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Vice mayor faces recall for declaring July ‘Straight Pride’ month

Vice mayor faces recall for declaring July ‘Straight Pride’ month

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A vice mayor is facing a recall for declaring July ‘Straight Pride‘ month in a column.

Ted Hickman, who is the vice mayor in Dixon, Califronia, penned the article attacking the LGBTI community. In the column, he called gay people ‘tinker bells’ and ‘faries’ [sic]. He called Pride month, June, ‘LGBTQ-WTF’ month’ and the community has an inferiority complex.

The article was published in the Independent Voice.

Vice mayor posts offensive article declaring July ‘Straight Pride American Month’

He said it was ‘pro-family’, and prefaced the comments by saying he was ‘expressing a private opinion’.

‘Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,’ Hickman wrote about SPAM.

‘We honor our country and our veterans who have made all of this possible (including for the tinker bells) and we can do it with actual real pride, not some put on show just to help our inferior complex “show we are different’ type of crap”.’

He added: ‘We ARE different from them…

‘We work, have families, (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don’t flaunt our differences dressing up like faries (sic) and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all over the world.’

Dixon, California mayor faces a recall effort and protests

Hickman now faces a recall effort.

Pro-LGBTI people will protest at the city’s next council meeting. Another group has scheduled a Pride day in the Solano County city on 27 July in response to Hickman’s comments.

The vice mayor reiterated his offensive comments to the Sacremento Bee.

‘My point was, what’s the difference?’ he said.

‘They have their pride month, why can’t we have ours? … I support the First Amendment.’

Hickman is up for re-election in November.

Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue¬† said he did not approve of the article but he ‘supports freedom of speech’.

‘While I do not approve of such an article,’ he said,’I do believe in a person’s freedom of speech even when I don’t like what they are saying.’

‘Aside from that, a person also has to recognize the consequences of their statements. … It is not within my capabilities to sanction an elected official for what they wish to publish in the paper, nor would I, that is up to constituents within his district to determine if he represents their beliefs.’

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