quotes:
“This gay thing has gone too far. These activists think that beyond tolerance they can club 99 percent of Americans who aren’t gay into acceptance and approval … when you try and get me to say that gay sex is the same as any other kind of sex – that’s not the way I feel about it, and I don’t mind saying so.”
“The only reason gays want to be in the military is because ‘that’s where the boys are.’”
“Just as illegal aliens seem to have more ‘rights’ than citizens do, homosexuals claim their ‘civil rights’ prevail over everyone else’s civil rights.”
That last quote is from 2009. Exactly who would be interested in paying $150 to attend this event for Carl DeMaio hosted by this homophobe? Earlier this year, I publicly asked DeMaio to repudiate Hedgecock’s endorsement; but what did our community get – a doubling down by DeMaio of his acceptance of homophobe Hedgecock’s support. I considered attending but could not stomach the concept of giving $150 to stand around with such an anti-LGBT bigot. Of course, this could be one of the hearts and minds that DeMaio believes he is changing by remaining in the Republican Party.
I would love for San Diego to have its first LGBT mayor but not at the expense of LGBT equality. What say you DeMaio?
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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