San Diego City Council Gay Pride Month Vote to be Protested by Former Gay Activist

By Elizabeth O’Brien

  SAN DIEGO, July 13, 2007 ( - Proposed by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Scott Peters, and lesbian council member Toni Atkins, the San Diego City Council is voting on Tuesday to proclaim July 2007 as the official "gay pride" month in the city. Some San Diego citizens have promised to protest this unprecedented lengthy time of government supported homosexual promotion in a US city.

  Buried within a 47-page city document, Item 30 encourages the council to adopt the resolution by "Recognizing the many civic contributions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in San Diego County, and encouraging all people to share in the pride of our City’s diverse citizenry by participating in the 33rd Annual San Diego LGBT Pride community celebration parade, festival, and arts and culture programs." The resolution finishes by, "Proclaiming July 2007, to be "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month" in the City of San Diego."

  An attached document of back-up material also states that this year’s honorees include Bob Lehman and Thomas Felkner. According to James Hartline, the founder of California Christian News, both of these men used to own the Bourbon Street gay bar, an establishment that has a notorious history of gay porn stars coming in to do events and promote pornography. An additional honoree, Mick Rabin, is an active member of "San Diego Scouting for All," an organization that works to force the Boy Scouts to accept homosexuality.

  Hartline is organizing a protest at the City Council on Tuesday when the vote takes place. He told that as a former homosexual activist, "I know what it is doing to people’s lives and the culture. This whole event is full of triple-x pornography." Despite this fact, he continued, the city resolution is calling for "all people" to participate in the celebrations.

  Two years ago, San Diego "gay pride" organizers received a storm of outrage when it was revealed that a number of registered sex offenders were hired to work in the homosexual celebrations. These workers included "Marty the Clown," who was scheduled to entertain at the San Diego Gay Pride Children’s Garden.

  Hartline commented, "When they were busted over pedophiles, they had a chance to get rid of the pornography because they’re trying to sell themselves as a child friendly group. It would have lessened the accusations against them. But if they got rid of the pornography they wouldn’t have sold any tickets."

  Such a large and long-lasting celebration is unheard-off for a minority group. According to Hartline’s belief, however, the city is trying to "extend the event as long as possible to desensitize people’s opposition to homosexuality, so that when the gay marriage issue comes up before the California Supreme court, there will be less opposition to it."

  To respectfully voice concerns, contact:

  Mayor Jerry Sanders
  City Administration Building
  11th Floor, 202 C Street
  San Diego, CA 92101
  Phone: (619) 236-6330
  Fax: (619) 236-7228
  Email: [email protected]

  Council President Scott Peters
  E-mail: [email protected]

  Councilmember Toni Atkins
  E-mail: [email protected]

  See related coverage:

  Padres Baseball Team Holds Gay Pride and Free Hats for Kids Events on Same Day

  Read the City Resolution and back-up material:

  See Article 30:

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