The vice mayor of Dixon, CA is under fire for suggesting July be known as “Straight Pride American Month” in his weekly blog post and newspaper column.
“Last Sunday ended LGBTQF-WTF month Yea!,” Ted Hickman wrote. “Don’t get me wrong I support the First Amendment, as much as the next person, and support the rights of grown men to wear skin tight short-shorts and go-go boots and don tinker bell wings with wand and prance down the streets of San Francisco.”
These words sparked fury among many Californians, who feel it perfectly acceptable to have the double standard of allowing a gay pride month, but not a straight pride month. According to MSN, many local groups are calling for the city council to censure the councilman / vice-mayor, but Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue is not sure that’s proper. “No matter what we do, for many, they will say it’s the wrong move,” Bogue said. “You can’t make everyone happy with your decision, so you hunker down, take all the facts into consideration and make the best decision that you can.”
Hickman said his suggestion wasn’t anti-anything, “instead it’s pro-family; and proud to be a straight American, and me expressing a private opinion.” The local politician was unapologetic in an interview with the Vacaville Reporter. “Don’t like what I write? Don’t read it,” he told the paper.
Dixon resident Julie Monson went as far as creating a Facebook Page dedicated to recalling Hickman. California law allows for citizens to recall election results by petition and vote. As of this publication, Monson’s page has over 1,800 likes.
A closed door meeting will be held next week by the city council to determine whether Hickman should be penalized for practicing his First Amendment rights.