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June Will Be Salina Gay Pride Month

KSAL Staff - May 29, 2014 6:35 pm

A group that is encouraging development in North Salina receives a $10,000 grant.

At Monday’s city commission meeting the month of June will be recognized as “LGBT Pride Month” in the city of Salina. Gary Martens from the North Central Equality Kansas Chapter will read a proclamation, which will then be signed by Mayor Aaron Householter.

The organization is urging supporters to attend the meeting wearing gay pride Salina shirts. Following the meeting, supporters will “paint Santa Fe purple”. They plan to gather and walk the sculpture tour downtown.

Salina has a mixed history of supporting similar type issues.

In April of 2013 Barb Shirley, who was the mayor of Salina at the time, joined a national group of mayors who support gay marriage. Shirley was the first Kansas Mayor to join more than 350 other mayors across the country as part of “Mayors for Freedom to Marry”.

In the spring of 2012 the Salina City Commission passed an ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation in the city’s anti-discrimination policy. A petition campaign brought the issue to ballot in the 2012 November general election, where it was repealed.

The city commission meeting is Monday afternoon at 4:00 in room 107 of the Salina City / County Building.

salina gay pride month

Rich Smith

May 29, 2014 at 7:06 pm

you got to be be kidding me? i dont see a month for the sweeds or the irish but for gays? time for a new mayor

James Swenson

May 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Hey!!! When is straight pride month?

Jim Teutsch

May 30, 2014 at 5:52 am

Why gay pride?

“Gay Pride was not born out of a need to celebrate not being straight but our right to exist without prosecution,” ~CNN Opinion contributor LZ Granderson.

And from me: Straight people are not beaten, kicked, and killed for being straight. Straight people are not thrown out of their house for being who they are. Straight people are not denied basic human rights (a job, housing, public access) because they are not gay. Straight people are not mocked, maligned, and condemned by heterophobes. Straight people do not have laws made specifically designed to deny them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because of the person they love.

Everyday there are stories about people from the LGBT community being discriminated against, threatened, and attacked. In many cases, they are young people or those who cannot possibly defend and protect themselves. Gay people are attacked leaving work, walking home from a restaurant or club, or on school grounds. Gay people have had their houses and cars vandalized with hateful, hurtful, and homophobic slurs.

The rainbow flag shows unity in diversity. It displays the ideal so cherished by many people about embracing tolerance, lovingkindness, and respect for all people. It is a way of signifying that we will no longer stand idly by as decent, law-abiding, and loving individuals or couples are treated this way out of ignorance, fear, or hatred.

Pride is a sign for all to see that more and more people continue to recognize that gay people are here, they are real, and they aren’t going to tolerate being bullied and denied basic human rights any longer. Everyone deserves the right to be who they are and love who they love. Please join us on the right side of history in peace, love, and equality!

Karen Oren

May 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

Amen Jim Teutsch!

Anita Mann

May 30, 2014 at 7:16 am

SMH…WOW Salina

Kelly Andes

May 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

What the heck is wrong with people today? Gay, lesbians, and transgender have the same rights as anyone who is straight. Just because we are gay does not mean we should be treated any different than anyone else. We should recieve the same rights as any straight person. I think it’s unfair we can’t marry who we want just because we sre the same sex. Just because we are gay we are discriminated against just because of who we are and who we love. It’s 2014 people need to get off their high horses and worry about their own lives and families, and stop condemning mine and everyone elses just because we are gay.

Martin Cisneros

June 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

If people want to live that kind of a life style to each his own.What you do is your own business.It’s my opinion that kind of life style is wrong.Of course I’ll be persecuted for my opinion, but where is the tolerance for that. The LGBT people preach tolerance until it goes against their agenda. Why do we always have to have that kind of a life style thrown in our faces all the time. What makes them anymore special than anyone else. Violence happens to all walks of life. Mr. Teutsch pointed out that Straight people don’t get beat, kicked, and killed. If I remember correctly the black man was beaten and mistreated.There are Christians being killed for their belief all across the globe, people are getting robbed , women are getting raped, children are being molested, kids are being bullied and beaten. It doesn’t matter who you are, violence exists in this world and Mr. Teutsch thinks violence is just against The LGBT lifestyle. That’s laughable. Everyone has the same opportunity as everyone else. People of that life style are not a minority. You have chosen to live that life style. It has not been proven(good solid scientific evidence) that you are born that way. I’m tired of hearing this feel sorry for me mentality. Our laws protect anyone, ANYONE from being discriminated against no matter who you are. Women are discriminated against, but you don’t see them having a special month. I could go on and on about different discrimination’s it’s everywhere.This idea to have a special month to recognize who you are isn’t necessary. It’s just to force your life style on the rest of us. That’s all that it is. Live your life the way you want, but don’t be sticking it in my face.

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