“Essentially it boils down to two religious views of the world."
Whether people agree with it or not, the group known as Super Happy Fun America (SHFA) has been approved by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a Straight Pride Parade. And now a Modesto, CA man wants a straight pride parade for his city.
Don Grundmann is a chiropractor who is trying to gather momentum behind his organization National Straight Pride Coalition which if successful will have a Straight Pride in Modesto located approximately 75 miles south of Sacramento.
According to New Now Next, flyers have already been circulating around the internet which say Grundmann's version will be a celebration of "heterosexuality, masculinity, femininity, babies—born and unborn, western civilization, our wonderful country, [and] Christianity.” There was also a GoFundMe page which is not active.
If all goes in Grundmann's favor he hopes to have the event on August 24 at Graceada Park according to the flyer.
Just as the SHFA had to request a permit, which was approved, so too must Grundmann and he also may get the green light.
But some are seeing red. City council member Kristi Ah You expressed her disapproval.
“I don’t think we need to give a permit for anything that when you go to the page it talks about whiteness, it talks about western civilization, it talks about being Caucasian. That’s all hate crime stuff to me, that’s not okay,” she said.
Keeping with the religious tone Grundmann says his parade is an afront to the LGBT community and its allies.
“Essentially it boils down to two religious views of the world,” he said. “One is Christianity, which is represented by heterosexuality, a culture of life, and its opponent is the LGBT movement, which is represented by an opposing religion and an opposing view of life.”
Approval or not, a decision about the permit may be decided as early as next week.
As for the City of Modesto, they don't necessarily agree with the proposal but personal beliefs are not a part of the decision.
“Permits to hold any event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values and certainly not based on any endorsement of beliefs," said Thomas Reeves, community and media relations officer for Modesto. "So although the city does not share in the beliefs of some groups that choose to hold their events here, we may not be able to deny a permit based on an organization’s values.”