Will LGBT radicals shut down Pride parade?Bottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Latest Issue Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
The San Diego Police Department and San Diego LGBT Pride have gotten word that a group of LGBT radicals along with Black Lives Matter activists are thinking about attempting to shut down this year’s Pride parade. This, after last month’s Washington, D.C. Pride parade was stopped for over an hour, and re-routed by about a dozen Black Lives Matter and trans activists. San Diego officials are taking these rumors very seriously and will be prepared for any attempts to shut down our parade by any group.
While I have discussions about this possible situation with police officials, including Police Chief Zimmerman and Pride officials, I cannot release all the information but can report that I have been advised that anyone attempting to shut down our Pride parade will likely be immediately arrested. Rumors are this “shut down” is supposed to be in front of the police, sheriff and law enforcement Pride contingent. Word is that the same radical people who showed up at The LGBT Center event honoring police officer Garcia are behind this possible action. My message to them is don’t even try because this time you will be arrested and taken to jail. A word to the wise.
Do not add black and brown to the rainbow flag
As a very proud Latino gay man I say “No” to those who want to add black and brown colors to our rainbow flag (Philadelphia activists have already done so.) So what about our LGBT Asian, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans? Why have they left them out? And what about our LGBT Caucasians? Should we also add the white color? Let’s leave our rainbow flag alone as it stands for all of us!
Welcome Eric Heinritz
San Diego Pride’s new Executive Director Eric Heinritz has been meeting with LGBT community leaders and activists and is getting a very warm reception. Eric, who moved here from Milwaukee, where he was a director of that city’s Pride is a proud father of two beautiful young children and I believe he will do a great job. I believe he will create a new direction for Pride, improving its community relationship and communication. Welcome to America’s Finest City Eric, and we wish you every success.
LGBT event on naval base
An LGBT Pride celebration was held in Coronado on Naval Air Station North Island. In attendance were the base’s top command as well as LGBT military, friends and allies. A very special guest was Brigadier General David Brahms, USMC (Ret.). I was very honored to be asked to be a speaker along with CPO E. Giulian Jacobs, USN (Retired); Tracy Elbers; Jody Taylor, equality advocate; and Corporal Evelyn Thomas, USMC veteran, teacher. It was a historic and very prideful event with all credit to the leadership of LGBT veterans Mick Self-Loveland and Lisa Kove. Bravo to these two outstanding women.
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