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Gay Pride Flag Causes Bigoted Stink in Richmond, California: VIDEO


A Gay Pride flag flying over the Richmond, California City Hall has some residents up in arms, the Contra Costa Times reports:

LindsayIn less than 24 hours (After the flag went up), three city employees responded to the entire city email list -- which per city rules is only allowed with authorization by City Manager Bill Lindsay (pictured), his assistant or a department head -- in opposition to the news.

Antoinette Jordan, who works in the city's adult literacy program, wrote at 4:14 p.m., "Waving the gay pride flag in the city of Richmond is inappropriate. Richmond is not 'the Castro.' This is offensive to Richmond's faith-based community. The USA flag is the 'freedom flag.'"

At 4:41 p.m., Jacqueline McBride, an information technology assistant, responded. In the subject line, she wrote, "Looks like another city agrees ... No Offense Intended." In the body of her email was a (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat story reporting that officials in Calistoga took down their pride flag amid outcry and legal concerns.

At 9:07 a.m. Friday, library assistant Linda Cisneros wrote, "I have never seen a flag displayed for Native American Heritage month or Hispanic American Heritage month or Irish American Heritage month. Didn't they struggle too?"

Reached Friday, Lindsay said his staff sent out an email warning employees to cease sending out mass emails without approval.

Lindsay said he considered the matter a done deal and would not mete out any punishments. The flag stays, he added.

Watch KGO's report on the flag, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. All these homophobic women...sheesh, don't say I didn't warn you.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 24, 2013 10:08:35 AM

  2. Stopped in Richmond once. Only once. I have zero desire to go back.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 24, 2013 10:22:25 AM

  3. "the flag stays"


    note to crazy lady: we exist everywhere, not just The Castro. that flag flying may be the one thing giving Hope to the young people who for too long have been the victim of your hatred.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 24, 2013 10:32:44 AM

  4. To Linda Cisneros: Yes they struggled.
    Do they have a Pride month? Did they ask for a flag flying?
    Are you so obtuse in your views on freedom to not be able to recognize that the LGBT community doesn't have equal freedom?

    Antoinette Jordan: Propagandizing from a city position on city equipment for religious views backing discrimination is offensive.

    Bravo for Lindsay.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 24, 2013 10:42:34 AM

  5. Jason, it was a woman, Jovanka Beckles, who asked the mayor to fly the rainbow flag in the first place, you feckin' tard.

    Posted by: ripper | Jun 24, 2013 10:53:47 AM

  6. Hmm, Calistoga taking down the flag really surprises me. It's in Napa valley just up the road from San Francisco/Berkeley. Thought they'd be less rednecked than the inland parts of the state appear to be.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 24, 2013 10:54:10 AM

  7. I work in the City of Beverly Hills and a woman was so upset because one of our departments wouldn't be open on Sunday and she couldn't get here on a Saturday for a particular event. She was so upset because she claimed Beverly Hills was a Jewish faith-based City and how dare we not acknowledge that (not realizing people putting on the event weren't Jewish, but faith-based other and couldn't work on Sunday). Religion, it's what will kill you.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jun 24, 2013 11:14:28 AM

  8. "I have never seen a flag displayed for Native American Heritage month or Hispanic American Heritage month or Irish American Heritage month. Didn't they struggle too?"

    There isn't one flag representing those movements that would be appropriate to raise. Native American history month encompasses all Native American tribes. There is no one flag uniting all tribes. Same for Hispanic American Heritage Month.

    And we're not about to raise the Irish national flag (or any other non-American national flag) over an American town hall...

    Posted by: RJ | Jun 24, 2013 11:19:45 AM

  9. Richmond should be so lucky as to be the place where gay people who can't afford SF choose to live. I think there might actually be some there already.

    "Hi, I'm Antoinette Jordan, and I would like to get my hair done today."

    "No problem Miss Thang, sit your fat ass in the chair and I will give you what you deserve."

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 24, 2013 12:07:26 PM

  10. I will venture to guess that there are more LGBT citizens living in Richmond than there are Native-Americans & Irish-Americans combined. And if there aren't, I will also venture to guess that it's because of how badass horrible the place is.

    Posted by: DrMikey | Jun 24, 2013 12:17:47 PM

  11. The mayor has officiated the Richmond Native-American Pow-Wow dressed in Native regalia. The city makes a huge deal of both the Juneteenth (celebrating freedom for Black Americans) and Cinco de Mayo celebrstions, shitting down dozens of major city thoroughfares for both,
    Is the issue really about one measly little flag? No. These three low-level city employees (blown out of proportion in newas articles which refer to them with the general term "city employees") are grasping at straws for an excuse for bigotry.
    And why do people who belong to gay-hating churches always seem to think that welcoming churches and synagogues don't qualify when they use the term "faith-based groups?" Perhaps it is because they have not just blind faith but the support of science, reason and compassion behind many of the stances they take?

    Posted by: GregV | Jun 24, 2013 1:15:03 PM

  12. The opposition makes it clear the flag's presence is needed.

    Posted by: DavidR | Jun 24, 2013 2:07:40 PM

  13. These employees should be disciplined for abusing the city email system. They can do their politicking on their own time - and dime.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jun 24, 2013 2:30:01 PM

  14. I don't really think many gay people would have an issue with public celebrations of Hispanic American Heritage Month or Black History Month. Am I wrong?

    Posted by: Drew | Jun 24, 2013 2:35:01 PM

  15. I refuse to celebrate any other group's heritage until LGBT heritage is celebrated every day of every year.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Jun 24, 2013 9:43:04 PM

  16. Enough of this. The LGBT community in California needs to hold councilmembers who are so vocally against our rights responsible. And any city to takes down the rainbow flag is sending a clear message we're not welcomed. I'LL SPEND MY HARD EARNED MONEY ELSEWHERE

    Posted by: Jermy | Jun 25, 2013 4:32:13 AM

  17. Linda Cisneros and Antoinette Jordan, you bigoted cesspool will have to deal with us gays, we're not going anywhere and if you think by sending an email you'll shame us back in the closet, than you are as misinformed as you are ignorant. Evil little souls.

    Posted by: Trees 4 All | Jun 25, 2013 4:33:28 AM

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