California Politician Calls For Straight Pride Month, Receives Backlash

The vice mayor of Dixon, California faces controversy after he wrote a column calling for a straight pride month.

Ted Hickman called for July to be “Straight American Pride Month” in a piece written both on his personal blog and in the local newspaper Dixon’s Independent Voice, according to PinkNews. People in the area are calling for Hickman to be recalled from his position and will protest the next city council meeting on July 10th.

"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," Hickman wrote.

In the piece, he calls Pride month “LGBTQF-WTF month” and compares LGBT people to “fairies.” Hickman said to the Sacramento Bee the post was “tongue-in-cheek” and would not affect his ability to lead.

Hickman’s call for a straight pride month, whether tongue-in-cheek or not, is far from the first time people have called for a separate holiday for straight people.

Some Boston Red Sox fans called for a straight pride night after the team held a Pride night last month, according to the Advocate. High school students in Missouri attempted to have a straight pride week in response to the National Day of Silence in May, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

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